1997 The Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Commuter Rail District is authorized by the Texas Legislature. The district would officially come into being upon agreement by Travis and Bexar counties and the cities of Austin and San Antonio.
1999 TxDOT Feasibility Study is completed, indicating passenger rail service in the Austin-San Antonio corridor is technically and financially feasible.
2003 First Rail District board meeting is held with representatives from cities, counties, transit authorities and metro planning organizations in attendance.
2005 Locally Preferred Alternative for what would become the LSTAR is selected and approved by the Rail District and the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan planning organizations. Nine public meetings along the corridor and input by more than 5,000 participants went into developing the LPA.
2005 Texas Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund created with the approval of voters statewide of constitutional amendment Prop. 2.
2005 Georgetown, San Marcos and Williamson County join the Rail District.
2006 Preliminary passenger service studies completed, including station location and design, ridership modeling, and financial analyses and revenue forecasts. The Rail District enters into interlocal agreements to study downtown station locations in Austin (in the Seaholm district) and San Antonio (at the Westside Multimodal Center).
2007 First regional financial and economic benefits study completed for LSTAR service. Subsequent updates to this study will be conducted in 201_.
2007 Hays County, Schertz and New Braunfels join the Rail District.
2009 Union Pacific partnership: TxDOT conducts an initial feasibility study for freight relocation to what would become the East Line, the first step in an ongoing partnership between the Rail District and UPRR.
2009 Lone Star Rail District is born: The district adopts its new name and branding for the LSTAR passenger service.
2010 Memorandum of understanding with Union Pacific and the beginning of further study of development of a new freight corridor, including identification of reasonable alternatives. Through 2010-11, the Rail District engages with community stakeholders in the eastern counties as part of this process.
2011 Long-range planning collaboration with North Central Texas COG begins to ensure future compatibility between Lone Star Rail and similar projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
2013 Interlocal funding agreements with City of Austin and City of San Marcos to create value-capture zones to fund annual operations and maintenance costs.
2013 Environmental review begins for the Lone Star Regional Rail Project under the auspices of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
2015 Public scoping meetings held throughout the corridor as part of the environmental approval process.
2016 Presentation of reasonable alternatives for LSTAR construction as part of the environmental approval process.
2016 End of UPRR planning process. Alternatives allowing for future participation in Lone Star Rail by Union Pacific remain as part of the environmental review process.
2017/2018 Anticipated date for federal environmental approval, including the presentation of a draft environmental impact statement and a federal Record of Decision regarding the EIS, allowing Lone Star Rail to begin final design and construction.