We’ve received many comments on the proposal to change Route 5 along South 5th Street because of the service gap west of South 1st Street. The original proposal discontinued service south of downtown because of the low ridership. Service would remain running parallel along South 1st Street, within ½ mile, on Route 10 (which would run every 15 minutes during peak times).
Now, our team has worked on some changes for Route 5 based on community feedback. The team presented these proposed changes to the Capital Metro board today during their Connections 2025 Work Session.
What’s the proposal? Route 5 would travel between Northcross Shopping Center and downtown via Woodrow Ave., Burnet Rd., Medical Pkwy, 38th St. and N Lamar Blvd. Passengers would still have access to more frequent service to destinations in south Austin via Routes 10 (South 1st/Red River) and 803 (Burnet/South Lamar). Service along Ben White and Lamar replaced with new Route 315 Ben White Local route.
Will the proposal change? After receiving neighborhood feedback, the team revisited the original proposal and identified some stops along South 5th Street that were outside of the standard ½ mile walk distance. We took a deeper dive to find out when those riders are primarily commuters making trips during peak times, between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Because of that trend, we are proposing to add peak-time weekday-only service, Route 105, connecting South 5th at Westgate to UT.
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.