All Systems Go For Austin Commuter Rail Service

This article discusses the Capital MetroRail in the Austin metropolitan area, planned by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and scheduled to open in late 2008. After the original plan was first rejected by voters, the agency revised its project based on input from the community to include rapid bus services and an urban commuter rail. A conglomeration of consulting and engineering partnered to form an integrated approach to the development of the project. The article also notes the innovative rail car design, a cross between a European light rail model and a mainline railroad diesel multiple unit (DMU) car, which complies to the European Crash Energy Management (CEM) standards and shares freight lines. Finally, the article notes the proposed schedule and service times, as well as the MetroRail’s expected growth in the future.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Maps; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 60, 62, 64, 66-67
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01103841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2008 5:10PM