The agency performs a continuous analysis of its service, and makes adjustments three times a year, utilizing feedback obtained from the public prior to each change. Last year saw over a million more bus trips taken than the previous year, a direct result of streamlining and improving connectivity of routes throughout Capital Metro’s 522 square-mile service area.
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Some of the changes taking place Jan. 13 include a new Domain stop along the #466 Kramer Rail Connector route, updates to routes in the Westgate Mall area to improve connectivity and coverage, improved connectivity to H-E-B and LBJ High School in northeast Austin, and a route extension on the #228 Burleson route to provide access to the new Central Texas Veteran’s Administration Clinic.
The service changes scheduled to begin this Sunday include:
Schedule Adjustments – Capital Metro will improve schedule frequency to the following routes:
o 18 MLK Jr./Enfield – Weekday frequency will be adjusted to improve schedule reliability. Morning weekday frequency will be reduced due to low ridership.
o 325 Ohlen – Trips will be added during weekday morning and afternoon to address overcrowding.
Southwest and Southeast Austin – The following changes will be made to improve crosstown service and access to Westgate Mall and ACC Riverside:
o 5 Woodrow/South Fifth – Route will be extended west to Monterey Oaks.
o 238 Westgate –Feeder route will be added along Westgate Boulevard, from Westgate Mall to Slaughter.
o 311 Stassney – Route will be extended east along Stassney and Montopolis to ACC Riverside, and shortened to Westgate Mall.
o 338 Lamar/45th – Route will be shortened to Westgate Mall.
Northcross –The following route changes will be made to improve access to Northcross and improve bus stop accessibility:
o 3 Burnet/Manchaca – Loop around the Northcross development will be eliminated for southbound buses only.
o 5 Woodrow/South Fifth, 323 Anderson, 325 Ohlen – Route around the Northcross development will be reversed (will run clockwise instead of counterclockwise).
o 19 Bull Creek – Route will be shortened to Northcross and Foster.
o 20 Manor/Riverside – Route will be shortened to Manor and Springdale.
o 37 Colony Park – Route will be realigned to Manor, Pecan Brook and Crystalbrook Dr. to improve access to H-E-B and LBJ High School. Millrace and Colony Park segment will be eliminated due to low ridership.
o 151 Allandale, 161 Delwood – Low ridership segments will be eliminated.
Other route changes:
o 228 Burleson – Route will be extended to provide access to new Central Texans Veteran’s Administration Clinic, located on Metropolis Drive. Smith School Rd. segment will be eliminated due to low ridership.
o 466 Kramer Rail Connector – Route will be extended to provide direct access to the Domain, and minor schedule adjustments will be made to coordinate with Kramer Station MetroRail arrivals/departures.
All changes are in-line with the Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards.
The Jan. 13 service changes, as well as route schedules and maps, can be found in the Destinations schedule book, available for $3 at the Capital Metro Transit Store. The Transit Store is located at 323 Congress Ave. in downtown Austin. The guide is also downloadable at no cost on the Capital Metro website.
Additional details of the Capital Metro service change process can be found on the website or by viewing this video. The public can also call the GO Line at 512-474-1200 with questions.