North Corridor Study:
Central Texas’ Fastest Growing Corridor
Proposed North Corridor Plan
With half the population of Williamson and Travis counties – More than 1.3 million people – projected to reside in the North Corridor by 2035, the time has come for better options for commuting; other than continuing to rely on cars. That’s where the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Project Connect: North Corridor Study comes in. This video about plans for the future of transit in the North Corridor provides more information.
More information about Project Connect is available in the Executive Summary.
- Provides direct and frequent service between Austin’s core and the North Corridor
- Links activity centers in the North Corridor with Connect and Rapid service
- Serves both traditional and new target transit markets
- Maximizes planned future and vacant land use opportunities
- Offers a scalable and expandable transit network
Since 2012, the North Corridor team, led by Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw with members from Georgetown, Pflugerville and Austin, has analyzed incredible amounts of data and collected extensive public input that has resulted in a comprehensive high-capacity transit plan.
Here’s how the plan works:
- Utilizing Capital Metro’s express and connect bus services to provide transit options within the Corridor, like Round Rock’s University Boulevard Center to Cedar Park and Round Rock’s established Park & Ride center to Hutto, and linking the centers from Georgetown to central Austin
- Constructing new Park & Ride facilities in strategic locations like Pflugerville, Round Rock and Hutto
- Extending Capital Metro’s premium MetroRapid service from Tech Ridge to Pflugerville and from The Domain to Round Rock and Georgetown
- Developing new express routes from Georgetown and Round Rock to leverage investments in the new express lanes along MoPac
- Using the MoKan Corridor as a dedicated busway with limited stops from Pflugerville to downtown Austin
- Upgrading and double-tracking the existing Capital Metro MetroRail Red Line
- Moving forward with Lone Star Rail District’s plans for commuter rail from Georgetown through Austin to San Antonio
North Corridor Study In Depth
Traffic congestion in the North Corridor costs everyone time and money, diminishes our quality of life, and continues to increase as Central Texas grows and as funding for solutions becomes more stretched.
Project Connect: North Corridor is studying alternatives for improving transportation within and between central and north Austin and the cities of Pflugerville, Round Rock, Georgetown, Hutto and others. Options to be considered include both roadway and transit projects.
With federal funding, the North Corridor team began its alternatives analysis in June 2012 by collecting public input on the issues facing the corridor. Over the next 18 to 24 months, communities and stakeholders will have numerous opportunities to provide input.
The North Corridor study has four major steps:
- Identify transportation problems and issues within the corridor (“purpose and need”)
- Determine reasonable and feasible alternatives to address those problems
- Analyze, evaluate and refine alternatives
- Select a locally preferred alternative (LPA)
Capital Metro, CAMPO, the Lone Star Rail District, and the cities of Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Georgetown and other partners are working together to improve long-term mobility and accessibility in the North Corridor, support regional growth objectives and meet community needs by helping families:
- Gain more transportation options
- Have better access to affordable housing
- Connect to employment and education centers
- Create and sustain vibrant local communities
About the North Corridor:
- Half the population of Williamson and Travis counties will reside in the North Corridor by 2035. Four central Austin zip codes comprise the southern end of the North Corridor. By 2035, 55% of all jobs in the five-county region will be located in the North Corridor.
- From 2005 to 2035, the region’s population is forecasted to increase by 123%, with employment increasing by 135%.
- 14 of the 38 regional growth centers (areas with a dense mix of employment, housing, and retail) identified in the CAMPO 2035 plan are in the North Corridor.