Major Bus Network Overhaul Coming for Cap Metro

On Nov. 14 Capital Metro’s board of directors approved some of the biggest changes the agency has ever ever made to its bus service, which will affect more than half its routes.

The changes, part of Capital Metro’s 2025 Transit Planning process, will expand the high frequency network from six to 14 routes, increasing bus frequencies on those routes to 15-minute intervals, seven days a week. Other routes will become more direct, with less winding through neighborhoods, making the whole system more grid-like. East-west connections will also improve when the changes take effect on June 3, 2018.

The increased frequency and more direct routing – as well as the new Express routes that have started using the MoPac Express Lanes – will make transit an appealing option for more commuters.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this agency’s future,” said Linda Watson, Capital Metro’s president and CEO. “The changes envisioned in the Connections 2025 plan and approved by the board today will ensure Capital Metro continues to bring the best possible service to the people of Central Texas.”

The board of directors approved the Connections 2025 Transit Plan in February, and it will guide the direction of Capital Metro’s service planning for the next 10 years. Connections 2025’s central idea is to emphasize increased frequency as the best method of improving service and increasing ridership.

Before June 3, 2018, Capital Metro staff will continue outreach to the community in an effort to educate riders and the public in general about the changes.

While the impending bus network overhaul will be the most significant of the changes coming from Connections 2025, several of the plan’s recommendations have already been put in place and proved successful. The agency eliminated the Premium fare level in January, making MetroRapid service available for the price of a Local bus. In August, frequencies on MetroRapid routes were increased to 10 minutes during the day, Monday to Friday, and 15 minutes at most other times. Those changes have driven significant ridership increases on that service.

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One Response to Major Bus Network Overhaul Coming for Cap Metro

  1. Sandra says:

    Do you have planned some type of park-and-ride on Hwy 71 on the south side of the airport to downtown? It would eliminate so many cars from downtown area.