A bipartisan group of San Antonio and Austin legislators is asking for a study of passenger rail connecting the cities before the next legislative session.
Worsening sprawl and congestion are all on the horizon. That seems like something that anyone who wants to be mayor of San Antonio ought to be thinking and talking about.
The mayors of the four biggest cities along the San Antonio-Austin corridor said Friday that transportation remains a critical element in addressing the corridor’s continued growth and ever-worsening traffic congestion.
The consolidation of San Antonio and Austin into a single statistical “megaregion” offers some obvious appeal to civic boosters and those concerned about future economic growth.
The decision by Union Pacific to end its working relationship with Lone Star Rail District (LSRD) in February, was a blow in efforts to develop a passenger rail line between San Antonio and Austin.
The single worst congested roadway in Texas is Interstate 35 between U.S. 290 and SH 71 south of Austin, a determination that will surprise no one who reads the study released Tuesday by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on the 100 worst congested highways in the state.
Austin and San Antonio are practically running toward one another on Interstate 35.