Rider Profiles: Justin Kirchhoff

In honor of tonight’s extended hours on MetroRail–the last planned Friday evening service for a while–I’d like to share another MetroRail rider’s story, in his own words.  Justin Kirchhoff has been riding MetroRail since day 1, and he uses his commute to stay productive and get ahead on his workday. How do you enjoy your commute?


I’ve always liked trains.  I don’t know what it is.  Maybe the fact that it takes the shortest route between any two locations or that its very efficient.  Either way, when I started riding the MetroRail this past year, I really found the convenience alarming.

With gas prices climbing to an all time high and car repair climbing almost just as high, there was only one solution for me to travel back and forth from my production studio to home.  Cap MetroRail has been my hero.  I’ve saved well over $500 in gas this past year because of the light rail.  $500!  I would have easily spent $30 or more on gas to fill up my car every week.  Now I only have to spend that once a month to ride MetroRail to and from work, even to downtown Austin.

With free WiFi enabled train cars, I could send my morning e-mails off to clients, check my daily dose of viral videos, even upload a video to my server. The convenience factor is fast, safe, and most of all smart.

Car-Free Friday Ideas

UPDATED 3/24: We’re extending the contest by one day! Get your car-free Friday on, then tell us about it via the Sweepstakes tab on our facebook page by NOON on Saturday, March 26.

Have you tried a car-free Friday lately? We’ve been encouraging people to give it a try in March, and ride Capital Metro, walk or bike instead. On Fridays in March, we’re extending hours on Capital MetroRail, with the last train leaving Downtown Station at 11:30 p.m.

We’re looking for your car-free Friday tales, and if you share them you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two tickets to Pete Yorn at Stubb’s on April 16, plus dinner for two at Eddie V’s and a one-night stay at the Driskill Hotel. That is a serious night out!

The winner will be drawn this Friday morning, March 25, so you only have two days left to enter the sweepstakes! (Entries must be be received by 8:30 a.m. this Friday!) To enter, “like us” on facebook, then click on the Sweepstakes link on Capital Metro’s Facebook page.

We’ve heard some great stories about people’s Car-Free Fridays. There’s still one more chance to experience evening MetroRail service, this Friday, March 25. View the Friday extended service schedule.

Need some inspiration? Here’s how others are enjoying a car-free Friday:

“My girlfriend and I took the train from Kramer station right near our house downtown for a great sushi dinner.  Keep the Friday evening service going please!”

“My 3 year old son and I will catch the train out of the Lakeline station and stop at Starbucks for a mocha and vanilla milk when we arrive downtown. Then off to the Austin Children’s Museum for some fun.”   Continue reading “Car-Free Friday Ideas”