Our Projects

Because of multiple at-grade crossings and steep grade inclines coming out of the Colorado River basin near Austin, Union Pacific’s train speeds average only 17 miles-per hour along its existing route, thus making the current rail line an inefficient reliever for freight movements on Interstate 35.

The Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council has proposed three projects to help alleviate regional freight and vehicle congestion: State Highway 130, a 90-mile reliever route for Interstate 35 from Seguin to Georgetown, which opened in October 2012; relocating Union Pacific’s through-freight into a new grade-separated corridor, allowing more NAFTA freight to move through the region by rail instead of by highway; and re-developing Union Pacific’s existing freight line into a passenger rail service between San Antonio and Georgetown (the Lone Star Rail project).