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

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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?

Guest:

  • San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor
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