GEORGETOWN (September 11, 2013)—Georgetown leaders have done an about face, voting to remain with a transit group that’s planning a 118-mile commuter rail line along Interstate 35.
The Georgetown City Council voted Tuesday night to stay in the Lone Star Rail District.
Mayor George Garver cast the deciding vote.
The rail plan includes a stop in Georgetown, just north of Austin, as part of a line to San Antonio.
Georgetown has been with the Lone Star Rail District since 2007 and has paid nearly $50,000 annually.
Council members voted in June to drop out because of concerns about the cost of building, maintaining and operating the line.
The Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board recommended staying with the district as plans proceed for an environmental study, the results of which could help cities secure federal transportation funds.