Capital Metro Premium Fare Reduction to Begin Next Month; Premium passes will no longer be sold in retail outlets after Thursday, Dec. 15

new-fares-chartNext month, Capital Metro will reduce fares for MetroRapid and MetroFlyer routes by eliminiating the Premium fare category.

Effective Jan. 8, 2017, all Local, MetroRapid and MetroFlyer service will cost $1.25 for a Single Ride, $2.50 for a Day Pass, $11.25 for a 7-Day Pass and $41.25 for a 31-Day Pass.   

Premium passes will no longer be sold in retail outlets after Thursday, Dec. 15, however tickets will still be available for purchase at the Transit Store or on the CapMetro App.   Continue reading “Capital Metro Premium Fare Reduction to Begin Next Month; Premium passes will no longer be sold in retail outlets after Thursday, Dec. 15”

New CapMetro.org almost here

new-siteThe wait is almost over.

Well, most of you haven’t been waiting that long, but we here at Capital Metro have been working behind the scenes for about 2 years on our new website. We put up a version of the site a month ago to allow you a preview, and we’ve heard some great feedback and worked out a few kinks.

But, in 2 more days, it won’t be “the new site” or “the preview site” or “the beta site,” or any of the names we’ve been calling it all these months. It’ll just be our website. And, we’re excited about that and look forward to you being able to use it full time.

(The site will, however, be unavailable for a limited amount of time during the transfer from old to new beginning Wednesday at 8 p.m. We recommend you use the CapMetro App or call the Customer Service GO Line at 512-474-1200 for all of your trip-planning needs during that time.) Continue reading “New CapMetro.org almost here”

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Cap Metro sees ridership increase from high-frequency routes — more on the way!

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Source: Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune recently posted an article on the various ways in which the state’s largest transit agencies are trying to increase their ridership numbers. It focused heavily on the system plan Houston Metro implemented last year and the success the agency has seen since, a 3.3 percent increase since September 2015.

The article noted that Capital Metro is the only other major transit agency in the state to see an uptick in ridership during that time. Our 0.5 percent bump isn’t as significant as Houston Metro’s, but it’s a bright spot in our ridership, driven in part by the successful launch of six High-Frequency Routes in June 2015.

What’s even bigger news, though, is what’s going to happen over the next few years as we begin to implement the transformation of our own bus system, called Connections 2025. The revamp has been in the planning stage for the past year, and we’ve received a ton of input from the community, both from our riders and those who haven’t yet taken advantage of our services. Continue reading “Cap Metro sees ridership increase from high-frequency routes — more on the way!”

Oh, YAY! CapMetro App hits 100K

0096_brio-photographyOh, snap! One of y’all did it, and we’re grateful for it. We’re not sure who it was, but someone out there last week put the CapMetro App on their phone and pushed us past a milestone: 100,000 accounts.

Capital Metro was among the first transit agencies in the country to launch a mobile app that not only provides maps and timetables, but also gives departure information in real-time and allows users to purchase a digital ticket. That happened in January 2014, and since then more than 100,000 of you have put it on your phone and gotten down to the business of planning a trip, buying a ticket and riding a bus or train.

That’s a full DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium of CapMetro Apps! That’s as if everyone in San Angelo got the app. That’s the same as a 11 ½ capacity crowds of CapMetro Apps at the Cedar Park Center.

OK, this may have gotten a bit silly, but you get the idea. It’s a lot of people taking public transit and using the tools we’ve designed to make doing so easier.

The great thing about the CapMetro App is that it turns your phone into a pass. With the app, you can buy:

  • Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
  • 7-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
  • 31-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
  • Reduced Fare 31-Day Passes (Local, Premium and Commuter)
  • MetroAccess Single Ride, 10-Ride and monthly passes

When planning a trip with the app, you can select favorite destinations, designate specific routes and trips so that you can return to them often, and customize a trip to determine which mode (MetroRapid or Local bus, for example, or perhaps to decide between the MetroRail or a MetroFlyer route).

What we’re saying here is that the CapMetro App is great, and a whole lot of you are using it. Thanks for that!

And, for those who aren’t yet using it, please give it a shot. You’ll be glad you did. It’s available by visiting the app store for your Apple, Android or Windows mobile device. You can also buy and manage your CapMetro App passes with our Online Marketplace.

The Austin Collective: Real Riders. Real Stories.

austin-collective_robertThe people of Austin are fascinating. Their stories and how they get where they’re going, connects them. Capital Metro, Austin’s transit agency, has teamed up with some of the city’s most talented photographers and filmmakers to bring the stories and transit experiences of some of its riders to life. Continue reading “The Austin Collective: Real Riders. Real Stories.”

Try Transit Adventures: East Austin Studio Tours

Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, Noon–3:30 p.m. | Calles Building, 507 Calles St. | Free admissioneast-austin-toursBecause we know that finding parking during the East Austin Studio Tours can be challenging and we want you to experience how easy it is to ride Capital Metro, we’ve created two East Austin Studio Tours Try Transit Adventures. Gallery hop via transit with a complimentary Day Pass to see some of the best of the tour, including The Austin Collective exhibition. If you’re unsure how to take transit to some of Austin’s most fun activities, learn with us!

Find out more and register:

Saturday, November 12                                                Sunday, November 13