Capital Metro Turns 30!

Contained LogoRonald Reagan was president and the sounds of Phil Collins’ Sussudio, Whitney Houston’s You Give Good Love, Simple Minds’ Don’t You Forget About Me, and Madonna’s Crazy for You blasted from boom boxes across the country. Southpark Meadows was gearing up to host Willie Nelson’s eleventh Fourth of July Picnic in what was to be an unusually hot and dry July in Austin. And moviegoers looking to escape the heat were enjoying The Goonies, Fletch and St. Elmo’s Fire. Hair was big (and bigger) and shoulder pads were a must in every fashionable wardrobe.

So it was on July 1st, 1985 as Capital Metro was born. Voters in Austin and the surrounding communities approved its creation in accordance with Chapter 451 of the Texas Transportation Code. The new agency took over an existing bus service previously operated by the City of Austin. Continue reading “Capital Metro Turns 30!”

Five Routes Are Supa-Frequent Now!

MetroRapid with People at NightBeginning, June 7th, riders on five Local Routes, 7 Duval/Dove Springs, 20 Manor/Riverside, 300 Govalle, 325 Ohlen and 331 Oltorf, will experience more frequent service each Monday through Saturday. The new High-Frequency Routes will help to create more reliable bus service and reduce wait times at stops.

Why were the routes chosen? Why is developing a High-Frequency Network important?

Simply put, Capital Metro has invested in these five routes based on their ridership, productivity and coverage. The agency weighed a variety of well-researched information to form the new High-Frequency Network, including: Continue reading “Five Routes Are Supa-Frequent Now!”

Just in Time for Summer – The Quick Guide to Using Your Bike with Transit

Bike PicCycling is a fun and healthy way for people to get around the city, and it helps solve the “first and last mile” challenges for those who’d like to take transit but find stops or stations a little far away from their destinations. We encourage our riders to combine cycling with their commute and make it easy for them to do so.

Rack ‘Em!

Bus riders can transport their bikes using the 3-bike racks available on all MetroRapid vehicles or the 2-bike racks offered on regular buses. MetroRail cars also have bike racks on board or riders can choose to stand with their bikes, if room permits.

Know When to Fold ‘Em

Folding-style bikes can be brought on board buses, just fold them before boarding so that they take up less room.

Safe Keeping

Riders can make their commutes bike-friendly by taking advantage of Capital Metro’s seven MetroBike Shelters located along the Red Line and at two popular transfer centers: Plaza Saltillo, MLK Jr., Highland, Kramer and Lakeline stations, and at the Tech Ridge Park & Ride and South Congress Transit Center. For $30, cyclists can purchase an annual key card for access to all of the fully-enclosed, secure MetroBike shelters where, with their own bicycle locks, they can park their bikes then hop on a bus or train.Transit riders can park their bikes in MetroBike Shelters overnight as well as during the daytime and over weekends as long as the bikes are actively being used for commuting.

Natural Connection

The Crestview/Highland Urban Trail is great for cyclists and pedestrians. A native-landscaped oasis in Austin, the trail links these popular two train stations with area businesses and residential neighborhoods.

Built for 2 (+)

Don’t forget about Austin’s bikeshare program! B-Cycle has over forty locations throughout the city; many are located near MetroRapid and MetroBus stops as well as MetroRail stations.

 

Visit capmetro.org for more helpful tips about taking bikes along on our transit services.

Feel the Need for Speed?

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The Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix is returning to Austin Nov. 15 – 17, and Capital Metro is in on the action! 

During Formula 1’s premiere in Austin in 2012, the total weekend attendance was over 260,000. As a result of its expanded MetroRail service last year, Capital Metro saw a dramatic surge in weekend ridership, including a 435 percent increase over a typical Saturday.

This year, F1 fans can again take advantage of Capital Metro’s expanded MetroRail service during the weekend.  Trains will operate from northwest Austin to downtown on the following schedule:

  • Friday, Nov. 15: 6 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. (Saturday morning)
  • Saturday, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. – Midnight (Service to all MetroRail stations except Leander)
  • Sunday, Nov. 17: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Service to all MetroRail stations except Leander)

MetroRail’s route is divided into two fare zones. The cost to ride one zone is $1, or $2.75 if you cross the fare zone boundary between Howard and Kramer stations. You can buy a MetroRail pass at ticket vending machines on station platforms or at the Transit Store, located downtown at 209 W. 9th Street.

The Nov. 15 – 17 weekend will prove to be a busy one, not only because of F1 but also because of Austin Fan Fest and the Nov. 16 UT football game. Buses will run as usual throughout the weekend, though riders can expect some route changes in the downtown area. Detours will begin on Nov. 14. Access all downtown routes – with the exception of MetroAirport – along Guadalupe and Lavaca from Nov. 15 – 18.

MetroAirport service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown will run its regular schedule from early in the morning until late at night.

Plan your fun! Find the latest F1-related transit information including routes, schedules, detours and a helpful trip planner at capmetro.org/f1.