Three times a year, Capital Metro looks at what can be done to better our overall transit system. Starting Sunday, Aug. 19, Capital Metro will introduce changes to service, designed to create more efficient routes and improve overall system service. Capital Metro constantly analyzes routes and evaluates customer feedback. Three times a year, Capital Metro makes these needed changes that are in accordance with Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards to create a better system.
Service changes will include:
Route Realignments – Capital Metro will realign two services:
o 30 Barton Creek – Will no longer service the Barton Hills/Hollow Creek neighborhood due to low ridership. Frequency in the Spyglass neighborhood will be improved from 70 to 35 minutes.
o 323 Anderson – Will be realigned from Ed Bluestein to Springdale and Tuscany to improve coverage.
Night Owl Routes – Several routes will be realigned to improve directness and reduce travel time. Frequency will be improved on routes 483, 484, 485 and 486. Night Owl service will no longer be available along south Manchaca, west William Cannon, South 1st, Braker, Springdale, 7th and Cesar Chavez due to low ridership.
o 481 Night Owl North – Will be renamed 481 Night Owl North Lamar.
o 482 Night Owl East – Will be consolidated with Route 485 Night Owl Cameron. (Refer to new Route 485 for more details)
o 483 Night Owl Southeast – Will be realigned to Riverside, Burton, Oltorf and Wickersham. Frequency will be improved from 60 to 30 minutes. Route will be renamed 483 Night Owl Riverside.
o 484 Night Owl S. Lamar/S. 1st – Will be realigned to serve only the South Lamar area. Frequency will be improved from 60 to 30 minutes. Route will be renamed 484 Night Owl South Lamar.
o 485 Night Owl Cameron – Will be realigned to Rosewood, Airport, Mueller, 51st, Cameron and Rutherford (Wal-Mart). Frequency will be improved from 60 to 30 minutes.
o 486 Night Owl Dove Springs – Will be realigned to South Congress, Stassney, PleasantValley and William Cannon. Frequency will be improved from 60 to 30 minutes. Route will be renamed 486 Night Owl South Congress.
UT Shuttles – Route and schedule adjustments will be made to the following University of Texas Shuttles:
o 641 EC East Campus – Midday frequency will be reduced from 7 to 10 minutes during fall and spring semesters.
o 652 PRC Pickle Research Campus – Frequency will be reduced from 35 to 60 minutes during fall and spring semesters. Route will be realigned within the Pickle Research campus.
o 675 WL Wickersham Lane– Midday frequency will be reduced from 15 to 20 minutes during fall, spring and finals.
Minor schedule adjustments will be made to the following routes to improve reliability:
o 4 Montopolis
o 7 Duval/Dove Springs
o 19 Bull Creek
o 30 Barton Creek
o 101 N. Lamar/S. Congress
o 151 Allandale
o 243 Wells Branch
o 323 Anderson
o 338 Lamar/45th
o 383 Research
o 466 Kramer
Select school-related trips will be reinstated or added to the following routes:
o 4 Montopolis
o 5 Woodrow/South Fifth
o 7 Duval/Dove Springs
o 300 Govalle
o 325 Ohlen
o 331 Oltorf
o 333 William Cannon
o E-Bus routes, 410, 411 and 412
All of the changes, in addition to route schedules and maps, can be found in the Destinations schedule book, available for $3 at the Capital Metro Transit Store. The Transit Store is located at 323 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. The guide is also downloadable at no cost on the Capital Metro website.
Details on the service change process can also be found on the Capital Metro website or by viewing this video.
August 2012 Service Change details also available in Spanish. (En Español)