May 31, 2023 - - 

A local multi-billion-dollar mass transit project is still on track despite efforts in the just-ended legislative session aimed at derailing it. Project Connect is moving forward with a slimmed-down initial plan to create a new light rail service connecting Central Austin with South Austin and East Riverside

Project Connect had huge support from Austin voters when it passed in November of 2020. But that was before inflation and supply line issues blew a hole in the budget.

That fueled complaints that Austin voters might have been misled about the financing to get their approval. Critics went to the state legislature arguing the city was exploiting a legal loophole to give Project Connect a blank check for any cost overruns.

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