Capital Metro Needs Your Input On Big Service Changes

 

Capital Metro is proposing a series of big changes that would take effect next June, and is asking for community feedback. The service changes are part of the Connections 2025 plan.

“We make changes to our service a few times each year as a matter of routine,” Capital Metro staff said. “We adjust a bus’s routing a little bit, put in an extra bus trip for a particular time of day in a newly busy part of town, that kind of thing. If it’s a big change, we’ll put in place a whole new service like MetroRail or MetroRapid.

“But we’re getting ready to make a whole lot of changes next June, really big changes. More than half of our current 82 routes would see some level of change, in fact. We would add eight more bus routes to our High-Frequency Network, greatly improve service linking the east and west sides of Austin and eliminate 14 routes entirely.”

Capital Metro is hoping that expanding its network and bolstering the high-frequency route network – buses will run at 15-minute frequencies, seven days a week – means riders will be able to know that whenever they get to a stop a bus will be there soon. The new system will also offer more direct routing on major corridors, which will make for quicker rides.

Weigh in on the proposal at these upcoming open house events:

  • Monday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7 p.m. at Howson Branch Library
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Branch Library
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. at Hampton Branch Library
  • Thursday, Sept. 28, 12 p.m. (Webinar — registration instructions here)
  • Monday, Oct. 2, 5:30-7 p.m. at Gus Garcia Recreation Center
  • Monday, Oct. 2, 12 p.m. (Webinar — registration instructions here)

A public hearing will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 12-12:30 p.m. at 2910 E. 5th Street. You can also email your input to Feedback@CapMetro.org.

The proposal will go before the Capital Metro board of directors on Nov 15. If approved, the changes would take effect Sunday, June 3, 2018.

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