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City discusses proposed urban rail system

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It's a project that, if built is sure to change the face of Austin and it was being discussed Friday afternoon at City Hall.

"Project Connect" is a proposed urban rail system for Austin that could be built by 2020.

Friday the Project Connect Central Corridor Study Team made its recommendation to the Central Corridor Advisory Group.

It’s a $1.4 billion project that will include an urban rail, 16 stations and a new bridge across Lady Bird Lake. The team estimates the rail could carry an average of 16,000 to 20,000 people per day.

"In 20 years, population projections are for 4 million people. We're about 1.8 million people now in the region so it is an urgent problem, it's a big problem and it calls for a big solution," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said.

Project Connect says the federal government is expected to contribute 50 percent of the cost of this. All of the funding and phasing will be discussed at the next meeting on the 16th.

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