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References for Project Connect Fact sheet

Last updated: 4/13/2020

Traffic and air pollution in Austin

Traffic congestion and VMT in Austin: 

Greenhouse gas emissions in Austin and Travis County. 

Increase in carbon dioxide emissions:

Nitrogen oxide pollution: 

Ozone health problems: 

Ozone link to premature deaths:

Project Connect

Jobs and households in proximity to transit stations:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect: Phase II Findings and Summary Report, 5.

Highlights of the Project Connect plan:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019.

Orange Line: 

  • Capital Metro, Orange Line Ridership Forecasting: Draft for Public Review & Comment, October 2019, 4. 

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 3. 

  • Project Connect, Mobility Options, Light Rail, Capital Metro homepage. 

Blue Line: 

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019.

  • Capital Metro, Blue Line Ridership Forecasts: Draft for Public Review and Comment, October 29 2019, 1.

MetroRapid bus service:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 3.

Red Line:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 4.

MetroRail Green Line:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 4. 

  • Jackie Nirenberg, Manager, Community Involvement, Capital Metro, Personal Communications, 10/3/2020

MetroExpress bus routes.

  • Austin City Council/Capital Metro Board Joint Work Session, March 9, 2020, 8.

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 4.

Gold Line: 

Park and Ride facilities: 

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 4.

  • Austin City Council/Capital Metro Board Joint Work Session, March 9, 2020, 8.

Neighborhood Circulators:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Program Costs & Ridership, October 30 2019, 5.

Electric bus fleet.

Impact on air pollution and carbon emissions

Passenger trips on Capital Metro transit:

Red Line: Fourfold increase in ridership: 

Blue Line: 42,200 new riders: 

  • Capital Metro, Blue Line Ridership Forecasts: Draft for Public Review and Comment, October 29 2019, 12.

  • 25,000 vehicle trips per day: assuming 1.7 riders per vehicle. 

Orange Line: 

  • 74,000: Capital Metro, Orange Line Ridership Forecasting: Draft for Public Review & Comment, October 2019, 3.

  • 43,000 car journeys: Assuming 1.7 riders per vehicle. 

Electric buses: 

80 by 2024, and future plans: 

Greenhouse gas reduction projection:

Project Connect and Austin’s Future

159 new residents and 115 new cars: 

  • Capital Metro, Long Range System Planning Phase Executive Summary, May 2016 - December 2018, 1.

Doubling of vehicle travel:

  • Capital Metro, Project Connect Draft Purpose and Need Memorandum, 31 October 2016, 18.

4 million:

Capital Metro, Project Connect Draft Purpose and Need Memorandum, 31 October 2016, 7.

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