Many comments have been received by the Connections 2025 team on the proposed changes in the Mueller area related to connectivity, transfers and access to/from UT and downtown. Because of this feedback, our team has taken a second look at the routes proposed in the area. The team presented these proposed changes to the Capital Metro board today during their Connections 2025 Work Session.
What’s the proposal?
The proposal includes several routes in the Mueller area, including Frequent Local, Local MetroRapid and a circulator.
Included in the original proposal are:
- MetroRapid 820 on Manor from downtown to Springdale H-E-B (U.S. 183 and Springdale)
- A weekday circulator along Berkman and Barbara Jordan connecting from Wildflower Terrace and Hancock Center
- Route 22, an eastside crosstown route, providing Local 30-minute service along Mueller Boulevard
After hearing concerns that there was no all-day, all-week frequent service along Berkman and that part of Mueller was losing its direct connection to UT, we looked at how to improve connectivity. We’ve proposed replacing the circulator, by extending more useful frequent fixed route service into Mueller. The revised proposal includes direct access to UT and downtown on Frequent Local Route 10 and east/west connections to 38th Street on Frequent Route 335 via Berkman.
Our team did look at the alternative in operating MetroRapid Route 820 on Berkman through Mueller. However, due to the current street design, the traffic in the area would negatively impact travel times (adding 9 minutes during peak times) and route performance, while also adding $1 million in operating and vehicle costs, so it is not being recommended at this time. However, we would reintroduce the option on Berkman should the development and city provide transit priority access through the area.
- Remove circulator, replace with other frequent services
- Route 10 serves Mueller via Mueller, Barbara Jordan, Berkman providing direct connections to Hancock Center, UT and downtown
- Route 335 continues east to Mueller via 38th ½, Anchor, Manor and Berkman
- Route 22 ends at Hancock Center
- Route 820 remains on Manor
About the tradeoffs: A reality of the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan is that some people will need to change the way that they make their normal trips – which may now involve a transfer or a short walk – but what you’re getting in return is a significant bump in frequent service across our service area (increasing from 6 to 17 routes) that positively benefit the community at large, overall.
What’s next? Connections 2025 is still a draft plan at this time that continues changing based on feedback. Our team is carefully reviewing each and every response we receive as we work on finalizing this plan. The Capital Metro board will further evaluate the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan and will decide on a course to move forward with.
We continue taking feedback at Feedback@connections2025.org as the Draft Transit Plan has not been finalized. We anticipate our board of directors to vote on Final Transit Plan in December.
Visit Connections2025.org to see the updated Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan interactive map revised today.