MetroRail will be closed for maintenance July 10-18

Capital MetroRail will be closed from July 10-18 for required maintenance. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Capital MetroRail will be closed from July 10-18 for required maintenance. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Capital MetroRail will be closed from July 10-18 for required maintenance. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Capital Metro RedLine commuter rail line will be closed for maintenance July 10-18.

According to a Capital Metro press release, the construction is for required maintenance and “will improve safety, reliability and infrastructure on the MetroRail service.”

Capital Metro will offer alternative routes that run from all stations, except Howard Station. Those routes will run to downtown, but not every route goes to Downtown Station.

As a part of the work, Lamar Boulevard will be closed near Crestview Station for a 24-hour period July 10-11 for rehabilitation of the Lamar Crossing. Motorists traveling down Howard Lane will see disruptions for a 48-hour period from July 16-18 for rehabilitation of the McNeil Crossing.

Alternative routes will be available, but Capital Metro is advising travelers to plan ahead, particularly in the case of the Howard Lane construction.

The one exception is the Austin FC exhibition match July 13. For that game, service will follow the Sunday special event schedule, with trains starting to run around 4 p.m. The last southbound train will leave at 12:05 a.m., and the last northbound train will leave at 11:45 p.m. with additional trains dispatched as needed.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.


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