Car-centric Austin is building transit. Will anyone ride it?

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By Tina Bellon AUSTIN (Reuters) – In 2019, Diane Guerra and her husband moved out of their two-bedroom apartment in trendy East Austin to buy a house in one of the city’s booming northern suburbs. The move doubled their commutes – hers to 40 minutes, his to 30 – but they have no regrets. “We simply couldn’t afford any of the larger houses in the city,” said Guerra, a 35-year-old executive assistant. Like three in four Austinites, they commute solo. Traffic here has become increasingly gridlocked, pain that’s likely to intensify with the metro area’s population of 2.3 million people set to doub…

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