9th Annual Stuff the Bus Donation Drive

After a particularly challenging year, Capital Metro, Whole Foods Market and the Central Texas Food Bank are teaming up to make the season bright for our Central Texas neighbors in need. The ninth annual “Stuff the Bus” is going virtual this year, allowing you to make a contribution to help families across our region with just the click of a button.

Stuff the Bus donations are accepted from Thursday, December 10 to Thursday, December 24.

All donations will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which distributed over 64 million pounds of food to Central Texans in Fiscal Year 2020. Just $5 helps feed a family of four for over three days. The food bank has seen an increased need for food in the Central Texas community. Just in October 2020, the food bank served approximately 113,776 households, which translates to nearly 6.1 million pounds of food. Over 13,500 of those households served used the food bank’s services for the first time.

“As always, our mission at Capital Metro is to give back to the community,” said Capital Metro President & CEO Randy Clarke. “Especially this year, we are thankful to partner with the Central Texas Food Bank and Whole Foods Market during the holidays in order to serve our community members who need our help the most.”

Head over to our website to make a donation online or purchase an item from the Stuff the Bus Amazon wishlist. To donate in person, visit one of the participating Whole Foods locations and look for registers with a “Feed4More” label.

Thank you for making the season brighter for our neighbors in need!

7 Gifts Under $20 from the CapMetro Transit Store

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for your transit-loving friend, family member or coworker? Need a little help finding enough gifts to fill eight nights of Hanukkah? Consider the CapMetro Transit Store our very own Santa’s workshop, filled with transit-themed gifts — all under $20! We got a few of our elves (read: marketing staff) to round up their favorite gift ideas for you to choose from. Happy gifting!

1. Wrapping Paper – $9

Not necessarily a gift itself (unless your recipient is a big collector!), our CapMetro-themed wrapping paper is the perfect finishing touch for all your present-giving needs.

2. Bike Seat Covers – $3.99

These CapMetro bike seat covers are perfect for the bike lover in your life! They can use it on their personal bike or for extra care when riding MetroBike.

3. Sunglasses – $3.99

2021 is looking so bright, you’re gonna need a pair of cool sunnies to take you into the next year! We may be biased, but we’re big fans of these color-blocked, reflective CapMetro sunglasses.

4. Canvas Backpack – $8.99

Reusable bags aren’t just the way of the future — they’re the most sustainable (and cool, let’s be honest), option always! This canvas backpack is ideal for grocery trips via transit or bike, making it a great gift for your loved one on-the-go.

5. Socks – $15

Socks are a stocking staple and this super fun Vacay Mode pair goes great with all the sweatpants everyone is rocking this holiday season, don’t you think?

6. Cap-tivities Activity Book Issues 1-3 – $1.50 each

Need a gift for the kiddos in your life? We’ve got the first 3 issues of our Cap-tivities activity book available in print at the Transit Store! (P.S. You can also download all of our digital issues here.)

7. T-Shirts – $10-$15

Who doesn’t love a new t-shirt? The Transit Store carries some of our favorite tees from past CapMetro initiatives + celebrations, any of which make great gifts for Austin-loving friends.

All of these gifts and more can be found at the CapMetro Transit Store, located at 209 W. 9th St. Austin, TX 78701.

New Explore Downtown Austin Bike Route

Looking for a safe and fun activity for the family this holiday season? Explore Downtown Austin is a new bike route created by our friends at Smart Trips Austin. The route highlights iconic sights as well as high-comfort segments of Austin’s all-ages and abilities bicycle network, making it perfect for the whole family.

Explore Downtown Austin by Bike

Your ride begins at the Mexican American Cultural Center before cruising along Lady Bird Lake on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail. Follow the route for Smart Trip’s favorite place to cross the lake as you head north along Shoal Creek Trail past the Austin Public Library and over to snap a photo at the Texas Capitol. Ride with ease on the new Congress Avenue protected bike lanes as you turn south to the Downtown Metro Station. Complete your ride at Rainey Street, where you can enjoy a treat from a selection of Austin’s most delicious food trucks.

Sign up for the Smart Trips Transportation Resource Guide to access a free bus or train pass for getting Downtown and a free MetroBike pass to ride the route in style on a new electric MetroBike! For this route and other DIY maps please visit SmartTripsAustin.org.

CapMetro Fare Initiatives Expand Equity in Austin

This month, Capital Metro launched two fare initiatives aimed at making transit even more accessible and easy to use. The first allows customers to add cash-to-mobile at participating retailers around Austin while the second is testing capping fares for low-income users. Our goal with these new features is that our services are equitable in both use and cost and to ensure that people who can least afford public transportation fares are not paying the most.

Cash to App

The CapMetro App now allows users to add cash for future fares at one of over 200 participating retailers including a number of 7-11, Dollar General, Family Dollar and CVS locations. This initiative helps to better serve customers who do not have a credit card, or would rather not use one, to purchase their tickets in the app by loading cash to a mobile wallet at a retail store without a fee. More retail stores may be added to the program over time.

Fare Capping

CapMetro believes that transit is an equity tool and this program aligns with that mission. The fare-capping program, which is currently in the testing stage running for six months from October through April, aims to help customers not pay more than $2.50 per day for Local Service (or $7 for Commuter) and makes riding with CapMetro simpler and more affordable in the long run!

Are you currently enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP, TANF or MAP? Sign up to join our pilot program and receive a free 31-day pass.

Stay up-to-date on CapMetro news by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and be sure to download the CapMetro App to take advantage of all our convenient features.