MetroRapid: What You Need To Know To Start Riding

MetroRapid is coming! The first MetroRapid route, the 801, runs along North Lamar Blvd. and South Congress Ave. and will launch January 26. Capital Metro will open the second route, the 803, on Burnet Rd. and South Lamar Blvd. this summer. Click here to see a map of the routes. To get you ready for this great new option, we’ve compiled some information.

Cost: You’ll need a Premium Fare ticket for MetroRapid. A single ride fare will cost $1.50; a Day Pass $3.00; a 7-Day Pass $13.50 and a 31-Day Pass $49.50. **AND from Jan. 20-Feb. 28 CapMetro is running a promotion: Buy one Premium 7-Day or 31-Day Pass on the mobile app and get one Premium 7-Day Pass FREE!**

Frequency: During peak travel times on weekdays, MetroRapid will run every 10 minutes, and will run between 12 to 20 minutes at other times of the day. On weekends, the MetroRapid buses will run every 20 to 30 minutes.

Hours of Service:

•Weekdays from 5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

•Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

•Sundays from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

What’s so special about MetroRapid Anyway?

No Long Wait: You’ll never wait too long, because with fewer stops, vehicles will arrive more often. Buses will come as frequently as every 10 minutes during rush hour, and every 20 minutes on weekends.

Free WiFi: Every vehicle will have free WiFi so you can sit back and relax while you answer email, watch a movie, play a game, or check the news.

Mobile Ticketing and Tracking: Available on most smart devices, Capital Metro’s new mobile app, available for download January 20, will offer real-time arrivals, trip planning, auto locate features to find the stop or station closest to you, and other great features to make riding easy. After purchasing your pass, your phone becomes your ticket, allowing you to board vehicles at any entrance.

Unique and Comfortable Stations: Designed just for MetroRapid, the new stations have electronic displays to provide real-time arrival information of the next vehicle, seating, and canopies to protect you from the sun and rain. Click here to see a map of MetroRapid’s stations.

Priority Service: Onboard signal priority technology holds traffic lights green a little longer when a vehicle is running behind schedule, and dedicated traffic lanes through the busy downtown core will work together to keep you moving.

Sleek New Ride: The vehicles feature new colors, more headroom and more comfortable seating. The vehicle is 60-feet long – enough to hold 101 riders – with an accordion-style flexible middle section to make turning easy.

To learn more about the new MetroRapid service, read here or here.

4 Responses to MetroRapid: What You Need To Know To Start Riding

  1. M1EK says:

    What you need to know is that this REDUCES frequency for current 1/101 riders north of the river, because the 1L is being eliminated along with the 101. If you’re boarding at a stop served by both the 1 and 101 today, the same total number of 1 and 801 buses will stop there in the future; the mix will just change to fewer 1s. If you’re boarding at a stop served only by the 1L/1M today, you’re going to lose half your buses.

    What you need to know is that this was projected to be no faster than the 101 in early plans, and now data sent to google maps actually shows it being slower than the 101 (not sure if this is legitimate or a hiccup, but it’s not a good sign).

    And finally, what you need to know is that this will cost riders a lot more to ride. Despite the fact that the 1 route was quite likely the least subsidized bus route in the city before this change, fares are going up due to this change (the 801 will cost quite a bit more than the 1 did).

  2. Steve says:

    Has anyone told all those #3 riders who live on Manchaca that their bus is disappearing?!

  3. Richard says:

    The complete elimination of route 3 through the main part of town is really remarkable! My stop at work will take me almost as long to walk to and from as the entire trip on route 3 does now. The number of stops along the stretch of Burnet Rd that I ride will change from 18 to 5. Isn’t someone worried about that? I guess we’ll all be in better physical condition because of the extra exercise, but, of course, we won’t need to rest as long because the bus will run more often!

  4. Shay says:

    To get you ready for this great new option, we’ve compiled some information.

    Actually, it REMOVES most of the old options (1L and 101), and costs more than them.

    Cost: You’ll need a Premium Fare ticket for MetroRapid. A single ride fare will cost $1.50; a Day Pass $3.00

    What if I’m riding a normal bus and have already gotten a day pass for $2? Can I simply upgrade to a premium day pass for $1 more, or do I have to pay $1.50 for a single fare or $3.00 for another pass? Before, all the 1/101 buses had the same fare, so it didn’t matter which one I took along Lamar and could just get a day pass and know it would work on whatever of the 1L/1M/101 came by next.

    Frequency: During peak travel times on weekdays, MetroRapid will run every 10 minutes, and will run between 12 to 20 minutes at other times of the day.

    Same as the 1L/1M/101. Curiously the 801’s schedule isn’t even on Cap Metro’s website; it only shows how often it generally comes at different times of day. There’s no way to plan how long a trip from A to B will take. It just unhelpfully suggests to “Check your individual stop for exact arrival times.” that is, to go to the bus stop when you want to catch the bus and look at the display to find out when it will arrive.

    What’s so special about MetroRapid Anyway?

    No Long Wait: You’ll never wait too long, because with fewer stops, vehicles will arrive more often. Buses will come as frequently as every 10 minutes during rush hour, and every 20 minutes on weekends.

    Same as 1L/1M/101 did.

    Unique and Comfortable Stations: Designed just for MetroRapid, the new stations have electronic displays to provide real-time arrival information of the next vehicle, seating, and canopies to protect you from the sun and rain. Click here to see a map of MetroRapid’s stations.

    The current bus stops also have covering, and from the looks of it, theirs was lower so better protected one from the rain and sun. I’m also not understanding the practical value of these expensive digital signs. If I’m waiting for the bus, I’m pretty much stuck waiting for it, whether it’s going to come in 5 minutes or 20 (remember, it comes every 20 minutes on the weekends, so that’s the longest one would have to wait).