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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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These bus/train ads have been up and down Austin streets for a few months now. They’re all about going downtown and grabbin’ a ride on MetroRail to get you where you need to go. If you’ve noticed them, you’re not alone — they’ve caught the attention of the American Public Transportation Association.

Earlier this month, Capital Metro found out we won the APTA AdWheel Award for this “Go Downtown” campaign we started in March when we began running Friday and Saturday night service! APTA contests are no joke, so this award means a lot to our team and lands us some major props in the industry.

The campaign mission originally was solely intended to encourage and inform riders like you about the new night rail service, but it’s cool too that someone else noticed our efforts because there were a  lot of very creative people who invested many hours into making the “Go Downtown” project shine.

Each year, APTA honors members’ marketing and communications efforts with the AdWheel Awards. Awards are presented in five main media categories: print, electronic, campaigns, social media, and special events. Recipients are honored in a special ceremony at APTA’s Annual Meeting, held each October.

So, thanks APTA for recognizing Capital Metro’s efforts through this award — it means a lot to us, but more importantly, we hope riders like you are continuing to enjoy Friday and Saturday night service and know we appreciate you for riding Capital Metro! Next time you see these cool ads around town, you’ll know they’re actually award-winning.

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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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The Downtown Austin Alliance and Thomas Properties Group are hosting a family-friendly, two-day event in the heart of downtown April 27-28.

PlazaLife is meant to inspire the community about what a downtown plaza can be. It’s about nurturing a pedestrian-focused, livable, vibrant downtown.  

Take a mosey over to the Frost Bank Tower Plaza at 4th and Congress on April 27-28 for a two-day celebration of music, games, and tons of events.

The announcement from DAA said it best, “Come and enjoy one of the free scheduled events or stop by the plaza any time to meet up with a friend, eat lunch, view the art and landscape installations, or just relax and watch the world go by on the Main Street of Texas.” 

When/Where is it?

April 27-28, Frost Bank Tower Plaza

401 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

How do I get there?

- Bus routes: all downtown routes will get you close!

- MetroRail: 3 blocks west of MetroRail Downtown station

- Unsure? Check out the Capital Metro Trip Planner where you can plug-in your exact starting and ending (401 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701) location to find the best route for you.

Day 1: Friday, April 27

8:00 AM: Catch DAA educational event about the growing movement towards re-thinking public spaces.

9:30-11:00 AM: Enjoy the plaza on your own with Rebar Bubbleware furniture public event, free WIFI

Rebar Bubbleware Furniture

Rebar Bubbleware Furniture
(Photo Courtesy Austin Art Alliance website)

11:00-2:00 PM: Live music, Downtown retail showcase, O. Henry story reading

2:00-5:00 PM: Rebar furniture, Free WIFI

5:00-6:30 PM: Music by the White Ghost Shivers

6:30-7:30 PM: Free sneak preview of Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival

 Day 2: Saturday, April 28

9:00 AM: Free yoga classes on the plaza with Wanderlust LIVE

10:00 AM-2:00 PM: Giant chess with the kids, Playground in a Box
 
11:00 AM: Yoga on the Plaza, Chess Meet-up
 
Noon-2:00 PM: Music by The Invincible Czars
 
 
 

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Hi.  Remember me?  I have not blogged in awhile.  My home computer crashed and I have been involved in several projects at work that have left me scrambling.  Rest assured that I have been on the MetroRail every day observing, listening and talking with my fellow MetroRail riders on the Red Line.

Summer is here. Seeing all the children with their parents on the train has been so much fun.  I often ask them where they are bound for their summer’s day excursion.  Some are off to the Children’s Museum or to take off on a Duck Adventure.  Others are off to the State Capitol to tour the building and enjoy a picnic on the lawn.  One little boy delighted in telling me how a squirrel ate popcorn from his hand on the Capitol lawn.  One father and daughter were going to take a Car2Go to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.   No matter what the plans are, taking MetroRail downtown to knock around is a great idea.  The train ride is a wonderful way to begin and end a summer’s day adventure.

A couple of weeks ago, my children accompanied me to work on the rail.  They enjoyed the experience so much that my seventeen-year-old daughter quickly saw the Red Line as an opportunity to venture out to other places.  There was an event that she wanted to attend and she knew that my mother was going to the same event.  Since I could not go, she drove to the station and boarded the train to Leander and met up with my mother there.  They were able to attend the event together.  She could have driven; but, being a fairly inexperienced driver, she chose MetroRail.  I understand that she and her little brother are now considering spending an afternoon with their grandmother in the near future.  No doubt they’ll be riding the rail again soon.

Summer fun isn’t just for the kids.  I met a retired couple who were venturing out for the day.  They were going to take part in a guided walking tour of Austin’s historic buildings, visit the Mexic-Arte Museum, check out some of the shops downtown and have a late lunch (and drinks) on the patio at Moonshine before catching the 3:45 pm train back to the Leander Station.

A lot of people are beginning to incorporate MetroRail into their summer activities.  As for me, it is nice boarding a train in the afternoon, after a hard day at work, and getting to hear some of the stories of how the kids spent their day.  I am so jealous.

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