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.

Share Your Ideas About Downtown’s Future

 

The Downtown Austin Alliance wants your help in creating a Vision and Action Plan for downtown Austin!

“Downtown’s continued progress and growth present significant opportunities for our city, and we are facilitating a community dialogue to create a Vision and Action Plan for downtown Austin,” the Alliance says. “We are also committing the leadership and action to make it happen.

“This Vision is intended to build on and bolster the work of the Downtown Austin Plan, adopted by City Council in 2011. So many changes have happened in the last six years, and now is the time to create an updated vision and action plan for downtown. The Vision will also inform the Downtown Austin Alliance’s five-year plan, which maps out how we do our work of delivering and stewarding a world-class downtown for the community.”

The Alliance wants to hear your ideas for how downtown can be a better place for our community, now and in the future. You can share your ideas by taking this survey.

Survey respondents will be entered to win one of four fantastic downtown prize packages:

  • Downtown Staycation – Two Nights at the W Hotel + Spa Package
  • COUNTER 3. Five. VII – Seven Course Meal with Wine Pairing for Two
  • Night Out at the Paramount – Enjoy Two Tickets to the Paramount Theatre
  • Lady Bird Lake Adventure – Kayak Rental for Two

Meet Movability’s Intern!

Movability has a marketing and events intern working with us this year! Alex Houston will be working on event planning, membership support, and marketing efforts.  

As the newest addition to the Movability Austin team, I look forward to shaping downtown Austin and interacting with fellow and future commuters,” she says. “Helping others and serving the community is something that I am very passionate about.”

Alex is a native of Johnson City, and moved to Austin just over a year ago. She earned an undergraduate degree in English from Texas A&M, and is currently studying for her MBA at St. Edward’s University. Her passion is working with nonprofit organizations, and in her spare time she likes to hike, spend time outdoors, and read. Alex is also a budding bus commuter! You can reach her at AHouston@movabilityaustin.org.