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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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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.

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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). (more…)

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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! (more…)

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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.

acl_map_2014_lrg (1)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.

Service Detours

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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January-2015-Proposed_web-banner_2 (5)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:

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 feedback@capmetro.org.

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Bike PicCycling is a fun and healthy way for people to get around the city, and it helps solve the “first and last mile” challenges for those who’d like to take transit but find stops or stations a little far away from their destinations. We encourage our riders to combine cycling with their commute and make it easy for them to do so.

Rack ‘Em!

Bus riders can transport their bikes using the 3-bike racks available on all MetroRapid vehicles or the 2-bike racks offered on regular buses. MetroRail cars also have bike racks on board or riders can choose to stand with their bikes, if room permits.

Know When to Fold ‘Em

Folding-style bikes can be brought on board buses, just fold them before boarding so that they take up less room.

Safe Keeping

Riders can make their commutes bike-friendly by taking advantage of Capital Metro’s seven MetroBike Shelters located along the Red Line and at two popular transfer centers: Plaza Saltillo, MLK Jr., Highland, Kramer and Lakeline stations, and at the Tech Ridge Park & Ride and South Congress Transit Center. For $30, cyclists can purchase an annual key card for access to all of the fully-enclosed, secure MetroBike shelters where, with their own bicycle locks, they can park their bikes then hop on a bus or train.Transit riders can park their bikes in MetroBike Shelters overnight as well as during the daytime and over weekends as long as the bikes are actively being used for commuting.

Natural Connection

The Crestview/Highland Urban Trail is great for cyclists and pedestrians. A native-landscaped oasis in Austin, the trail links these popular two train stations with area businesses and residential neighborhoods.

Built for 2 (+)

Don’t forget about Austin’s bikeshare program! B-Cycle has over forty locations throughout the city; many are located near MetroRapid and MetroBus stops as well as MetroRail stations.

 

Visit capmetro.org for more helpful tips about taking bikes along on our transit services.

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