Supporters that want a future commuter rail line in Georgetown say they'll do whatever they can to keep their city's future on track, connecting them to Austin and San Antonio, but the majority of the city council says money could be better spent elsewhere.
"Neglecting to provide future generations options for mass transit that's just the wrong path to take," said Council Member Rachael Jonrowe, who is in favor of a rail system.
Jonrowe is passionate about getting commuter rail into her community, especially with Williamson County expecting 600,000 residents by 2030.
"If Projection estimates are accurate, the need for mass-transit options is only going to become greater as time goes on," Jonrowe added .
But recently, a majority of the council members decided to write a resolution to cancel their membership in the Lone Star Rail District, citing it's too expensive and not enough people would ride it. The move would keep Georgetown out of the loop in any future Central Texas commuter rail plans. But some residents say they're afraid decisions made today will have a lasting negative affect on Georgetown.
"We could have people from San Antonio, from Austin, from Buda or anywhere coming into downtown Georgetown," said Arden Trevino, who has lived in Georgetown for 15 years. "People can come for dinner, seeing shows, staying the night maybe and moving back I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Georgetown."
Residents in the Windridge neighborhood say they've been waiting for commuter rail or any mode of mass-transportation in their city for years.
"The neighbors want mass transit, they want buses, they want trains," said Brenda Baxter. "We have people that go to Austin. They are in a car pool every day, they would love to hop on a train."
KXAN contacted Georgetown city offices to get comment from councilmen that want out of the Lone Star Rail District but we got no response at press time. Meantime some supporters plan to be loud and clear at the Tuesday night council meeting about keeping their town on track for commuter rain.
Note: The proposed 118-mile, 16-station rail line would run mostly on already existing Union Pacific tracks. The estimated cost to build it to run with 12 round-trips a day would be less than $2 billion, according to the Lone Star Rail District.
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