It’s a sad day in Austin, Texas!
The Zilker Zephyr has been a staple in Austin for more than 22 years. The current operators behind the beloved green train, the Zilker Zephyr, are saying goodbye according to a post on their Facebook page Wednesday.
The train was forced to shut down in May of 2019 due to erosion along the river caused by heavy rain. The vendor operating the Zephyr began working with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to get the train back on track.
According to Zilker Zephyr’s Facebook post, their contract with the Parks and Recreation Department would end before the repair project could be completed. The vendor requested a five-year extension to the contract, but according to the post, in December the park director made a “final offer” of a guaranteed three-year extension with two one-year options.