AUSTIN, Texas—A regional public transportation provider in Central Texas will spend about $27 million to upgrade commuter rail service.

Capital Metro plans to add a second track at three stations plus improve signal and crossing equipment.

The Austin American-Statesman ( reported Sunday that it's the first major overhaul of Capital Metro's rail system since the $130 million MetroRail service opened to passengers in 2010.

The upgrades over a two-year period will be paid for by an $11.3 million federal grant and the transit agency's general revenue.

Experts say the changes could shave up to four minutes off what is now a 53-minute trip from Leander (lee-AN'-der) to downtown Austin. Capital Metro could also run one additional train during the morning and evening rush hours.




Information from: Austin American-Statesman,