Drive Where There Isn’t Much Traffic, Ride on the Traffic Clogged Roads

Park & Rides can be the best of both worlds.

It’s hard to miss those new managed lanes under construction on MoPac. But how do we make sure we’re getting the most out of them once they’re open?

There may be a solution taking shape that will let you drive your car on local roads, and easily access transit or carpools on congested parts of MoPac or I-35 – getting the both of best worlds. Capital Metro, which already operates 12 Park & Ride lots around Austin, is preparing to expand the Lakeline and Ben White Park & Rides and looking into adding new Park & Ride lots that can specifically help reduce traffic on MoPac and I-35.

Current Park & Ride lots:

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Here’s what some of the proposed changes would look like:

  • The existing Howard Lane Park & Ride would expand
  • A new Park & Ride would go in at Four Points (RM 620 and RM 2222, which would also reduce traffic at 2222 and Capital of Texas Hwy.)
  • A new Park & Ride lot at the “Y” (at or Near the ACC Pinnacle Campus)
  • A new Park & Ride South MoPac (either Slaughter or SH45)

There are also discussions about other Park & Rides opening outside of Capital Metro’s service area in all directions: Georgetown, Hutto, Pfluggerville, Round Rock to the north; Bee Caves and Dripping Spring to the west; Buda, Kyle, Lockhart, and San Marcos to the south; and Cedar Creek to the east. Capital Metro is talking with several cities and agencies about the partnerships needed to make all of this happen, so nothing is set in stone yet.

The idea behind all of these Park & Ride proposed sites is to get more people filling empty seats, when they’re already traveling the same direction at the same time.

Commuters can do it formally or informally, and share costs of driving the whole way. They can use transit, slug, or meet up for a car or vanpool. That means fewer cars and less traffic. That also means fewer cars to store all day downtown, so even parking works better.

A draft map of proposed Park & Ride sites in the region: 

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