Capital Metro Commemorates 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act With its Ongoing Commitment to Service for All

wheelchair on busThis month marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which has greatly improved and expanded accessibility and independence for individuals with disabilities.

Capital Metro Was First in Texas to Achieve 100 Percent Vehicle Accessibility

As the first fully accessible fixed-route bus fleet in Texas, Capital Metro has achieved many milestones since taking delivery of its first lift-equipped buses in 1986. Since then, every Capital Metro vehicle put into service has been 100 percent accessible, with lift, ramp access and “kneeling” capabilities to lower buses to facilitate boarding.

All vehicles provide convenient access and securement areas for passengers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices, and seating in the front of vehicles is reserved for seniors 65 and over, persons in wheelchairs, or other passengers with disabilities.

BrailleMetroRail trains offer level boarding, spoken onboard announcements and station ticket vending machines featuring Braille and audio features. MetroRapid Route 801 and 803 vehicles are also fully ADA compliant, with push-button annunciators at stations and wheelchair securement areas, equipped with companion seating. Braille signage is now also available at all Local bus stops. Continue reading “Capital Metro Commemorates 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act With its Ongoing Commitment to Service for All”

Bike-N-Ride: Summer Traveling Tips

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This summer is a great time to hit the road with your bike, while trying public transit. We’ve got some helpful tips if you’re bringing your bike along for the first time!

Bikes on the Bus

All full-size buses feature sturdy exterior racks attached to the front of vehicles. Depending on the rack, it may hold two or three bicycles with wheels 20″ or larger. Electric bikes under 55 pounds also fit on the racks.  Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, and FREE.

How to use the racks? It’s pretty easy – instructions can also be found on the racks themselves, or you can see step by step instructions at capmetro.org/bike.

Folding bikes can be brought into buses at any time (folded); no other bikes are allowed on the bus.

We’re installing 350+ three-position racks on all buses by Fall 2015 (with exception of Express buses). Continue reading “Bike-N-Ride: Summer Traveling Tips”

New MetroAccess Service in Lago Vista

0113As the region’s transit provider, Capital Metro is continuously looking for ways to better serve the communities in our service area. During Capital Metro’s June Service Changes which went into effect June 7, we expanded MetroAccess service to the Lago Vista community. Our paratransit service is now available to eligible riders within three quarters of a mile of the current 214 Northwest Feeder bus route.

This service enhancement opens up transit access for even more people, serving as a complement to Route 214 service from Lago Vista to Lakeline, including Paseo de Vaca and the Lago Vista Park & Ride. Continue reading “New MetroAccess Service in Lago Vista”

Capital Metro Hits Record-Breaking Ridership During SXSW

SXSW2015_InfographicThe numbers are in for Capital Metro rides during SXSW and they’re over the top!

After ten days of extra service to accommodate the estimated 70,000 in attendance, ridership on MetroRapid and MetroRail topped last year’s event by 15 percent.

With 1,700 additional hours of service offered, there was no shortage of traveling options with MetroRapid, MetroRail, MetroAirport and local bus service. Continue reading “Capital Metro Hits Record-Breaking Ridership During SXSW”

Changes in June 2015: Why not Route 20?

June2015_ProposedWebBannerCapital Metro reviews service three times a year in an effort to make adjustments that improve the overall system. As you may know, we’re currently seeking feedback on the proposed changes for June 2015. We’ve been asked why Route 20 isn’t also proposed to provide service to the Mueller H-E-B. We agree that it should.

heboutsideThe quick answer is we want to modify Route 20 so it would also take riders to the Mueller H-E-B area, but unfortunately, some roadways just aren’t ready for our vehicles to operate safely on the street. 

Read on for more details: Continue reading “Changes in June 2015: Why not Route 20?”

Real-Time Bus Departures Are Here!

With GPS-enabled real-time information on all buses and trains, Capital Metro now helps you save time and travel smarter by taking the guesswork out of planning your trip.

View real-time departure information for the next three available bus trips within 45 minutes. Planning a trip further in advance? View scheduled departure times.

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Visit “Next Departures” on the mobile site or CapMetro App to count down the minutes until the next bus departure by route, location or stop ID. View our app demo above to see how it works for yourself!

Scan

At your stop? Scan the square barcode on the bus stop sign using a QR reader app for next bus times.

Text

Text (512) 981-6221 (Dadnab) to get departure info via your bus stop ID and quickly receive a reply text with real-time information.

Call

Dial (512) 474-1200 (GO Line) at home or on-the-go to speak with a Customer Service agent to access real-time info based on your route, location or stop ID.

For more information, visit capmetro.org/getreal or call the GO Line at 512-474-1200.

Gear Talk: Connecting with our Cycling Community

bike_loveCapital Metro cares about our cycling community. We recognize there are unique needs when it comes to combining bikes+transit.

We know our cyclist riders need and want safe and simple storage and convenient boarding options on our buses and trains.

Capital Metro wants to support these alternative commuting experiences. That’s why need YOUR input and ideas!

If you are a Capital Metro rider and/or live in the service area, please take a moment to complete this survey and help us continue to improve your travel choices for getting to/from the bus and/or train.

Please join Capital Metro on March 3 as we explore cycling amenities, how to use bike+transit and listen to your feedback on future improvements.

March 3: 5:30-8 p.m.

Cycleast Bike Shop

1619 East Cesar Chavez Street

Visit capmetro.org/bike for more information.

Can’t make it in-person? Check out our webinar!

March 4: 12-1 p.m.

Register now!

Continue reading “Gear Talk: Connecting with our Cycling Community”