Get on the Buddy Train to get some CapMetro booty

Our MetroRail riders love the train! It’s a smooth, plush and reliable ride. However, as you have probably heard, we’ve got a few seats to fill on our MetroRail trains. Why not entice current riders to bring their friends?

Now through Sept. 3, you can get a free MetroPlus Day Pass when you bring a buddy to ride MetroRail, snap a photo of yourselves (hopefully looking relaxed and stress-free since you’re leaving the driving to us) and upload your photo on facebook/capitalmetro.

Send your contact info to us at friends@capmetro.org and we’ll send you the free pass. We’ll also enter your name into a drawing for a free MetroPlus 31-Day Pass–that’s a $70 value! Time to start snappin’.

7 thoughts on “Get on the Buddy Train to get some CapMetro booty

  1. chrysrobyn

    It’s not a $70 value to most riders. If it were, wouldn’t the ridership be significantly higher?

    Honestly at this point, I think Howard and Kramer would be better served by a bus that drove between them, stopping at Scofield Ridge, maybe Parmer, Park Bend and Palm Way. The problem with a train is that you need really good circulators or a stop right next to the destination.

    I love trains, and I’d love for CapMetro to succeed here — and thus not waste tax dollars — but I didn’t make the time to ride the train on the day it was free a few weeks ago. My 17 minute commute (Google’s estimate) is well over an hour if I ride the train. Compare 17 minutes of hassle (really, only merging onto MoPac south of Howard is a hassle, the rest of it is smooth and stress free) to 70-90 minutes of waiting in the sun, hoping transit is running on time and walking on roads where there’s no sidewalk. There’s no comparison. Until the 243 is fixed, and until there’s a sane circulator near Kramer (the 466 acknowledges but notably does not fix the problem), I’m driving my car. Until the train runs all day and past 7pm so I am guaranteed never to have to take a bus that takes me through Tech Ridge, I’m driving my car. Until I can take the train and all associated circulators for less than $30/month (0.41 gallons of gas per day), I’m driving my car.

    I was initially under the impression that CapMetro existed to get commuters off the roads so we’d need to pay for fewer road construction projects. At this point, I don’t know what it’s there for, but I know it’s not me.

    1. Julie

      Thank chrysrobyn,

      You laid it out perfectly. Being a former SF resident, I don’t see ATX coming close for years. On the upside, the roads are being paved for safer travels for the cyclists, too bad we can’t talk to the weather commissioner.

  2. Beth Ann

    Transit cannot be all things, to all people, all the time. And for gosh sakes, the Red Line hasn’t even been running for 6 months yet. NYC, DC, Chitwn didn’t get there overnight.

    I live near the Lakeline Station and take the train every now and then. During the summer, the rail was not competitive with my car in the morning. However, due to the ever expanding rush hour in the evening I often find myself wishing I could have taken the train. I love taking the train when I can. I can work or look out the big windows and relax as I watch beautiful countryside pass by in Robinson Ranch. In another week school will start and traffic will be worse. Let’s see how the Red Line does then.

    In the mean time, those that think rail should be part of the solution need to get involved in making the Red Line a success.

    1. Beth Ann, the problem is that there is no path which starts with the Red Line and ends with rail success which appears achievable to those who know anything about how commuters behave (mostly rationally). In the process of building this thing, we precluded ourselves from building the one great light rail line possible in this city; and are in the process of killing the half-as-good-but-still-billions-better-than-the-Red-Line fallback plan due to misguided efforts to keep pouring money into this turkey.

      1. Beth Ann

        M1EK,

        These are the cards we’ve been dealt. Voters didn’t approve light rail in 2000. They did approve the Red Line. Now the Mayor intends to call a rail election in 2012. I believe the success or failure of the Red Line will play a large part in the outcome of that election. Are rail/transit advocates willing to abandon the Red Line and take their chances regarding its impact on future rail elections? Or will they help Capital Metro and Central Texas move forward in a strategic manner; realistically assessing the facilities and the capacity options we have today with limited funding?

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