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The Source: Mayor Taylor 'Cautiously Not Pessimistic' On Future Of Lone Star Rail

Lone Star Rail District

Monday Mayor Ivy Taylor responded to questions about the future of Lone Star Rail, the proposed commuter-rail line connecting San Antonio and Austin.

Despite having more support than ever a major blow was dealt last month when Union Pacific Railroad - the owner of the tracks the line hopes to ride on - pulled out of the deal. Bexar County subsequently pulled $500,000 it had set aside for the project.

Mayor Taylor says she is hoping alternatives can be found to a UP-based line, and the situation is precarious.

"I can't say 100 percent that it's dead, but it certainly looks blear right now."

The dream of such a line has been talked about for a generation. The benefits of removing cars from Interstate 35, paired with intrinsic positive of efficiently connecting two of the fastest growing cities in the country gained a lot of support. 

What comes next for Lone Star Rail?


  • San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
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