What is Transit for Austin?

Transit for Austin is a broad coalition of Austin civic organizations, businesses, and community leaders who support a comprehensive, rapid transit system for all of us. Transit for Austin will increase public awareness of the need for an efficient, convenient transit system, and champion the policies and solutions that will ease our traffic crisis and improve our quality of life.


Who is on the Transit for Austin Board?


How does Austin compare to other peer cities when it comes to transit?

Metro Denver, a region with a population not much larger than the Austin area (3 million people), has eight light rail lines, two commuter rail lines and seven dedicated transitways. Austin, which is projected to double in size by 2040 (4 million people), has only two MetroRapid routes without dedicated transitways and only one MetroRail commuter line.


Why do we need a comprehensive transit system? 

Austin traffic is soul-crushing, and it’s only going to get worse. Our population is projected to double in the next 20 years--but road capacity is predicted to increase by only 15 percent. We must create new transit solutions because we can never build enough roads to solve our traffic problems.


How does transit make our city more affordable?

The typical Austin household spends nearly 15% of their income on transportation, with lower income families often spending much more. A comprehensive transit system gives people the option to travel more affordably to get to work, school, shopping, and all the other places they need to go to meet their daily needs.


Why are dedicated transitways important? 

Getting transit out of traffic gives riders a fast, reliable travel time, and makes it possible for trips by bus or train to be faster than driving and parking - all while keeping cars from being stuck behind buses.


How will A comprehensive system be funded? 

Our community must figure out the funding puzzle together. Big transportation projects can leverage significant investment from the public and private sector. For example, the 2016 Mobility bond has already leveraged more than $1 billion in matching funds from State and regional sources to be spent on Austin projects. Private developers are investing millions of dollars to improve the Capital Metro Red Line.