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STEP 2 EVALUATION

CRITERIA

OPTION 1 LSRD PROPOSED


ALTERNATIVE
JOINT OPERATIONS CORRIDOR ALONG UPRR AUSTIN
SUB W/DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FREIGHT CORRIDOR

OPTION 2 NEW PASSENGER


CORRIDOR PARALLEL TO UPRR AUSTIN SUB
A new corridor would be developed parallel to and completely
separated from the existing UPRR Austin Sub between Taylor and
San Antonio. Complete separation of freight and passenger rail traffic
would be achieved either through appropriate spacing or use of a
barrier. Previously identified station locations would be used to the
extent possible.

OPTION 2 NEW PASSENGER


CORRIDOR PARALLEL TO UPRR AUSTIN SUB
2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart
55-foot wide right-of-way may vary depending on terrain;
retaining walls could be used in some areas to minimize
right-of-way width
Boarding platform accessible via bridge from station and parking
area located outside of right-of-way
Nearest freight and passenger tracks would be a minimum
of 50-feet on center (A)
In areas where space is limited and the 50-foot on center
minimum cannot be achieved, a barrier/crash wall would
be constructed (B)

OPTION 3 I-35 CORRIDOR


I-35 would serve as the spine for this option with proposed passenger
rail service infrastructure located within and/or parallel to the existing
I-35 right-of-way. Consideration will be given to elevated, at-grade
and tunnel segments. In Austin, consideration will be given to locating
passenger rail service within the existing MoKan, MoPAC, Capital
Metro and/or SH 130/SH 45 corridors.

OPTION 3 I-35 CORRIDOR


Elevated Option

Proposed passenger
rail facilities
Existing/proposed
southbound lanes

Existing/proposed
southbound lanes

Existing/proposed
southbound lanes

Existing/proposed
northbound lanes

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

Existing/proposed
northbound lanes

Existing/proposed
northbound lanes

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart


35-foot wide track bed
anticipated
Boarding platform accessible
via bridge from station and
parking located outside or
adjacent to right-of-way

At-Grade Options
2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart
35-foot wide track bed
(may vary), retaining walls
to minimize footprint, where
feasible
Located within the median or
outside and adjacent to
travel lanes or frontage road
Boarding platform accessible
via bridge, tunnel, or at-
grade from station located
outside or adjacent to
right-of-way, depending
on location

Tunnel Option

Existing/proposed
lane configuration

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

In areas where right-of-way


is limited, consideration
will be given to underground
sections
Platforms/stations would be
accessed via stairs, elevators,
or escalators, depending on
location

OPTION 3 I-35 CORRIDOR

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

MoKan Corridor
2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart
Variable width track bed,
depending on terrain
Boarding platform accessible
via at-grade or bridge from
station and parking located
adjacent to right-of-way
May require relocation
of roadway or other
improvements within
existing MoKan right-of-way

Existing MoKan
Right-of-Way

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

Capital Metro Corridor

Existing Capital Metro


Red Line

2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart


Variable width track bed,
depending on terrain
Boarding platform
accessible via at-grade or
bridge from station and
parking located adjacent
to right-of-way
Additional track may be
needed in some locations to
support joint operations

OPTION 4 SH 130 CORRIDOR


SH 130 would serve as the spine for this option with proposed
passenger rail service infrastructure located within the median,
within the right-of-way outside of the travel lanes and frontage
roads, and/or within dedicated right-of-way parallel to the existing
SH 130 right-of-way. Consideration would be given to elevated
and at-grade segments.

OPTION 4 SH 130 CORRIDOR

Existing southbound
travel lanes

Existing southbound
travel lanes

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

Existing northbound
travel lanes

Existing northbound
travel lanes

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart


35-foot wide track bed (may vary), retaining walls to minimize footprint, where feasible
Located within the median or outside and adjacent to travel lanes or frontage road
Boarding platform accessible via bridge, tunnel, or at-grade from station located adjacent
to the right-of-way, depending on location

OPTION 5 I-35 OR PARALLEL


TO UPRR AUSTIN SUB
W/MULTI-MODAL SERVICE
COMPONENTS IN AUSTIN
AND SAN ANTONIO
The primary passenger rail service corridor would be located along
I-35 and/or parallel to the UPRR Austin Sub between Stassney Lane
(Austin) and Loop 1604 (San Antonio). Multi-modal connections
developed through a cooperative effort with Capital Metro and VIA
would connect with the passenger rail system to provide accessibility
to local destinations via bus, urban rail, streetcar and/or other local
transit options.

OPTION 5 I-35/UPRR
W/MULTI-MODAL
Existing/proposed
southbound lanes

Existing/proposed
southbound lanes

Existing UPRR
Right-of-Way

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

Existing/proposed
northbound lanes

Existing/proposed
northbound lanes

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

2 tracks spaced 15-feet apart


Track bed width may vary,
retaining walls to minimize
footprint, where feasible
Located within the median,
outside and adjacent to
travel lanes or frontage road,
or parallel to and separated
from freight rail traffic
Boarding platform
accessible via bridge, tunnel,
or at-grade from station
adjacent to right-of-way,
depending on location
Nearest freight and
passenger tracks would be
a minimum of 50-feet on
center; or in areas where
space is limited and the
50-foot on center minimum
cannot be achieved, a
barrier/crash wall would
be constructed

Proposed passenger
rail facilities

Local Transit Connections


Service cooperatively developed between LSRD,
Capital Metro, VIA
Modal connections provided at stations