Capital Metro proposes using $22M grant to expand MetroRail line

AUSTIN (KXAN) --  Some big changes could be coming to the downtown MetroRail station. Capital Metro has a grant for $50 million to not only expand the MetroRail line, but make the downtown stop a destination.

Of that $50 million grant, $22 million will be used to expand the stop into more of the transit plaza. The changes to the rail would be in conjunction with the proposed plans to expand the Convention Center to the West.

Capital Metro is seeking feedback for their proposal, which would change some streets. Under their plan the transit plaza would eliminate traffic on a section of West 4th Street between Red River and Trinity Street, which would make Neches Street into a cul-de-sac.

Cap Metro feels the changes would enhance the historic Brush Square, and make the area more pedestrian, bike, and walking friendly. The city hopes with the expansion of the Convention Center coupled with the transit plaza, this area could one day be the Convention Center District.

At this point there's no timeline of when any of these changes could happen. Public feedback usually takes several months to a year before a plan is put in place.

Today city council will vote to have the city manager start holding public meetings and gathering feedback on what the public and riders would like to see.

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