Frequency. Frequency. Frequency.

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This is the third blog post in our week-long series about Connections 2025. We’ve heard your burning questions and have answers to your top questions.  

Day 3 – Question: What will the proposed Connections 2025 transit network accomplish?
ExistingProposed Map 1Frequency. Frequency. Frequency.

Frequency is the proven recipe for successful transit service in the U.S. and abroad. Our neighbors to the east, Houston, changed their system to focus on frequency a little over a year ago. We’ve seen their ridership up by 7% since they altered their system.

More importantly, we overwhelmingly heard requests for more frequency during our community public outreach in Feb./March and May 2016.

We responded! The proposed Connections 2025 network would put a whole lot more people within a 10-minute walk of bus or train service running every 15-minutes or better.

Why does frequency matter?

Frequency is popular because it provides freedom. With buses arriving every 10 – 15 minutes, riders can travel more spontaneously without consulting a schedule. Frequency combined with real-time arrival information makes transit easier and more attractive. Studies have shown that frequency is the most important factor when someone decides to try transit for the first time.

How much frequency are we talkin?

  • Proposed increase from 6 to 17 frequent routes.
  • 82% of Capital Metro’s existing customers would have access to frequent service compared to 50% today.
  • Over a half-million people would be within a short walk to frequent service (a quarter of the region’s population).

Frequency=More Reliable

More frequency means less waiting time at your bus stop AND easier transfers between routes. That translates into more reliable service you can depend on for every day trips.

To help achieve more reliable service,  Capital Metro would also use “transit priority treatments” to speed up the buses. This means, relocated/redesigned bus stops, transit signals where buses receive a green light before cars, or more transit priority lanes (such as the ones along Guadalupe and Lavaca in downtown Austin).

Along with transit priority treatments, Capital Metro staff would work to improve the on-street management of the buses.  That’s something we are working on today!

What about east/west?Capture3.1

Not only is the new network designed to be more frequent, it is more connected. We also heard during public outreach in early & mid 2016 a desire for more east-west routes. We’re proposing new east-west service along Slaughter, Cesar Chavez, 35th/38th Street, 45th, Loyola, Koenig and Anderson Lane, to name a few.  This will allow people easier access to their destinations without having to travel downtown to transfer routes.

What do you think? Give us your feedback today!

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5 thoughts on “Frequency. Frequency. Frequency.

  1. mdahmus

    Several of Capital Metro’s currently highest ridership routes, the 1 (even after its frequency was cut in half to prop up the 801) and the 5 are slated to be removed from Central Austin in this 2025 plan.

    The frequency of buses within 1/4 mile of my house used to be very high. At the end of the 2025 plan, there will be none. Ever. And I live two blocks off Guadalupe in Hyde Park.

    When your plan rests on reducing service yet again to transit hotbeds like Hyde Park and NUNA, is it really honest to say you are increasing frequency overall?

    1. Novacek

      Come on, you’re .4 miles from a metrorapid stop. Today.

      Since the existing Triangle and Hyde Park stations are .8 miles apart, the plan calls for at least an additional station in between.

      So no, you’ll have 7.5 minute peak frequency 1/4 mile from your house. Poor you, boo hoo.

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  3. The new plan calls for Capital Metro to eliminate routes that serve neighborhoods in South Austin like the 333 that goes through the Maple Run neighborhood. You plan to reroute that bus to go through Sunset Valley, which isn’t part of the city of Austin. People who rely on that bus to get to work are going to be left in the lurch. Why are you eliminating routes if you’re getting new buses?

    http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/09/09/capitalmetro-gets-grant-for-60-buses.html

  4. D. Janda

    Another unhappy customer here. You are effectively eliminating service to my neighborhood (Skyview) by taking away our nearby stops. I would have to walk over 3 times the distance to scary Airport Blvd. (after dark), which is not reasonable, and it certainly is not a “10 minute walk”.

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