The partners working on an Austin-San Antonio Commuter Rail District added a new member as the city of Schertz agreed to pay the $49,500 membership fee for a seat on the board. The board is studying a commuter rail system along the Interstate 35 corridor with the aim of easing traffic between San Antonio and Georgetown, north of Austin, boosting local economies along the way. The Schertz City Council also authorized the Schertz Economic Development Corp. to vote on all the financial and planning aspects of the rail system. The San Antonio suburb of 28,180 did not authorize additional city resources or taxes nor commit to future costs for the rail project.
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