ACC Rio Grande: Get There

A story in today’s Austin American-Statesman highlighted parking problems at ACC’s Rio Grande campus located at 12th & Rio Grande. If you read the story, you might get the impression that Capital Metro’s recent ‘Dillo changes are part of the problem. In reality, there is excellent bus service to this location. Nineteen different routes stop within one to three blocks of the campus.

As we’ve discussed at length here on the blog, Capital Metro launched a revamped ‘Dillo system when fall service changes took effect August 24. At the same time, we changed route 3 to serve ACC Rio Grande. This is a significant improvement over the Red and Gold ‘Dillo routes that used to stop there.

With the old schedule, the Red and Gold ‘Dillos operated from approximately 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each route came by anywhere from every 13 to 25 minutes depending on the time of day. Now route 3 serves this area every 20 to 23 minutes during weekday mornings and afternoons, and every 40 minutes at night. It runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Capital Metro works closely with ACC to provide transportation options for students, faculty and staff to its campuses. The Rio Grande location is well served by public transportation. Here’s a list of all the routes that stop nearby: 1L, 1M, 3, 5, 9, 19, 29, 100, 101, 103, 171, 935, 982, 983, 984, 986, 987 and two UT Shuttle Routes: ER, LA.

With the improvements we’ve made to route 3 and the existing routes that serve this area, we hope that students, faculty and staff will consider these options.

4 thoughts on “ACC Rio Grande: Get There

  1. Kraft

    Call me a squeaky wheel, but the Congress Dillo should be expanded to MLK.

    Currently, there's construction blocking 17th Street at Lavaca, so the buses must drive MLK anyway. Today was my first attempt to ride the Congress Dillo to work (instead of 29) from S. 1st/Riverside to the UT Campus.

    Knowing of the construction, I asked the driver if a replacement stop would be made at 18th or MLK since 17th is closed (both the stop & the roadway). No. 16th is the best bet.

    I get off at 16th and by the time I get to the MLK light, two other Dillos have passed heading up the three blocks to MLK.

    I probably could have waited at 16th and caught the 1L/M, 101 or 5 to 20th/Guadalupe, but that would be a waste of 50 cents (or causing a bus actually with people on it to stop, etc). It seems like simply reactivating the stop at MLK/Lavaca for the Dillo would be an easy solution to make UT a destination. Additionally, it would mean that the Bob Bullock wouldn't be a two block walk for tourists.

  2. Steve Hall

    Regarding the Congress Avenue Dillo. I hope that a stop will be placed on 17th Street, either at the entrance to the LBJ State Office Building, or at 17th and San Jacinto. Presently, there is a big gap in the stops serving this area.

    Also, as kraft noted, the Congress Avenue Dillos get very clumped together. Twice on my trip, I saw two buses bumper to bumper with each other, with a third Dillo in view. That caused a 12 minute gap between the next Dillo. Surely when the buses are bumper to bumper, the drivers can delay departure to space out, either at Congress and Riverside or in front of the Bullock Museum.

  3. willdav713

    This was a very DUMB idea of capitol metro eliminating the dillo route serving ACC Rio Grande Campus and replacing it with route 3. The advertising We’ve become so popular, there’s standing room only is cleary deceptive. By Capitol Metro doing this they have crammed 20 more people onto a already crowded bus route. By doing this Capitol Metro needs to have no more than 10 minute headways instead of 20 or 30 minute. Another idea Captiol Metro should consider doing is like AISD has magnet school routes. They should be done for ACC. for exaple you have the 854 Crockett. Why not 701 ACC Rio Grande, 702 ACC Pinacle, 703 ACC Riverside and so on and make the route have direct, limited stop service to downtown, apt complexes, and service between the 2 mile radius of the college. Routes should run from 7am to 10am Monday-Friday, and 7am to 4pm on the weekends every 15 minutes when school is in session and every 30 when out of session. If CapMetro can build a train, they can do this.

  4. Kraft

    I have no actual knowledge of this, but my guess would be ACC doesn’t pay Cap Metro. UT and AISD both pay Cap Metro for their respective shuttle services.

    Off-topic, but the Congress Dillo should really be expanded from 17th to MLK (19th).

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