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.
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.
Today marked the first day of the new MetroRapid service!
Vehicles started rolling out into service early this morning and we have over 200 employee volunteers at stations and onboard this week helping you navigate the new service.
MetroRapid’s new amenities:
- Frequent service
- Fewer stops
- New vehicles
- Mobile app
- Traffic priority lanes
- Unique stations
- 3-position bike rack
- Traffic signal priority technology
As you prepare for tomorrow’s workday/school day commute, make sure you’re up-to-date on all the recent changes, effective today at Capital Metro:
Check out some of today’s MetroRapid Day #1 action!
Thank you for riding Capital Metro!
Fares for Capital Metro will be changing January 26 as we launch our new tiered fare system that will consist of three main service categories: Local, Premium and Commuter. At the same time we launch this new system you can expect to see a “new look” on passes, too. New fares go into effect Jan. 26. Continue reading “Rolling Out New Fare Structure January 26”
Accessibility Specialist Martin Kareithi accepted the mayor’s award on behalf of the agency, in support of the accessibility community and inviting attendees to join the team at Republic Square Park where Capital Metro had a MetroRapid vehicle staged for in-person tours.
In addition, festival goers were able to check out the adjacent Republic Square Station, a future stop along the MetroRapid route. Volunteers oriented folks around the station, discussing all the cool, new features available, including an announcement button that tells passengers audibly when the next vehicle will arrive.
The new MetroRapid service will launch in early 2014 along Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress. It will feature new amenities, like real-time arrival information; shelters at every station with benches, lighting and a bike rack; technology to sync with stop lights, helping keep lights green as the vehicle passes through the intersection; and, free on board WiFi. In addition, the service will be fully ADA compliant with wheelchair securement areas equipped with companion seating and Braille ID bus numbers located at each rear door and at front wheel wells. For full details, visit capmetro.org/MetroRapid.
Questions or comments? We’re happy to discuss our accessible services or the new MetroRapid service, launching in 2014.
It’s been said that great cities have great public transportation systems, and with the upcoming launch of MetroRapid, the booming Central Texas region will be one step closer to realizing that goal.
Capital Metro pulled back the curtain Thursday, allowing members of the media to get an up close and personal look at the new MetroRapid vehicles before they hit the streets in early 2014 (although you’ll be seeing some of the buses around town over the next few months for testing purposes).
“This is a service we’re going to be able to introduce to the community unlike any they’ve seen before in Central Texas,” Capital Metro President and CEO Linda S. Watson said. “This is such an exciting time for Capital Metro.”
Capital Metro has partnered with other transit agencies in the central Texas region, like the City of Austin, CAMPO and the Lone Star Rail District to create a plan for regional high-capacity transit.
What would that look like?
Imagine a series of components like urban rail, commuter rail (like MetroRail), Rapid service, and express lanes where all services support one another in a network, easing access throughout the region.
Sounds nice, right? Well, it looks even better. Check out this detailed vision map with all the system elements to help you share our vision for how to create a connected central Texas.
Now, you too can view the full details of the Project Connect transportation plan and partnership at ConnectCentralTexas.com.
But, wait there’s more!
Well, now that the vision has come together, the partners want your feedback. What do you think?
It’s your chance to share your thoughts at any of the following opportunities:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5 – 8 p.m. Seton Medical Center Hays (Cafeteria), 6001 Kyle Parkway, Kyle, TX.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Austin Energy (Assembly Room); 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5 – 8 p.m. Williamson Conference Center, 209 N. IH-35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX.
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 12 – 1 p.m. Webinar – Register online at ConnectCentralTexas.com/get-involved.
The Project Connect partners also invite the public to participate in an ongoing online discussion regarding the regional transit vision.
Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications are provided upon request. Please call 512-369-6201 or email info@ConnectCentralTexas.com for more information.