Capital Metro to improve rail service

Capital Metro to improve rail service

Capital Metro to improve rail service

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Capital Metro will spend about $27 million to upgrade its commuter rail service.

Cap Metro plans to add a second track at three stations plus improve signal and crossing equipment.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday that it's the first major overhaul of Capital Metro's rail system since the $130 million MetroRail service opened to passengers in 2010.

The upgrades over a two-year period will be paid for by an $11.3 million federal grant and the transit agency's general revenue.

Experts say the changes could shave up to four minutes off what is now a 53-minute trip from Leander to downtown Austin. Capital Metro could also run one additional train during the morning and evening rush hours.
 

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