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Austin American Statesman

"After slamming the brakes last year on planning for the long-envisioned urban rail system in Austin, city leaders in recent months have rejuvenated efforts to bring a plan to voters by next year. But despite those stirrings and official enthusiasm, fundamental questions about urban rail remain unresolved: What precisely will the first segment be, how much will it cost and will the federal government, as supporters presume, shoulder half the cost? Who will operate the system, and where will that entity find the money to pay operating costs? And those costs are also an unknown, but likely to be well above $10 million annually even for a relatively short starter system.”

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