Second MetroRapid Line Set to Launch August 24

metrorapid-3videoAug. 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.


home-page-banner.v2MetroRapid Route 803 will offer the same features and benefits as the current MetroRapid Route 801 service, including:


– 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, on Facebook at and Twitter Riders can also sign up on the agency’s website to receive email alerts about Capital Metro service.



New MetroRapid Service Kicks-Off Today

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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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:

New MetroRapid service, Route 801

New fare system

Changes to some bus routes

New mobile app

Check out some of today’s MetroRapid Day #1 action!

1st MetroRapid vehicle rolls out into town
Cyclist tries out the new 3-bike rack
Cyclist tries out the new 3-bike rack


One of the 200 volunteers out at MetroRapid stations this week
One of the 200 volunteers out at MetroRapid stations this week

Thank you for riding Capital Metro!

Capital Metro at the 2013 White Cane Day

Photo of event attendees at City HallYesterday, Capital Metro participated in the 2013 White Cane Day with other sponsors and members of the Texas School for the Blind.

Photo of Capital Metro Accessibility Specialist Martin Kareithi accepting Mayor's AwardAccessibility 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 fPhoto of MetroRapid vehicle arriving at stationolks 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

Questions or comments? We’re happy to discuss our accessible services or the new MetroRapid service, launching in 2014.

Photo on board MetroRapid

Photo of event at Republic Square Park

Cap Metro’s Future Rapid-ly Approaching

A sneak peak at the new MetroRapid vehicle.
A sneak peak at the new MetroRapid vehicle.

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.”

Cap Metro President & CEO Linda Watson with a new MetroRapid vehicle.
Cap Metro President & CEO Linda Watson with a new MetroRapid vehicle.

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Drive-through bus

Here’s something to keep in mind next time you’re in a car and grumbling because you’re stuck behind a bus.  A company is building a gigantic bus that cars can drive through.  Sounds simple enough:  if you’re behind the bus when it stops to pick-up passengers, no sweat, just keep on going and drive right through.  Can’t quite envision that?  Check out these design images:

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Here Comes the Bus

A beautiful batch of new buses will soon join the Capital Metro fleet. In January, we placed an order for 40 buses from New Flyer. DSCN0719This week the manufacturer sent us a pilot bus so bus operators, mechanics, trainers and other staff can check it out to make sure it meets our specifications. It gives us one last chance to make any changes before New Flyer completes and delivers the order.

This bus is very similar to the existing New Flyer buses in our fleet. But we’ve added some key enhancements to improve the customer and bus operator experience as well as efficiency. Some of the new features include:

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