About two weeks ago we created quite a kerfuffle when we floated a proposal to eliminate MetroExpress routes 984 and 986, but add service to route 987 to accommodate all riders. We met with riders on Aug. 26 at the Leander Public Library, and while I wasn’t there personally, I understand we got quite an earful.
The main sticking points for riders of 984 and 986 about switching to 987 were twofold. First, riders were concerned about additional travel time on 987. Second, they wanted to keep their bus stops along San Jacinto and MLK.
One option volunteered at the meeting in Leander was the possibility of combining 984 and 986, and after studying all the options, our transit planners agree that it is a workable idea. They’ve revised the proposal.
Capital Metro would combine routes 984 and 986 into new route 985 Leander/Northwest Direct (via IH-35). This route would serve Leander and Lakeline park & ride facilities, then travel down IH-35 and MLK to reach the State Office Complex and downtown destinations. The new route would serve all the bus stops currently served by 984 and 986. The new route would have three morning and three afternoon trips. Consequently, in this proposal 987 would only see minor schedule adjustments.
Here is the proposed schedule for 985 and 987 beginning January 2011. The schedule for new 985 is highlighted blue.
The public meetings related to the January service change began this week. There’s five more meetings, including three at park & ride facilities that may be more convenient for riders. The full schedule of meetings and details about all the proposed changes, including MetroExpress, are on our website.