Capital Metro Turns 30!

Contained LogoRonald Reagan was president and the sounds of Phil Collins’ Sussudio, Whitney Houston’s You Give Good Love, Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me, and Madonna’s Crazy for You blasted from boom boxes across the country. Southpark Meadows was gearing up to host Willie Nelson’s eleventh Fourth of July Picnic in what was to be an unusually hot and dry July in Austin. And moviegoers looking to escape the heat were enjoying The Goonies, Fletch and St. Elmo’s Fire. Hair was big (and bigger) and shoulder pads were a must in every fashionable wardrobe.

So it was on July 1st, 1985 as Capital Metro was born. Voters in Austin and the surrounding communities approved its creation in accordance with Chapter 451 of the Texas Transportation Code. The new agency took over an existing bus service previously operated by the City of Austin. Continue Reading »

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This summer is a great time to hit the road with your bike, while trying public transit. We’ve got some helpful tips if you’re bringing your bike along for the first time!

Bikes on the Bus

All full-size buses feature sturdy exterior racks attached to the front of vehicles. Depending on the rack, it may hold two or three bicycles with wheels 20″ or larger. Electric bikes under 55 pounds also fit on the racks.  Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, and FREE.

How to use the racks? It’s pretty easy – instructions can also be found on the racks themselves, or you can see step by step instructions at capmetro.org/bike.

Folding bikes can be brought into buses at any time (folded); no other bikes are allowed on the bus.

We’re installing 350+ three-position racks on all buses by Fall 2015 (with exception of Express buses). Continue Reading »

0113As the region’s transit provider, Capital Metro is continuously looking for ways to better serve the communities in our service area. During Capital Metro’s June Service Changes which went into effect June 7, we expanded MetroAccess service to the Lago Vista community. Our paratransit service is now available to eligible riders within three quarters of a mile of the current 214 Northwest Feeder bus route.

This service enhancement opens up transit access for even more people, serving as a complement to Route 214 service from Lago Vista to Lakeline, including Paseo de Vaca and the Lago Vista Park & Ride. Continue Reading »

MetroRapid with People at NightBeginning, June 7th, riders on five Local Routes, 7 Duval/Dove Springs, 20 Manor/Riverside, 300 Govalle, 325 Ohlen and 331 Oltorf, will experience more frequent service each Monday through Saturday. The new High-Frequency Routes will help to create more reliable bus service and reduce wait times at stops.

Why were the routes chosen? Why is developing a High-Frequency Network important?

Simply put, Capital Metro has invested in these five routes based on their ridership, productivity and coverage. The agency weighed a variety of well-researched information to form the new High-Frequency Network, including: Continue Reading »

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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Movability Austin

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.


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 »


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