Capital Metro’s Security force presented its rebranded vehicles to the agency’s board of directors at its meeting last week.
The wait is almost over.
Well, most of you haven’t been waiting that long, but we here at Capital Metro have been working behind the scenes for about 2 years on our new website. We put up a version of the site a month ago to allow you a preview, and we’ve heard some great feedback and worked out a few kinks.
But, in 2 more days, it won’t be “the new site” or “the preview site” or “the beta site,” or any of the names we’ve been calling it all these months. It’ll just be our website. And, we’re excited about that and look forward to you being able to use it full time.
(The site will, however, be unavailable for a limited amount of time during the transfer from old to new beginning Wednesday at 8 p.m. We recommend you use the CapMetro App or call the Customer Service GO Line at 512-474-1200 for all of your trip-planning needs during that time.) Continue reading “New CapMetro.org almost here”
Oh, snap! One of y’all did it, and we’re grateful for it. We’re not sure who it was, but someone out there last week put the CapMetro App on their phone and pushed us past a milestone: 100,000 accounts.
Capital Metro was among the first transit agencies in the country to launch a mobile app that not only provides maps and timetables, but also gives departure information in real-time and allows users to purchase a digital ticket. That happened in January 2014, and since then more than 100,000 of you have put it on your phone and gotten down to the business of planning a trip, buying a ticket and riding a bus or train.
That’s a full DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium of CapMetro Apps! That’s as if everyone in San Angelo got the app. That’s the same as a 11 ½ capacity crowds of CapMetro Apps at the Cedar Park Center.
OK, this may have gotten a bit silly, but you get the idea. It’s a lot of people taking public transit and using the tools we’ve designed to make doing so easier.
The great thing about the CapMetro App is that it turns your phone into a pass. With the app, you can buy:
- Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
- 7-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
- 31-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
- Reduced Fare 31-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
- MetroAccess Single Ride, 10-Ride and monthly passes
When planning a trip with the app, you can select favorite destinations, designate specific routes and trips so that you can return to them often, and customize a trip to determine which mode (MetroRapid or Local bus, for example, or perhaps to decide between the MetroRail or a MetroFlyer route).
What we’re saying here is that the CapMetro App is great, and a whole lot of you are using it. Thanks for that!
And, for those who aren’t yet using it, please give it a shot. You’ll be glad you did. It’s available by visiting the app store for your Apple, Android or Windows mobile device. You can also buy and manage your CapMetro App passes with our Online Marketplace.
It’s almost here – a draft transit plan!
What we’ve heard
We have been busy reviewing the system and listening to you, our community, about how to improve Capital Metro. The Transit Priorities Survey we hosted on Connections2025.org from May 25 through June 24, received more than 500 responses. In it, you let us know your priorities given the reality of limited funding.
So what did we hear? 87% voted for improving frequency (more service, more often on key corridors) over wider coverage within Capital Metro’s service area (service to more destinations, less often). This information, combined with the input we’ve received from riders and community members throughout this process, helps guide us as we draft our new transit network. Open houses will continue in September. Thanks for taking the time to shape the future of transit in Central Texas. Visit Connections2025.org to view the full survey results!
Traffic congestion in Central Texas is bad and getting worse. Drivers stuck in traffic on I-35 or MoPac know this only too well. In fact, Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s recently released Urban Mobility Scorecard shows that in 2014 a peak-hour trip in the Austin area took 33 percent longer than that same trip would take in less congested traffic.
Furthermore, the Austin Mobility Report, published by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2013, shows that traffic will worsen significantly in the coming years if people don’t shift from riding in single occupancy vehicles. The study noted that 74,000 people driving alone each day during rush hour would need to move into alternate modes of transportation in the coming years just to keep traffic flowing as it is today!
That’s why Capital Metro has launched a new initiative we hope you’ll try: leave your car at home and take transit twice a week, or in other words, become a regular “Two-Timer.” If you’re not sure how to take public transportation in Austin, no worries. We’re happy to show you just how fun and easy it can be. Three videos show how easy it is to use the CapMetro App to plan and pay for your trip, and monitor in real-time when the next bus will depart—all designed to provide new levels of flexibility and convenience. Continue reading “Leave Your Car at Home and Become a Two-Timer”
Aug. 18, 2014 – Capital Metro is putting the final touches on its new MetroRapid 803 service as it prepares for the official launch on Sunday, Aug. 24. The new route will offer riders frequent service along Burnet, Guadalupe, Lavaca and South Lamar, from The Domain to Westgate Mall via UT and downtown. The service will be introduced as a part of the agency’s Fall Service Changes.
Service will run weekdays from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The new 15-mile route will make stops at 34 new stations, and 12 existing ones shared with Route 801 in downtown Austin along the Guadalupe and Lavaca corridors. All MetroRapid stations have real-time digital signage that show arrival times of the next two vehicles, canopies, bench seating and lighting.
Riders will be able to access many well-known destinations when service begins, including the UT Research Campus (JJ Pickle), The Domain, Central Market North, Seton Medical Center, the museum district, ACC Rio Grande, downtown Austin, the University of Texas main campus, the State Capitol, Barton Springs/Zach Scott Theater, Seaholm, Alamo Drafthouse Lamar Square and Westgate Mall.
– Increased frequency
– New vehicles
– Free onboard Wi-Fi
– Mobile App
– Transit Priority Lanes
– Unique Stations
– 3-position Bike Racks
– Traffic Signal Priority
A single ride on MetroRapid costs $1.50. Riders can also choose to purchase a Day Pass for $3.00, 7-Day Pass for $13.50 or 31-Day Pass for $49.50. UT and ACC students and staff, and also city of Austin employees, ride for free with valid ID due to existing partnerships with Capital Metro.
More information about MetroRapid can be found at capmetro.org/metrorapid, on Facebook at facebook.com/capitalmetro and Twitter attwitter.com/CapMetroATX. Riders can also sign up on the agency’s website to receive email alerts about Capital Metro service.
The evolution of Capital Metro’s commitment to a walkable, bicycle-friendly, connected region continued Friday, August 02, 2013 as the urban trail connecting Crestview and Highland stations officially opened. The nearly one-mile long trail, created in conjunction with the City of Austin, connects transit hubs, businesses and the forthcoming Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Campus.
“The Crestview/Highland trail is really about connections and Capital Metro has been working hard to develop a comprehensive regional system, through efforts like Project Connect, to address the needs of a growing region,” said President/CEO Linda S. Watson. “Providing sustainable, safer transportation options like this trail extend the reach of the transit system and encourage healthy habits that will improve the quality of our communities. It also means we can offer more choices for people to get out of traffic and navigate the community in other ways.”
Joined by partners including the City of Austin, who displayed a demo of the forthcoming bike share program, Bike Austin, Bike Texas and CAMPO, the event showcased the best of what collaboration can do to create meaningful, useful solutions for everyone.
Also attending the trail opening were the Texas Rollergirls (who have their season-ending bout on August 10th. If you take Cap Metro to the Austin Convention Center for the finale, you can still receive $5 off at the door), Movability Austin, and Commute Solutions. Additionally, the Mexic-Arte Museum and Creative Action contributed with “art bikes” to help celebrate.