Capital Metro to Begin Red Line Service

10 March 2010 (Last Updated March 10th, 2010 18:30)

Following approval from the US Federal Railroad Administration, the Capital Metro Red Line between Austin and Leander, Texas, will begin service on March 22. The nine-station Red Line will provide an initial service of 19 trains on weekdays, which will be fare-free for at least the firs

Following approval from the US Federal Railroad Administration, the Capital Metro Red Line between Austin and Leander, Texas, will begin service on March 22.

The nine-station Red Line will provide an initial service of 19 trains on weekdays, which will be fare-free for at least the first week, according to railwaygazette.com.

Six Stadler GTW 2/6 diesel LRVs that can run at a 35min headway will be operated on the 52km route.

The final cost of the project, which is two years behind schedule, is expected to be $105m.

The line was scheduled to open in late March 2009, but has been indefinitely delayed due to a number of safety and operational issues.