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Capital Metro is proud to announce that our CEO and President Linda Watson will represent Central Texas and the agency on a national stage Wednesday, May 13, participating on an esteemed panel: Economic Competitiveness: Transit’s High-Value in the Knowledge Economy.

Watson will discuss how transit investments, in both technology and infrastructure, improve our nation’s competiveness. She will also highlight recent investments in transit to meet Greater Austin’s rapid growth, as well as the continued need for investment in technology and the system to meet the demands of its riders, including Millennials and the tech-savvy riders who continue to make Austin their new home.

Austin’s unique mix of Millennials and the technology sector is important for two reasons: (1) the growing number of Millennials’ desire to ditch their cars and use transit is creating more demand, and (2) located in one the world’s hottest tech cities, Capital Metro can look for ways to tap into the talent that comes with those jobs to stay on the edge of technology.

The panel is sponsored by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute as part of Infrastructure Week, a yearly event that brings together thousands of stakeholders across industries to highlight the importance of investing and modernizing our country’s infrastructure system, and how that investment directly affects our nation’s overall economy.

While in Washington, D.C., Watson will be meeting with a wide variety of infrastructure leaders and decision makers, including elected officials, from around the country. Through these meetings, Watson will discuss and share new ideas around infrastructure problems that other cities have faced, and how the problems were solved.

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When it comes to getting around Austin during SXSW, options abound. Movability Austin staff tell their stories to show how stress-free SXSW can be with extended transit service and a combination of other options that work in concert with the bus and train. Here are the strategies each used to get around for work and fun without wasting time in traffic jams.

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This year I got to experience SXSW as both a commuter working during the festival and as a participant in some of the activities.  Transit was my core mode during SXSW. I would start the day headed into work on the MetroRapid bus. It was minimally affected by the traffic, and even if we got stuck in a jam, I could catch up on emails the whole time. After work, I was a pedestrian – in the thick of the festival, only your own two feet or two wheels could safely navigate the people, traffic, pop-up art installments, barricades, and long lines outside of venues. Continue Reading »

SXSW2015_InfographicThe numbers are in for Capital Metro rides during SXSW and they’re over the top!

After ten days of extra service to accommodate the estimated 70,000 in attendance, ridership on MetroRapid and MetroRail topped last year’s event by 15 percent.

With 1,700 additional hours of service offered, there was no shortage of traveling options with MetroRapid, MetroRail, MetroAirport and local bus service. Continue Reading »

June2015_ProposedWebBannerCapital Metro reviews service three times a year in an effort to make adjustments that improve the overall system. As you may know, we’re currently seeking feedback on the proposed changes for June 2015. We’ve been asked why Route 20 isn’t also proposed to provide service to the Mueller H-E-B. We agree that it should.

heboutsideThe quick answer is we want to modify Route 20 so it would also take riders to the Mueller H-E-B area, but unfortunately, some roadways just aren’t ready for our vehicles to operate safely on the street. 

Read on for more details: Continue Reading »

With GPS-enabled real-time information on all buses and trains, Capital Metro now helps you save time and travel smarter by taking the guesswork out of planning your trip.

View real-time departure information for the next three available bus trips within 45 minutes. Planning a trip further in advance? View scheduled departure times.

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Visit “Next Departures” on the mobile site or CapMetro App to count down the minutes until the next bus departure by route, location or stop ID. View our app demo above to see how it works for yourself!

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At your stop? Scan the square barcode on the bus stop sign using a QR reader app for next bus times.

Text

Text (512) 981-6221 (Dadnab) to get departure info via your bus stop ID and quickly receive a reply text with real-time information.

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Dial (512) 474-1200 (GO Line) at home or on-the-go to speak with a Customer Service agent to access real-time info based on your route, location or stop ID.

For more information, visit capmetro.org/getreal or call the GO Line at 512-474-1200.

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!

If you are a Capital Metro rider and/or live in the service area, please take a moment to complete this survey and help us continue to improve your travel choices for getting to/from the bus and/or train.

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:

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