Installation of additional track lines along the MetroRail will reduce wait times
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Installation of additional track lines along the MetroRail will reduce wait times

October 11, 2019


DOLLARS TO FIX.2-ROBERT:IF YOU MISS A METRO-RAIL TRAIN, IT CAN TAKE MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR FOR THE NEXT ONE TO COME AROUND.2-SYDNEY:BUT CAPITAL METRO IS WORKING TO CHANGE THAT.KXAN TRAFFIC REPORTER AMANDA DUGAN FOUND THAT THE CONSTRUCTION WILL HELP THEM RUN TWICE AS OFTEN.AMANDA DUGAN: ONE RAIL LINE, ONE TRAIN AT A TIME. METRORAIL TRAINS SHARING A SINGLE TRACK LINE DOESN’T HELP MOVE PASSENGERS AS QUICKLY AS CAPMETRO WOULD LIKE. SAM SARGENT/CAPMETRO”RIGHT NOW OUR TRAINS ONLY HAVE TWO PLACES WHERE THEY CAN PASS ONE ANOTHER OTHER, WHICH IS WHAT LIMITS US.”AMANDA DUGAN: DOUBLE-TRACKING–WHICH ALLOWS TRAINS TO PASS ONE ANOTHER– IS ALREADY IN PLACE AT THE KRAMER AND MLK STATIONS. BUT THAT’LL CHANGE THIS YEAR. CAPMETRO WILL BUILD ADDITIONAL TRACK LINES AT THREE MORE LOCATIONS– LAKELINE, HOWARD AND THE CRESTVIEW STATIONS. “SO THAT LONG-TERM WE CAN GET OUR FREQUENCIES DOWN TO 15 MINUTES AND MAYBE EVEN BELOW THAT.”AMANDA DUGAN: CUTTING WAIT TIMES NEARLY IN HALF. CONSTRUCTION ON DOUBLE TRACKING WILL BE ONGOING THRU THE YEAR AND FUNDED WITH A FEDERAL GRANT. WORK TO BUILD DOUBLE TRACKING IS ALREADY HAPPENING AT THE LAKELINE STATION AND CONSTRUCTION WILL HAPPEN NEXT AT HOWARD LANE. “LONG TERM WE HOPE TO HAVE DOUBLE TRACKING ALL THE WAY DOWN THE 32-MILES OF THE RED LINE SO WE CAN RUN AS FREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE.”THE ADDITIONAL LINES ARE EXPECTED TO RUN STARTING EARLY NEXT YEAR. AMANDA DUGAN/KXAN NEWS SYDNEY:THE TRAINS AND TRACKS WILL ALSO BE EQUIPPED WITH “POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL” BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.IT’S A BACKUP SAFETY SYSTEM THAT TRACKS TRAINS – AND STOPS THEM AUTOMATICALLY IF THEY ARE AT RISK OF CRASHING.”POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL” WAS DEVELOPED AFTER A COMMUTER TRAIN AND FREIGHT TRAIN COLLIDED IN

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