Saturday MetroRail service between Austin and Leander resumes Jan. 11

Saturday service between Austin and Leander resumes Jan. 11. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Saturday service between Austin and Leander resumes Jan. 11. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

Saturday service between Austin and Leander resumes Jan. 11. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)

MetroRail riders will once again be able to take the commuter train on Saturdays after service resumes Jan. 11.

Capital Metro had paused Saturday service in June while it worked on implementing the federally mandated Positive Train Control safety system. PTC implementation will continue throughout 2020, according to the agency.

In April, the agency also began construction on the new downtown rail station adjacent to the Austin Convention Center that required the halt of Saturday service, according to the agency.

In November, Capital Metro opened a temporary downtown rail platform after closing the station for the start of construction. The new downtown station will open in spring 2021.

Resuming the Saturday rail service means riders can take the train between Leander and downtown Austin. Previously, rail service began and ended at the Lakeline Station in Northwest Austin. Trips start at 4 p.m. from Leander, and the last Saturday train leaves downtown Austin at 12:18 a.m. and arrives in Leander at 1:24 a.m.


With the return of the Saturday service, the agency also updated its schedule and added three weekday trips, including a 7:18 p.m. downtown departure Mondays through Thursdays.

MetroRail will continue to operate without Sunday service. The full schedule is available online at www.capmetro.org/metrorail.
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By Amy Denney

Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.


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