FEATURED in Downtown Group -2011.05.05
Take your bike on the train!
Metro Rail Terminus – Downtown – Austin Texas Series – 2011
JPM © 2011.04.26
Capitol Metro Rail Rolling stock in Austin
In September 2005, Stadler Rail won a bid to build six Stadler GTW diesel-electric light regional rail cars for the system. Each of the vehicles capital costs is about $6 million, and run on 2 × 375 kW (510 Hp) = 750 kW (1020 Hp) diesel-electric engines.
The vehicles have a capacity of 200 passengers, 108 seated and 92 standing. The trains have priority seating areas (fully ADA compliant) for wheelchairs. A “VIP section” with room for laptop use with WiFi access is also included. Bike racks, luggage racks, high back racks, and low floor entry for easy access are all features of what Capital Metro calls the safest and most technologically advanced trains in North America. WiFi is provided by cellular based 3G service. Capital Metro is currently researching upgrading access to 4G speeds, but is dependent on the cell carrier offering a commercial grade product that will work in Capital Metro’s devices. For safety, the vehicles have ten cameras outside and six inside, as well as a sophisticated communications system.