MetroRail Watch

How Long Will We Wait for the Train?

MetroRail Watch

Monday was a big day for Capital Metro. The transit agency began a two-week test run of its MetroRail line, with trains running regularly scheduled, full-speed trips between Downtown and Leander. If all goes well, Cap Metro expects to begin service by the end of the month, if not sooner.

Monday also saw the release of schedules for the shuttle buses that will take passengers from the MLK MetroRail station to the Capitol complex and UT campus. We'll take all of this activity as a sign that the rail opening is actually moving ever closer. (Which isn't to say the shuttles are a good thing – how crappy is a rail system that won't be delivering commuters to the two biggest employment centers in town? Oh, Austin, why did you reject the original light rail proposal back in 2000?)

Raise the bar five notches.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Capital Metro
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
Following the slow march toward a vote on a multibillion-dollar investment in public transit

Austin Sanders, Jan. 17, 2020

Mapping the Future of MetroRail's Green Line
Mapping the Future of MetroRail's Green Line
Jan. 10 is the last day to provide feedback on new rail line

Mike Clark-Madison, Jan. 10, 2020

More by Lee Nichols
Game Changer
Game Changer
A new football culture for Austin bars

Oct. 23, 2015

Beer Flights
Beer Flights
Celis: welcome home

Aug. 17, 2012

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Capital Metro, MetroRail

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle