Get Connected at Midtown Commons

Midtown Commons is the first transit oriented development (TOD) along Capital MetroRail’s Red Line. Developed by Trammel Crow, Midtown Commons is a compact, walkable community with a unique mix of residences, retailers and offices centered around transit. The development is located adjacent to Crestview Station and Capital Metro’s busiest bus line, the 1L/1M. Like other TODs, Midtown Commons brings together people, jobs and services with efficient and convenient connections by walking, cycling or transit.

Join Capital Metro at a Rare Magazine event celebrating the grand opening of Midtown Commons tomorrow from 6-9:30 p.m. (RSVP required). Tour the new MetroRail train, listen to music and enter for a chance to win six months free rent.

12 thoughts on “Get Connected at Midtown Commons

  1. By any reasonable definition of the term, Midtown Commons is not a transit-oriented development. It’s more convenient to drive/park; and the development is actually less dense than a recent development on the same corridor that DOESN’T have the rail transit access (Triangle).

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  3. DisgruntledCommuter

    This would be some sort of extravaganza for a MetroRail station for the train which is not running, yes? That kind of MetroRail station? Also . . . there’s NOTHING in that little “Midtown Commons” development. Who’s leased space there? Any coffee shops? Any restaurants? Anything? Even a dry cleaner? What “jobs” are there? What is there to walk to?

    Austin’s exercise in New Urbanism is an unmitigated disaster and Capital Metro has done more than its fare share (pun intended) to ensure as much.

    I hope the magazine paid for this little shindig . . . because Capital Metro has no right to be sponsoring parties for non-events. But what I’m saying, that’s the Capital Metro way, isn’t it?

  4. openminded

    I for one am stoked about the new development. It is a catalyst for growth in an area that sorely needs the kind of facelift, that the art and architecture the apartments bring. Plus, it has a killer dog park for my boston terrier “butch”.

  5. TOD Advocate - For a Green Austin

    Cap Metro should be applauded that it is bringing rail to Austin – so, it always amazes me that the negative spin that comes out of these blogs and the media…so, they aren’t on schedule with rail..so what? A lot of cities, much larger than Austin, don’t have rail, nor do they even have it planned. One would think, that if Austin is as progressive as it purports to be – that the residents would be supportive of the efforts as opposed to ALWAYS focusing on the negative. Bravo to Cap Metro and its efforts to bring rail to Austin….whether it is today or a year from now…..at least Austin will have rail….which is a lot more than most cities can say.

  6. Craig York

    And in the meantime, my monthly bus pass goes from an
    affordable $36.00 a month to an almost double $63.00.
    For exactly the same service I’ve been getting
    for the past four years. I ride to the end of the line in
    Leander station five days a week, and while the train
    station is lovely architecture, I have yet to see a train full
    of passengers, and from what I can see of the forecast
    schedule, it will save me a grand total of five to ten minutes.

    Thanks for nothing.

    1. Kelly

      In CA the cost for a monthly pass is $150 so I would really like if I got as much bang for my buck as Austin’s transit riders do, Monterey doesn’t have any sort of rail you are paying for bus service only,although superb bus service I might add!!!

  7. “TOD Advocate – For a Green Austin”, it is most definitely NOT true that “any rail is good rail”, as those of us from South Florida can tell you – where a commuter rail line just like the Red Line sucked up hundreds of millions for a couple of decades with no ridership to show for it compared to a decent light rail start like Houston’s or Dallas’.

    It would not be necessary to constantly “focus on the negative” were it not for CM’s stated intentions to spend even more money on this commuter line and another commuter line just like it, rather than getting behind the city’s urban rail program (which, unlike the Red Line, actually has a chance of working).

  8. mktiv

    Well, the last post here was a number of weeks ago, but I’d like to make a few points.
    First, it is pretty annoying (and boring) to see m1ek and other harp on the negative time and time again- as if their whining and negativity were going to solve anything- on blogs and other forums throughout Austin. It’s gotten old, real old.
    Fact of the matter is we have a commuter rail that will be in operation. Soon? Who knows. The best thing that could’ve happened? Probably not. But, a start and reality nonetheless.
    The best we can do is wish it our best. I think in the long run it will have it’s place in Austin’s transportation network.
    Secondly, Cap Metro didn’t put this party on and this place isn’t dead or whatever somone said. What was dead was an old rusting, pollution-leaking factory that this TOD replaced. Thanks to Metrorail. TOD doesn’t require a certain density. TOD requires just what it stands for transit-oriented development. The fact this place was built with ample public space around the rail stop and is oriented toward the station as well as the most frequent bus in the city (#1) shows it is definitely TOD.
    Midtown is younger than a year old. Just give it some time and it will be a great destination for sure. Plus, you can currently walk to many destinations from there including 2 grocery stores, a number of resturants and a food store.

  9. mktiv, for somebody who claims to have read so many of my comments, it’s interesting that you continue to miss the fundamental point.

    The Red Line “starts” nothing. You can’t continue to UT or the Capitol on those DMU trains, and you never will. It “finishes” the opportunity the 2000 LRT line had to deliver people on a non-stop, direct, trip from both suburban park-and-rides and walk-up urban neighborhoods to the major employment centers.

    And, no, transferring can’t make up for it.

    The Red Line isn’t a “start”; it’s a “finish”. As in, rail here might be “finished” thanks to CM’s shenanigans.

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