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”
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
Austin is the stage. The Haul Pass is your ticket. What role will you play?
- The Professional
- Heads to a summer job, an internship, or volunteer work.
- Checks the trip planner on the computer the night before work to plan the day. Always arrives 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled departure.
- Scans the QR code on the bus stop or texts the cross-streets or Stop ID to Dadnab (512-981-6221) to find out the next departure time
- Keeps on budget, uses GoLocal discounts for food and well earned entertainment after a hard day at work.
- The Scholar
- Uses the time spent commuting by bus or train to read books and periodicals, for summer reading lists and summer courses, from the Austin Public Library and BookPeople (using Go Local discount, off course).
- By summer’s end, will have taken tours of all 5 colleges in Austin– Austin Community College, Concordia, Hutson-Tillotson University, St Edward’s, and University of Texas at Austin.
- The Explorer
- On a mission to ride every single bus route and travel all 32 miles of MetroRail, geocaching all the while.
- Knows friendly bus operators by name.
- Bookmarks the schedules and maps webpage, and has a hard copy of the Destinations schedule book ($3 at the Transit Store) to keep track or plan daily adventures.
- Is extremely familiar with stayoffthetracks.com and oli.org (Operation Lifesaver).
- May have earned a Girl Scout rail safety patch or a Boy Scouts railroading merit badge.
- System map in a pocket, Go-Line memorized (512-474-1200), knows this travel training will pay off in future adult life, filled with visits to other major cities around the US, a study abroad college semester, and who knows, maybe a win on Amazing Race (or at least a local scavenger hunt like Challenge Nation).
- The Artist
- Carries a journal or sketchbook, a great pen, a digital camera (or cell phone).
- Reads poetry on the bus enroute to visits to Art in Public Places, The Blanton Museum, the Carver Museum, Mexic-Arte, the Texas State Capitol, Austin Symphony, Austin Playhouse, The Hideout, and much, much more…
- Tweets images of beauty around town. #HaulPass
- Takes a class or two at Ballet Austin or lessons in theater at Zach Scott.
- Community Organizer
- Stays connected. #textingwhileriding
- Searches newspapers and blogs for calendar listings of guest speakers and author talks and uses the trip planner to figure out how to get from spot to spot.
- Keeps up with Project Connect (regional partnership exploring high-capacity transit options in Central Texas)
- Gets friends to carpool to a Park and Ride, then journey together via Capital Metro to Barton Springs, parks and recreation centers, the mall, the movies, etc.
- Supports local businesses, checking Go Local for businesses near destinations.
- Convinces a parent into to try riding transit to work for a day, and consider joining a vanpool for commute. Or takes a family outing using the bus or train, like a ride across town for lunch with a grandparent, aunt or uncle.
- The Athlete
- An expert on loading a bike onto onboard bikeracks on MetroBus or MetroRail. Knows how to do on the spot repairs after having built 2 bikes from scratch for free at Yellow Bike Project.
- Crosstrains throughout the summer hiking, biking, swimming, boating, jogging and mixing it up with a little frisbee and hula hooping for kicks.
- Walks to a bus stop or rail station to get that pedometer walking mileage in.
- Find lots of businesses on Go Local offering discounts for fitness and wellness, like yoga classes and rock climbing.
- Explores Town Lake, Zilker Park, Pease Park, the YMCA, Austin Parks and Recreation, and more.
- Uses the trip planner to figure out the best routes to get to practices, games, and the gym on time.
- The Environmentalist.
- Committed to reducing Austin’s carbon footprint. Knows all too well the benefits of transit.
- Is often seen hanging out with Sierra Club Austin, Keep Austin Beautiful, Urban Roots, and Austin Youth River Watch youth.
- Goes bird watching, and keeps a sharp
- look out for cows, deer, and other fauna and flora seen from a MetroRail ride to and from Leander to Downtown.
- Always carries a reusable tote bag and refillable water bottle, especially when toting home goodies from local farmers’ markets (like the ones at Republic Square or MLK MetroRail Station).
The great thing about being a teen is you can be all these things. No need to permanently decide which route to take. And with unlimited bus and rail trips, you don’t have to.
So where will your Haul Pass take you this summer?
Tweet your adventures #haulpass
SXSW is in full swing. Capital Metro has added service on several bus routes and MetroRail, too, to help people get around. Here’s what you need to know:
First, bookmark http://www.capmetro.org/sxsw2013. Maps, detours, schedules, etc.–it’s all there.
If you like printed-out stuff, here’s a handy downtown transit map showing detours through downtown and the special rail schedules.
Lots of streets are closed. Take a look at the city’s handy interactive map showing street closures. Most of Capital Metro’s local bus service is detouring through downtown. Most routes will be detoured off of Congress Ave and available at 8 key stops on Guadalupe and Lavaca. Check out this map:
Because many bus routes are detoured away from Congress Ave., about 50 bus stops are closed. Look for the bright pink T-shirts covering the bus stop poles. There are signs at each closed bus stop, too, that will tell you where the nearest open bus stop is for your route.
The eight “super” stops on Lavaca/Guadalupe are marked with a bright green flag that says “Open Stop.”
Getting Schedule Info on the Go
Hey check it out, every bus stop has a unique stop ID. With a cell phone and this ID number, you can get specific next scheduled bus info for that stop.
MetroRail has expanded hours today and next Saturday, 10 a.m. through midnight. During the week next week, MetroRail daytime frequency will nearly double. Expect a train every 34 minutes, all day.
Full Trains? Full Buses?
As we move into the music portion of SXSW, trains and buses will likely be full. Have a backup plan if you encounter a full bus or train. Signs on each train station will point you to nearby bus service.
Riding with a bike? When trains are full, bikes are limited to 4 per compartment (8 total per train). All Capital Metro buses have a bike rack that holds 2 bikes each.
Late Night Riding
If you’re staying out past midnight, our late night bus service may be just the ticket. Six nights a week, catch a Night Owl to/from 6th and Congress and neighborhoods throughout town, from midnight through 3 a.m. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, you can also ride one of three E-bus routes, which begin service at 8:30 p.m. and run until about 3 a.m. Get late night travel details here.
THERE IS NO LATE NIGHT SERVICE ON SUNDAYS! You’ll need to make other arrangements on Sunday nights, folks.
Here’s a tip for evening riders: use your cell phone to help flag the bus down. A coworker told me about this tip, which works great especially if it’s not well lit at your bus stop, or you are wearing dark colored clothing. Turn your cell phone on and use that to signal the approaching bus.
The checkered flags are ready and tickets to the race are sold out as Formula 1 races into Austin this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, bringing in a record number of visitors to Central Texas.
But, local organization, Restore a Voice says the international stage also brings an elevated threat of human trafficking this week.
To raise awareness, Restore a Voice has partnered with Capital Metro to bring six of these ads to the public:
And 50 of these, viewable inside Capital Metro buses:
All ads will be up through December 31.
Larry Megason, executive director of Restore a Voice told us that he hopes folks seeing the ads will gain awareness of the human trafficking is happening in Austin, even during Formula 1.
“We hope that it will drive people to our website where they can get some information about (human trafficking) that is happening in our city and globally,” Megason said. “There is an issue in our city and we want people to know about it.”
As listed on the ads, the U.S. National Human Trafficking hotline is available at 888.373.7888