Connections 2025 – Market Analysis

The Connections 2025 team is currently finalizing the Market Analysis, which will provide a picture of our region and the current “market” for transit service.

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Why does it matter?

Many things affect how people use transit in Central Texas including population and employment densities, land use and urban design, demographics, and travel patterns. The region is changing quickly, so we’re looking at projected future conditions and planned developments as well as what’s happening today.

General findings:

  • Population growth in Central Texas, along with concentrated areas of development, can lead to increased transit ridership
  • Certain key market segments that are more likely to use transit (ex: seniors and college students) are projected to increase in the coming years
  • Lower-density suburban areas with separated land uses (not mixed-use) are challenging to serve with traditional transit services
  • As housing costs rise in Austin causing people to relocate to surrounding areas, housing is becoming more disconnected from jobs

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Keep in mind, these are overarching themes from the analysis. Want to sink your teeth into more details? Check out the full report, available soon at Connections2025.org.

Upcoming Open Houses: May 17-19

This May, we’ll discuss these findings and high-level recommendations for the plan. Join us:

Tuesday, May 17
University Hills Branch Library
4721 Loyola Ln, Austin, TX 78723
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Served by Routes 20, 37, 237, 323

Wednesday, May 18
Republic Square
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Served by downtown routes, MetroRapid 801 & 803, MetroRail

Wednesday, May 18

Pleasant Hill Branch Library
211 E. William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78745
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Served by Route 1, 201, 333, MetroRapid 801

Thursday, May 19
Capital Metro Headquarters
2910 E. 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
5 – 6 p.m.
Served by Routes 4, 17, 122, 300, 320

What’s Next?

In the coming weeks the team will be diving into the Service Analysis, which will examine current system ridership patterns, how service is delivered and how it is performing. Stay tuned for key findings in the May newsletter!

March Wrap-Up

Through our online survey we gathered nearly 5,000 responses from over 100 zip codes across Central Texas. We’re currently tabulating the results and will post a summary on the website soon. Over 300 people have attended open houses, neighborhood association meetings and webinars. We’ve also engaged over 1,100 people at “pop-up” events around the region. Combined, our team has engaged nearly 1,500 Central Texans in-person so far, view the summary report at Connections2025.org.

While we’ve received a diverse array of comments from riders and non-riders, we have heard some recurring themes including improving: frequency, access to transit service and connections to origins and destinations.

Questions or comments? Contact us!

email: feedback@connections2025.org

phone: 512-369-6000

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