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This is the third blog post in our week-long series about Connections 2025. We’ve heard your burning questions and have answers to your top questions.  

Day 3 – Question: What will the proposed Connections 2025 transit network accomplish?
ExistingProposed Map 1Frequency. Frequency. Frequency.

Frequency is the proven recipe for successful transit service in the U.S. and abroad. Our neighbors to the east, Houston, changed their system to focus on frequency a little over a year ago. We’ve seen their ridership up by 7% since they altered their system.

More importantly, we overwhelmingly heard requests for more frequency during our community public outreach in Feb./March and May 2016.

We responded! The proposed Connections 2025 network would put a whole lot more people within a 10-minute walk of bus or train service running every 15-minutes or better.

Why does frequency matter? Continue Reading »

museum-mapMetroRapid puts the city’s cultural circuit within reach. You can take either Route 801 or 803 to a variety of museums and galleries in the downtown area — and avoid parking fees. We’ve highlighted 5 destinations, conveniently accessible by MetroRapid, that are go-to venues for art and state history. Continue Reading »

art-heart-caffeine-coffeeWhether you’re a student who needs a quiet place to study or you simply need a caffeine kick, we rounded up the top 5 places to get coffee by transit in Austin: Continue Reading »

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With the onset of fall comes one of Austin’s favorite festivals, ACL! As it’s sure to be a long day of fun in the sun (or sometimes rain), it’s important to arrive prepared. Here’s a look Continue Reading »

This is the second blog post in our week-long series about Connections 2025. We’ve heard your burning questions and have answers to your top questions 

Day 2 – Question: What about frequent routes?

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As it stands today, Capital Metro’s “High Frequency Route Network” is comprised of six routes – two MetroRapid and four MetroBus – that run every 15 minutes or less. These routes come within a half mile of 330K people and serve 50% of Capital Metro’s existing customers. Connections 2025 proposes a “frequency-first” approach with three times the number of today’s frequent routes! Continue Reading »

This is the first blog post in our week-long series about Connections 2025. We’ve heard your burning questions and have answers to your top questions 

Day 1 – Question: How to I share my feedback?

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We’re proposing a face-lift for Capital Metro service through our plan, Connections 2025. For almost a year, we’ve been hosting open houses, chatting with riders at stops and even stopping by neighborhood associations, all so we can gather your feedback. We’re back at it again, beginning another series of open houses, starting today! 


What have we heard so far?

Throughout the study, the number one comment we’ve gotten is to add more frequency, followed by reliability and coverage.

Where can I check out the plan? Continue Reading »

SXSWPanelPickerCalling all Austinites and SXSW enthusiasts: we need your help! We are partnering with Local Motors and HaCon to bring a one-of-a-kind panel to our city in March – but we’ll need your vote in order to make it happen!

Our panel, The Revolution of Transit Innovation, will feature three panelists: Dan Dawson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Capital Metro, Matthew Lesh, Director of Mobility Systems at Local Motors, and Michael Frankenburg, managing partner with German-based HaCon.

olli[2]A big topic of conversation will be our friend Olli, who just might be the future of autonomous buses. Developed by Local Motors, this self-driving vehicle is both sensible and stylish. See what Olli’s all about and even get in touch through the website.

Each of the three panelists will also offer a three-dimensional view of transit technologies. Mr. Dawson will discuss current and future plans, such as first- and last-mile integration into the app to help riders navigate to and from bus stops.

Mr. Lesh will discuss which current and future technologies are being employed (such as solar panels to power up to eight battery-operated buses per day). He will also discuss the future of autonomous buses, which is where Olli comes in.

Mr. Frankenburg of Germany-based HaCon will discuss the issue from an international perspective. He will examine how the U.S. can implement the advanced transit technology used by European cities. Beverly Silas, Capital Metro board member and founder of Silas & Associates, will moderate the panel.

We’re consistently searching for ways to innovate public transportation, both in the short- and long-term. Recently, we’ve partnered with technology groups to implement solutions – solutions that aim to attract more riders. In addition to our cutting-edge app, we also plan to introduce new Traveler Tools, which will help innovate and improve the Austin transit system.

With Austin’s abundance of technologically advanced millennials, this capitol city is the picture of innovation. When it comes to developing mass transit in this fast-growing metro area, the bar is set just as high. While many young people agree that a solution must be found to the city’s traffic problem, they also agree that it must be done in new and innovative ways.

As residents of a fast-growing city, we all have a stake in this. We all have something to learn from these panelists about the past, present, and future of Capital Metro – and the revolution of transit innovation.

In order to make this panel happen, we need Austinites and SXSW enthusiasts and fans from around the country to cast their votes. Learn more & vote: http://bit.ly/2bA5Rew.

We’ll see you at SXSW!