the education corridor
The Lone Star Rail project can help provide critical mobility to support Texas’ growing academic and research community. There are more than 20 colleges and universities in close proximity to potential LSTAR alignments within the Austin-San Antonio corridor.
Improved mobility could enable an easy exchange of students and faculty among those campuses, while providing both students and faculty with a more productive use of their travel time and reducing the costs now being borne by these institutions to provide parking and transportation services (For example, Texas State University has become the region’s third-largest provider of bus service, after Capital Metro and VIA.)
The LSTAR can help these colleges, universities, medical schools, and graduate schools in the Austin-San Antonio ‘education corridor’ generate new ideas, technologies, and innovations and recruit top talent to Texas. That will nourish the region’s continued economic prosperity and encourage job creation.
The LSTAR can also make it easier for students of all ages throughout the region to improve their own opportunities, by taking advantage of a broad range of higher-education offerings without having to relocate or fight ever-worsening traffic. That’s one reason why Austin Community College has already joined the Lone Star Rail District and executed a local funding agreement to help support LSTAR operating costs.
Institutions of higher learning within the LSTAR service area include (from north to south):
- Temple College/Texas State Technical College - Taylor and Hutto
- Southwestern University - Georgetown
- Austin Community College - multiple campuses/centers in Austin as well as Round Rock and Kyle
- Texas A&M Health Science Center - Round Rock
- Concordia University - Austin
- The University of Texas at Austin - both main campus and Pickle Research Center
- St. Edward’s University - Austin
- Texas State University - main campus in San Marcos, also in Round Rock
- Alamo Colleges - multiple campuses/centers in San Antonio as well as Schertz/Universal City and New Braunfels
- Trinity University - San Antonio
- St. Mary’s University - San Antonio
- University of the Incarnate Word - San Antonio
- University of Texas at San Antonio - downtown campus
- Texas A&M University at San Antonio