Reaching Higher

Reaching Higher_Feb 2020

Thanks a Billion!

CapMetro reached a huge milestone in January: 1 billion rides!

Our mission is to connect people and communities to jobs and opportunities, and CapMetro has been transforming Central Texas lives for the past 35 years. We look forward to the next billion!

Clean Air

Cleaner Air for Our Tomorrow

Our first electric buses rolled out in January with artwork created by kids from Campbell Elementary.

Our 1 billion customers have saved more than 445,000 tons of greenhouse gases that would’ve been in the air if they’d driven alone. As more people choose CapMetro, cleaner air will be the result!

Thanks a Billion!

Ridership Keeps Climbing!

As of February, ridership has increased for 16 straight months. In addition to our new bus network, customers are also responding positively to:

  • 125 additional bus shelters
  • Improved Next Departure estimates
  • 110 new digital information signs at MetroRapid stations & transit centers
  • 3,000 feet of sidewalk improvements
  • New solar-powered lighting at stop & stations

More Riders

Add It Up

There’s so much happening with transportation in Central Texas! Get a load of this:

  • Launched Pickup in Leander & kept adding ridership to other Pickup zones
  • Recognized with Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for our 2019 annual financial report
  • Lauded by World Safety Organization with the 2019 Concerned Corporation Award
  • Earned two awards for improvements to real-time data
  • Named a Gold Level Partner and received the Mayor’s Healthiest Workplace Award
  • Received national safety award from American Public Transportation Association

The Community’s Plan

Project Connect-English

Project Connect will transform the region’s transportation system. But for it to work, we need your help. That’s why we’ve gone out to talk to the community to see what you want from Project Connect. So far:

  • 34,838 people participated!
  • 543 meetings hosted and/or attended
  • Received 5,154 visits to our virtual open houses
  • Collected 2,489 comments from those visits

You can follow along with Project Connect’s outreach through our Engagement Dashboards online.

Llegando Mas Alta

Llegando Mas Alto_Feb 2020

¡Mil Millones de Gracias!

CapMetro alcanzó una enorme meta en enero: ¡Mil millones de viajes!

Nuestro objetivo es conectar a los usuarios y a las comunidades con trabajos
y oportunidades, y CapMetro les ha cambiado la vida a los residentes del
centro de Texas durante los últimos 35 años. ¡Ansiamos llegar a los próximos
mil millones!

Clean Air

Aire más limpio para el futuro

En enero comenzaron circular nuestros primeros autobuses eléctricos
con dibujos hechos por los niños de la escuela primaria Campbell.
Mil millones de usuarios impidieron que se emitan más de 445,000
toneladas de gases de efecto invernadero que habrían contaminado
el aire si hubiesen conducido sus propios vehículos. ¡Mientras más
personas elijan CapMetro, el aire estará más limpio!

Thanks a Billion!

¡Cada vez más pasajeros!

Hasta febrero, la cantidad de pasajeros ha aumentado durante 16 meses
consecutivos. Los usuarios están respondiendo de forma positiva no
solo a nuestra nueva red de autobuses, sino también a lo siguiente:

  • 125 casetas de autobuses nueva
  • Cálculos más precisos de próximas salidas
  • 110 nuevos carteles digitales para transmitir información en las estaciones de MetroRapid y en los centros de tránsito
  • 3,000 pies de mejoras en las aceras
  • Nuevo sistema de iluminación con energía solar en las paradas y en las estaciones

More Riders

Seguimos creciendo

¡El transporte en el centro de Texas se encuentra muy activo!
Eche un vistazo a esto:

  • Activamos el servicio Pickup en Leander y seguimos sumando pasajeros en otras zonas de Pickup.
  • Recibimos el Certificado de Reconocimiento por Excelencia en Informes Financieros por el informe financiero anual que presentamos en 2019.
  • La World Safety Organization nos galardonó con el Premio a las Empresas Comprometidas de 2019.
  • Obtuvimos dos premios por las mejoras que implementamos en relación con la información en tiempo real.
  • Obtuvimos el título de Asociado de Oro y recibimos el Premio del Alcalde al Lugar
    de Trabajo más Saludable.
  • Recibimos el premio nacional de seguridad de la American Public Transportation Association.

El plan de la comunidad

Project Connect-Spanish

Project Connect transformará el sistema de transporte de la región. Pero para que funcione, necesitamos su ayuda. Es por eso que salimos a conversar con los miembros de la comunidad para saber qué es lo que esperan de Project Connect. Hasta ahora:

  • ¡Participaron 34,838 personas!
  • Se realizaron 543 reuniones.
  • Recibimos 5,154 visitas en nuestras juntas públicas virtuales.
  • Obtuvimos 2,489 comentarios de esas visitas.

Puede seguir la promoción de Project Connect mediante nuestros tableros de registro de participación en linea.

Creative Action: Change Through Art in Austin Schools

Creative-Action_Art

Somewhere out there in the whole wide world you may wish there were an organization doing after-school, in-school, and community-based programs that teach the arts, build community and help kids develop socially and emotionally.

You’re in luck.

There are organizations doing important work like that in schools. Here in Austin, one that’s doing great work is Creative Action.

Capital Metro has partnered with AISD’s Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media & Performing Arts Institute and Creative Action to ask students to create environmentally focused art to adorn Austin’s first pair of zero-emissions electric buses. We spoke with Christa Berry, Creative Action’s Chief Marketing & Development Officer, to learn what Creative Action does and how the Electric Bus Artwork Contest came to be.

What is the role of Creative Action in the Austin Community?

Every Creative Action program uses arts learning to help young people become creative artists, critical thinkers, courageous allies and confident leaders so they may contribute to and live in a more equitable world.

Creative Action is the largest arts education organization in Central Texas, leading the way for the innovative application of the arts to support positive youth development.

We deliver more than 800 weekly programming hours in six urban, suburban and rural area school districts, reaching more than 20,000 youth annually and the adults who care for them.

Since our founding in 1997, we have reached 200,000+ youth and adults; delivered 250,000+ hours of arts enrichment programming; employed 600+ teens to produce original art; held 1,000+ performances; and employed 800+ local artists.

How did this partnership between you and CapMetro come about?

CapMetro is a long-time supporter of Creative Action and has been particularly supportive of Color Squad, our visual arts teen program.

Each year we choose a different social justice issue or theme and launch a youth-driven, arts-based collective impact project as part of our mission to help young people become courageous allies who stand up for equity and use their creative voice to make a difference in the community.

This year, our efforts will focus on climate change and environmental justice, inspiring students and community members to DREAM GREEN by practicing sustainability at school and at home and advocating for environmental justice.

CapMetro’s zero-emissions electric buses came about in parallel with our DREAM GREEN impact project, so we saw it as the perfect alignment to expand our existing partnership.

Can you tell us about the opportunity you saw to merge student art with the launch of Capital Metro’s first pair of zero-emissions electric buses?

We saw the opportunity to help launch CapMetro’s zero-emissions electric buses as a way to merge arts-based learning with your vision for a sustainable future.

Students at our Spark School, Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary Media & Performing Arts Institute, will use their artistic skills to design bus wraps for the new buses while learning about environmental sustainability.

This collaboration illustrates what can come from an innovative application of creative expression.

Students involved will further develop their 21st century skills and social and emotional competencies, critical skills for developing personally and making positive contributions to their communities.

What matters most when working with children to create art?

What matters most is the sense of freedom and possibility that’s sparked through art-making.

Watching each child create, you see them expressing something unique about themselves, their personality, their thinking, their culture and their place in the world.

While they are working, experimenting, revising and crafting, children are free to make hundreds of choices about innumerable details, using their senses, feelings and ideas to create a work that is entirely new, vibrant and vital.

The nature of art-making and collaboration reminds us that we are all learners regardless of age, and that the most exciting discoveries are when we learn more about ourselves and our community.

If you had one wish for the Austin Community – what would it be?  

For us, the arts provide young people with a dynamic pathway for developing the academic, social and emotional skills for success.

As participants express themselves and build critical 21st century skills through hands-on creative projects, they also connect with their peers, their local communities and the global community beyond Austin.

Our one wish would be that all youth in the Austin community have equal access to arts education.

The new Capital Metro bus electric fleet launches this month.

Learn more about Creative Action!

“Every Child Can Create”

Kevin_Abeyta
Campbell Elementery’s Kevin Abeyta

Capital Metro is working with Creative Action and Austin ISD to invite students to create designs to decorate the new electric buses that are coming in January.

Kevin Abeyta is the art specialist at Campbell Elementary, where he works to inspire students to express themselves through creative arts. Selected artwork from students in Mr. Abeyta’s classes will be applied as full-bus wraps on the first two electric buses in CapMetro’s fleet.

We asked Mr. Abeyta about the contest and how he teaches his art classes.

What do you do at Campbell Elementary?

The short answer is I encourage each student who walks into the art studio to express themselves in a healthy, positive way through art.

What do you aim to achieve for your students?

​My goal is to foster a safe, accepting and welcoming environment that allows each and every student who crosses the door into the art studio the freedom to express who they are no matter the skill level. Process over product. Every child can create art if they are given the encouragement and freedom to do so.

For this project, Mr. Abeyta is teaching students about various artists’ techniques as inspiration for the electric bus artwork contest. We asked him to tell us why their stories and work are important for students to know.

Can you tell us about some of the artists you’re teaching them about and why you chose them?

​My goal is to honor the culture of children who come into the art studio. We’re learning about artists of color and differing genders. Two in particular we’re focusing on are Romare Bearden and Kehinde Wiley.

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden’s work dealt with both the urban and rural viewpoints of African Americans. His style is a perfect fit for a project highlighting these aspects of Austin.

We are using Romare’s collage technique to create various scenes and places around Austin. Each student’s personal vision of how they view places around the city can be showcased, and this technique provides a more hands-on style and unified approach to the final artwork.

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley is a contemporary artist who creates vibrant, striking portraits of people of color. He is well known for painting the presidential portrait of Barack Obama. His powerful style and depiction of subjects is the focus for our fifth graders, who are creating their own portraits.

My hope is that in seeing these artists and their work, students will be inspired to go forward and explore art and the world around them on their own. The more artists of color are celebrated and taught, the more children of color can see the beauty and power that they possess inside them.

The new Capital Metro bus fleet launches in January. It will be backed up by 100%-Texas wind power, courtesy of Austin Energy.

The future belongs to our children, and we are super excited to see what they come up with to help us celebrate.

 

Capital Metro to Unveil Bus Stop Plaque at 12th & Chicon

12th & Chicon

For the past 18 months, Cap Metro has worked with several community partners to revamp the bus stop on the southeast corner of 12th & Chicon. And in less than another month, you’ll be able to check out what all that work has produced when we unveil the new historical plaques that celebrate the East Austin neighborhood’s  “Heritage, Pride, Prosperity.”

When & Where

  • Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Southeast corner of 12th & Chicon

Cap Metro and the East 12th Street Merchants Association would like to invite you to Return & Discover East 12th Street as part of the Merchants Association’s monthly ‘12th on 12th’ series.

Come for the unveiling, stay for the food, fun and community!

Facebook Contest: Two Austin Film Fest Badges up for Grabs

You may have heard about our MetroRapid groundbreaking yesterday…maybe you’ve also been one of the early birds to watch our new YouTube video…below:

But, do you know that Capital Metro has two Austin Film Festival badges to give away? It’s true! How can you snag one? Click here Our contest is ongoing until Sept. 30!

We want to see your transit-inspired artwork. It doesn’t have to be fancy or require an extreme amount of work. Think about what transit means to you…Where do you ride to? How many places have you been to on the bus? Where are you looking forward to riding MetroRail? Take a picture, Instagram it, draw something, sketch, doodle, crayon, stamp, collage, etc. Anyway you want.

Once you have your idea and have a creation, take a picture of it and upload to our Facebook contest page. Take this for example:

Here’s an example I of a picture I took on 9/11 of a bus, then added filters. Preface: I have no artistic talent to claim!

It’s that simple. Capture a transit moment and submit it. After we have some entries on our Facebook page, others will be able to vote on each photo. The earlier you submit, the more time you have to wrangle-in those votes!
Start now!

We’ll award the top two entries. Each of our winners gets one Austin Film Fest badge! Each badge is worth over $100 bucks.

Now, go onto our Facebook page and look for the green tab at the top and enter your art baby.

Mister Cartoon Masterpiece to be Installed along the Red Line today

If you ride MetroRail into downtown, or you poke around in central east Austin on occasion, you’ll be seeing a brand new mural that’s been taking shape this week and will be completely installed today. From the view onboard the train, you’ll see the action going up on the backside of the LIVESTRONG Foundation headquarters building, near the Robert T. Martinez, Jr. crossing.

Mister Cartoon working on the LiveStrong mural, on Oct. 12. Photo credit: Mister Cartoon.

What a coup! The artist is Mister Cartoon of LA fame, who has been hanging out in the neighborhood and beginning the installation.  And what a great idea, too. The idea behind the mural, according to LIVESTRONG, is “to create a mural that captures the LIVESTRONG spirit and serves as a tribute to people affected by cancer around the world and a work of art for the entire East Austin community to enjoy.”

Capital Metro has supported the development and installation of the mural, which is located along the Red Line tracks at Robert Martinez, Jr., east of the Plaza Saltillo Station. Rail safety outreach coordinator (and our public art liaison) Alissa Schram has incorporated a rail safety education element into the proceedings today. Art students from Eastside High will help the artist do the final installation later today, and all will be briefed on the in’s and out’s of being safe around railroad tracks.

If you’re riding MetroRail today, put your book down between MLK and Plaza Saltillo stations, and check out the awesome mural going in!