Ride With Us So You Can March — MLK Day Mon, Jan 21

Ride with us to the March and celebrate the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr while highlighting and uplifting diversity and multiculturalism in our city at the Austin Area Heritage Council’s 20th Annual Citywide Martin Luther King, Jr Community March & Rally on Monday, January 21, 2013.

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.

Rider Alert:

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.

For more information on the Martin Lither King, Jr celebration activities, visit http://www.mlkcelebration.com/

Ride MetroRail to Pecan Street Festival May 5

Pecan Street Festival
Why is the festival called Pecan Street Festival?

Did you know 6th Street didn’t always have the same name?

6th Street used to be named Pecan Street! Whoa!

I sure didn’t until know that until I checked out their page. But, now that I have your attention let’s blow your mind some more…

MetroRail STARTING @ 10AM SATURDAY, May 5!

So, as you plan your trip out to this year’s Pecan Street Festival, check out our website for a special MetroRail schedule made just for you, to make your life just a little bit easier!

The festival will take over 6th Street for two days (May 5 & 6)  of food, music and art. Check out the multiple bus stops around the 6th Street area and consider riding the rail there as it conveniently stops along 4th and Trinity.

– Bus stops:


So many routes that can take you downtown!

– North/South: 1L/1M, 3, 5, 7, 10, 17, 30, 101, 127, 142

– East/West: 4, 21, 122


– MetroRail: On Saturdays, MetroRail runs from Lakeline to Downtown (with six stops in between)

– Starts running at 10 AM on Saturday, May 5

– $2.75 per one-way ticket (buy a round-trip ticket to save time–$5.50)

– After you get off at Downtown Station, you only need to walk two blocks north to find all the Pecan Street Festival action on 6th Street

Pecan Street Festival website says it best:

Local musicians provide entertainment on three stages. The festival is the largest art festival in Central Texas, attracting over 300,000 people per event and generating $43 million in economic impact.  Like Austin itself, Pecan Street Festival attendees are diverse. Festival admission is free, so people from all walks of life flock to the streets. Some come to buy art. Some come for food, others for the music, but they all come to take part in a tradition that is 100% Austin and has been known for the last 33 years as a great way to spend a weekend.

While you’re out on the Rail, Bus or at the Festival, Tweet at us at @CapMetroNews!

Plan your trip to ACL

People queued up for the short shuttle ride to ACL, in 2010.

Each day this week, we’ve been entertained by Marketing Manager Cynthia Lucas’ 2011 ACL playlist, which has added some audio flair to the Marketing/PR office over here at Capital Metro headquarters. If you’ve ridden with us on the Austin City Limits Music Festival shuttle before, you know about Cynthia’s playlist that she creates each year to entertain you during your short wait for a shuttle at Republic Square.

Beginning tomorrow through Sunday, you’ll be able to hear the 2011 iteration, when the shuttle buses start rolling at 10 a.m. from Republic Square Park at 5th and Guadalupe to Zilker Park.

The last bus leaves Republic Square Park for ACL at 8 p.m. The last returning bus back to Republic Square heads out about 30 minutes after the final band leaves the stage each night.

The shuttle is free, and it’s the best way to get to Zilker Park (aside from biking!), as there is no parking at the festival.

With just a tiny bit of planning, you can skip parking altogether and ride one of Capital Metro’s regular bus routes to Republic Square.  (Remember the new parking meter hours have gone into effect downtown!) Many of Capital Metro’s regular routes will get you within a block or two of the shuttle bus loading zone, and it only costs a dollar.  Check out the map here.

If your good times continue well past the last band leaves the stage, no worries. On Friday and Saturday nights, Capital Metro’s Night Owl and E-Bus routes run until about 3 a.m. between downtown and neighborhoods throughout the city. (Plan ahead on Sunday night as there is no late night service—Capital Metro buses run until about 10-11 p.m. on Sunday.)

We hope to see you on the bus, whether it’s a regular route or the free ACL shuttle. Let us know how you like the tunes!

MetroRail Special Event Weekend Service: Vote!

UPDATE 1/7/11: The poll has closed! Thanks for voting, scroll down to see the results. ^EM

Capital Metro’s budget includes providing three days of weekend MetroRail service during 2011. (The budget also includes four consecutive Friday-evening service days–stay tuned.) We came up with several potential dates, but we want to hear from you–vote on the dates you’d most like to see MetroRail service. The poll will be open for about two weeks.