No MetroRail or UT Shuttle service today–buses on Sunday schedule

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Capital Metro has concluded service for Friday. Night Owls and the E-Bus are not running tonight. Regular service will resume Saturday morning, but delays may occur depending on road conditions.

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UPDATE, 9:15 a.m.: Due to the anticipation of refreezing and hazardous road conditions this evening, Capital Metro will end service early. Customers should be on the bus by 7 p.m. in order to catch the last trips of the day. Prior to 7 p.m., we will continue to operate Sunday schedules (no MetroRail, no MetroExpress, no UT Shuttle). Example: Referring to the Sunday timetables, if you were planning to catch the 1L/1M northbound at the stop at Congress/Oltorf at 7:24 p.m., you’ll want to instead be at that stop to catch the 6:42 departure.

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Capital Metro will operate its Sunday schedule today due to the road conditions.

This means NO MetroRail today,  and NO UT Shuttles. It also means our regular bus routes will be less frequent today.

MetroAccess trips will be limited as road conditions allow. Priority will be given to medical trips.

Both the MetroAccess call center and the GO Line will be staffed today to answer calls.

21 thoughts on “No MetroRail or UT Shuttle service today–buses on Sunday schedule

  1. Scott Wood

    So, on a day when people are more likely to want to leave their cars at home, and ride a heavy (safer in bad weather) vehicle driven by a professional instead, you cut service systemwide?

    I can see some focused reductions due to closures of main transit attractors such as UT, but I expect most people working for private employers still need to show up today.

    And last-minute changes, of any sort, don’t foster the perception that this is a service that can be relied on.

    1. Erik

      Nope, can’t be relied upon. So, the train…what’s it gonna do when it hits a patch of black ice? Fly off the tracks?! That should’ve been the last thing to be cancelled.

    2. Actually, most private employers have given the day off or asked people to work at home.

      AND…

      it’s clear MetroRail is garnering most of its (few) riders from UT anyways – which is closed.

      Not a horrible decision IMO.

      1. Josh Kruschke

        I work security didn’t get the day off. (midnite to 8am) end up spending $15 on a taxi This on top of the $30 bus pass that useless as I work off of Mopac and Barton Skyway.
        Most days I just walk to Lamar to catch the 3 instead of waiting 50mins for 30 so I don’t even know why I bought a bus pass this month… Income tax = motorcycle.

    3. Darren

      I could not agree with you more. I find it quite humorous that what should be the most reliable form of public transportation is so unreliable….but only in Austin.
      And since this is a complaint, let me add that two bicycle hooks per train car is NOT enough. Capmetro needs to get their lazy hippy heads out of their *bleep* and put a bit more thought into the project.

  2. Erik

    Should’ve just cancelled it altogether. I stood waiting for 50 minutes w/ no dice at 8AM. Funny how during that time I saw two MetroAccess vans pass by…empty of course. Days like this, you’d think that MetroRail would be the safest means of transporting people north/south — yet, that’s the first thing to go. Btw, my friends in Chicago find this quite humorous. 20 inches didn’t stop their transit system, in fact the only thing behind schedule was the train; by a minute. Why doesn’t CM have tire chains for their fleet? 😉

      1. Erik

        Tried again around noon to catch the bus. Waited 50 minutes and still no luck. In that timeframe I saw three of another route headed southbound, two of which had a differential of about 8 min. #fail

  3. Brad

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare to Chicago. They have to be prepared for weather like this or they wouldn’t run for 4 months out of every year, where this kind of weather happens at most once a year here and sometimes not even that. It’s more cost effective to shut the city down for the day or 2 then to buy equipment that will hardly ever be used.

  4. Don Dickson

    I waited until 10:30 to leave home this morning and had no trouble getting to work on the northbound 1, which was standing-room-only for part of my journey.

    I think shutting down the entire system at 7 p.m. tonight is kinda nutty….the great majority of the roads are clear and dry, and it’s only a Sunday schedule anyway. I bet Sixth Street will be very crowded tonight and I fear for how all of those folks are going to get home.

    And no, you can’t compare this to the Chicago Transit Authority. But I still think that by shutting down the entire system tonight we’ve broken the needle on the Sissy Meter.

    1. Scott Wood

      Agreed, the roads were much better on my way home today — no reason to stop the buses early.

      And nice job on not announcing that you were going to stop at 7PM until around midday.

      As for the Chicago comparison, if some freak event dumped a foot of snow on a place like Austin, fine, shut everything down — it’s outside the realm of reasonable expectation. But a little bit of ice or snow? Less than an inch? It’s not an everyday occurrence, but it happens often enough that we should be prepared for it.

      1. Brad

        So the city of Austin should have a fleet of trucks to sand and salt the roads sitting there for the once a year at most this happens. Should we all go out and buy snow plows too just in case? I don’t even own gloves or a scraper for my windsheid, because I don’t need them.

        If the city did do this, the same people complaining about this would be complaining that the city is wasting money. Also, if Cap Metro runs on a regular schedule and gets into accident and somebody gets hurt, the same people will say what idiots cap metro is for running in this weather.

        All that doesn’t even consider the fact that UT was closed, AISD was closed along with most of the private business. Who was riding the bus?

      2. Scott Wood

        Brad, I don’t think Austin needs a fleet of the sort you’d find up north. But they should have some equipment, and focus on getting the major streets cleared (including transit routes). Those streets were, for the most part, clear by 7PM, but CapMetro stopped service anyway. And clearly such equipment exists in the area — when I arrived at my office around 11 AM (which did not close), the entire huge parking lot was completely cleared. The roads were not. Maybe Austin/TxDOT/etc. could have hired someone to do the job?

        What if a bus got into an accident? Well, that could happen even with running a reduced schedule. More importantly, it will push some people to drive instead (Sunday schedule = *no* service for many routes, and for the rest, the reduced schedule may make it impractical). What if some of them got into an accident because the buses weren’t running? A heavy bus, driven by a professional, should be much safer.

        IMHO, this sort of narrow-focused risk management that doesn’t look at the bigger picture of whether making something a little safer drives people to less-safe alternatives (that happen to be “someone else’s problem”) is a major problem with our society’s accountability mechanisms.

        I said in my first post that reducing UT-focused services (especially UT shuttles) makes sense, since it’s closed (although the last minute schedule change still raises a reliability issue — would be better to have an advance policy of service changes whenever UT closes). But that’s no reason to reduce/cut routes that don’t go anywhere near UT, or which carry significant non-UT traffic — and certainly not to stop at 7PM (how much of that traffic is UT/AISD?). CapMetro doesn’t go on a Sunday schedule systemwide when UT/AISD are closed seasonally…

      3. Brad

        What should the city and state cut to make room for this expense? Last I heard neither organization was flush with cash. Would it be nice to be totally prepared for these rare storms, sure, but when you have to prioritize, this is an easy thing cut.

    2. Erik

      Plenty of restaurants, stores and shops such as grocery stores and gas stations were open, some not until the mid-morning or afternoon. The city opened itself back up as the temperatures went up. It’s painfully obvious that a lot of people on this forum truly have no understanding of the labor classes and are blinded by visions of first-world grandeur. Hate to break it to you, but a lot of poor folks depend on transit. They depend on it to get to their employers. And these “private businesses” don’t offer a mechanism to tele-commute. Not everyone has a company issued laptop and VPN. Get real.

  5. Josh Kruschke

    Income Tax = Motorcycle

    You have made it so inconvenient to ride the bus that I’m get a motorcycle.
    By inconvenient I mean time consuming. I would of payed more for better more reliable serves.

    Well doesn’t matter now.

    Ps. Your schedulers should get out of the office and ride the bus.

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