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Capital Metro could receive $50 million grant to expand Austin's MetroRail

Capital Metro could receive $50 million grant to expand MetroRail

KVUE — Capital Metro could soon purchase four additional MetroRail cars and build a permanent downtown rail station, thanks to a potential $50 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

U.S. Sen. Kirk Watson announced Wednesday that TxDOT will vote on the grant Thursday. According to Watson's release, Capital Metro says $28 million will go to purchasing four new rail cars, allowing up to 2,400 passenger trips during peak travel hours.

$22 million will replace the current downtown MetroRail facility with a permanent MetroRail Downtown Station, connecting the Red Line with future urban rail and bus services. Capital Metro estimates the total cost of the downtown station would be between $30 and $35 million, with the remainder of the money coming from local partner donations.

Last year, Capital Metro received $11.3 million in federal funding to help with rail expansion.


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Austin's MetroRail could be expanding. Courtesy of Cap Metro