Soon, More Capital Metro To Love

Big changes are coming to Central Texas transit, with a new Cap Metro Round Rock bus service and more frequent MetroRapid schedule starting next week.

MetroRapid

The improvements to the MetroRapid service grew out of the Connections 2025 Transit Plan, which is designed to create a more frequent, more reliable and better-connected bus system. Frequency increases, which will begin on Aug. 20, mean that both Routes 801 and 803 will run every 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekend. Late-night service will operate until 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, giving riders a safer and cheaper transportation alternative when going out after dark.

Fixed-route service in Round Rock

Capital Metro will launch the city of Round Rock’s fixed-route bus service on Monday, Aug. 21. The agreement to provide the new service is the first Capital Metro has reached with a city outside its service area, but the agency is discussing similar arrangements with other cities throughout Central Texas.

Two routes will operate weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., one a circulator within Round Rock itself and the other connecting to MetroRail’s Howard Station. Route 52 will have two morning trips and two afternoon trips each weekday and take commuters from the Round Rock Transit Center at 300 W. Bagdad Ave. to the Tech Ridge Park & Ride where they will connect to MetroRapid and other Capital Metro routes. Eventually, once the MoPac managed lanes are fully opened, MetroExpress Route 980 will run from the Round Rock Transit Center to the Park & Ride at New Life Austin Church and then continue service into downtown Austin.

The more frequent MetroRapid routes and new Round Rock service make it easier for more commuters to try transit. Are you an employer interested in learning more about how to help employees connect with options like transit? We can help!

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