Travis County

Transportation

Major Roadways

I-35 or Interstate Highway 35
Traffic and freeway on Austin, Texas city streetLicensed Image © 2020 Adobe Stock Images

I-35 runs from north to south along the east side of Austin. I-35 begins in Duluth, Minnesota near Lake Superior and ends at the border of Texas and Mexico in Laredo, Texas. 

Loop 1 or MoPac Not really a loop but it runs north to south on the west side of Austin. Parts of Loop 1 are toll lanes. 

Loop 360 or Capital of Texas Highway Also not a loop, I know but it’s very scenic, runs northeast to southwest and back east to MoPac. This is the roadway where you’ll see the iconic Pennybacker Bridge. Named after Percy V. Pennybacker, Jr. a Texas Civil Engineer who pioneered the technology of welded structures, particularly, bridges. 

US-183 or Research Boulevard Also known as Bell or Ed Buestein Boulevards, depending on your location, runs northwest to southeast through Austin. US-183 was a major thoroughfare long before the days of the interstate and begins in Presho, South Dakota (about half way in between rapid City, SD and Sioux Falls, IA) and ends just north of Corpus Christi, Texas in Refugio.

State Highway 71 or Ben White Boulevard Runs east to west through south Austin. 

Ranch Road 620 or The 620 / Round Rock Avenue Runs northeast to southwest along the northern part of Austin from Round Rock to Lakeway. 

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Toll Roads It can be a bit confusing to know who owns which roadway in and around Austin, TxDOT or Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, but to make it easier, one may purchase a TxTag that will automatically deduct the charges from your account as you pass through the toll plazas. Alternatively, one may pay by mail, but toll charges will be higher and will have an additional processing charge for mailing. 

Toll Roads Operated by TxDOT :

Loop 1 • Parmer Lane to SH-45N The toll lane is available from Parmer Lane to State Highway 45 N (The toll lane from Downtown to Parmer Lane is operated by CTRMA). 

130 Toll • SH-130 This 91 mile tollway east of I-35 runs from just north of Georgetown all the way to Seguin, Texas on I-10. (One can also use SH-45 SE from Buda to connect to SH-130 and create a by-pass around Downtown Austin.) 

SH-45 N This short 13 mile segment north of Austin runs from SH-130 in Pflugerville to, and including parts of, RM-620 in Cedar Park and 183A Toll.

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Roads:

Loop 1 MoPac Express Lane • Downtown to Parmer Lane The toll lane is available from downtown to Parmer Lane. (The toll lane from Parmer Lane to SH-45N is operated by TxDOT. See what we mean?)

183A Toll Currently an eleven mile tollway running from RM-620 in Cedar Park to San Gabriel Parkway in Leander. In 2021 another 6.6 miles will be built to extend north of SH-29 in Liberty Hill. Opening date is scheduled for 2024. 

290 Toll The 290 Toll Road is a 12.4 mile toll road that includes three tolled lanes and three non-tolled general purpose lanes in each direction from US 183 to east of Parmer Lane in Manor. 

183 Toll Phase I The 183 Toll is currently a 3.5-mile toll road along US 183 from US 290 to north of Techni Center Drive in east Austin. The Mobility Authority is upgrading US 183 to a new expressway facility while preserving and enhancing the non-tolled lanes. Phase II of the project is slated to open in 2020, extending the expressway southward to SH 71.

183 South Toll Phase II This tollway will now connect US-290 and SH-71 near the ABIA Airport. 

71 Toll Lane SH 71 toll lanes run from 130 Toll (SH-130) to the north side of the ABIA Airport. 


Airports

Commercial

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Austin-Bergstrom International Airport ABIA (AUS)
3600 Presidential BLVD, Austin, TX 78719
512.530-2242 • austintexas.gov/airport


General Aviation

Austin Executive Airport (EDC)
6012 Aviation Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660
512.247.7678 • austinexecutiveairport.com

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Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU)
500 Terminal Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
512.930-.3666 • airport.georgetown.org

Rusty Allen Airport (RYW)
9201 Bar K Ranch Rd, Lago Vista, TX 78645
512.267.4573 • lagovistatexas.org/span_city_span_departments/airport

Lakeway Airpark (3R9)
115 Flying Scot St, Lakeway, Texas 78734
512.261.4385 • 3r9.org

San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI)
4400 Airport Hwy, San Marcos, Texas 78666
512.353.2379 • sanmarcostx.gov/airport

Railways

Commercial Service

Terrell County, Texas / United States – June 2, 2020: Amtrak’s Texas Eagle train travels through the desert near Sanderson, Texas. • Licensed Image © 2020 Adobe Stock Images.

Austin and Taylor are connected to Amtrak’s system by way of the Texas Eagle. The Texas Eagle begins daily in San Antonio and three times a week in Los Angeles; it ends each journey in Chicago. (Or vice-versa.) The entire journey is 65 hours and stops along the way include, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Texarkana, Little Rock, Poplar Bluff, St. Louis, Springfield, and finally Chicago. If you have the time, I highly recommend the experience/journey; but do yourself a favor and buy the sleeper room upgrade. 

Amtrak
250 N Lamar BLVD, Austin, Texas 78703
800.872.7245 • amtrakguide.com/routes/texas-eagle

Local Excursions

Austin Steam Train
All aboard the Austin Steam Train vintage flyers for an adventure that perfectly blends the past with the present. Punch your ticket any weekend of the year for a ride on the Bertram Flyer or Hill Country Flyer, and enjoy seeing Hill Country from a different vantage point. Up for a little excitement during your stay? Look into themed excursions such as a Wine Tasting train, a holiday themed train such asNorth Pole Flyer or a Princess-perfect outing.
401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste A-103 Cedar Park, TX
512.402.3830 • austinsteamtrain.org

Cedar Rock Railroad (Quarter Scale)
The Cedar Rock Railroad is a fantastic quarter-scale train that takes passengers on a relaxing 1.4 mile ride through the nature-filled fields and forests of the park… unforgettable fun for all ages!
SW Williamson County Park, 390 Borho, Round Rock, TX 78681
facebook.com/CedarRockRailroadcedarrockrailroad.com/index.html

Bus Lines

Carts
CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the one hundred and sixty-nine communities it serves, including the non-urbanized areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson counties. 512.478.7433 • ridecarts.com

Greyhound
This is not your father’s/grandfather’s Greyhound. Buses now have access to movies, TV shows, Wi-Fi, Video Channels, News, and Games. Gone are the days, like my high school trip to Florida from Missouri, where all we had to entertain ourselves was the class clown.
916 E. Koenig Lane, Austin, Texas 78751
512.458.4463 • greyhound.com

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Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority • Cap Metro

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, commonly referred to as Capital Metro, is a public transportation provider located in Austin, Texas. It operates bus, paratransit services and a commuter rail system known as the Capital MetroRail in Austin and several suburbs in Travis and Williamson counties.

MetroBus
These are normal bus routes with frequent stops.
www.capmetro.org/busroutes

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MetroRapid
Frequent service with a limited number of stops and faster travel times.
www.capmetro.org/metrorapid

MetroExpress
These bus routes are designed to connect outlying areas to the center of Austin and have less frequent stops.
www.capmetro.org/metroexpress

MetroRail
Running from just north of Downtown Leander to Downtown Austin. The rail line operates six days a week.
www.capmetro.org/redline

Pickup by Cap Metro
Capital Metro has brought ride hailing to public transportation. With our Pickup app, you can arrange on-demand transit service from your home to an appointment, a shopping trip or anywhere within its service zone. All for just $1.25, the same as MetroBus and MetroRapid!
www.capmetro.org/pickup

MetroBike • B-Cycle
Unlike bike rental, a MetroBike bicycle is there when you need it, 24/7/365. Bike share is economical and convenient, designed for those trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. With a MetroBike you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or thieves stealing your bicycle.
austin.bcycle.com/how-it-works

Cap Metro 512.474.1200 • capmetro.org

Taxis

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Austin Express Cab Service
512.666.4141

ATX Co-op Taxi
512.333.5555 • atxcooptaxi.net

Yellow Cab
512.452.9999 • yellowcabaustin.com

Urban Transportation

Austin B-Cycle • MetroBike
Unlike bike rental, a MetroBike bicycle is there when you need it, 24/7/365. Bike share is economical and convenient, designed for those trips that are too far to walk but too short to drive. With a MetroBike you don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or thieves stealing your bicycle.
austin.bcycle.com/how-it-works

Pedicabs

Capital Pedicab
512.448.2227 • www.capitalpedicab.com

Easy Rider Pedicabs
512.436.3286 • www.easyriderpedicabs.com

Metrocycle Pedicabs
512.825.1276 • www.metrocyclecab.com

Roadkill Pedicab
512.300.3784 • roadkillpedicab.com

Rideshare Apps

RideAustin
rideaustin.com

Lyft
lyft.com

Uber
uber.com

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