Connections 2025: Update on Route 19 at Bull Creek

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We’ve received many comments on the Route 19 proposal along Bull Creek because of the potential gap in service. The route was eliminated in the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan due to low ridership. However, in response to community feedback, our team has worked on some possible changes in the Bull Creek area, these were proposed today at our board of directors Connections 2025 Work Session.

What’s the proposal? Service would be available along the new proposed Route 345, offering frequent service on 45th St. between Burnet Rd. and Hancock Center. Additionally, MetroRapid Routes 801 and 803 operate north/south along Guadalupe and Lamar, running every 15 minutes or better.

Will the proposal change? After receiving neighborhood feedback, the team revisited the original proposal and identified some riders that would be outside of the standard ½ mile walk distance. To accommodate, our team looked at extending Route 345 west to Bull Creek. However, we found the change alone would not be efficient due to low ridership. There are currently 1.8 boardings per hour along that segment—our system average is 26.

That area, however, is the potential site for The Grove future development. Because of that, we are proposing to add an extension to The Grove (if approved by city council), pending the development can accommodate an access point for a bus turnaround.

19.PNGWhat’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.

 

4 thoughts on “Connections 2025: Update on Route 19 at Bull Creek

  1. Novacek

    >>Service would be available along the new proposed Route 345, offering _frequent service_ on 45th St. between Burnet Rd. and Hancock Center.

    345 is showing up as a Local, not a Frequent, in the updated map. Is that an error?

  2. Pam Wetzels

    Service between Burnet Rd. and Hancock Center is absolutely useless for those who rely entirely on bus service to and from jobs at Westminster on Bull Creek. Also as Mo-Pac continues to be more and more difficult to travel, a large number of residents in the area may be happy to take the bus rather than enduring auto traffic. Discontinuing this mid-town route is poor policy.

    1. Novacek

      This entire post is about running it between Bull Creek and Hancock, not Burnet and Hancock.

      This would allow an easy transfer to either the Burnet or Lamar Metrorapid routes, which allow you to reach most of Austin.

      >>Discontinuing this mid-town route is poor policy.

      Keeping an entire low performing route for 11 people is poor policy.

      That was the ridership at Westminster and Bull Creek, circa 2014 which is the last numbers I’ve seen.

      http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2014/05/20/stop-by-stop-mapping-transit-ridership-in-austin.html

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