As our population base expands, Austin can’t seem to build roads fast enough. Commuters from Leander and Cedar Park to downtown Austin are challenged daily with traffic tie-ups and slowdowns on those jam-packed roadways. The result is that public transit, and rail in particular, is shaking out to be a valuable commodity for those Leander and Cedar Park residents trekking into downtown.
Last Friday, I hopped on the 4:44 p.m. Capital Metro train in Leander and rode into downtown. I might have mentioned before that my 3-year-old loves trains, so much of our excitement comes simply from the ride, not the destination. Once we arrived downtown, we walked several blocks and ended up at a restaurant called Frank, where my opinion of a chili-cheese dog was forever altered. After dinner, we flagged down a pedicab for a ride back to the downtown station where we stepped aboard for our return to Leander and home. Our Page 21 guide showcases a few of the entertainment options available near the downtown rail stop and includes a few photos I took from my trip.
Unfortunately, weekend train service to and from Leander is limited until demand warrants expanding the transit schedule. An increase in Leander-based riders will also result in more projects around the city’s Transit Oriented Development district, or Legacy Landing, as it may soon be called. Read our Page 1 story to learn more about Leander’s vision for the area surrounding the Capital Metro train station.
Traci Rodriguez, General Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org