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halloweenPlanning your night out for Halloween? As you wrap-up the finishing touches on your Breaking Bad or Despicable Me Minion Costume, remember to plan how you’re getting there.

That’s right! Plan a safe ride on Halloween.

We’ve got you covered!

E-Bus service operates Thursday through Saturday night via routes 410 West Campus, 411 Riverside, and 412 Main Campus. Regular service hours are from approximately 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Night Owl service will run its usual schedule, Tuesday through Sunday from about midnight until 3 a.m.

Riders needing to get to and from the downtown area can also use Capital Metro’s local service until around midnight.

bus_ritzRiders can also bypass traffic by using MetroRail, which will operate its regular late schedule on Friday and Saturday nights, offering service until midnight. The MetroRail Downtown Station is located across from the Convention Center on 4th Street between Neches and Trinity.

Regular fares will apply. UT students ride free with valid school ID, and ACC students can board using their Green Pass.

Capital Metro riders who plan to use the 4 Montopolis, 21 Exposition and 100 MetroAirport routes should take note of possible 6th Street closure detours due to Halloween events from around 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

More detailed route and detour information can be found on the Capital Metro website.

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The Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT 90.5 invite visitors to start their holidays downtown THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 1, during the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll!

The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along. As the clock chimes 7 p.m., the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree begins – this year featuring a new 40 foot tree with lights programmed to local Holiday music.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Congress Ave. will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums will be open late and will feature art installations, special activities, offers or refreshments to visitors. Highlight of this year’ s Stroll include:

  • Congress Avenue Lights: a project that will light all 136 trees on The Main Street of Texas from Lady Bird Lake to the Capitol, 365 days a year.
  • Congress Avenue will be illuminated with site-specific projections by Austin-based video, gaming and light artists, curated by artist and VJ Stephen Fishman
  • Holiday Gals with Marcia Ball, Christine Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell at Frost Bank Plaza
  • Santa at the State Theatre and Classic Holiday Cartoons at the Paramount
  • And more! Check downtownaustinholidays.com for a full schedule of events
metrorail-75px The DAA encourages you to stroll downtown with Capital Metro’s commuter train MetroRail! Plan your train or bus trip at http://www.capmetro.org/planner/.

All events are free and open to the public, but if you can please support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash contribution to support the Capital Area Food Bank. Celebrate the Season Downtown!

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Even though Halloween’s on a Wednesday, don’t let that be a drag. We know you’ve come to know the trusty E-Bus as your ride Downtown on the weekends, now take advantage of that tonight!

Capital Metro wants to help you reach the big party down as safely and conveniently as possible. That’s why we’re running E-Bus service on a Wednesday, which usually doesn’t happen, but we’re making an exception to help get all those Honey Boo Boo and Psy look-alikes to 6th Street.

Hours will be the same as E-Bus weekend service (8:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.). Catch a ride using routes #410 West Campus, #411 Riverside, and #412 Main Campus. Regular fares will apply. UT students ride free with valid school ID and ACC students ride with the Green Pass.

All you Halloween go-ers can also ride Capital Metro’s local service to and from the downtown area until around midnight. Night Owl service will run its usual schedule until 3 a.m.

We hope all our riders have a good time tonight. Use Capital Metro as your safe ride this Halloween!

We want to see all those elaborate costumes! Post your Halloween pictures as you ride transit today–rail, bus, E-Bus. Tweet them to @CapMetroATX or post to our Facebook wall!

If you’re just trying to go about your daily commute tonight: Capital Metro riders who plan to use the #4 Montopolis, #21 Exposition and #100 MetroAirport routes should take notice of anticipated 6th Street closure detours due to Halloween events from around 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. More detailed route and detour information can be found in the Capital Metro website ‘Service Alerts’ section. 

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The city is buzzing with excitement as Austin readies itself for the annual Juneteenth celebration.

We are equally excited about the upcoming festivities. Walking and riding in the annual Juneteenth parade has been a tradition of Capital Metro.

To get the bus ready for the parade, we’re inviting Austinites to help us create Portraits of Freedom, a community MetroArt project consisting of hundreds of self-portraits made out of vinyl and installed on a 35-foot bus. Portraits will be created by the general public, 100 students at AISD schools, and Capital Metro operators and staff, in collaboration with the Carver Museum and Cultural Center and Theatre Action Project (TAP).


Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” is the oldest known African American celebration commemorating the end of slavery. Slaves were declared free on January 1, 1863, under the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln, which declared that all slaves living in states still in rebellion were “then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, African Americans in Texas were not aware of the proclamation, until June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, the commander of U.S. Troops in Texas, arrived in Galveston and read General Order 3:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.”

On January 1, 1980, a bill was passed making Juneteenth an official Texas state holiday.

Portraits of Freedom honors both the spirit of Juneteenth and the eastside community today. 1865 was a time when one’s identity was oft attempted to be defined by others. Portraiture, by definition, is an artistic representation of a person in a particular moment in time. By creating a portrait in your own image and by your own hand, it is a declaration of having the freedom to define who you are, as you see yourself in that moment in time. Collectively, our portraits define the multifaceted face of our community and city.

The community is invited to join in the MetroArt-making fun this Saturday, June 16, 2012, 12pm to 4pm, as a part of the Carver Museum’s Juneteenth Family Fun Day. Activities, including music, food, games and fun, are FREE and open to the public. For more information on the Family Fun Day, please visit http://www.austintexas.gov/event/juneteenth-carver or call the Carver at 512-974-4926. Look for the Capital Metro bus in the north parking lot, near Kealing Middle School.

Be sure to come see the Portraits of Freedom bus riding in the annual Greater East Austin Youth Association’s Juneteenth parade and celebration on Tuesday, June 19th, 10am to 12pm, For more information on the parade, including the parade route, please visit http://www.juneteenthcentraltexas.com/

We are looking forward to celebrating a happy and safe Juneteenth. With active MetroRail service running throughout the week, please visit www.stayoffthetracks.com to view rail safety reminders for you and your family.

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Pecan Street Festival
Why is the festival called Pecan Street Festival?

Did you know 6th Street didn’t always have the same name?

6th Street used to be named Pecan Street! Whoa!

I sure didn’t until know that until I checked out their page. But, now that I have your attention let’s blow your mind some more…

MetroRail STARTING @ 10AM SATURDAY, May 5!

So, as you plan your trip out to this year’s Pecan Street Festival, check out our website for a special MetroRail schedule made just for you, to make your life just a little bit easier!

The festival will take over 6th Street for two days (May 5 & 6)  of food, music and art. Check out the multiple bus stops around the 6th Street area and consider riding the rail there as it conveniently stops along 4th and Trinity.

- Bus stops:

 

So many routes that can take you downtown!

- North/South: 1L/1M, 3, 5, 7, 10, 17, 30, 101, 127, 142

- East/West: 4, 21, 122

 

- MetroRail: On Saturdays, MetroRail runs from Lakeline to Downtown (with six stops in between)

- Starts running at 10 AM on Saturday, May 5

- $2.75 per one-way ticket (buy a round-trip ticket to save time–$5.50)

- After you get off at Downtown Station, you only need to walk two blocks north to find all the Pecan Street Festival action on 6th Street

Pecan Street Festival website says it best:

Local musicians provide entertainment on three stages. The festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people per event and generating $43 million in economic impact.  Like Austin itself, Pecan Street Festival attendees are diverse. Festival admission is free, so people from all walks of life flock to the streets. Some come to buy art. Some come for food, others for the music, but they all come to take part in a tradition that is 100% Austin and has been known for the last 33 years as a great way to spend a weekend.

While you’re out on the Rail, Bus or at the Festival, Tweet at us at @CapMetroNews!

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Our holiday tradition

My favorite holiday tradition at Capital Metro is the annual caroling from our neighbors across the street at Brooke Elementary School. As a thank you to our employees who volunteer at Brooke and help needy families, each year the school puts on a holiday concert in our lobby. Without further ado, please enjoy the third, fourth and fifth graders’ rendition of Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad:


 

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It’s almost turkey time, and if you hurry, you can gobble up a free bus pass for the 22nd annual Austin Feast of Sharing dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center.

Every year, Capital Metro and H-E-B team up to offer transportation for the event. Trot over to one of these stores and pick-up a free day pass (while supplies last) that’s valid only for the day of the feast:

  • H-E-B #1 – 2701 E. 7th St.
  • H-E-B #3 – 1000 E. 41st St.
  • H-E-B #8 – 2400 S. Congress Ave.
  • H-E-B #12 – 2508 E. Riverside Dr.
  • H-E-B #15 – 9414 N. Lamar

Then stuff your address into our trip planner to find the best route to get to 900 Barton Springs Road.

With the generous help of hundreds of people from H-E-B and other community volunteers, the Feast of Sharing will serve a bountiful Thanksgiving feast to more than 13,000 people from Austin, Travis County and surrounding communities.

If you aren’t quite ready for Thanksgiving, maybe this list will put you in the mood. The feast will include: (more…)

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First Night Art Bus

Check out the new piece of art that will soon be rolling around Austin.  This uniquely decorated bus was unveiled this morning at the Long Center during a press conference promoting First Night Austin 2010. The art bus will be featured in the 5th annual New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Austin. (more…)

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Capital Metro is increasing service on Route 30 to make it easier for you and your family to visit the Zilker Tree Holiday Festival.  The City of Austin’s  Zilker Tree Holiday Festival begins this weekend and includes light displays, Santa’s House, nightly entertainment, concessions and, of course, the Zilker Tree.

Each night of the festival (Dec. 13-21) buses will run begin running every 10-15 minutes at 5:30 p.m. on Route 30, which travels along Barton Springs Road. Buses will operate all evening, with the last bus departing Zilker Park at approximately 10:30 p.m. (more…)

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Capital Metro and H-E-B encourage you to ride the bus to the 20th annual Feast of Sharing dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 4-8 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center. Visit one of the five H-E-Bs listed below to receive a FREE Capital Metro Day Pass to get to and from the holiday dinner this year, while supplies last. The pass can only be used on the day of the event.

H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing invites all residents of Austin, Travis County and surrounding communities to enjoy a free holiday meal and entertainment. H-E-B expects to serve a traditional holiday meal to more than 10,000 attendees this year. (more…)

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