Red Line Trail
The Red Line Trail is a planned, 32-mile trail network that would follow Capital Metro’s Red Line Rail from Downtown Austin to Leander once completed. Austin Public Works’ Urban Trails Program is developing portions of Red Line Trail as part of the 2016 Mobility Bond.
Construction is now complete on another section of the Red Line Trail! Austin's first dual-track trail opened in Feb. 2021 and extends from Rosewood Ave to E. 12th Street. This portion of trail is also known as the Boggy Creek Trail. Take a virtual tour of this section of the trail here!
Trail Network Limits
Portions of Red Line Trail overlap with the Lance Armstrong Bikeway and the EastLink Trail. Learn more about completed sections and current projects for EastLink Trail here.
Red Line Trail System Overview
The Urban Trails Program is coordinating in the development of Red Line Trail with partners including the Austin Transportation Department, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and the Red Line Parkway Initiative.
The Urban Trails Program has identified priority trail projects throughout the Red Line corridor in the 2014 Urban Trails Plan. Red Line Trail presents a great opportunity for North-South connectivity starting from Central East Austin and spanning the length of the city. It would also provide key connections to public transit, including linking with Capital Metro’s MetroRail line.
The following portions of Red Line Trail are completed and open to the public:
- Along New Hope Drive, between the cities of Leander and Cedar Park
- Between Morrow St. and US 290
- From Rosewood Avenue to Capital Metro MLK Jr. Station (also known as the Boggy Creek Trail)
- Between Rosewood Avenue and E 1st St
Red Line Trail Projects
Red Line Trail (Braker Lane to Northern Walnut Creek Trail)
The Urban Trails Program is developing a 1.7 mile portion of Red Line Trail to connect Braker Lane and the Capital Metro Kramer Red Line Station to the existing Northern Walnut Creek trail system. This project will also connect to the Q2 Stadium.
Project Background & Process
The Red Line Trail team started the planning process for this portion of Red Line Trail in Fall 2017. The project is currently in the design phase.
Keep track of Red Line Trail and other 2016 Mobility Bond projects on Capital Project Explorer. See Red Line Trail on Capital Project Explorer here.
Preliminary Engineering Report
The Red Line Trail Preliminary Engineering Report is now available for review. This report shows the recommended route for Red Line Trail. It also lists topics the City needs to consider to build this trail, such as environmental concerns, wildlife, nearby property ownership, and more.
The project team has hosted 2 public meetings.
Public Meeting 1: December 13, 2017
The project team hosted the first public meeting to get community feedback for the Preliminary Engineering Report. This feedback informed the recommendations we presented in February 2019.
Public Meeting 2: February 21, 2019
The project team hosted the second public meeting to share recommendations for Red Line Trail and get feedback.
- See a flyover rendering video and pathway rendering video showing Red Line Trail recommendations.
Estimated Project Timeline
- Planning: Spring 2017-Spring 2019
- Design: Summer 2019-Spring 2025
- Construction: TBD
Red Line Trail (from Braker Ln. to Northern Walnut Creek Trail) is funded through the design phase as part of the 2016 Mobility Bond's Local Mobility Program.
Share your feedback on Red Line Trail!
Email Cheyenne Dolin to:
- Submit questions and comments about this project
- Request a presentation from the project team for your group or organization
Get updates on Red Line Trail, or stay in the loop with the Urban Trails Program by filling out the form below. (You can also sign up for updates about other Urban Trails projects here.)
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