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Big changes ahead for Capital Metro train tracks, service

By Ben Wear - American-Statesman Staff



Capital Metro, looking to provide more capacity for a commuter rail line that is basically maxed out during rush hour, will spend about $27 million over the next two years to add a second track at three stations as well as to improve signal and crossing equipment.

The work, paid for by an $11.3 million federal grant and the transit agency’s general revenue, also will include track modifications in East Austin and other places to increase speed, and modifications to Capital Metro’s six trains that will make them sturdier. The federal and local money will also be used to repair or replace aging bridges and track on parts of the Capital Metro line outside the passenger rail corridor.

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