Llegando más alto: Noticias y puntos destacados recientes

Reaching Higher

¡La cantidad de pasajeros aumenta!

Un año después, Cap Remap ha cumplido lo que prometió: crear un sistema de autobuses más frecuente, más confiable y más conectado. Ha mejorado la experiencia de los usuarios al triplicar la cantidad de rutas que pasan cada 15 minutos, los 7 días de la semana, y al mejorar la accesibilidad de las paradas de autobús mediante nuevas aceras y más marquesinas de autobuses para las comunidades que anteriormente carecían de servicio.

Cantidad de pasajeros desde Cap Remap:

  • Aumento del 8.9 % en julio
  • Aumento del 4.5 % durante todo el año
  • Hasta 11 de 12 meses

Austin & Manor Get a Pickup

El servicio Pickup llega a Austin y Manor 

Llevamos el tan solicitado servicio de transporte Pickup a los usuarios de Capital Metro en Austin y Manor.

Los residentes de cuatro vecindarios de Austin se beneficiaron de los siguientes servicios Pickup en agosto:

  • Pickup East ATX
  • Pickup Exposition
  • Pickup Northeast ATX
  • Pickup Walnut Creek

El servicio Pickup en Manor cubrió una ruta de transporte de enlace de bajo funcionamiento y fue un éxito inmediato: ¡aumentó la cantidad diaria de pasajeros de la ruta eliminada en un 600%!

Electric BusUn 2019 lleno de trabajo logra excelentes resultados

Ha sido un período increíblemente productivo para Capital Metro, con una combinación positiva de trabajo duro y grandes recompensas:

  • Aprobó la compra de los primeros cuatro autobuses eléctricos en el centro de Texas.
  • Recibió una subvención de 2.6 millones de dólares que nos permitió aumentar la flota a 10 autobuses eléctricos.
  • Inició la construcción de una nueva cochera de autobuses para los autobuses eléctricos, con estaciones de recarga con capacidad para 214 vehículos.
  • ¡Innovó en nuestra nueva estación del centro!
  • Agregó nuevas vías y otras mejoras que duplicarán la capacidad de MetroRail.
  • Se asoció con la Fundación Austin Parks para ampliar el servicio de verano en Barton Springs.
  • ¡Fue nombrada Agencia del Año 2019 por la Asociación de Tránsito de Texas!

OCCY lo éxitos continuaron

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

  • Inauguró el primer carril en sentido contrario solo para autobuses en asociación con la ciudad de Austin.
  • Proporcionó viajes gratuitos para los empleados federales durante el cierre del gobierno.
  • Abrió nuevas estaciones de MetroRapid en ambas líneas, incluidas Broken Spoke y 31st Street.
  • Volvió a inaugurar el programa MetroBike Shelter sin costo anual.
  • Construyó un nuevo Centro de Control de Operaciones, para que las operaciones de los autobuses sean más eficaces y efectivas.
  • Recibió el premio nacional de seguridad de la Asociación Estadounidense de Transporte Público.

Project Connect

Project Connect

Más opciones • Mejor tránsito • Servicio a más personas

Project Connect se desarrollará sobre Cap Remap y proveerá al centro de Texas un sistema moderno de transporte público confiable y eficaz.

  • 2 líneas de tránsito a prueba de congestión para transportar mejor a las personas en el centro de la ciudad y conectar el Aeropuerto Internacional de Austin-Bergstrom con el sistema más grande.
  • Más Park & Rides y servicio MetroExpress, además de puntos de acceso al transporte y servicio de transporte de enlace en los vecindarios de toda la región.
  • Flota de autobuses totalmente eléctricos que reduce considerablemente las emisiones y con tecnología moderna para mantener nuestra alta calidad de vida.

MetroRapidNuevas líneas de MetroRapid que brindarán servicio a toda la ciudad, incluidos los siguientes corredores:

  • Tech Ridge
  • Cameron/Dessau
  • Burnet
  • Loyola
  • Manor
  • MLK
  • Calle 7°
  • Pleasant Valley
  • South Lamar
  • Manchaca.

El plan de la comunidad

Para que Project Connect funcione, necesitamos su ayuda. Esto es lo que hemos estado haciendo en la comunidad:

  • Organizamos 101 reuniones comunitarias en 20 zonas postales.
  • Recibimos 2,288 visitas a nuestras juntas públicas virtuales.
  • Obtuvimos 595 comentarios de esas visitas.

Puede seguir la promoción de Project Connect mediante nuestros tableros de registro de participación en CapMetro.org/Participate.

In Action

Una visión a largo plazo en acción

¡Project Connect es una inversión generacional que ya está mejorando el centro de Texas actual!

  • El Centro de tránsito Westgate abrió sus puertas en junio, lo cual eliminó hasta 200 automóviles de la carretera.
  • En marzo, ¡la estación del centro comenzó las remodelaciones que aumentarán la frecuencia y la capacidad del servicio de MetroRail!
  • Una nueva instalación en el norte de Austin creará espacio para nuestra futura flota de autobuses totalmente eléctricos.

Reaching Higher: News & Recent Highlights

Reaching Higher

Ridership on the Rise!

One year in, Cap Remap has done what it promised — created a more frequent, more reliable and better connected bus system. It’s improved the customer’s experience by tripling the number of routes that come every 15 minutes, 7 days a week and by increasing bus stop accessibility, with new sidewalks and more bus shelters for previously underserved communities.

Ridership Since Cap Remap:

  • Up 8.9% in July 2019
  • Up 4.5% for the full year
  • Up 11 of 12 months

Austin & Manor Get a Pickup

We brought the on-demand service Pickup back for CapMetro customers in Austin and Manor.

Residents of four Austin neighborhoods got to benefit from Pickup in August 2019:

  • Pickup East ATX
  • Pickup Exposition
  • Pickup Northeast ATX
  • Pickup Walnut Creek

Pickup Manor replaced a low-performing circulator route and was a hit right away, already increasing the route’s daily ridership numbers by 600%!

Electric Bus

A Busy 2019 Brings Great Results

It’s been an incredibly productive time for CapMetro, with a healthy mix of hard
work and big rewards:

  • Approved the purchase of the first four electric buses in Central Texas.
  • Received $2.6 million grant enabling us to increase the size of our electric bus fleet to 10.
  • Began work on a new bus yard for electric buses, with charging stations for 214 vehicles.
  • Broke ground on our new Downtown Station!
  • Added new track and other improvements that will increase MetroRail’s capacity.
  • Partnered with Austin Parks Foundation to increase summer service to Barton Springs.
  • Named 2019 Agency of the Year by the Texas Transit Association!

OCC

And the Hits Just Kept on Coming

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

  • Launched the first bus-only contraflow lane in partnership with the city of Austin.
  • Provided free rides for federal employees during government shutdown.
  • Opened new MetroRapid Stations along both lines, including Broken Spoke & 31st Street.
  • Re-launched MetroBike Shelter program with no annual fee.
  • Built new Operations Control Center, for more efficient and effective bus operations.
  • Received national safety award from American Public Transportation Association.

Project Connect

Project Connect

More Options • Better Transit • Serving More People

Project Connect will build on the foundation of Cap Remap and provide Central Texas a modern system of reliable and efficient public transit.

  • 2 lines of congestion-proof transit to better move people through downtown and connect ABIA to the larger system.
  • Fully electric fleet that provides dramatically lower emissions and modern technology to maintain our high quality of life.
  • More Park & Rides and Express Routes: Plus mobility hubs and neighborhood circulators throughout the region.

MetroRapid

New MetroRapid lines that will serve the entire city, including these corridors:

  • Tech Ridge
  • Cameron/Dessau
  • Burnet
  • Loyola
  • Manor
  • MLK
  • 7th Street
  • Pleasant Valley
  • South Lamar
  • Manchaca

The Community’s Plan

For Project Connect to work, we need your help. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the community:

  • 101 — community meetings held across 20 zip codes
  • 2,288 — visits received to our virtual open houses
  • 595 — comments collected from those visits

In Action

A Long-Term Vision Already in Action

Project Connect is a generational investment that is already improving Central Texas today!

  • Westgate Transit Center opened in June, removing up to 200 cars from the road.
  • In March, Downtown Station began renovations that will increase the frequency and capacity of MetroRail service!
  • A new facility in North Austin will make space for our all-electric bus fleet of the future.

Cap Metro Wins FTA Grant to Study Development along Green Line

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Capital Metro President and CEO Randy Clarke spoke today to the Travis County Commissioners Court about an upcoming study of the MetroRail Green Line, a proposed commuter rail service between Austin and Manor. 

The study will be funded by a $600,000 grant provided by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) won by the agency in December 2018. It will examine the potential for transit-oriented development (TOD) along the Green Line, which is one of several corridors identified as potential Project Connect services, the long-term vision for a regional public transportation system.

The Green Line would operate on 15 miles of track owned by Capital Metro. It would travel east from Downtown Station toward Johnny Morris Road and the Colony Park area of eastern Travis County before reaching Manor.

 

Cap Metro & City Create New Transit & Bike Lane

bus & bike lane 2This month, a stretch of West 5th Street will debut a big change for Central Austin: a bus & bike-only lane that will speed transit service into downtown and encourage people to get out of their cars and onto the bus.

The new lane on 5th Street west of MoPac is similar to the bus-priority lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets. Working with Cap Metro, the Austin Transportation Department is converting a bike lane that ran all the way to Lamar Blvd into a dedicated bus & bike lane for a half-mile section between West Lynn and Baylor Streets.

The bus & bike lane will have signal priority for the traffic light at West 5th & Baylor. That means while all other traffic is stopped at a red light, buses and bicycles will be allowed through the intersection. Bikes will continue in the same lane, and buses will be free to switch lanes as they proceed toward the busy Lamar & 5th Street intersection.

The reason we’re doing this is to save time for our customers by allowing buses to travel free from other traffic, just as we did last year when MetroExpress routes began to use the MoPac Express Lanes. Currently during peak traffic times, it takes our buses between 7 and 10 minutes to go from MoPac through the Lamar & 5th Street intersection. We expect this change to cut that time in half!

Five routes operate on West 5th St.:

Those five routes send roughly 20 buses through that corridor per hour during peak commute times. And now they’ll be doing so in half the time.

This is just the start, too. Capital Metro and the city of Austin have long worked closely together, and that partnership is getting stronger. Later in the spring, we’ll have more to announce on this front.

Taking the ‘Drag’ out of The Drag

GuadalupeEarlier this week, the Austin Transportation Department released a Preliminary Engineering Report for Guadalupe St. near the University of Texas campus. Commonly known as “The Drag”, this section of roadway sees some of the highest levels of transit ridership in the entire Capital Metro system.

However, riders all too often find that riding through that part of town really is a drag. Why? Because even though more than half of the people traveling north and south on Guadalupe on any given weekday morning or afternoon are in our buses, they’re usually still stuck in heavy traffic. In other words, a bus that can carry more than 40 people is given the exact same level of priority as a car with just one.

And that’s why we’re so excited about the proposed improvements to The Drag, and particularly the addition of transit priority lanes: They improve travel for the maximum number of people, regardless of how they travel. Continue reading “Taking the ‘Drag’ out of The Drag”

Serving More Central Texans with an Integrated Transit System

With the tremendous growth happening in Central Texas, the demand for an integrated transit system continues to increase. And yet, like most projects of this scale, there are many challenges to creating a system that works best for riders across the region. As the largest public transportation provider in the region, Capital Metro is taking the lead to address these challenges, but it will take creativity and strong partnerships to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community.

Understanding Our Service AreaService Area Map

“Essentially the Central Texas area we’d like to serve is 4,000 square miles, but the area we can officially serve is just 520 square miles,” says Todd Hemingson, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Capital Metro. “And it’s not necessarily the 520 square miles Central Texas needs it to be.” It’s important to understand that Capital Metro operates within a limited service area including Austin, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, Point Venture, San Leanna, Volente, and portions of Travis County and Williamson County, including the Anderson Mill area. These member jurisdictions voted to join Capital Metro and to support it with a portion of the sales tax collected in those areas. Continue reading “Serving More Central Texans with an Integrated Transit System”

Project Connect-North Corridor Study Seeking Public Input on Regional Transit Options

Earlier this year, Capital Metro held community open houses to introduce Project Connect: North Corridor, a transportation study to address long-term mobility and access issues in the corridor that includes the communities of Georgetown, Round Rock, Pflugerville and central Austin.

Public open houses were held in two locations, including the Municipal JusticeCenter in Pflugerville on June 19th and Austin Energy’s Assembly Room in Austin on June 21st.

We want to hear from you!

While the community open houses were well attended, Capital Metro would like to expand opportunities for the public to provide input on the project through an online open house. In as little as ten minutes, you will learn more about the 18-24 month study and be able to provide feedback about the mobility challenges you experience in the North Corridor.

The online open house is accessible via the project website at www.connectcentraltexas.com and can be accessed now through Nov. 07.  Participants can view examples of high-capacity transit options, review a number of exhibits that explain the project, use an interactive map to draw in suggested transportation alternatives and complete an online questionnaire.

We encourage you to get involved and send us your thoughts on improving mobility and access issues in the North Corridor!