New updates for Austin’s Light Rail are coming soon! Learn more about our upcoming open house on March 21 and what’s next for Project Connect: Learn more


Artist conceptual rendering of light rail on 'The Drag'

What is Light Rail? — Light Rail is an electric train system used in metropolitan areas. Light rail trains can travel at street level, on elevated structures or underground.

The “light” in light rail refers to its smaller size, compared to larger trains that ride on more traditional tracks, such as Austin’s existing Red Line commuter rail. Light rail will become part of the overall transit network, connecting people to key destinations where they live, work and play.

What's next for Austin Light Rail?

The Austin Transit Partnership (ATP)—the independent entity tasked with implementing Project Connect—appreciates the tremendous amount of input we have received from Austinites as we work to expand and improve the public transportation network in Austin. Read ATP's staff recommendation for the initial phase of light rail below and click on the image at right to review the map.

Read Report

Download a digital, PDF version of this report here.

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Thank you for all your great feedback, Austin!

May 2, 2023 concluded the Spring 2023 phase of public engagement for Austin’s core light rail system. The feedback has been analyzed and collected, and you can read the report here.

Read Report

You may continue to learn about Austin Light Rail from this webpage and through the self-guided Virtual Open House (VOH). For additional opportunities to provide feedback and review updates on light rail, check the public involvement calendar at the bottom of the Get Involved page.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You ask, we answer. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for a few questions we get the most. We update these regularly from what we hear in the community so check back often! If you don't see what's on your mind, send us an email at

Read the Light Rail FAQs