Capital Metro Offers A Safe Way to Ride on Halloween

halloweenPlanning your night out for Halloween? As you wrap-up the finishing touches on your Breaking Bad or Despicable Me Minion Costume, remember to plan how you’re getting there.

That’s right! Plan a safe ride on Halloween.

We’ve got you covered!

E-Bus service operates Thursday through Saturday night via routes 410 West Campus, 411 Riverside, and 412 Main Campus. Regular service hours are from approximately 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Night Owl service will run its usual schedule, Tuesday through Sunday from about midnight until 3 a.m.

Riders needing to get to and from the downtown area can also use Capital Metro’s local service until around midnight.

bus_ritzRiders can also bypass traffic by using MetroRail, which will operate its regular late schedule on Friday and Saturday nights, offering service until midnight. The MetroRail Downtown Station is located across from the Convention Center on 4th Street between Neches and Trinity.

Regular fares will apply. UT students ride free with valid school ID, and ACC students can board using their Green Pass.

Capital Metro riders who plan to use the 4 Montopolis, 21 Exposition and 100 MetroAirport routes should take note of possible 6th Street closure detours due to Halloween events from around 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

More detailed route and detour information can be found on the Capital Metro website.

Joining the Costume Party Downtown on Halloween?

Even though Halloween’s on a Wednesday, don’t let that be a drag. We know you’ve come to know the trusty E-Bus as your ride Downtown on the weekends, now take advantage of that tonight!

Capital Metro wants to help you reach the big party down as safely and conveniently as possible. That’s why we’re running E-Bus service on a Wednesday, which usually doesn’t happen, but we’re making an exception to help get all those Honey Boo Boo and Psy look-alikes to 6th Street.

Hours will be the same as E-Bus weekend service (8:30 p.m. until 3 a.m.). Catch a ride using routes #410 West Campus, #411 Riverside, and #412 Main Campus. Regular fares will apply. UT students ride free with valid school ID and ACC students ride with the Green Pass.

All you Halloween go-ers can also ride Capital Metro’s local service to and from the downtown area until around midnight. Night Owl service will run its usual schedule until 3 a.m.

We hope all our riders have a good time tonight. Use Capital Metro as your safe ride this Halloween!

We want to see all those elaborate costumes! Post your Halloween pictures as you ride transit today–rail, bus, E-Bus. Tweet them to @CapMetroATX or post to our Facebook wall!

If you’re just trying to go about your daily commute tonight: Capital Metro riders who plan to use the #4 Montopolis, #21 Exposition and #100 MetroAirport routes should take notice of anticipated 6th Street closure detours due to Halloween events from around 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. More detailed route and detour information can be found in the Capital Metro website ‘Service Alerts’ section. 

Capital Metro is the Best Ride to Austin City Limits

We know you music lovers are focused on finding the best shows and sets during the Austin City Limits music festival — we don’t blame you. We want to help you get there as fast and easily as possible.

That’s why we’re partnering with ACL again this year to bring you FREE shuttle service from Republic Square to the music’s doorstep — at Zilker Park.

It’s easy. From Oct. 12 – 14 all you need to do is get to Republic Square. Walk, ride your bike, catch a bus, use the train. We’ve even cranked out this super-easy-to-use map to help you choose the best bus route for you. Check it out.

How to get to the shuttles:

– Take several regular Capital Metro routes, including routes 4, 21 and 22 (check map for other routes)

– Take MetroRail into downtown Austin (Friday/Saturday)

After ACL:

– Use Capital Metro’s Night Owl and E-Bus routes, (run until about 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights)

During ACL, regular bus service will be detoured for route #30/Barton Creek around the area on 4th and Barton Springs west of Lamar.

Use the Trip Planner or check our ACL webpage for planning your weekend travels.

Hassle-free. Cheap. Safe. You rock. We’ll roll.

Ride E-Bus to Halloween on 6th Street

On Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, start the costume party early aboard an E-Bus route headed to downtown. Capital Metro will provide E-Bus service on Halloween via routes 410, 411, and 412, beginning around 8:30 p.m. E-Bus routes provide evening and late night service between student-dense neighborhoods and the downtown entertainment district. The last bus will leave downtown at 7th and San Jacinto at 3 a.m. Regular fares apply. All other Capital Metro services will be operating their regular Sunday schedules (ending between 9-10:30 p.m.)

Halloween revelers celebrating on Saturday, Oct. 30, can also ride Capital Metro to/from downtown, with local service until around midnight, plus E-Bus and Night Owl service until 3 a.m.


Get on the E-Bus to avoid the BAT bus!

Yesterday Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and his staff brought over the BAT (Breath Alcohol Testing) bus to Capital Metro headquarters for some show and tell.

Are you familiar with the Austin Police Department’s BAT bus? Here’s a KXAN video tour of the bus.

I advise watching the video, because the only other way to see it up close and personal is if you are escorted there in handcuffs, and it won’t be Christian Bale to show you around but one of APD’s finest. The BAT bus is a mobile mini police station specifically for the processing of those arrested for DWI. Officers can handle paperwork and administer the breathalyzer test at the bus, greatly reducing the amount of processing time required at the jailhouse. Because it’s mobile, APD can target specific neighborhoods (read: Downtown) as needs arise.

Police Chief Art Acevedo, Assistant Chief David Carter and Commander Troy Gay show Capital Metro CEO Fred Gilliam the BAT bus.

Police Chief Acevedo addressed the Capital Metro Board yesterday to thank them for the successful partnership that APD and Capital Metro have enjoyed. You may recall last month we detailed the training class we held to help police officers prepare for operating the BAT bus and obtain their commercial drivers licenses. The BAT bus itself was also donated to APD by Capital Metro, and in July it went on its maiden run. On a Friday or Saturday night, around 1:30 in the morning, police cars start streaming into the parking lot where the bus is parked, according to one officer. As many as 25 people a night might have a brief layover at the BAT bus before getting whisked off to the pokey.

Of course, you can avoid the threat of getting hauled to the BAT bus altogether by leaving the keys at home and taking Capital Metro. Tonight, Capital Metro’s three E-Bus routes start up for UT’s Fall 2009 semester. Although anyone can ride the E-Bus, it predominately serves college students and ferries them safely to/from the downtown entertainment district and the UT Main Campus, West Campus, and East Riverside neighborhoods. E-Bus Routes operate from about 8:30 p.m. to approximately 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when school is in session (except holidays). An average of 2,000 riders a night make use of the service, unclogging downtown and making Austin streets safer.

And don’t forget about the six Night Owls, which operate every night of the week except Monday nights and serve the downtown entertainment district and neighborhoods all over the city, from about midnight to 3:30 a.m. Catch a local route to downtown, and then ride a Night Owl home. Check out the Night Owl maps and schedules.