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bike_loveCapital Metro cares about our cycling community. We recognize there are unique needs when it comes to combining bikes+transit.

We know our cyclist riders need and want safe and simple storage and convenient boarding options on our buses and trains.

Capital Metro wants to support these alternative commuting experiences. That’s why need YOUR input and ideas!

Please join Capital Metro on March 3 as we explore cycling amenities, how to use bike+transit and listen to your feedback on future improvements.

March 3: 5:30-8 p.m.

Cycleast Bike Shop

1619 East Cesar Chavez Street

Visit capmetro.org/bike for more information.

Can’t make it in-person? Check out our webinar!

March 4: 12-1 p.m.

Register now!

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Beginning yesterday, Capital Metro launched new fare prices for Local, Premium, Commuter, Fares TableMetroAccess and reduced fares.

In the Works - We plan to enhance several of services over the next few years, including the expansion of real-time bus arrival information over the entire system, and offering more frequent service in some high-use transit corridors.

We’re also working on enhancing MetroRail service, with a goal of doubling current capacity and increasing frequency to every 15 minutes during peak hours. A larger, permanent downtown MetroRail station is also in the planning stages.

Reduced fare options - Reduced fares are always available for Single Ride, Day Passes and 31-Day Passes for qualifying riders.

Children five and under with an accompanying adult, and emergency and military personnel in uniform are welcome to ride Capital Metro at no charge.

Capital Metro offers transit savings for businesses, employees and students through its Retail Outlets MapMetroWorks employer and college pass program. Capital Metro will continue its current partnerships with The University of Texas, Austin Community College and the City of Austin to provide access to its services throughout 2015.

Where to buy - New passes are on sale now!

Buy passes at any of the following locations:

Combo_coversFares for Capital Metro will change Jan. 11, as the agency implements the second phase of its board approved fare policy changes adopted in September 2013. Changes are also coming to some Capital Metro bus routes, beginning Sunday, during the agency’s January 2015 Service Changes.

January 2015 Fare Change

Capital Metro will make changes to all pass prices, including the Local base fare which will change by 25 cents to $1.25. Local Day Passes will cost $2.50, 7-Day Passes will cost $11.25 and $41.25 for a 31-Day Pass.

Premium fares will cost $1.75 for a Single Ride, $3.50 for a Day Pass, $16.75 for a 7-Day Pass and $62 for a 31-Day Pass. Commuter fares will cost $3.50 for a Single Ride, $7 for a Day Pass, $27.50 for a 7-Day Pass and $96.25 for a 31-Day Pass.

MetroAccess fares will become $1.75 for a Single Ride, $17.50 for a 10-Ride Booklet and $46.50 for a Monthly Pass. Capital Metro’s RideShare Program also begins new vanpool fares this month.

Pick up the 2015 Fare Change brochure on buses now, visit capmetro.org/FareChange2015 or call the GO Line at 512-474-1200 for more information.

January 2015 Service Changes

On Sunday, Capital Metro will implement changes to downtown routes due to the City of Austin Great Streets reconstruction project, and changes to bus service hours on some Local routes and MetroAccess, meeting demand and expanding service.

Due to a City of Austin Great Streets long-term reconstruction project on Colorado Street between 7th and 10th, Routes 2, 6, 19, and 37 will be rerouted to expand customer access to stops in the southern downtown area, while ensuring minimal impact to service.

Route 30 will be realigned to service Guadalupe and Lavaca up to 12th Street. The route will make two northern and two southern stops through downtown, providing easier connections with other routes.

Service hours for Routes 1, 2, 7, 20, 37 and MetroAccess will be extended to meet demand, operating approximately one hour later on weekends. Riders will be able to access a safe ride home, or make better connections to additional late night service routes (Night Owl and E-Bus).

Additional details on the Capital Metro service change process can be found on capmetro.org/january2015, by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200 or by picking up a brochure on buses now.

AtxSaferStreets GPAs we get ready to celebrate the end of 2014 and make our resolutions for the new year, let’s talk about the state of transportation in Austin. With 78 bus routes, a commuter rail route, the addition of transportation apps like Lyft and Uber to our existing vehicle for hire infrastructure, and the emergence of app-based designated driver services, we are finally taking steps to combat our shortage of reliable transportation, especially at night.

ATX Safer Streets is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to better late night transportation as an alternative to impaired driving, and one of the most dangerous times to be on the road is New Year’s Eve. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 42% of traffic fatalities during the New Year’s period, between 2007 and 2011, were the result of drinking and driving (1). Continue Reading »

With the tremendous growth happening in Central Texas, the demand for an integrated transit system continues to increase. And yet, like most projects of this scale, there are many challenges to creating a system that works best for riders across the region. As the largest public transportation provider in the region, Capital Metro is taking the lead to address these challenges, but it will take creativity and strong partnerships to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community.

Understanding Our Service AreaService Area Map

“Essentially the Central Texas area we’d like to serve is 4,000 square miles, but the area we can officially serve is just 520 square miles,” says Todd Hemingson, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Capital Metro. “And it’s not necessarily the 520 square miles Central Texas needs it to be.” It’s important to understand that Capital Metro operates within a limited service area including Austin, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, Point Venture, San Leanna, Volente, and portions of Travis County and Williamson County, including the Anderson Mill area. These member jurisdictions voted to join Capital Metro and to support it with a portion of the sales tax collected in those areas. Continue Reading »

Fare Change 2015

Capital Metro fares will change beginning Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. This fare change will be the second phase of fare policy changes approved by the board of directors in Sept. 2013.

Get to know your new fare now! Brochures are available on buses, pick one up today, or visit capmetro.org/farechange2015 for more information.

What’s Changing?

Fare Restructure Infographic

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crestview_platform_TODWhat’s up with the Airport/Lamar Rail crossing?

We have received many comments and questions related to the rail crossing at Lamar and Airport. Some people report getting stopped at a red light as the gates descend, but no train appears. Others report being held up longer than usual at these intersections. We want to explain why this happens –it’s complicated! Continue Reading »

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