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”