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Nonprofits release MetroRail Red Line business directory

Nicole Cobler

Cap Metro's Red Line trail shown stopped at the downtown station.
Cap Metro’s Red Line rail in downtown Austin. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

Grab coffee downtown at Texas Coffee Traders, breakfast at Easy Tiger at The Linc and spend a couple of hours at the Old Town Leander Farmer’s Market.

The picture as a whole: Three nonprofits Austin Young Chamber, Movability and Transit Forward desire to show how easy it really is to go to local businesses utilizing the MetroRail.

Why it matters: Public transit advocates are looking to have more Austinites on the city’s buses and trains to boost traffic congestion and reduce polluting of the environment.

What they’re saying: “This directory escalates the accessibility for Austinites to aid the tiny business community,” said Joana Ortiz, president and ceo of the Austin Young Chamber. “It’ll turn into a model for future rail lines to sustain our vibrant and culturally diverse local businesses.”

Of note: MetroRail riders will get home elevators rideshare options and bicycle and scooter rentals if they reach each station.

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