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How Austin-San Antonio commuter rail backers plan to get back on track

Reports of the death of commuter rail between Austin and San Antonio have been greatly exaggerated, according to officials with the Lone Star Rail District.

At a meeting Friday in San Marcos, the Lone Star Rail board unveiled new options for a potential route and approved a measure moving forward with a needed environmental impact study. The meeting, held in a classic car museum, attracted about 30 people. Political and business leaders from Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio were in attendance, including Austin Councilwoman Ann Kitchen (District 5).

A new route is necessary because Union Pacific Railroad said in February it was backing out of a 2010 agreement with LSRD to explore the feasibility of running passenger service along its current rails between San Antonio and Georgetown in exchange for the construction of a new freight rail line to the east. By law, the Lone Star Rail project is confined to existing transportation corridors between Austin and San Antonio… Read more from Biz Journal