safeguarding our region
Lone Star Rail’s promise to Central and South Texas goes beyond improving mobility and creating opportunity and prosperity. The project can, in significant ways, help sustain and improve our region’s quality of life:
safer streets in our communities
Increasingly congested roadways pose a risk to public safety. Interstate 35 itself through Austin and San Antonio has become one of the state’s most dangerous roadways. Lone Star Rail provides an alternative for travelers along I-35, improving mobility while increasing the reliability of travel.
maintaining and improving air quality
Rail travel is much more fuel-efficient than driving cars and trucks. This means fewer emissions and less negative impact on the air quality in the Austin and San Antonio metro areas. Both of these urban areas are at the cusp of non-attainment of federal air quality standards, which can translate into a reduction of federal transportation funding. Implementing Lone Star Rail is one strategy these metro areas can use as part of their plans to keep air quality from continuing to deteriorate.
preserving open spaces
Whether the farmlands of the Blackland Prairie to the east or the Texas Hill Country to the west, the Austin-San Antonio region is known for its scenic beauty and rural character worth protecting. Investments in compact and connected development in the region’s urban cores can help ensure that open space continues to be protected for future generations. Recently, a study by the University of Texas School of Architecture for the Hill Country Alliance came to exactly this conclusion, citing Lone Star Rail as an important tool in the regional toolbox for protecting the integrity and character of the Hill Country.