This week, we’re posting updates on Capital Metro routes that we’re revisiting based on community feedback. Today, we presented our Board of Directors some Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan potential route changes at their November Work Session. We’ll review these briefly at the November board meeting and take public comments. The board will further evaluate to make a final decision.
Before we dive into the details, let’s get a refresher on this year-long process. In early 2016, we hosted a series of open houses designed to gauge our community’s priorities for Connections 2025. We heard you ask for more frequency, reliability and connections. In May, we hosted another round of open houses to talk about the tradeoffs between frequency and coverage. We took that feedback into consideration when designing the Draft Transit Plan that prioritizes frequency while maintaining 98% of current service coverage.
What’s proposed in the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan? Increasing the number of frequent routes (running every 15 minutes or less) from 6 to 17—expanding accessible frequent transit service available within a 10-minute walk to 200,000 more people across our service area. Read about some of the other benefits.
In the planning process, we’ve reviewed service based on national best practices in transit system design, including: ridership, land use, employment and residential density, etc. However, in order to achieve the system-wide frequency upgrades within our existing budget, we have make some tough decisions that include consolidating, and in some cases, eliminating service.
The Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan has been out for our community to review since late August. Over the past two months, we’ve talked with:
- Nearly 2,000 people at open houses and neighborhood events
- Over 1,300 people at pop-up outreach events and major bus stops
- More than 21,000 viewed the Draft Transit Plan online
- Over 1,500 people responded to the online survey
Where are we now? Today, staff presented potential changes to the Capital Metro board of directors. Check out our blog posts coming up that will include more details on these routes that the Connections 2025 team has revisited:
- South 5th(Route 5)
- Bull Creek (southern portion of Route 19)
- Southwest Austin (Route 315, 333)
- Lake Austin (Route 663)
Check Out the Updated Map
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.