Rider Profile: David Franke

Capital Metro rider David Franke rides #460 Downtown Rail Connector.

Meet David Franke.

His commute used to take 45-55 minutes or longer by car. He now rides every workday on Capital Metro’s MetroRail and connector buses and his commute now takes 1 hour and 10 minutes. Why does David Franke do this? The longer trip is more useful.

“I gain time, because I can work 45 minutes on my computer during the trip,” David said. He uses Sprint 3G for internet instead of relying on the built WiFi on the train. His commute now is a drive from his house to the Lakeline Station, MetroRail to the Downtown station, where he catches the 460 Downtown Station/Capitol MetroRail Connector.

Fighting traffic on 183 was what he did previously. His new commute “is a good deal in terms of cost, its lower frustration, with no road rage.”

David is a rider that Capital Metro did pull off of the highways and roads of Austin and put into our train and bus. With his new found time and lowered frustration he “was surprised that more people aren’t riding the train.”

His advice to new riders is to “have something to do and find out which bus connector goes to where you work.”

8 thoughts on “Rider Profile: David Franke

  1. Well done with the “train and bus” qualifier. Did David ever try the express buses before?

    I’m also thinking of a non-member jurisdiction beginning with the initials C and P…

    1. Jman

      I haven’t rode on the train before, but I know those express buses bounce all over the damn place. I’d guess the train would provide a smoother trip.

      1. Actually, the express buses (as long as you get the red ones – most often the case) are quite comfortable – I was even able to read in them, which usually made me carsick in the regular (white/green/blue) buses.

    2. jake

      If you’re a laptop user, the train is far superior to the express buses. I get carsick using my laptop on the bouncy buses. The train ride is smooth, and when I am really focused on my work, I don’t get that carsick feeling. Also, the trains are more predictable. Buses get stuck in traffic. Often the buses leave downtown later than they are supposed to because of traffic on their inbound routes.

      1. Jake,

        This would be well and good if the Red Line went directly to any destinations worth visiting. It doesn’t; meaning you must shuttle-bus to most major central attractors (or take a walk longer than most potential transit passengers will tolerate). So you get all the bounciness and time-uncertainty of buses anyways.

  2. Doug

    Good for David. Unfortunately if he wants to leave the office at 5 pm it means he must wait a half an hour for the next train. Add that to the extra half hour he spends each way on his commute via the Cap Metro train.

  3. Kristi

    Doug – That is me exactly! I have young children at home and would like to ride the train but I am unable to. I cannot afford the extra time. I used to ride the express bus but with twins at home, it makes it hard. I also pay for a partial part of the toll road, plus the train, and back. The train saves me a $1 but adds time on to my commute. Plus, I get out at 4:30 but may or may not be able to make it to the next available train.

    If I drive, I am home at 5:15pm.

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