One of the big things we’ve been saying about Cap Remap is that more than half of our routes will change. And, while only two current routes will be eliminated entirely without their service being replaced, many customers will need to learn new routes because their current routes won’t operate after June 3.
For instance, let’s look at the Route 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park.
The 37 is a super important outlet for residents in far East Austin. It travels from Colony Park to Cameron Road and then through Mueller into downtown. It usually travels at about 30-minute frequencies. And many people rely on it to get to work.
Beginning June 3, though, there won’t be a Route 37 anymore. We’re really confident in what’s replacing its service, and we think it will serve you well too. Let’s explore that a bit.
The new Route 337 will replace the 37’s current routing east of Cameron Road, but instead of turning south toward Mueller and downtown, it turns north. From there, the 337 takes over the current Route 320’s path along St. Johns and provides a one-seat ride to ACC Highland before traveling on 2222 to Balcones Drive, just west of MoPac.
How frequently will Route 337 run?
It’s not technically a part of the High-Frequency Network, but it will run every 15 minutes weekdays between 6 and 9 a.m. and from 3 to 8 p.m.
It goes east-west, so how do we get downtown?
Along the way, Route 337 will provide easy transfers to High-Frequency Routes 7, 10, 20, 300, 801 and 803. For current Route 37 riders who travel into Central Austin and downtown, the transfers to Routes 10 and 20 will provide reliable service from Colony Park and East Austin. Of course, in addition to transfers downtown, these connecting routes also provide quicker access to Midtown and North Austin destinations.
But do I have to transfer if I wanna go downtown?
Coming from downtown back into Northeast Austin, those same routes will of course provide frequent, reliable service — transferring from Route 10 to Route 337 at Berkman and Briarcliff, for example. An option for a one-seat ride, though, will be to take Route 6, which comes twice an hour, eastbound along 12th Street. It ends at the intersection of Webberville Road and Tannehill Lane, which is exactly where Routes 237 and 339 begin.
The Route 6 is “interlined” with Routes 237 and 339, which means that when it ends at the intersection of Webberville and Tannehill, it will change into either Route 237 or 339 depending on the time of day. Customers can stay on their bus and switch from riding the 6 to the 237 without changing their seats. That’s the way the Trip Planner will display the trip, as a matter of fact, as if it’s Route 6 that makes the entire trip.
From the intersection of MLK and Johnny Morris Road, Route 339 heads back northwest along Pecan Brook Drive and Tuscany Way, while the 237 continues to Colony Park. Customers can identify which destination their Route 6 will travel to by looking at the sign on the front of the bus. If it will take over the 237’s routing, the sign will read “East 12th/Colony Park,” and if it will take over the 339’s routing, the sign will read “East 12th/Pecan Brook.”
Benefits of the new Route 337:
- No longer a need to travel downtown to transfer to a northbound route
- Better east-west connections
- Comes every 15 minutes during peak hours