AUSTIN (KXAN) - A new urban trail connecting Capitol Metro's Crestview and Highland rail line stations opened Friday and is ready for riders to walk and roll.
The mile-long trail features a shaded, 10-foot wide concrete path designed for use by both bicyclists and pedestrians. It is located along Airport Boulevard, adjacent to the MetroRail Red Line.
"The new trail connects people to two rail stations and several bus routes, as well as the future ACC campus at Highland Mall and adjacent neighborhoods," said Capital Metro CEO Linda S. Watson.
The urban trail, a joint project between Capitol Metro and the City of Austin, is landscaped with drought-resistant plants, including 144 trees donated by Austin Energy. Once established, the trees will provide shade and also serve as a physical barrier between the trail and traffic on busy Airport Blvd.
"By providing appealing connections like this one, Capital Metro is fulfilling its mission of providing high quality and sustainable transportation choices, and helping demonstrate how our corridors can contribute to the quality of life in our city," Austin City Councilman Chris Riley said.
The urban trail connects to the city's existing on-street bicycle route network , and additional bike amenities are on the way at Highland Station including a MetroBike Shelter , a secure bicycle parking facility, set to be built next to the trail in late 2013.
Capital Metro said in a statement that it will maintain the trail system for the first year before maintenance is then turned over to the city.
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