Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Austin’s CapMetro targets March test runs, revenue service

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Austin, Tex.’s Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has set March 1 as a target date to begin test runs of its oft-delayed 32-mile Austin-to-Leander rail line and diesel multiple-unit (DMU) equipment built by Stadler.

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CapMetro said it expects to begin revenue service later in the month. In anticipation, the agency has worked to alert area residents to the impending train traffic, including safety presentations at all school campuses within two miles of the route.

FRA representatives will be on hand to observe and inspect the rail operations, CapMetro spokesman Adam Shaivitz said.