A Cap Remap Explainer: Rerouting onto Major Corridors

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The biggest improvement Cap Remap will bring to our bus system is the increase in frequency on so many routes. We will triple the number of Local bus routes in our High-Frequency Network, going from four to 12 (in addition to the two MetroRapid lines). 

Another big change will be the rerouting of some buses off neighborhood streets and onto busier corridors. This is being done for several reasons and will benefit the system overall, but it will definitely require some adjustments for our customers, many of whom will have to walk a couple of extra blocks to get to the better service. 

Our service planners like this kind of change because it allows buses to travel on busier streets that are more pedestrian friendly and conducive to transit use. It also increases the connectivity of the network since traveling on major corridors increases the transfer points between High-Frequency routes. 

Our bus operators like this kind of change because neighborhood streets tend to be narrower and often twist and turn in ways that connector corridors don’t. Put directly, it’s simpler and safer to drive on a street like 51st Street than on a neighborhood street like Rogge Lane. 

Another reality of Cap Remap is that we’re a public agency working with limited resources. To provide so much High-Frequency service throughout the city, we needed to make tough decisions in certain places, because we can’t provide that level of service everywhere. We believe that the overall plan will benefit the most people.  

Now let’s look at a few examples of what we’re talking about. 

Route 300 Shifts to 51st Street from Rogge Lane 

The Route 300 Govalle currently travels southbound along Berkman Drive before turning east on Rogge Lane. It twists and turns through the Windsor Park neighborhood before reaching Springdale Road and heading south. It is the only bus route that runs on Rogge. 

With Cap Remap, the new Route 300 Springdale/Oltorf keeps to primary roads (like St. Johns, Cameron and 51st up north and Pleasant Valley, Oltorf and Lamar down south). Rather than running on a street that’s not well known outside its own neighborhood, is heavily residential and offers no close connections to other transit, the new 300 routing takes it along 51st Street from Cameron to Springdale. That allows customers to connect with three other High-Frequency routes (10, 20 and 335) on that stretch alone. 

Route 17 Moves off of 2nd Street to Cesar Chavez 

East 2nd Street between Pleasant Valley Road and Chalmers Street is fairly narrow, remains almost exclusively residential and features speed bumps all along the way. Cesar Chavez Street between Pleasant Valley and I-35 is a busy, urban corridor with restaurants, retail and employment centers. It’s a primary east-west corridor that has good sidewalks and offers opportunities to connect to other transit options at primary north-south corridors like Pleasant Valley and Chicon Street. 

That’s why Cap Remap moves the Route 17 from 2nd to Cesar Chavez. It will now travel from ACC Riverside to Republic Square almost exclusively on Cesar Chavez throughout its trip. It’s a simpler, more direct route and will operate every 15 minutes, 7 days a week. 

Route 5 No Longer Serves South of Downtown 

This change removes regular service from South 5th Street, a narrow and twisting neighborhood street. South of the river, the current Route 5 winds from Barton Springs Road along Bouldin Avenue and South 5th before swinging by Westgate Shopping Center and Monterrey Oaks Boulevard. It’s a popular route, but it’s largely disconnected from our other service, and the neighborhood streets are narrow and encumbered by traffic control devices, which makes sense for a residential street filled with kids and dog walkers. But it does make moving 40-foot buses through the neighborhood more difficult. 

Which is why Cap Remap focuses service on South 1st Street by promoting Route 10 to the High-Frequency Network. Customers will likely have a further walk to their stop, but the improved service on South 1st will help make up the difference. 

The new Route 105 will operate as a Flyer route, running along much of the current Route 5’s trip south of the river. But it will only operate weekdays and during peak times, during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

21 thoughts on “A Cap Remap Explainer: Rerouting onto Major Corridors

    1. Capital Metro

      Sorry you’re having difficulty opening the page. A login is not required. You might try to access the maps through capmetro.og/remap. /PJP

    1. Capital Metro

      Yes, that’s correct. 15 minute frequencies between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. (7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends), but 30 minutes outside of that window.

  1. Route 5 also no longer serves Speedway, which means some of the best transit areas in the city now have no local bus service at all, and others require a transfer just to get downtown (which makes transit disproportionately uncompetitive given how close those neighborhoods are to the core).

    The advertisements of this remap as supporting density are highly misleading. Most people don’t look at the mass of apartment complexes on Speedway and think “that’s the kind of area we need to take service away from”.

    When a plan has to be sold dishonestly, it’s usually a sign there’s something wrong with the plan.

    1. Capital Metro

      Well, Speedway is served directly by UT Shuttle Route 656, and Frequent Local Route 7 is on Duval and MetroRapid Routes 801 and 803 are on Guadalupe. So Hyde Park is in fact served well by these changes. It is different from the current service, that’s true.

      The goal of the new bus network is to serve the most people as best we can. So when significant improvements are made to our east-west service, for instance, some other corridors will have their service adjusted accordingly. We tried to do that judiciously. And so when a neighborhood is well served on one or two main corridors (South 1st, say, or both Duval and Guadalupe), service on a secondary corridor is reduced.

      We have to direct our resources so that they provide the greatest benefit to the most people.

      Thanks for your interest and for your comment. /PJP

      1. mdahmus

        The UT routes don’t run regularly on the weekends and not at all during school breaks; they also only go to UT.

        The #7 stops are more than 1/4 mile away from large sections of Hyde Park and NUNA that used to be served by the #5.

        The #801 is even worse – due to the only stop in the area being at 39th, it’s out of 1/4 mile distance from the vast majority of the area.

        This made transit service worse for a dense, walkable, area. There’s no way to read this as ‘better’. 1/4 mile walking distance is the most that the typical commuter will endure as part of a regular trip – asking people to walk even further in a neighborhood close to the core makes the transit trip disproportionately noncompetitive. You basically stole service from an urban area to give it to less urban areas (such as increased frequency and length for the 801), which is exactly the opposite of what you claimed to have done.

        1. mdahmus

          Also, it’s rather dishonest to point out the 801 and 803 run on Guadalupe. Care to tell the crowd where the first stop is that one could board an 803 southbound on Guadalupe?

      2. Second time I’ve made this comment. Moderation is one thing; censorship another.

        Declaring the 803 a useful alternative for Hyde Park and NUNA because “it runs down Guadalupe” is dishonest. Why don’t you share with the group where the first SB stop is on Guadalupe served by the 803?

  2. I currently ride the 5 with my daughter to her day care, which is between Speedway and Guadalupe. Starting in June we are going to have to either switch over to the 1/801 or transfer from the 5 to the 803. If we take the 801 or 803 the nearest stop is at Dean Keeton, which is a very long walk for a three-year old.

    Please expedite opening the Wheatsville stops to the 801 and 803 (Guadalupe @ 31st). I know this is something you plan to do eventually, but it has to happen before the June service changes take effect. Since you are reducing service to Hyde Park on the 5, opening the Wheatsville stop (and possibly other stops) on Guadalupe to the 801 and 803 is going to be super important. There is no reason to wait until you have built a new shelter. Just put up a sign for the 801 and 803 at the existing stop/stops. Being able to use the 5 to get to Central Market, Pease Park, and 6th and Lamar is going to be useful to my family, so I’m not saying the June changes are all bad. But you really need to think through how you are going to mitigate the impact on people traveling to or from Hyde Park and North University, and opening the Wheatsville (and possibly other Guadalupe stops) to the 801/803 before the 5 is rerouted is a one way to do that.

  3. Chrispo

    I can certainly understand the challenge of maneuvering a Cap Metro bus down some of the tighter street like my Bouldin Avenue. I appreciate the courtesy and professionalism of the Route 5 drivers who did it every day.

    The great thing about Route 5 is that it was here…right here…and too convenient not to take. A two minute walk and a ten minute ride and I’d be at work. A few weekend beers downtown, a short ride on the 5, and I’d be back home safe and sound without risking driving buzzed or futzing around with a ride sharing service. It was my connection in to town. And now it’s no more.

    True, I guess that I can take the 10, but it’s now a long-ish walk, a wait on a narrow sidewalk and a crossing of an overly-busy South First. It’s just enough to dissuade me from taking the bus. Frequency doesn’t replace convenience, safety, and accessibility.

    Sure wish you all weren’t fixing something that just worked.

  4. Sara

    We are the ones riding. We know what resources exist and where. This proves they don’t ride
    Otherwise they would have already known

  5. Cap Remap will be an utter shit show that will make service worse for current riders while doing nothing to promote new riders, which is what Cap Metro so desperately needs. And how you can implement these changes without having all the stops installed when you’ve know for several months these changes are happening is a disgrace. I feel sorry for the person who caught the #18 at 12th and Lamar who now has to walk up a major hill and then all the way to West Lynn because you are too lazy to install the stop at Lorraine at Enfield. And God forbid you keep buses off of the local neighborhoods where there is less traffic. Or that same person at 12th and Lamar who took the 338 south now has to walk all the way to Guadalupe to catch the 803 or has to take a bus downtown to switch to the 5. How the hell do you relieve congestion on Lamar by getting rid of the only bus that connected the entire street?! Cap Metro is answering the question that non one has asked in Austin for the last 10 years: How do we make our transportation problems worse?

  6. Robin

    need to restore the prior service to the St David’s and the ACC Northridge campus. There is no public service to a hospital (really??) and you managed to make the commute to ACC Northridge longer for people needing transit.

    This is amazing even by your standards. If you’re trying to save money just fire the planners who pushed and pushed this onto a very unwilling public We did not want this at all. Stop lying to us.

  7. Robin

    If you want new riders demonstrate that you don’t tamper with public infrastructure for starters.

    And then don’t allow the ‘drivers’ (note the word) to block off traffic with paid up passengers to take breaks. Limit break time to when bus is empty—like other TX transit agencies do. People with options won’t pay fare to sit on bus while driver plays with cell phone, eats fast food. goes to restroom or reads, Treat customers and potential customers with respect and require drivers to also

    Enlist APD/Travis county sheriffs office to round up drivers who do attempt to strand passengers. The buses are not their personal property and they are supposed to be ‘driving’

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