On Tuesday, Capital Metro announced its Project Connect transit system, which includes more MetroRail options and the construction of an underground tunnel housing a light rail system in the Downtown Austin area.

In the past, CapMetro has had an up-and-down relationship with voters when it comes to funding mobility projects.

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In fact, CapMetro’s very existence hinged on voter approval back in 1985, when Austinites said “yes” to paying an additional 1% sales tax to expand the city’s existing bus system.

But when voters in 2000 were given their first opportunity to approve light rail, it was close: light rail was defeated by a margin of less than 1%.

Four years later, voters did approve a new light rail proposal in part because it utilized existing railroad tracks. That’s the current MetroRail service that connects areas northwest Austin to downtown. It launched in 2010.

But a 2014 election to spend $1 billion on transportation improvements that included funds for a nearly 10-mile light rail starter line lost by a 14-point margin.

This November, voters may have the chance to weigh in again on a light rail in Austin.

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