CapMetro Kicks Off Red Line Improvement Projects
The project includes installing additional tracks between Lakeline and Leander Stations
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 1, 2021) – On Sept. 30, CapMetro held a ceremony at Leander Station to kick off the MetroRail Red Line Improvement Projects. The project includes installing additional rail tracks between Lakeline and Leander Stations, which will provide more frequent and reliable trains along the entire Red Line.
“We are all aware of the growth happening here in Leander and how important it is that public transit is part of that growth,” said CapMetro Board Member and Leander Mayor Pro Tem Becki Ross. “So many Leander residents use MetroRail to travel to the Q2 games or the Domain, and in the near future, even more people will be riding the Red Line to attend classes at our ACC campus or enjoy one of Leander’s many restaurants or festivals. I’m looking forward to CapMetro and City of Leander partnerships on upcoming initiatives.”
Currently, between Lakeline and Leander Stations is a single main track. This project will add approximately 3,350 of passing siding. Besides establishing a zone for passing trains, the new double track project will also include installing turnouts, replacing a railroad bridge, installing retaining walls, and completing minor utility work. These enhancements will provide improved reliability, as well as continuous improvement of the customer experience. The project is expected to be complete in Fall 2022.
Present at the ceremony were CapMetro Board Member and Leander Mayor Pro Tem Becki Ross, CapMetro Board Secretary and Austin Transit Partnership Board Member Eric Stratton, CapMetro President and CEO Randy Clarke, Leander city leadership and members of the Chamber of Commerce, MetroRail customers and community members. Local band the Brushy Creek Boyz performed, and local businesses Red Horn Coffee & Brewing Co. and Sugar Shake Bakery were also on site for the celebration.
Future Red Line improvements will include new MetroRail stations at Broadmoor and McKalla. To read more about the Red Line improvements, visit ProjectConnect.com.
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