City/Capital Metro Partnership to Upgrade Accessibility at Bus Stops Throughout the City

Over the next five years, many Capital Metro bus stops will be receiving accessibility makeovers, thanks to an ongoing partnership with the City of Austin Public Works Department. Through this partnership, more than 170 bus stops were upgraded last year.

This bus stop at Burnet Rd at Rutland is just one example of hundreds of the improved usability and mobility that is coming to bus stops around the city.

Today, City Council approved an amendment to the existing interlocal agreement between the two entities that extends the partnership for the next five years.  

Pending budget availability each year, Capital Metro will reimburse the City up to $10 million over the next five years to help upgrade Capital Metro bus stops to meet the highest standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Public Works will manage the individual projects, which will be timed to coincide with other sidewalk or street work already planned whenever possible.  

“This collaboration is a great example of local tax dollars being spent wisely, with huge benefits for the community,” said City Councilman and Capital Metro Chairman Mike Martinez. “Incorporating bus stop improvements into already planned city projects just makes sense. It reduces staff time and paperwork, ultimately saving both the city and Capital Metro, time and money, while improving the walkability and accessibility of the city.”

Although all of our bus stops met the requirements of the ADA at the time they were constructed, we wanted to improve accessibility and meet the newest standards. Capital Metro launched a program in 2008 to upgrade stops with concrete landing pads, curb cuts, and in some cases, sidewalks. In 2008, two-thirds of bus stops needed some level of accessibility improvement. Today, about a third of the bus stops still need upgrades and will be addressed over the next five years. 

5 thoughts on “City/Capital Metro Partnership to Upgrade Accessibility at Bus Stops Throughout the City

  1. beastman59

    Does that include someplace to sit down? Some people’s disability they can’t stand for 30 minutes or an hour and that is how long between some bus routes. They are all not as frequent as 1L & 1M.

  2. beastman59

    Does this include someplace to sit down? Some people’s disability they can’t stand for 30 minutes or an hour which is how long it is between some routes.All routes are not as frequent as 1L & 1M.

  3. Melissa

    This interlocal agreement with the city does not specifically cover adding benches, it mostly covers items like adding sidewalks and street issues. We do have specific criteria for stops that get additional seating, like ridership levels. However, adding seating is an item the Capital Metro board of directors does want to expand and is something we are exploring. – Melissa Ayala, Capital Metro communications specialist

    1. Will

      I spoke with Bob Gephart with Austin Resource Recovery in using paper and plastic bags to make bus benches and his response was “a waste of taxpayer dollars” Can you say hippiecrit (left winged hypocrite example: Dianne Fienstein) If Houston can do it, YOU CAN. BUT YOU WON’T. The SB 3 bus stop on Braker and Mopac is not ADA complaint a concrete patch of sidewalk connected to gravel is not done according to Architectural and Design Standards per ADA. FIX IT TO WHERE IT DOES COMPLY!!!

      Also place a bench either at Braker and Burnet 240 Northbound stop, or the NB stop at Precinct 2 Constables office. I am thinking of talking to one of the Judges at Precinct 2 and have him or her walk to that bus stop and wait on the 240!!!! Also and have us read a law book citing the States Americans with Disabilities Act known as Chapter 2 Human Resources Code: PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.

  4. Will

    Houston METRO has benches at EVERY BUS STOP. Yet, they are the 4th largest city and collect the same sales tax revenue. San Antonio’s VIA has 90 percent of their bus routes have at least a bench. They have similar service area compared to Austin and collect LESS SALES TAX. VIA has bus schedules pertaining to the route you are riding on the bus, Capital Metro provides them when they feel like it, or they only have a worthless system map.

    VIA has touchtone IVR where you can enter the 5 digit bus stop number, or text it to 52020, and they also have PAYPHONES. And sorry, Cynthia C. Lucas drug dealers don’t use them as they use throwaway prepaid phones.

    Councilmember Mike Martinez is not telling the complete truth in regards to bus stop accessibility because when you do a service change on a route, they have to be made compliant, period. In fact one #3 bus stop across the street from city hall going northbound on Cesar Chavez does not have anything but a stop and a patch of grass, and gravel. Not ADA complaint Councilmember Martinez. Want to see ADA compliance in action? Take the megabus down to Houston Texas and catch the 81 Westheimer Sharpstown, now that’s talking ADA compliance, Councilmember Martinez needs to have the City Of Austin Ultilties to remove that bold face lie “The City is Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act” I will explain this at the next City Council Meeting, as I am not done with this issue yet.

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