Capital Metro did not receive a $10.3 million federal grant that would have been used to double-track three segments of the Red Line in Northwest Austin as well as other mobility-related projects located throughout the city.
"For this particular grant, for example, there were 703 applications with requests totaling more than $10 billion competing for just $500 million in available funding. In the end, only 47 applications were awarded a grant," Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica Macioge said.
The added tracks would have allowed the transit agency to add another train to the Red Line service and increase train frequency to every 24–27 minutes.
"Building additional [tracks] ... is still part of Capital Metro's long-range plan, and we will look for other funding opportunities," Macioge said.