UPDATED: Full MetroRail service restored after track flooding

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Updated at 2:55 p.m. to provide additional information


Capital Metro completed repairs to the tracks at Howard Station and MetroRail service will resume its normal operations beginning with its northbound trip from the downtown station at 3:45 p.m., according to Capital Metro.

Shuttle buses will continue transporting riders between the Leander, Lakeline and Howard stations until the 3:45 p.m. trip. All bus routes are operating on the regular schedule.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. to provide additional information

Capital Metro is working to restore full MetroRail service after heavy rains May 23-25 flooded the tracks north of the Howard Lane station in Northwest Austin.

The commuter rail service is only running between the Howard and downtown stations May 26 while crews are repairing the tracks. Shuttle buses are transporting riders between the Leander, Lakeline and Howard stations.

“Part of the issue is the track was covered with water, and [the water] started washing out the ballasts on the tracks,” spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said. “We have to make sure it’s safe and passable.”

Flooding began the evening of May 23 in several areas throughout the commuter rail line, including near McNeil Merriltown Road and the Walnut Creek bridge near MoPac and Duval Road.

The transit agency hopes to have full service restored for the evening commute, Ayala said, but the agency will provide updates on its website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

Capital Metro bus service is running normally. For more information visit www.capmetro.org.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.



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