The MoKan Trail urban trail will follow a short section of the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MoKan) Railroad in east Austin. Once complete, the 1.5-mile trail will connect an existing protected bike path on Pedernales Street to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail system.
The MoKan Trail project was identified as a needed trail connection in the City’s 2014 Urban Trails Plan. City Council designated the project as a Tier 1 (high priority) trail in 2021 following advocacy and support from neighborhood groups, local environmental organizations, and community leaders.
The MoKan Trail will help connect residents to transit stations, commercial and cultural destinations, parks, schools, the Cepeda Branch Library, and grocery stores. The trail will also connect to the planned Green Line Pleasant Valley Transfer Station.
A private developer built a .25-mile section of the MoKan Trail (Springdale Road to Shady Lane), which opened in January 2023. The City of Austin is currently developing a .75-mile section of the trail (North Pleasant Valley Road to Springdale Road), which is being constructed in five phases due to the unique circumstances in each phase.
- Phase 1: Under construction
- Phase 2: Spring 2024
- Phase 3 Summer2024
- Phase 4: 2025
- Phase 5: Fall 2025-Fall 2026*
*Construction timeline is subject to change.
In Summer 2023, the project team published a Technical Report summarizing findings from the project’s preliminary engineering phase. The report covers constraints and proposed design solutions for six project segments. The Technical Report includes a Schematic Design Drawing, which illustrates the recommended trail route from an aerial perspective.
Spring 2023: Preliminary Engineering Phase Virtual Open House
The City of Austin's Urban Trails Program held a virtual open house to gather feedback during the project's preliminary engineering phase from March 20 - April 23, 2023. View the open house.