Austin's light rail plans advances
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has published a notice of intent to work with the Austin Transit Partnership (ATP) on advancing Austin Light Rail. 
ATP is starting the required studies which will be needed to support the federal process as well as securing federal funds to support the project.  
This notice of intent means that the formal 45-day public scoping process that examines the proposed locations of stations as well as their design has officially begun. 
The public will be given acces to infomation about the light rail project including a description of the purpose of the project and the reasons why it should be adopted, the provision of maps and diagrams of the proposed system and education on the environmental impact of the proposed system. 
'This next phase is critical in implementing this transformational project for Austin. Since its inception, Austin Light Rail has been informed by community input and now, Austinites will have the opportunity to provide their thoughts and insights into the design topics that they feel are the most important.' said Jennifer Pyne, executive vice president of planning, community and federal programmes with ATP. 
ATP will host in-person and virtual open house events to further inform the analysis that will be used to prepare the draft Environmental Impact Statement that will be released in the autumn. 
Austin's light rail plans advances
An artist's impression of the light rail system that has come another step closer to coming into being (ATP) 
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