As part of its Two Timer campaign, Capital Metro rolled out five “urban adventures” on its website this fall. These adventures, along with the how-to videos on the site, are part of an initiative by Capital Metro to gently encourage people to try out transit. We at Movability love the idea of the urban adventures because they may get people who would otherwise feel intimidated about trying out the bus during a high-stress time, like the commute to work, to give that mode a try outside of the work day.
The five urban adventures lay out destinations and restaurants along Capital Metro’s two MetroRapid routes. SoCo and Auditorium Shores are the adventures along route 801, and Lo-Burn, the Warehouse District, and The Domain lie along the 803 route.
Wondering what it’s like to try out one of these urban adventures? Our Communications Coordinator, Kate, was one of those lucky Austin residents who received a flyer and 7-day transit pass from Capital Metro, encouraging her to try it out. She recently rode the Lo-Burn route and has this to report:
“I’m already a fan of the 803 bus, because with a stop that’s within walking distance of my house, it’s easy to take it into downtown for meetings and never have to worry about parking.
The free 7-day pass was a great incentive to try out a route closer to home. Even though I normally procrastinate until the last minute when it comes to Christmas shopping, I decided to take the 803 down Burnet Rd. and get a jump start on the season.
Capital Metro suggests these destinations that are all close to the North Loop station along route 803: Monkey Nest Coffee, Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Clayways Pottery Studio-Gallery, Little Longhorn Saloon (chicken s—t bingo, anyone?) and Amy’s Ice Cream/Phil’s Ice House.
Since there’s only so much food I can take in on one trip, I opted to add on a few stops of my own. If you’re willing and able to walk a little bit, ATown is a fun store that’s close to North Loop, where I found a few gifts for my sister. From there I took Capital Metro up on their suggestion for coffee at Monkey Nest, and then turned south, where I browsed in Second Time Around, designer consignment and vintage clothing shop. All in all, it was a fun trip, and I never had to worry about parking!”
Have your own urban adventure? You can share your own destinations on Facebook and Twitter using #urbanadventures.