Changes taking place on Jan. 26 include the new MetroRapid Route 801 service, modifications to routes in the Route 1L/1M corridor, downtown route realignments and UT area changes.
The service changes scheduled to begin Sunday include:
MetroRapid Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress
A new route, MetroRapid 801, will travel from Tech Ridge to Southpark Meadows seven days a week. Frequency will be every 10-12 minutes during peak hours and every 12-20 minutes at other times on weekdays, and every 20-30 minutes on weekends.
Route 801’s service schedule will be 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
The service will feature new, larger vehicles and technology that will sync with traffic lights to hold the light green a few seconds longer when a vehicle is behind schedule, helping it stay on time. Riders will be able to board through three separate doors to make boarding fast and easy, and stations will offer digital signage displaying next-bus arrival information. MetroRapid vehicles will travel along transit priority lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca between Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Cesar Chavez to keep people moving.
Route 801 will replace existing service along Route 101 North Lamar/South Congress (which travels along the same corridor) with longer service. MetroRapid Route 801 will provide service to most stops along the existing Route 101.
Routes 1L and 1M North Lamar/South Congress will be combined into a new route, Route 1 Metric/South Congress. Local stops along the existing Route 1L North Lamar/South Congress will maintain service via the following routes: MetroRapid Route 801, Route 1 Metric/South Congress, Route 201 Southpark Meadows and the new 275 North Lamar Feeder.
Route 1L North Lamar/South Congress and 101 N. Lamar/S. Congress Ltd. riders will need to transition to MetroRapid Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress, Route 1 Metric/South Congress or Route 275 North Lamar Feeder.
1M North Lamar/South Congress
Route 1M North Lamar/South Congress (via Metric) will be renamed Route 1 Metric/South Congress and will maintain the same routing, stops, frequency, days of operation and span of service. Route 1 service will operate from 4:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekdays, 4:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays. Service frequency will be every 26-40 minutes on weekdays, every 26-60 minutes on Saturday and every 44-60 minutes on Sunday.
275 North Lamar Feeder
A new route will offer service from Tech Ridge to the North Lamar Transit Center, and provide service to stops along the northern portion of Route 1L North Lamar/South Congress, between Howard Lane and Research Boulevard. Service will operate every 30 minutes, seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Routes 7 Duval/Dove Springs, 17 Cesar Chavez and 20 Manor/Riverside will be realigned from Congress Avenue to Guadalupe/Lavaca in accordance with Service Plan 2020, improving access to the new MetroRapid Route 801. Riders will still be able to transfer to other routes downtown, and frequency will remain the same.
UT Area Changes
Routes CR Cameron Road and WL Wickersham Lane
As of Jan. 7, Route CR Cameron Road has been shortened and renamed Route CLC Camino La Costa. Route CLC serves several stops on campus and in the Camino La Costa area only. Service operates every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. to 11p.m. on weekdays (finals service will also be offered) and at every 30 minutes between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays. This route will only operate until the end of the spring semester.
Former CR Shuttle Route riders along Cameron Road or Mueller continue to have service to the UT campus using Route 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park.
Route WL Wickersham Lane has been transitioned to mainline service. Riders along the former WL Shuttle Route continue to have access from the Riverside area to the UT campus area using Route 20 Manor/Riverside and Route 100 MetroAirport.
Routes RR/CR and WL/CP
The combined UT Shuttle routes have been eliminated as a result of the Cameron Road and Wickersham Lane Shuttle changes. The CR Route has been replaced by CLC Shuttle and the WL Shuttle has been eliminated. The CP and RR Shuttle service remains unchanged, with the same frequency and span of service.
Route 20 Manor/Riverside
Route 20 Manor/Riverside has been realigned from Red River Street to Robert Dedman to improve access to The University of Texas campus. Frequency remains the same.
Students who previously rode the WL Shuttle Route can now ride Route 20 to campus, with stops along Robert Dedman.
Route 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park
Route 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park has been realigned via 23rd St. and San Jacinto Blvd. to improve access to The University of Texas campus. As a result, student riders have gained easier transfer access to UT Shuttles. Frequency remains the same.
Students who previously rode the CR Shuttle Route can ride Route 37 to campus, with stops along San Jacinto.
Frequency on Routes 483 Night Owl Riverside and 484 Night Owl South Lamar will be modified from every 30 minutes to every 35 minutes, improving on-time performance during weekday and Saturday service. The frequency adjustment will create more reliable service.
Other Route Changes
Route 320 St. Johns
The northbound portion of Route 320 St. Johns will be realigned from Elmont to Riverside to improve access to the H-E-B Plus. Frequency will remain the same.
Route 110 South Central Flyer
Route 110 will be extended to Slaughter to improve access to apartments along Slaughter and Ralph Albanedo. Frequency will remain the same.
Route 228 Burleson
Frequency on Route 228 will be improved from every 65 minutes to every 35 minutes, improving service to the VA Clinic, Travis County Precinct 4 and Workforce Solutions.
Routes 151 Allandale and 161 Delwood
Due to construction, the Oak Hill Park & Ride has temporarily relocated until the summer. The temporary Park & Ride location is available for weekday usage at the ACC Pinnacle Campus – Parking Lot G.
As a result of this new Park & Ride location, there will be schedule and routing modifications.
Route 271 Del Valle Flex
Service to Southeast Park & Ride at Southeast Metro Park will be eliminated due to low ridership. Frequency will remain the same.
All changes follow Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards.
Capital Metro reviews service three times a year, analyzing performance and proposing potential adjustments to improve service by utilizing public feedback collected prior to each change. Capital Metro’s tri-annual service changes coincide with school and university calendars.
Information on the Spring 2014 Service Change, as well as route schedules and maps, can be found in the Destinations schedule book, available for $3 at the Capital Metro Transit Store. The Transit Store is located in downtown Austin at 209 West 9th Street. The guide is also available for download at no cost on the Capital Metro website.