It’s almost here. Really it is.
Back in the fall of 2015, Capital Metro staffers began the process of looking at our long-term service plan and revising our bus network. We came out of that process in February 2017 with the Connections 2025 Transit Plan, meant to guide our service planning for 10 years.
And guide us it has.
In just about two months, we’ll implement the major parts of the Connections 2025 recommendations with our June service change, which we’re calling Cap Remap. And the great thing about the launch is that the first week will feature free rides for everyone.
You’ve probably heard some about what’s coming. At least we hope you have, because we’ve been shouting it from the rooftops for a while now.
More than half of our routes will see some level of change, though only two will be eliminated entirely without their service being replaced (Routes 122 and 970). We’re confident the system will work better. It’ll work better for us as a public agency, because it means we’re using your tax dollars more efficiently and more effectively. And, more importantly, it will work better for you, because it creates a bus network that has more direct routing and is easier to understand.
It will also mean our buses will come much more often. We have four Local routes that operate as part of our High-Frequency Network now. In two months, we’ll triple that number.
That means if you need to get from East Austin to downtown, you’ve got several options to do so on a bus that runs every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. For instance:
- The 18 will get you from Springdale and MLK to your State job downtown.
- The 2 will take you from Tillery and Oak Springs to Republic Square.
- And the Route 4 will bring you from Republic Square to Cap Metro Headquarters at 5th and Pleasant Valley.
That’s just a small sampling too. It’s important to notice the many Frequent routes that serve Republic Square, because it gets to another huge asset of the new plan: connectivity. With more buses running more frequently — and on more major corridors — it’ll be easier to transfer from one route to another and to get from one part of the region to another.
And it’s not just downtown either. Northeast Austin has Routes 10, 20, 300, 325 and 335 operating frequently all week long. It also features Route 337, which will partially replace the current Route 37, and connect Colony Park to Koenig and MoPac (serving Reagan High School and ACC Highland on the way). While not technically a part of the High-Frequency Network, the new Route 337 will operate at 15-minute frequencies during the morning and evening peak travel times.
In the coming weeks, we’ll explain more about what you can expect and how you’ll be able to benefit from Cap Remap. We’ll also be at community events throughout the spring, so look for our Join the Movement bus. And, come May, we’ll be out on the streets at transit centers and our stops and stations to answer questions directly.
So don’t hesitate to get in touch to give feedback and ask questions: in the comments here, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling our Customer Service GO Line (512-474-1200), and by using the hashtag #CapRemap on social media.
We’re here to help.