Capital Metro, UT Considering Revision to Spring 2014 Shuttle Route Proposal

By Roberto Gonzalez, Capital Metro Planning

UT ShuttleCapital Metro would like to thank our riders who have taken the time to provide valuable feedback regarding the proposed transition of WL and CR Shuttle route riders to mainline Capital Metro service for Spring 2014 (capmetro.org/Spring2014).

The UT Shuttle system is jointly funded through a partnership between Capital Metro and The University of Texas. Funding for the University’s portion comes from the Student Fee Bill Committee (SSBC) and unfortunately, for the past several years, there has not been an increase to any of the organizations funded through the SSBC based on financial constraints across the University (despite annual rising costs).  Thus, the shuttle system cannot continue to operate at the same levels as before.

Working with the UT Shuttle Bus Committee (a group comprised of students, faculty, staff), Capital Metro staff has developed proposed changes to service in order to match available funding.  The committee must balance the needs of students with the need to provide cost-effective shuttle service that benefits the entire student community (all of whom pay equally into the system).

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The proposal was developed after evaluating shuttle route performance where it was determined that both CR and WL shuttle routes are UT’s lowest-performing routes (measured by ridership and resources expended). In making this determination, Capital Metro used student population data gathered from the University as well as ridership data collected by automatic passenger counters (APC) equipped on shuttle vehicles.  Continue reading “Capital Metro, UT Considering Revision to Spring 2014 Shuttle Route Proposal”

Get Involved!

Capital Metro has several opportunities for YOU to get involved!

First week of September:

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Full info online at: capmetro.org/Spring2014

Join us at meetings on September 3, 4 and 5 at several locations and times in our community to talk proposed changes to service for Spring 2014.

On September 6 we will host an online webinar at noon to give folks another opportunity to share their input.

September 16: public hearing with board of directors

Full details on upcoming meetings at capmetro.org/Spring2014.

Second week of September:

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Full info online at: capmetro.org/FareChange
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Full info online at: capmetro.org/Budget2014

We have another round of public meetings the following week to talk about the proposed fare restructure and Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.

Join our online webinar September 9 and community meetings September 10 and 12.

Public hearing: September 16 (with Spring 2014 Service Changes)

A final opportunity for public comment will be on September 23, so don’t miss your chance to give us your input!

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We want to hear from you in the next two weeks!

As always we also accept any questions and comments to feedback@capmetro.org and at our online discussion forum at ideas.capmetro.org.

Make transit a high priority

Tonight is the first of several public forums this week that will help establish the city’s transportation priorities. The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan will attempt to prioritize the hundreds of requested/identified transportation projects. Here’s the information and list of meetings as posted on the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan site:

National experts say Austin suffers from some of the nation’s worst traffic congestion, which will only get worse with the region’s rapid growth. The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan is turning to the public to help establish the city’s transportation priorities. Six forums held throughout the city Feb. 8-11 will offer citizens a chance to express the community’s values and explore how they can shape near-term and long-term investments in our transportation system.

“Whether one uses roads, bikes, sidewalks, or transit, we all have a stake in an efficient, sustainable transportation system,” said Rob Spillar, director of the Austin Transportation Department. “Citizens who use the transportation system are best suited to tell us what they want and need from that system, and these forums are designed to capture those ideas.” Continue reading “Make transit a high priority”