The Capital MetroRail

10 09 2008

A few days ago we spotted a test mule for the Capital MetroRail on the tracks across from Progress Coffee. The MetroRail will be operational soon so we may be seeing an influx of suburban residents on our streets. Check out the status of the project below, taken directly from Capital Metro’s site.

What's New

  • The fares for MetroRail were approved by the Board of Directors and a Local Government Approval Committee. Click here to learn more about the new fares.
  • All six of our MetroRail vehicles have successfully completed testing requirements.
  • We continue to make progress on the construction of the Downtown and MLK Station.
  • We recently completed vehicle clearance testing from Leander to Waller Creek. Crossings to the west in Leander and crossings to the east as far as MLK, Jr. Street have been certified for MetroRail testing operation up to 20 MPH. Testing schedule:
    • Weeknights, approximately 7 p.m. – 5 a.m.: Trains run from Capital Metro’s Railcar Maintenance Facility near U.S. Hwy. 183 and Burnet Road to the area just south of the Gracy Farms crossing.
    • Weekends, approximately 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Trains run between Lamar Blvd. to the area just shy of FM 620.
  • To minimize noise impact, Capital Metro is limiting its nighttime testing to a stretch of track that is farther away from residences. FAQ

What's Next

  • Continue to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to acquire a waiver to begin service
  • Construction at several stations to be completed this month
  • The Board of Directors will meet soon to discuss progress and a possible launch date
  • Staff has drafted initial travel time estimates for Capital MetroRail. These estimates are subject to change based on actual field testing and finalization of the schedule.
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