Traffic congestion in Central Texas is bad and getting worse. Drivers stuck in traffic on I-35 or MoPac know this only too well. In fact, Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s recently released Urban Mobility Scorecard shows that in 2014 a peak-hour trip in the Austin area took 33 percent longer than that same trip would take in less congested traffic.
Furthermore, the Austin Mobility Report, published by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2013, shows that traffic will worsen significantly in the coming years if people don’t shift from riding in single occupancy vehicles. The study noted that 74,000 people driving alone each day during rush hour would need to move into alternate modes of transportation in the coming years just to keep traffic flowing as it is today!
That’s why Capital Metro has launched a new initiative we hope you’ll try: leave your car at home and take transit twice a week, or in other words, become a regular “Two-Timer.” If you’re not sure how to take public transportation in Austin, no worries. We’re happy to show you just how fun and easy it can be. Three videos show how easy it is to use the CapMetro App to plan and pay for your trip, and monitor in real-time when the next bus will depart—all designed to provide new levels of flexibility and convenience. (more…)
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Capital Metro is building 6 new MetroBike Shelters to provide more secure overnight or daily bike parking at major access points to bus and train routes.
Like the MetroBike Shelter already open at Kramer Station, these new shelters will make it safer and more secure to use transit without the having to take a bike onto a bus or train.
The new MetroBike Shelters are being constructed at:
- Tech Ridge Park & Ride
- Lakeline Station
- Highland Station
- MLK Jr. Station
- Plaza Saltillo Station
- South Congress Transit Center
For an introductory cost of only $30/year, you can purchase a MetroBike Access Card online to be mailed out within the week. Cards are valid beginning the month of purchase. This card will access any of the MetroBike Shelters around town. Daily card access extends from 5:00AM to 1:30AM.
Protect your bike from the elements
Once inside, the cyclist locks their bike to a rack with their own bike lock. The shelter provides protection from the sun and rain, and provides a higher level of security with 24-hour camera surveillance and lighting.
A helpful repair stand with tools and air pump with gauge inside each shelter makes it easier to combine your bike and Capital Metro commute.
A MetroBike repair stand
Free bike racks will remain available outside these shelters.
Flatwork at Plaza Saltillo Station
Construction is underway at all new locations, and the shelters will open before the summer heat returns (Opening date to be announced soon). These shelters are made possible through an FTA Livability grant with match funding provided by the City of Austin. For more info go to http://www.capmetro.org/metrobike.
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Posted in articulated bus, BRT, MetroRapid, new buses, tagged Austin, bus, bus operations, Capital Metro, capmetro, MetroRapid, regional transportation network on July 26, 2013 |
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A sneak peak at the new MetroRapid vehicle.
It’s been said that great cities have great public transportation systems, and with the upcoming launch of MetroRapid, the booming Central Texas region will be one step closer to realizing that goal.
Capital Metro pulled back the curtain Thursday, allowing members of the media to get an up close and personal look at the new MetroRapid vehicles before they hit the streets in early 2014 (although you’ll be seeing some of the buses around town over the next few months for testing purposes).
“This is a service we’re going to be able to introduce to the community unlike any they’ve seen before in Central Texas,” Capital Metro President and CEO Linda S. Watson said. “This is such an exciting time for Capital Metro.”
Cap Metro President & CEO Linda Watson with a new MetroRapid vehicle.
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Posted in Austin Community College, bike by bus, bus routes, carpool, community, commute community, customer service, friendly bus drivers, Girl Scouts, happy passengers, MetroRail, passenger rail, Rail Safety, rails with trails, rider tips, safety, the basics, train, trip planning, tagged Austin, explore, fun, Go Local, Haul Pass, students, teens, travel, youth on June 4, 2013 |
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“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
The summer, the Haul Pass, a new fare card for youth 18 and under, gives teens (and kids) unlimited bus and rail rides all summer long, plus discounts at Go Local partner businesses.
Austin is the stage. The Haul Pass is your ticket. What role will you play?
- The Professional
- Heads to a summer job, an internship, or volunteer work.
- Checks the trip planner on the computer the night before work to plan the day. Always arrives 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled departure.
- Scans the QR code on the bus stop or texts the cross-streets or Stop ID to Dadnab (512-981-6221) to find out the next departure time
- Keeps on budget, uses GoLocal discounts for food and well earned entertainment after a hard day at work.
- The Scholar
- The Explorer
- The Artist
- Carries a journal or sketchbook, a great pen, a digital camera (or cell phone).
- Reads poetry on the bus enroute to visits to Art in Public Places, The Blanton Museum, the Carver Museum, Mexic-Arte, the Texas State Capitol, Austin Symphony, Austin Playhouse, The Hideout, and much, much more…
- Tweets images of beauty around town. #HaulPass
- Takes a class or two at Ballet Austin or lessons in theater at Zach Scott.
- Community Organizer
- Stays connected. #textingwhileriding
- Searches newspapers and blogs for calendar listings of guest speakers and author talks and uses the trip planner to figure out how to get from spot to spot.
- Keeps up with Project Connect (regional partnership exploring high-capacity transit options in Central Texas)
- Gets friends to carpool to a Park and Ride, then journey together via Capital Metro to Barton Springs, parks and recreation centers, the mall, the movies, etc.
- Supports local businesses, checking Go Local for businesses near destinations.
- Convinces a parent into to try riding transit to work for a day, and consider joining a vanpool for commute. Or takes a family outing using the bus or train, like a ride across town for lunch with a grandparent, aunt or uncle.
- The Athlete
- An expert on loading a bike onto onboard bikeracks on MetroBus or MetroRail. Knows how to do on the spot repairs after having built 2 bikes from scratch for free at Yellow Bike Project.
- Crosstrains throughout the summer hiking, biking, swimming, boating, jogging and mixing it up with a little frisbee and hula hooping for kicks.
- Walks to a bus stop or rail station to get that pedometer walking mileage in.
- Find lots of businesses on Go Local offering discounts for fitness and wellness, like yoga classes and rock climbing.
- Explores Town Lake, Zilker Park, Pease Park, the YMCA, Austin Parks and Recreation, and more.
- Uses the trip planner to figure out the best routes to get to practices, games, and the gym on time.
- The Environmentalist.
The great thing about being a teen is you can be all these things. No need to permanently decide which route to take. And with unlimited bus and rail trips, you don’t have to.
So where will your Haul Pass take you this summer?
Tweet your adventures #haulpass
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Posted in community, Rail Safety, Uncategorized, tagged Austin, capmetro, Girl Scouts, metrorail, operation lifesaver, rail safety, safety, women's history month on March 12, 2013 |
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Girl Scout Day celebrates the day the first Girl Scout group was created on March 12, 1912, when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia for a local meeting. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults.
We are especially proud of our local scouts’ role in history. Did you know the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Capital Metro created the Girl Scouts first-ever Rail Safety Patch Program?
Take a lead from the Girl Scouts and educate yourself about how to be safe around railroad tracks. Check out:
Capital Metro conducts Operation Lifesaver (OL) presentations FREE OF CHARGE to schools, community and educational organizations in the Central Texas region. To schedule a presentation, please contact Mr Celso Baez at 512-389-7559.
Have a safe and happy Girl Scout Day and Women’s History Month.
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Over the next five years, many Capital Metro bus stops will be receiving accessibility makeovers, thanks to an ongoing partnership with the City of Austin Public Works Department. Through this partnership, more than 170 bus stops were upgraded last year.
This bus stop at Burnet Rd at Rutland is just one example of hundreds of the improved usability and mobility that is coming to bus stops around the city.
Today, City Council approved an amendment to the existing interlocal agreement between the two entities that extends the partnership for the next five years.
Pending budget availability each year, Capital Metro will reimburse the City up to $10 million over the next five years to help upgrade Capital Metro bus stops to meet the highest standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Public Works will manage the individual projects, which will be timed to coincide with other sidewalk or street work already planned whenever possible.
“This collaboration is a great example of local tax dollars being spent wisely, with huge benefits for the community,” said City Councilman and Capital Metro Chairman Mike Martinez. “Incorporating bus stop improvements into already planned city projects just makes sense. It reduces staff time and paperwork, ultimately saving both the city and Capital Metro, time and money, while improving the walkability and accessibility of the city.”
Although all of our bus stops met the requirements of the ADA at the time they were constructed, we wanted to improve accessibility and meet the newest standards. Capital Metro launched a program in 2008 to upgrade stops with concrete landing pads, curb cuts, and in some cases, sidewalks. In 2008, two-thirds of bus stops needed some level of accessibility improvement. Today, about a third of the bus stops still need upgrades and will be addressed over the next five years.
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Posted in community, Uncategorized, tagged Austin, cap metro, Capital Metro, capmetro, community, community events, Feast of Sharing, HEB, Palmer Events Center on November 19, 2012 |
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Tomorrow, Capital Metro will be partnering with H-E-B in its 23rd annual Feast of Sharing dinner on Nov. 20 from 4-8 p.m at Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Road). This is an opportunity for H-E-B to give back to the community by providing residents with a delicious, free meal and festive entertainment.
For the 10th year, Capital Metro has partnered with H-E-B to provide 5,000 Day-Passes to Central Texans for a free ride to the feast. The passes include a special printed H-E-B Fest of Sharing logo and can be picked up at the service desk for free at five area stores:
– H-E-B at 2701 E. 7th St.
– H-E-B at 1000 E. 41st St.
– H-E-B at 2400 S. Congress
– H-E-B at 2508 E. Riverside
– H-E-B at 9414 N. Lamar
(Note: H-E-B began distributing passes last week, so you may want to call ahead to check availability.)
Last year, H-E-B provided about 14,000 meals and is grateful Capital Metro has extended its helping hand once again to promote the community event.
Use Capital Metro’s online Trip Planner, call the GO Line at 474-1200, or download the Austin Capital Metro app to find your best route to the Palmer Events Center. Route 30 Barton Creek, 5 Woodrow/South 5th and 100 MetroAirport have stops near the Palmer Events Center.
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