December 22, 2016 -

A new alliance that aims to tackle transportation issues along Interstate 35 between San Antonio and Austin is strengthening plans for a passenger rail along the sprawling corridor.

The partnership brings together the three entities that control 100 percent of the transportation money for the region: the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or AAMPO, the Capital Area MPO, or CAMPO and the Texas Department of Transportation, commonly known as TxDOT.

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff says it's the first time two metro planning organizations have combined forces.

"I think we just took a step that brings us much closer to legitimizing a rail project than Lone Star Rail project ever got to," Wolff said.

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