Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Downtown Station Almost Complete

We're excited to announce the Capital MetroRail Downtown Station is expected to be complete this week. The new station is located next to the Austin Convention Center on 4th Street between Neches and Trinity. It's one of nine stations that will serve Capital Metro's Red Line between Austin and Leander. MetroRail will open March 30, 2009.

The station features steel canopies, lighting, and accessible ramps. Information display units, digital signs with real-time train arrival information and ticket vending machines will be installed closer to the start of service.

Construction began in August and in addition to the station, Capital Metro improved railroad tracks in the area, made considerable improvements to the sidewalk next to the Austin Convention Center and the Brush Square streetscape and built a portion of the new Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

Once rail service begins, dedicated connector buses will offer quick transfers to their final destinations. Many other local bus routes are within walking distance of the station.

Plans are underway to bring the MetroRail train to the Downtown Station in December for public viewing. Stay tuned for more details.