Expanded Downtown Station

Metro Rail Downtown Station - Austin, Texas

Metro Rail Downtown Station – Austin, Texas

I’ve mentioned that Austin has a train, right? Yes, it’s modest — a single line that goes from downtown north to the suburbs. Over the next decade, extensive plans will triple or quadruple the trains, trollies, and bus rapid transit systems.

This is the newly expanded downtown station. It’s supposed to increase the volume of trains by growing from a single track to three. I documented its construction during the pandemic. Finishing under budget and ahead of schedule, let’s hope that bodes well for the more ambitious expansion in the future.

The mirrored, sculptural awning makes for striking photography. Given its low volume, I rarely see a train in the station. My visit during SXSW finally yielded an opportunity for train (and station) photography.

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