MetroRail Dry Runs

Today, about 100 people made up of Capital Metro employees and family members are participating in “Dry Run” testing. The purpose is to  simulate passenger service to see if everything works as intended.

Interim President/CEO Doug Allen talks to employees about the testing at the Downtown Station.

The trains started running their regular schedule at 5:25 this morning. Shortly after 7 a.m. the train began picking up groups of testers at the stations. Once the train arrived at the MLK, Jr. and Downtown Stations,  some people transfered to the rail connector buses to test the routes as well.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the train headed northbound to drop the testers back off at the stations. At 10:15, all of the testers simultaneously began using the ticket vending machines to see if the network could handle it…and it did.

Other aspects of the testing include security cameras, station announcements, boarding with bikes and wheelchairs, lost and found process, Wi-Fi and Go Line trip planning.

Overall, the testing went well this morning and right now all of the participants are at a lunch debriefing to discuss how things are going. More testing will continue this afternoon and again tomorrow.

A Capital Metro employee attempts to purchase a MetroRail pass on the ticket vending machine for testing purposes.

4 thoughts on “MetroRail Dry Runs

  1. Kristi

    Good! This is nice to know. When will the next update be since this is supposed to launch either the 3rd or 4th week of March?

  2. Misty

    Kristi, we are waiting for final approval to open from the Federal Railroad Administration. They are here this week testing and reviewing the system. We hope to know soon.

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