We recently heard from the feds that Capital Metro may receive about $26.1 million from the economic stimulus plan (or if you prefer the long name, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009).
Our initial proposed project list includes many possibilities, all of which would be key components of a regional transportation system that this area needs to remain economically competitive and to retain and attract businesses.
Here’s a quick summary of some those potential projects:
–Bus and paratransit fleet replacement and expansion: More than half of Capital Metro’s fleet will require replacement over the next several years.
–MetroRail Red Line Expansion: A likely first step would be to add some additional track siding which would allow increased service.
–Construction of new park & ride facilities: Possible locations for new P&Rs include South IH-35 and the city of Manor.
–Expansion of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Technologies: Expanding the ITS system would allow us to provide real-time information for onboard audio and visual announcements to notify customers of upcoming stops. This would also result in more predictable service and improved operating efficiency.
–Upgrade of bus stop signage: Improved bus stop signage would provide information more effectively.
–Rail with trails: Over the years the community encouraged Capital Metro to plan for bike and pedestrian trails along our rail line.
Capital Metro is working diligently to determine the best use of this stimulus funding to provide maximum benefit for the community. We should have more detail in the coming weeks.