Georgetown Reverses Course, will remain with rail group

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Leaders of a Central Texas city have reversed course and will remain with a transit group planning a 118-mile commuter rail line.

The Georgetown City Council voted Tuesday night to stay in the Lone Star Rail District. Members tied at 3-3 then Mayor George Garver cast the deciding vote.

The plans include a stop in Georgetown, just north of Austin, as part of a rail line reaching San Antonio.

Georgetown has been with the Lone Star Rail District since 2007 and paid nearly $50,000 annually. Council members in June voted to drop out amid 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. Results could help cities secure federal transportation funds.