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By Roberto Gonzalez, Capital Metro Planning
Capital Metro would like to thank our riders who have taken the time to provide valuable feedback regarding the proposed transition of WL and CR Shuttle route riders to mainline Capital Metro service for Spring 2014 (capmetro.org/Spring2014).
The UT Shuttle system is jointly funded through a partnership between Capital Metro and The University of Texas. Funding for the University’s portion comes from the Student Fee Bill Committee (SSBC) and unfortunately, for the past several years, there has not been an increase to any of the organizations funded through the SSBC based on financial constraints across the University (despite annual rising costs). Thus, the shuttle system cannot continue to operate at the same levels as before.
Working with the UT Shuttle Bus Committee (a group comprised of students, faculty, staff), Capital Metro staff has developed proposed changes to service in order to match available funding. The committee must balance the needs of students with the need to provide cost-effective shuttle service that benefits the entire student community (all of whom pay equally into the system).
The proposal was developed after evaluating shuttle route performance where it was determined that both CR and WL shuttle routes are UT’s lowest-performing routes (measured by ridership and resources expended). In making this determination, Capital Metro used student population data gathered from the University as well as ridership data collected by automatic passenger counters (APC) equipped on shuttle vehicles. (more…)
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Capital Metro has several opportunities for YOU to get involved!
First week of September:
Full info online at: capmetro.org/Spring2014
Join us at meetings on September 3, 4 and 5 at several locations and times in our community to talk proposed changes to service for Spring 2014.
On September 6 we will host an online webinar at noon to give folks another opportunity to share their input.
September 16: public hearing with board of directors
Full details on upcoming meetings at capmetro.org/Spring2014.
Second week of September:
Full info online at: capmetro.org/FareChange
Full info online at: capmetro.org/Budget2014
We have another round of public meetings the following week to talk about the proposed fare restructure and Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.
Join our online webinar September 9 and community meetings September 10 and 12.
Public hearing: September 16 (with Spring 2014 Service Changes)
A final opportunity for public comment will be on September 23, so don’t miss your chance to give us your input!
We want to hear from you in the next two weeks!
As always we also accept any questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and at our online discussion forum at ideas.capmetro.org.
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Earlier this year, Capital Metro held community open houses to introduce Project Connect: North Corridor, a transportation study to address long-term mobility and access issues in the corridor that includes the communities of Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville and central Austin.
Public open houses were held in two locations, including the Municipal JusticeCenter in Pflugerville on June 19th and Austin Energy’s Assembly Room in Austin on June 21st.
We want to hear from you!
While the community open houses were well attended, Capital Metro would like to expand opportunities for the public to provide input on the project through an online open house. In as little as ten minutes, you will learn more about the 18-24 month study and be able to provide feedback about the mobility challenges you experience in the North Corridor.
The online open house is accessible via the project website at www.connectcentraltexas.com and can be accessed now through Nov. 07. Participants can view examples of high-capacity transit options, review a number of exhibits that explain the project, use an interactive map to draw in suggested transportation alternatives and complete an online questionnaire.
We encourage you to get involved and send us your thoughts on improving mobility and access issues in the North Corridor!
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