The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the Austin Public Works Urban Trails Program announce the launch of the Bergstrom Spur Platinum Planning Study virtual open house, from July 21 to August 14, 2020. The public is encouraged to watch the video presentations and complete an online survey.
Members of the community are invited to share input on potential urban trail and transit concepts for the Bergstrom Spur corridor, a former rail line located in south Austin stretching roughly 6 miles, from Vinson Drive in southwest Austin to US-183 near Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
The newly launched virtual open house provides a video presentation of potential urban trail and transit concepts for the western, central, and eastern segments of the Bergstrom Spur.
“As an urban trail and possible transit route, this former rail line has so much potential to improve connectivity in South Austin,” said Ann Kitchen, City of Austin Council Member and Vice Chair of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board.
Public input and comments are a key part of CAMPO’s “Platinum Planning Process,” which considers the impacts of equity, housing, the environment, economic development, and the historical and cultural character of a location. In addition to presenting design concepts, the study includes recommendations for various features and amenities that will make the future trail a hub of activity that is a fun, welcoming, inclusive, and an exciting place to visit. Some concepts presented include outdoor exercise stations, landscaping, outdoor art, space for programming / events, outdoor dining spaces, small parklets, and opportunities for small businesses.
The virtual open house marks the second phase of community input. Since Fall 2019, the project team has worked closely with community members and local stakeholders to identify options for the Bergstrom Spur. Following this current phase of community input, the study will produce a final report, which will be shared with the public in late Summer/early Fall of 2020. Learn more about the Bergstrom Spur Platinum Planning Study here.