AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A regional public transportation provider in Central Texas will spend about $27 million to upgrade commuter rail service.
Capital Metro plans to add a second track at three stations plus improve signal and crossing equipment.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1muyWEc ) 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 (lee-AN'-der) to downtown Austin. Capital Metro could also run one additional train during the morning and evening rush hours.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com