Capital Metro has been pleased to see a fairly constant increase in train ridership over this past year. Growing ridership on the trains includes cyclists who transport their bikes on the train and then use them to connect to their origin and/or destination, sometimes resulting in crowding. Capital Metro wants to accommodate the needs of cyclists while providing optimum services to our other passengers as well, so we are taking steps to address cyclists’ needs in a variety of ways.
1) We are looking at first/last mile opportunities to help cyclists and other passengers to connect to/from the trains. A first mile/last mile survey will soon be posted on our website. The survey will be available through November 2011, and we welcome your participation! We will alert readers when the survey is available.
2) We recently installed new bike racks at Kramer Station, south of the platform. This station has consistently had the highest volume of bikes since the train opened. Racks are added to stations/stops as part of an ongoing process.
3) Mid-2012, Kramer Station will have a fully-enclosed bike storage facility north of the platform. It will provide protection from the weather and an added layer of security for bicycle parking, offering another option to cyclists that may be traveling with their bikes on the trains. Secured storage is planned at other transit stations subject to grant funding.
4) Finally, we are evaluating bus connections, working with car2go to provide parking near the train stations, and supporting the city of Austin’s evaluation of bike-share program options.
We hope that these and other efforts will welcome bicyclists to use the train and the buses, and increase the comfort and convenience for everyone who wants to take advantage of public transit. Thank you for riding Capital Metro! And if you haven’t yet, give it a try!