In the spring, the Project Connect team surveyed people about where they wanted to see future high-capacity transit services. Now the team is engaging the community in the second phase of the planning initiative — examining which types of high-capacity transit would best fit each location. Continue reading “‘Traffic Jam! A La Mode’ Serves Up a Project Connect Transit Mode Talk”
Capital Metro and the Austin Youth Film Fest are sponsoring a film contest to find young, independent filmmakers in Central Texas. Teenagers, this is your chance to show off your video skills! Help us by creating a short film that illustrates important transportation topics in Central Texas.
Capital Metro is working with local agencies, stakeholders and YOU to design a connected high-capacity transit system for improved travel into, out of and around Central Austin — the goal of Project Connect. Continue reading “Help Us Shape the Future of Central Texas Transit!”
Capital Metro’s board of directors today approved the agency’s Connections 2025 draft transit plan, allowing the agency to move forward with a bold, new vision for its transit system. Some of the key elements of the new plan involve creating a more frequent, reliable and connected network of services.
In response to feedback from thousands of people around Central Texas, Capital Metro’s updated network will take a frequency-first approach, tripling the number of bus routes running every 15 minutes or better. The agency follows industry peers TriMet in Portland, Sound Transit in Seattle, Denver Metro and Houston Metro by investing in key corridors to build core frequent service and ridership, while reducing waiting times.
Capital Metro’s new plan is designed to improve the rider experience – creating a 24/7 transit system that will see expanded MetroExpress and MetroRapid service, and more east-west options.
“Today, our board showed its dedication to improving transportation in Central Texas through smart planning,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “Major investments to build a better bus network will kick-off in 2018, and will continue paying off over the next 10 years. Austin desperately needs more mobility options, and this plan delivers the type of innovation and services people want.”
FEATURES OF THE NEW NETWORK:
- 2 fare types (Local and Commuter)
- 4 MetroRapid routes (running every 7-15 minutes)
- 13 Frequent Local routes (running every 15 minutes)
- 23 Local routes (running every 30 minutes)
- 4 downtown circulator routes
- 6 UT Shuttles
- 8 Express routes
Connections 2025, Capital Metro’s study to rethink transit, has been underway for over a year and is nearing the finish line. This week, our team will talk with the board of directors at a final work session on Friday, Feb. 17. After that, the board will vote on the Final Transit Plan at their monthly board meeting on Feb. 27.
To date, we’ve met with over 100 organizations, participated in 125 community meetings with nearly 4,000 attendees, and received 6,500 survey responses. On top of that, the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan has received support from these organizations:
- Downtown Austin Alliance
- Rocky Mountain Institute
- Urban Transportation Commission
- Alliance for Public Transportation in Austin
- Austin Chamber of Commerce
- Vision Zero
- Pedestrian Advisory Council
- Bicycle Advisory Committee
- Downtown Commission
Have you ever had a missed connection while riding public transit? We’re not talking about missing your transfer to another bus, but a real love connection. Sometimes you ride the bus or train to get from point A to point B, but sometimes you stumble upon that special someone, while riding, who makes your heart skip a beat. You sing to yourself “At last, my love has come along,” like Etta James did. (That’s what it sounds like in your head anyway.) More than words are all you ever need to express how this happened, but you can’t help it if you are “crazy in love.”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Capital Metro is happy to share with you some of our most favorite love stories from the Austin Collective. These riders share their public transit-inspired love stories.
Trendy new cafes, stylish boutiques and new housing developments belie the African-American community that once existed in east Austin. During the late 1920s, the city of Austin supported the segregation of African-American people to the east side of the city, an area bordered by Manor Road to the north, Airport Road to the east, 7th Street to the south, Springdale Road to the southeast and what is now Interstate 35 to the West. The community endured as a historically African-American community until the mid-1990s. Continue reading “Next Stop: Austin History”