On the Could 24 Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Administrators assembly, board members heard updates on the progress of Undertaking Join.
Presenters displayed photos of partial plans for the Blue Line – known as “15 p.c design drawings” – and stated that they might quickly obtain comparable plans for the Orange Line.
“We’ve been working together with all of our stakeholders, together with town employees. to go forward and get feedback on these drawings … what the conflicts are. We’re additionally working in the direction of getting surveys and ending off the opposite elements which can be required beneath the federal environmental course of,” stated Dave Sofa, program officer for Undertaking Join.
Borings for the tunnel are additionally at present underway within the downtown sections of the venture.
“We at the moment are beginning to work on the opposite two strains, which would be the extension of the 803 line to Manchaca and likewise to Oak Hill,” Sofa stated.
This month, Undertaking Join venture staff are engaged on the alignment planning of the Blue Line from the airport right into a bridge going downtown.
“Within the subsequent months, we’ll do the identical factor with the Orange Line, after which in July we’ll come again and we’ll deal with the downtown part – the realm the place there are tunnels and different options like that,” Sofa stated. The Blue Line, specifically, runs largely alongside Riverside from the airport, making a flip over the lake on the Statesman constructing and ending up at Republic Sq..
Different options vital to make room for are bushes, bike paths and sidewalks.
One roadblock, based on Sofa, is that stations should be positioned on flat floor. “You’re not going to place a station on a hill. It doesn’t adjust to ADA requirements,” he stated.
Undertaking Join leaders can have a draft environmental assertion ready by this fall, with a ultimate environmental assertion prepared by the tip of subsequent 12 months.
“From there, we’ll be capable to get to the remainder of the method, from entry into engineering, all the way in which to acquiring a full funding grant settlement,” Sofa defined. The grant settlement will present extra particulars in regards to the venture and a extra particular timeline for every facet.
Group engagement has been a “great success,” given the obstacles offered by the pandemic. There have been three public occasions to this point, and one other developing in July. “That’s once we’ll go forward and take the complete 15 p.c designs and get public suggestions,” Sofa stated.
Sofa stated station spacing for the strains will doubtless be between a half-mile to at least one mile aside, “with a half being a few 10-minute stroll.”
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