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 currently developing portions of Red Line Trail as part of the 2016 Mobility Bond.
These portions include:
- Boggy Creek Trail (Rosewood Avenue to E 12th Street)
- Red Line Trail (Braker Lane to Northern Walnut Creek Trail)
Trail Network Limits
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.
Including a number of smaller connectors throughout the system, 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
- Between E 12th St. to Capital Metro MLK Jr. Station
- Between Rosewood Avenue and E 1st St*
*This portion includes Boggy Creek Trail (Rosewood Avenue to E 12 St), which is receiving improvements through the 2016 Mobility Bond.)
Red Line Trail Projects
Boggy Creek Trail (Rosewood Avenue to E 12th Street)
In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Public Works and Austin Transportation are proposing changes to the lower portion of Boggy Creek Trail (located between Rosewood Avenue and E 12th Street). Once completed, this project would connect to the upper portion of Boggy Creek Trail (located between E 12th St. to Capital Metro MLK Jr. Station), which opened to the public in July 2019. Learn more about Boggy Creek Trail here.
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 future Major League Soccer stadium.
Following additional review and ongoing coordination with nearby property owners and Capital Metro, the Urban Trails Program has updated route recommendations for Red Line Trail. The new Red Line Trail route would follow the east side of the MetroRail Red Line between Braker Lane and Gracy Farms Lane. It would then cross the rail line at Gracy Farms Lane and continue along the west side until connecting with Northern Walnut Creek Trail at Mopac. The Urban Trails Program is working closely with Capital Metro to provide safe rail crossings.
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.
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. The Mobility Bond was approved by voters in November 2016. It dedicates $26 million for urban trails with a transportation and mobility purpose.
Share your feedback on Red Line Trail!
Email Carolynn.Calabrese@austintexas.gov 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.)