West Austin Studio Tour is one of the great things Austinites look forward to each spring. Now in its sixth year, 309 participants will open their studios, workshops and galleries for two weekends of self-guided art, exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. With only a limited amount of time it’s hard to see it all but, with help from your art-loving friends at Capital Metro, we can help you discover dozens of creative spaces across South Austin.
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!
Capital Metro will implement changes including the start of MetroRapid Route 803 service along Burnet/South Lamar, and other changes designed to maintain system efficiency and address seasonal demand.
In addition to the new MetroRapid route, other changes include extending Routes 3 Burnet/Manchaca and 10 South First/Red River to Southpark Meadows, making schedule adjustments to Route 3, transitioning The University of Texas PRC Shuttle to mainline service, making school related service adjustments and relocating the downtown E-Bus stop.
Capital Metro reviews service three times a year, analyzing performance and proposing potential adjustments to improve service by utilizing public feedback collected prior to each change. Capital Metro’s tri-annual service changes coincide with school and university calendars. All changes are in accordance with Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards.
Information on the fall 2014 Service Changes, as well as 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 in downtown Austin at 209 West 9th Street. The guide is also available for download at no cost on the Capital Metro website.
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.
Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid Route 803 fleet will hit the streets of Austin in full force on Tuesday, July 15, in preparation for the launch of the second line of MetroRapid service on August 24.
The field test will take place from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will cover the entire 15-mile length of Route 803. The distinctive red and silver vehicles will travel along North Burnet and South Lamar from The Domain to Westgate Mall via UT and downtown. Although the vehicles will stop at all stations (12 shared downtown with Route 801), passengers will not be able to board.
Destinations along the future route? 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 and Westgate Mall.
Route 803 will complement the existing service on Route 3, providing more frequent service to the same area, and convenient connections to MetroRapid 801 service and other bus routes downtown. Features of the service include covered and well-lit high-tech stations offering real-time arrival information, and upgraded vehicles with enhanced interiors and free onboard Wi-Fi.
MetroRapid Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress began service Jan. 26, 2014 and operates using 60-foot vehicles.
For more information about MetroRapid service, its amenities, route maps and more, visit capmetro.org/metrorapid.
The Juneteenth Historical Parade, beginning at 10 a.m., will travel along east Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Chicon, Rosewood and finish at Rosewood Park.
6 East 12th
18 MLK, Jr./Enfield
320 St. Johns
Riders should take note that routes listed above will be detoured around the parade route on June 21, due to street closures beginning at 7 a.m.
As the Capital Metro railroad tracks bisect Rosewood Park, the agency strongly urges the community to stay off the tracks and only cross at dedicated crossings. MetroRail begins service on Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m., but festival goers should always expect a train, as freight trains may be in service. MetroRail trains are faster and quieter than freight trains. Learn more about rail safety.
Catch MetroRapid in the parade and also a transit information booth at Rosewood Park.
To help plan your trip to the Juneteenth parade using Capital Metro, call the GO Line at 512-474-1200 or visit the online trip planner.
Capital Metro wishes everyone in the community a safe and happy holiday.
We love connecting riders to the Best of the ATX with MetroRapid, Austin’s newest experience in transit, and we want to know where you love to go on Route 801.
We’ll be showcasing Austin’s most beloved destinations on our “Best of the ATX” Pinterest board, and we want your inspiration!
Whether it’s your favorite shop, park or restaurant along Route 801, share the places MetroRapid takes you in our “Pin the Best of the ATX” Pinterest Sweepstakes.
From April 7th to April 21st, enter the “Pin the Best of the ATX” Pinterest Sweepstakes for a chance to win $250 in gift cards to some of our favorite destinations along MetroRapid Route 801 and a Premium 31-Day Pass. Second place will win $150 in gift cards and a Premium 31-Day Pass, and third place will win $50 in gift cards with a Premium 31-Day Pass.
Winners will receive a variety of gift cards to destinations near our MetroRapid 801 stations, such as:
- Hopdoddy – SoCo
- Hey Cupcake – SoCo
- Violet Crown Theatre – Republic Square
- La Condesa or Lambert’s – Republic Square
- Vino Vino – Hyde Park
- Galaxy Café – Triangle
- Mandola’s – Triangle
- Titaya’s – Koenig
- Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery – Crestview
- Pho Saigon – Chinatown
- Special shout out to Hyde Park Bar & Grill for their generous donation of some sweet gift cards to be included as a special extra in winners prize packs!
Check out the MetroRapid Pinterest Sweepstakes Guidelines and Rules (PDF) and start pinning your favorite ATX destinations along Route 801!