We’ve teamed up with Do512 for a four-week drive-in movie series in October all across Austin! Each week Do512 and CapMetro will partner to host a drive-in movie at a different location around Austin. These will be a safe, fun way to get people out to enjoy the fall evenings and watch a classic film favorite.
How to Attend
Each week, Do512 will select winners at random for a free car slot at the drive-in. Winners will be notified via email and receive a reminder so they can plan their night out! Check out the links between each showing below to enter for your chance to win.
Do512 and CapMetro will be following all City of Austin COVID Safety Recommendations. Attendees will not be allowed to roam outside their cars except to use facilities and will be required to wear a mask when walking to and from.
Week One: October 9 | The Sandlot
Lakeline Park & Ride | 6:00 p.m.
Enter here for a chance to win a spot for The Sandlot showing!
Week Two: October 16 | Space Jam
Tech Ridge Park & Ride | 6:00 p.m.
Enter here for a chance to win a spot for Space Jam showing!
Week Three: October 23 | Coco
Location TBA | 6:00 p.m.
Enter here for a chance to win a spot for Coco showing!
Week Four: October 30 | The Addams Family
Long Center For The Performing Arts | 6:00 p.m.
Enter here for a chance to win a spot for The The Addams Family showing!
Transit keeps the entire region moving, and CapMetro strengthens that forward momentum by forming partnerships with local businesses and community leaders.
CapMetro is hosting a one-hour event called Accelerate where you’ll hear from President & CEO Randy Clarke about the economic opportunity that comes from transit investments and how local businesses can earn contracts from CapMetro to help us deliver our service to the community.
You will also hear from special guest Peter Rogoff, CEO of Seattle’s Sound Transit agency and former Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration under President Obama, as he recaps the business opportunities that resulted from a $54 billion bond package in 2016.
At CapMetro, we provide many different ways to work with businesses and we want to make it as easy and efficient as possible. Whether you want to participate in Project Connect procurement opportunities, have a product or service that could be a great fit for the agency or are looking to advertise on one of our buses or rail stations, we want to work with you to make that happen!
Accelerate – Zoom Webinar
Thursday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Project Connect is our long-range transit plan to transform how we get around our region. The multi-billion dollar investment is an network expansion to serve more communities with better service, including a new light rail system, a downtown transit tunnel that could improve mobility everywhere whether you’re on the train or in your car, new MetroRapid routes and vehicles, a transition to a zero-emissions fleet and much more. Not only will this program transform our transit network, but it will have a significant impact on job creation – with 9,700 local jobs created for every $1 billion invested.
The Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix is returning to Austin Nov. 15 – 17, and Capital Metro is in on the action!
During Formula 1’s premiere in Austin in 2012, the total weekend attendance was over 260,000. As a result of its expanded MetroRail service last year, Capital Metro saw a dramatic surge in weekend ridership, including a 435 percent increase over a typical Saturday.
This year, F1 fans can again take advantage of Capital Metro’s expanded MetroRail service during the weekend. Trains will operate from northwest Austin to downtown on the following schedule:
Saturday, Nov. 16: 8 a.m. – Midnight (Service to all MetroRail stations except Leander)
Sunday, Nov. 17: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Service to all MetroRail stations except Leander)
MetroRail’s route is divided into two fare zones. The cost to ride one zone is $1, or $2.75 if you cross the fare zone boundary between Howard and Kramer stations. You can buy a MetroRail pass at ticket vending machines on station platforms or at the Transit Store, located downtown at 209 W. 9th Street.
The Nov. 15 – 17 weekend will prove to be a busy one, not only because of F1 but also because of Austin Fan Fest and the Nov. 16 UT football game. Buses will run as usual throughout the weekend, though riders can expect some route changes in the downtown area. Detours will begin on Nov. 14. Access all downtown routes – with the exception of MetroAirport – along Guadalupe and Lavaca from Nov. 15 – 18.
MetroAirport service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown will run its regular schedule from early in the morning until late at night.
Plan your fun! Find the latest F1-related transit information including routes, schedules, detours and a helpful trip planner at capmetro.org/f1.
The #2 bus (Rosewood) will run every 15 minutes until 4pm.
9:00 am March begins at the MLK Statue on the University of Texas
10:00 am – 10:45 am MLK Program at the State Capital; March continues
11:00 am – 4:00 pm March ends; Festival begins at Huston-Tillotson University (Be sure to visit the Capital Metro booth!)
Routes 2, 4, 18, 21/22 will get you to and from the MLK March & Rally and Celebration (including back to the parking garages near UT, H-T, and the State Capitol).
Regular fares apply. (Single Ride $1, Day Pass $2.00. Reduced Fare: Single Ride $.50, Day Pass $1. Children five and under with an accompanying adult, and emergency and military personnel in uniform ride Capital Metro bus and rail services at no charge.) Use Capital Metro’s online trip planner http://www.capmetro.org/planner/ or call the Go-Line at 512-474-1200 for information about routes and schedules.
Capital Metro will operate its Saturday bus schedule in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no MetroRail, UT Shuttle or E-Bus service.
MetroAccess customers needing to keep their subscription trips on Jan. 21 will need to call (512) 478-9647 to schedule them. The reservation line will be staffed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Capital Metro administrative offices and the Transit Store will be closed Jan. 21; however the GO Line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and customers will still have 24-hour access to the automated phone line and online trip planner.
Earlier today, Dec. 10, Capital Metro joined Whole Foods Market and the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in announcing our holiday food drive partnership–Stuff the Bus!
We have teamed up for the first time ever to ask the community to help “Stuff the Bus” to assist area residents in need during the holiday season. The food drive is being held Dec. 14-16 at Whole Foods Market in downtown Austin.
The goal of the three-day event is to fill a full-size Capital Metro bus with 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. According to the food bank, 20,000 pounds of food equates to approximately 16,000 meals to families in need throughout the community.
“The donated food from Stuff the Bus will be a tremendous help in feeding the hungry right here in central Texas,” said Hank Perret, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas President/CEO. “We cannot thank our partners at Capital Metro and Whole Foods enough for their outstanding commitment to bettering the lives of our friends and neighbors in need this holiday season.”
Donations are welcome anytime between 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Capital Metro bus, located at the corner of 6th and Bowie in front of the Whole Foods Market culinary center entrance. Volunteers from all three organizations will be on hand to accept food items and load them onto the bus.
The food bank encourages donations of healthy, non-perishable food items, such as canned meats and tuna, canned vegetables, pasta, beans, healthy cereal and peanut butter. During the drive, participants may also purchase pre-packaged food donations at Whole Foods Market in $5, $10 and $20 increments.
“We are honored to participate in the Stuff the Bus campaign with Capital Metro and Capital Area Food Bank,” said Whole Foods Market Lamar interim store team leader Wade Taylor. “Nourishing our communities is what Whole Foods Market is passionate about, and we are excited to rally with our guests around this great cause.”
Several Capital Metro bus routes are located within a block of whole Foods Market, including:
#1L/1M North Lamar/South Congress
#101 N. Lamar/S. Congress Ltd.
“Capital Metro is so pleased to be a part of this wonderful holiday effort,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “We’re especially looking forward to working together with our partner organizations for the benefit of all Central Texans during this very special and giving time of the year.”
The three-day event will feature live music by local bands on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 12-4 p.m. at the donation site.
Capital Metro will also sponsor the Whole Foods Market Kid’s Club on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m. Employees and MetroAmbassador volunteers will be on hand to show children how to make colorful paper tree ornaments from recycled transit maps, ribbons and other materials.
People are invited to join the “Stuff the Bus” cause on Facebook or follow the event on Twitter at #StuffTheBus.
Here are a few pictures of our major partnership announcement news conference with Whole Foods Market and the Capital Area Food Bank–to see some more pics of the fun, check out our Facebook album:
The folks at Capital Metro take great efforts in staying connected with the local community in our service area. We care to help the people who use our services.
That’s why we’d like to give major props to our two worker-bees — Juan and Celso — who helped raise awareness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Fit Pit Boxing event and volunteered last week alongside 2012 Olympian Marlen Esparza in teaching some Central Texas kids a new skill.
With a crowd of about 24, local boxers and Olympic Medalist Marlen Esparza taught some boxing basics.
“Marlen was there to give some motivational words on the hard work it takes to be the best,” said Capital Metro’s Community Involvement Team Coordinator Juan Wah. “Marlen was great! Coach Art and the Fit Pit staff did great helping teach the Bigs and Lils the basics of the sweet science.”
In celebration of Capital Metro’s ridership increase over the past year, we will be partnering with Randolph Brooks Credit Union, Black Star Co-op and Midtown Commons in hosting our “You’re One in a Million” rider appreciation party on Aug. 10.
From October 2011 to June 2012, Capital Metro saw ridership increase by over one million trips from the previous time frame a year ago. Bus ridership increased by 3.9 percent, or roughly 898,000 trips and MetroRail ridership grew by over 49 percent, or roughly 133,000 trips. Total ridership is on pace to exceed 33 million passenger trips in 2012, with a projected increase to 34 million in 2013. The increase in ridership is the direct result of streamlining and improving connectivity of routes throughout Capital Metro’s 522 square-mile service area, and also the dedication of area residents and visitors in choosing public transit.
All transit riders are invited on Friday! To thank passengers for riding, Capital Metro will hold customer celebration events at several MetroRail stations on August 10.
Early morning commuters at the Downtown, Howard, Lakeline and Leander stations will be treated to fresh donuts, hot coffee and “You’re One in a Million” buttons, courtesy of Randolph Brooks Credit Union.
Crestview Station will become party central from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with balloons, banners and a rousing welcome from local band Conjunto Los Pinkys and Friends as each train pulls in. Through a Capital Metro partnership with Black Star Co-op at Midtown Commons, all transit riders who present a valid Capital Metro pass or ticket will also receive $1.50 off any house beer. In addition to the fun atmosphere, various lucky passengers will be selected at random from arriving trains and buses to win 7-Day Capital Metro passes. Crestview Station is located at 6920 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin.
“This event is to show how much we appreciate our riders,” said Capital Metro President and CEO Linda S. Watson. “At Capital Metro we strive to provide dependable, beneficial transit options for the community; we will continue to build on our ridership success into the future as we look at more ways of extending transit throughout the region.”
Crestview Station symbolizes a central hub of transit within Capital Metro’s service area where MetroRail and our busiest bus routes combine; in the future it also will be a location on MetroRapid Lamar route.
Riders are strongly encouraged to ride transit to the event, since there will be no parking available at Midtown Commons. MetroRail riders can get off at the Crestview Station and bus riders can take routes 1L/1M, 101 to the celebration. Use our Trip Planner to get step-by-step directions for using Capital Metro routes.
Capital Metro Bus Operator Arthur Murillo has been named the best bus operator in North America. He competed in the 2012 International Bus Roadeo in California this weekend and won 1st Place in the 35-foot bus competition. Congratulations Arthur!
This makes Arthur a four-time winner of the International title, we are very proud to have a representative of Capital Metro accomplish such success.
The Roadeo is a bus operator and mechanic competition held at the local, state and international level every year. Along with Arthur, our mechanic team placed at both the local and state level earlier this year.
Bus operators must steer their way along an obstacle course as they are timed and judged for accuracy and safety. In the Mechanic competition, participants are judged on their ability to resolve bus maintenance and diagnostic issues while also being timed and compared on accuracy.
On Saturday Capital Metro participated in the 22nd Annual Chuys Children Giving to Children Parade down Congress Ave. My arms are still tired from waving (and carrying my 6-year-old part of the way.)
It was a beautiful day and this year for the first time we combined our participation in the parade with an employee toy collection drive. Despite a late start to the toy drive Capital Metro employees proudly contributed well over 100 toys to Operation Blue Santa for the children of Central Texas.
As we ambled down Congress the crowds lining the street were as big as I’ve seen them for the parade. The big turnout led to larger-than-expected donations to Operation Blue Santa and our bus was “drafted” mid-parade by the Parade Marshalls to serve as a toy collection vehicle near 6th and Congress. We spent a good ten minutes on the Ann Richards Bridge at the end of the parade unloading all the great donations from everyone along the way.
Thanks to all from Capital Metro who participated and to those of you in the crowd who cheered us on as we rolled past on Saturday.