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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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XgamesGL-web-banner_v2Beginning June 3, most Capital Metro bus routes currently operating along Congress Avenue downtown will be relocated to a new transit corridor along Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets.

All routes, except for MetroAirport Route 100, will, instead, make stops near 4th, 8th and 12th Streets along the new corridor. (more…)

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Pinterest SweepstakesWe love connecting riders to the Best of the ATX with MetroRapid, Austin’s newest experience in transit, and we want to know where you love to go on Route 801.

We’ll be showcasing Austin’s most beloved destinations on our “Best of the ATX” Pinterest board, and we want your inspiration!

Whether it’s your favorite shop, park or restaurant along Route 801, share the places MetroRapid takes you in our “Pin the Best of the ATX” Pinterest Sweepstakes.

From April 7th to April 21st, enter the “Pin the Best of the ATX” Pinterest Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250 in gift cards to some of our favorite destinations along MetroRapid Route 801 and a Premium 31-Day Pass. Second place will win $150 in gift cards and a Premium 31-Day Pass, and third place will win $50 in gift cards with a Premium 31-Day Pass.

Winners will receive a variety of gift cards to destinations near our MetroRapid 801 stations, such as:

  • Hopdoddy – SoCo
  • Hey Cupcake – SoCo
  • Violet Crown Theatre – Republic Square
  • La Condesa or Lambert’s – Republic Square
  • Vino Vino – Hyde Park
  • Galaxy Café – Triangle
  • Mandola’s – Triangle
  • Titaya’s – Koenig
  • Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery – Crestview
  • Pho Saigon – Chinatown
  • Special shout out to Hyde Park Bar & Grill for their generous donation of some sweet gift cards to be included as a special extra in winners prize packs!

Check out the MetroRapid Pinterest Sweepstakes Guidelines and Rules (PDF) and start pinning your favorite ATX destinations along Route 801!

 

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austinmarathonDue to the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 16, Capital Metro will detour several Local bus routes and MetroRapid service within the race area on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.

Pre-event detours will begin Feb. 15 as race organizers make preparations for the following day. The following routes will be detoured from start of service into race day: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 17, 19, 30, 37, 411, 412, 481, 483, 484 and 485.

On Feb. 16, all routes entering downtown will be impacted, including MetroRapid Route 801. Detours will be in place from start of service until approximately 6 p.m.

The following routes will be affected: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 37, 100, 228, 320, 323, 325, 331, 801 and UT Shuttles. Customers will have two main transfer points at Red River/12th and Burnet/Ashdale.

0122_BrioPhotographyDuring the event, 20 MetroRapid stations will be closed in both northbound and southbound directions. Riders will see special “station closed” messages on the digital signage of any affected stations, including:

  • Triangle Station (SB/NB)
  • Hyde Park Station (SB/NB)
  • UT/Dean Keeton Station (SB/NB)
  • UT/West Mall Station (SB/NB)
  • Museum Station (SB/NB)
  • Capitol Station (SB/NB)
  • Wooldridge Square SB Station (SB/NB)
  • Republic Square Station (SB/NB)
  • Auditorium Shores Station
  • SoCo Station (SB)
  • Oltorf Station (SB)
  • St. Edwards Station (SB)

To view specific detour information, visit capmeto.org “Service Alerts” or call the GO Line at 512-474-1200 (staffed Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with 24-hour access to the automated phone line.

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