Thirteen years ago, Pflugerville pulled out of Capital Metro. Voters decided it was no longer worth paying a 1 percent sales tax for one bus that came in the morning and another in the evening, and the city directed that funding toward emergency services and economic development instead.
But much has changed. The city has a new council. Traffic has worsened as the region’s population has grown. Capital Metro officials recently returned to the city’s doorstep to pitch plans for Project Connect, a sweeping initiative to connect the region with passenger rail lines, long-distance bus lines, express toll lanes for buses and shorter, interconnecting bus routes. Officials are hoping to get the city’s blessing — and eventually, some financial support.
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