A Piece in the IH-35 Traffic Puzzle:
The Austin - San Antonio Commuter Rail
by
Commissioner Tommy Adkisson
April 7, 2005

Almost 3 million people living along the Corridor between Georgetown and San Antonio depend on Interstate Highway 35 (IH 35) as a major thoroughfare.

By the year 2020, the population along this 110 mile stretch of highway is expected to nearly double. In addition, 80% of Mexico's trade with the United States and Canada passes through Texas, 75% by truck, using IH 35 as a primary route. This $370 billion in trade is expected to double by the year 2010.

Along the entire 1700 mile stretch of IH 35 from Mexico to Canada, the highest levels of fatalities, the worst congestion, the slowest average speed per mile, the lowest levels of service, and the most air pollution occur in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor (FHWA study, 1999).

The Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District, a regional entity, is working with communities along the Corridor to address these issues by:

In this early stage, the Rail District is:

Informing the communities along the Corridor and seeking input on the project

Passenger rail service will enable people to travel freely between all communities in the Corridor, whether your trip takes you from Round Rock to Austin, Austin to San Marcos, San Marcos to New Braunfels, or New Braunfels to San Antonio.

As the Bexar County representative to the Commuter Rail District, I intend to keep you apprised of the activities of this important tool to tame the traffic on I-35. We should not be found "behind the power curve" of our increasing traffic on this truly international corridor. Your thoughts or questions about how it is developed are always welcome!

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