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 »
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.
- 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.
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 – http://youtu.be/wY8DcDWFjmg
- January 2015 Service Changes – http://youtu.be/kpQL3cxlUqY
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.
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.
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.
- 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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Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid Route 803 fleet will hit the streets of Austin in full force on Tuesday, July 15, in preparation for the launch of the second line of MetroRapid service on August 24.
The field test will take place from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will cover the entire 15-mile length of Route 803. The distinctive red and silver vehicles will travel along North Burnet and South Lamar from The Domain to Westgate Mall via UT and downtown. Although the vehicles will stop at all stations (12 shared downtown with Route 801), passengers will not be able to board.
Destinations along the future route? 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 and Westgate Mall.
Route 803 will complement the existing service on Route 3, providing more frequent service to the same area, and convenient connections to MetroRapid 801 service and other bus routes downtown. Features of the service include covered and well-lit high-tech stations offering real-time arrival information, and upgraded vehicles with enhanced interiors and free onboard Wi-Fi.
MetroRapid Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress began service Jan. 26, 2014 and operates using 60-foot vehicles.
For more information about MetroRapid service, its amenities, route maps and more, visit capmetro.org/metrorapid.
The Juneteenth Historical Parade, beginning at 10 a.m., will travel along east Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chicon, Rosewood and finish at Rosewood Park.
6 East 12th
18 MLK, Jr./Enfield
320 St. Johns
Riders should take note that routes listed above will be detoured around the parade route on June 21, due to street closures beginning at 7 a.m.
As the Capital Metro railroad tracks bisect Rosewood Park, the agency strongly urges the community to stay off the tracks and only cross at dedicated crossings. MetroRail begins service on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m., but festival goers should always expect a train, as freight trains may be in service. MetroRail trains are faster and quieter than freight trains. Learn more about rail safety.
Catch MetroRapid in the parade and also a transit information booth at Rosewood Park.
To help plan your trip to the Juneteenth parade using Capital Metro, call the GO Line at 512-474-1200 or visit the online trip planner.
Capital Metro wishes everyone in the community a safe and happy holiday.