The proposed LSTAR passenger service will serve Central and South Texas communities with convenient stations located from Williamson County in the north to Bexar County in the south. The LSTAR will provide a congestion-free, reliable and affordable travel alternative for commuters, students and faculty and leisure travelers throughout the region and will connect with Austin and San Antonio transit services.
The proposed rail line is currently going through the federal environmental review process — you can learn more about that process and share your input here. Several alignments are being considered — you can view those options here. The project team is also looking at combinations of these alignments. The current timeline forecasts final federal approval in 2018, after which Lone Star Rail would move toward final design and construction, mostly likely as part of a public-private partnership (P3) to deliver the project. Funding and financing for construction of the LSTAR is expected to come from various public and private sources; local tax-increment financing zones around station locations will help support LSTAR’s operating costs.
The Lone Star Rail District, formed in 2003 to pursue rail solutions for improving mobility and prosperity in the Austin-San Antonio corridor, is an independent and accountable public agency that includes as members cities, counties, transportation agencies, and private-sector representatives from throughout the region.