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 Area
“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 »
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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.
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What’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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This year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival will run over two consecutive weekends again (Oct. 3-5 and Oct 10-12), and Capital Metro has lined up the best ways to get there without the hassle of driving and parking.
Festival goers can choose from a variety of services:Local buses, two MetroRapid routes and MetroRail, all of which offer convenient and low-cost ways to travel, some for as little as a dollar.
Catch the ACL Shuttle at Republic Square Park
- To reach the shuttle site, ACL attendees have several easy options, including riding the new MetroRapid service, which picks up at dozens of stations along North Lamar/South Congress (Route 801) or Burnet/South Lamar (Route 803), and drops passengers off directly at Republic Square Station.
- Several other Capital Metro routes, including Routes 4, 21 and 22, drop passengers off within a block of the shuttle site.
- Another option for attendees is to take MetroRail into downtown Austin, and then walk a few blocks to the Republic Square shuttle site. MetroRail will operate its regular schedule Friday and Saturday until midnight. The Downtown Station is located at 4th and Trinity.
Travel directly to Zilker Park
- For riders looking to catch a ride straight to Zilker Park, MetroRapid 803 is the best option. Passengers can pick up MetroRapid at any one of 46 stations between The Domain and Westgate and take it to the Barton Springs Station, located directly on Lamar by Zilker.
- Event goers can also ride Capital Metro’s Local Routes: 3, 30, 338 and 484 to the event.
- Since parking is not provided at the Zilker Park event site, taking transit is the fastest and most convenient way to get there.
Due to the event, bus service will be detoured along Routes 3, 4, 17, 21, 30, 111, 171, 982, 983, 970 on 3rd and 4th Streets around Republic Square Park, and on Barton Springs (west of Lamar) near Zilker Park from the start of service until the end of service each day of the festival.
Late Night Service
For festival goers staying out well past the last band leaves the stage, Capital Metro offers two late night options, Night Owl and E-Bus service, which run until about 3 a.m. between downtown and neighborhoods throughout the city. (Plan accordingly on Sunday night as there is no late night service.)
Riders can catch the Night Owl at the downtown bus stop on 6th and Congress. The E-Bus downtown bus stop is now located at 6th and Colorado for Routes 410 West Campus, 411 Riverside and 412 Main Campus.
Attendees are encouraged to use the Capital Metro trip planner to get step-by-step directions for taking Capital Metro to ACL.
For more information, visit Capital Metro’s ACL Festival Service webpage at capmetro.org/ACL.
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Next week, the Capital Metro board will consider the proposed FY15 budget and Jan. Service Changes at it’s monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 29th.
We’ve held a series of public meetings up to this point on both topics, but if you haven’t been able to attend, we have another chance for you to weigh in!
Check out our previously recorded webinars on both topics:
- FY15 Budget – h
- January 2015 Service Changes –
Questions or comments? Send ‘em on over prior to our board meeting to our online discussion forum at www.ideas.capmetro.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Changes are coming to some Capital Metro bus routes beginning Sunday, Aug. 24.
Capital Metro will implement changes including the start of MetroRapid Route 803 service along Burnet/South Lamar, and other changes designed to maintain system efficiency and address seasonal demand.
In addition to the new MetroRapid route, other changes include extending Routes 3 Burnet/Manchaca and 10 South First/Red River to Southpark Meadows, making schedule adjustments to Route 3, transitioning The University of Texas PRC Shuttle to mainline service, making school related service adjustments and relocating the downtown E-Bus stop.
Capital Metro reviews service three times a year, analyzing performance and proposing potential adjustments to improve service by utilizing public feedback collected prior to each change. Capital Metro’s tri-annual service changes coincide with school and university calendars. All changes are in accordance with Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards.
Information on the fall 2014 Service Changes, as well as route schedules and maps, can be found in the Destinations schedule book, available for $3 at the Capital Metro Transit Store. The Transit Store is located in downtown Austin at 209 West 9th Street. The guide is also available for download at no cost on the Capital Metro website.
Additional details of the Capital Metro service change process can be found on the fall 2014 Service Change webpage, by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200 or by viewing this video.
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Aug. 18, 2014 – Capital Metro is putting the final touches on its new MetroRapid 803 service as it prepares for the official launch on Sunday, Aug. 24. The new route will offer riders frequent service along Burnet, Guadalupe, Lavaca and South Lamar, from The Domain to Westgate Mall via UT and downtown. The service will be introduced as a part of the agency’s Fall Service Changes.
Service will run weekdays from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The new 15-mile route will make stops at 34 new stations, and 12 existing ones shared with Route 801 in downtown Austin along the Guadalupe and Lavaca corridors. All MetroRapid stations have real-time digital signage that show arrival times of the next two vehicles, canopies, bench seating and lighting.
Riders will be able to access many well-known destinations when service begins, including the UT Research Campus (JJ Pickle), The Domain, Central Market North, Seton Medical Center, the museum district, ACC Rio Grande, downtown Austin, the University of Texas main campus, the State Capitol, Barton Springs/Zach Scott Theater, Seaholm, Alamo Drafthouse Lamar Square and Westgate Mall.
MetroRapid Route 803 will offer the same features and benefits as the current MetroRapid Route 801 service, including:
- Increased frequency
- New vehicles
- Free onboard Wi-Fi
- Mobile App
- Transit Priority Lanes
- Unique Stations
- 3-position Bike Racks
- Traffic Signal Priority
A single ride on MetroRapid costs $1.50. Riders can also choose to purchase a Day Pass for $3.00, 7-Day Pass for $13.50 or 31-Day Pass for $49.50. UT and ACC students and staff, and also city of Austin employees, ride for free with valid ID due to existing partnerships with Capital Metro.
More information about MetroRapid can be found at capmetro.org/metrorapid, on Facebook at facebook.com/capitalmetro and Twitter attwitter.com/CapMetroATX. Riders can also sign up on the agency’s website to receive email alerts about Capital Metro service.
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