The Lone Star Rail District plans to connect San Antonio and Austin by efficient and time effective rail service seems to moving slowly towards reality. LSRD officials are seeking $500,000 in funding from the San Antonio City Council to begin planning work in the Alamo City. The LSRD plan includes improving the existing Union Pacific rail line between San Antonio and Austin for passengers at an estimated cost of $800 million. But LSRD first has to build a $1.6 billion freight line east of San Antonio to divert freight traffic. Funding for the rail line improvements is expected to come from state and federal grants as well as the private sector. LSRD also needs assurances from municipalities along its route from San Antonio to Georgetown that they will pay for continued maintenance and operations of each stop.
LSRD envisions transported 20,000 people each day and reducing traffic on I-35 by 18,000 vehicles. The plan includes 16 stations with six in the San Antonio, one in New Braunfels, one in San Marcos, one in Buda/Kyle and the rest in the Austin-Georgetown corridor.
Red took the train from Austin to San Antonio exactly one time – with his mother when he was 5. Red didn’t ride on a train again until he was 20 years old and taking a train from New Jersey into New York City. The average European could not imagine a 15 year gap in train trips.