Commuter Rail:
Making Connections throughout the Corridor

The Austin area is home to more than 2 million people, several colleges and universities, some of Texas’ most dynamic industries and beloved destinations, and our region is growing more every day. Imagine being connected to all of that vitality without getting stuck in traffic on I-35 or MoPac. Capital Metro's commuter rail line, MetroRail, provides thousands of rides each weekday, bringing people from out in Leander or as close as Crestview into downtown Austin for work. They do so because the train allows them to skip the frustration of stop-and-go traffic and the vain searches for expensive parking. Ridership has increased almost 4 times over since the service launched in 2010.

  • MetroRail is already operating the 32-mile Red Line commuter rail service with 9 stations between Leander and downtown Austin with trains at capacity during rush hours.
  • MetroRail service runs Monday through Thursday from 5 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, catch a late ride home with service until midnight.
  • MetroRail ridership has quadrupled since the service began in 2010, to almost 800,000 annual boardings in 2015 (that’s thousands each weekday!).
  • Enjoy a comfortable ride with free onboard Wi-Fi, onboard bike racks and ticket vending machines and real-time information at station platforms.
  • Extended schedules are available during some special events. SXSW helped MetroRail reach an all-time high in March 2016, with more than 120,000 rides that month, up 12 percent over the previous year.
  • Transit-oriented development also continues to build along the Red Line with $153 million in private development around rail stations and more than $1 billion in planned or ongoing development.