Transportation Tools

Movability can be your concierge bringing you the information and services you need to find and use options other than “driving alone.”

1. Find options besides driving alone
2. Keeping your independence
3. Taking transit
4. Riding a bike
5. Carpool
6. Vanpool
7. Rideshare
8. Get started


1. Finding options besides driving alone

Think of Movability as your transportation concierge

We can help you explore the options available and of interest to you (biking, bus and rail, car or van pooling, etc.).  We can also work with Cap Metro, car2go, or ZipCar to help you have a back-up plan so that you never feel stuck just because you left the car at home.

2. Maintaining your independence

There is no need to bring your car into downtown even if you have errands to run or the occasional emergency. There are several options available that will cover you for those time you need a car.

car2go and  ZipCar allow you to use a shared car for quick trips. Movability is working with both car2go and ZipCar to provide discounted membership to interested employees of member companies, but you can sign up individually as well.

How to use car2go or ZipCar

  1. Go to their website or mobile app to locate a car near you.
  2. Reserve a car or just walk up to the nearest one.
  3. Unlock it with you card and Password.
  4. Drive to your destination.
  5. Park and sign out or keep the meter running.

Cap Metro offers reimbursement for emergency taxi service anywhere in our service area for any MetroRail, MetroExpress and  RideShare customers.  For a small annual fee, Guaranteed Ride Home is insurance that entitles qualified commuters reimbursement for up to four emergency taxi rides per year.

 

3. Taking transit (bus/rail/express bus)

Riding a bus means you have free time to relax while someone else deals with the traffic.  Capital Metro provides a lot of different services such as MetroBus, MetroRail, MetroAccess, and RideShare for daytime travelers.

They also provide great specialized services such as the  Airport Flyer – a convenient way to get to/from the airport – and the  Night Owl or E-Bus services – for late night play in downtown.

You can use web and mobile options to figure out how to use Capital Metro to get from here to there.

Google Maps 

  1. click “get directions”
  2. click “transit icon”
  3. A) type your location (or activate GPS) and B) type where you want to go

You will get information on how to get to the stop, the bus route you are looking for, the time it is supposed to arrive, and the cost.

Capital Metro

The Trip Planner is on the right side of their home page.

  1. type start location and finish location.  Optional: use the “Depart Now” box to identify a specific time/day
  2.  click “plan a trip.”

You will get information on how to get to the stop, the bus route you are looking for, the time it is supposed to arrive, and the cost.

Dadnab

Simply add Dadnab into your contact list – number 512.981.6221 [for Austin].  Then send a text message to Dadnab with the location you want to reach, e.g., 5th & Lavaca to Barton Springs & Kinney.  Dadnab will send text you with the nearest bus stop, the bus number and the time it is scheduled to arrive.

You can find more information on how to ride the bus and  fares from Cap Metro’s website.  You can now buy passes online.

RideScout is a mobile app that will show you all your transportation options at once including car2go and CapMetro.

 

4. Riding a bicycle

Riding a bike allows you to multi-task, getting exercise and getting to/from work, or at a slower pace it can be a relaxing way to wake up in the morning or de-stress in the afternoon.

This video has some great tips on how to get started:

 

Google Maps

  1. click “get directions”
  2. click “bike icon”
  3. A) type your location (or activate GPS) and B) type where you want to go

You will get information on a good route to bicycle and you can shift the route by simply click on a spot you want to avoid, then draw the line to a better location or place you need to pass. You can also download a free bike map  or pick up a fully printed version of this map at your favorite local bike shop.

Understanding how to ride safely and conveniently takes a little more prep time on your part.  You can stop by your favorite bike shop for advice on gear, routes, and tips.  There are also good websites that offer advice on bike commuting such as  Austin on Two Wheels.

You can get direct training and other support from  Mellow Johnny’s downtown bike shop. For an in-depth safety training opportunity check out The Center for Cycling Education. This locally developed online training program will cover everything you need to know to ride your bicycle safely and legally, giving you peace of mind on the road.

There is bike parking throughout downtown and some buildings offer protected bike parking within a secure garage. Also, some buildings offer shower and locker facilities for tenants. Movability Austin is encouraging more building owners and managers to offer bicycle facilities to their tenants.

 

5. Carpool

Many people simply carpool with a spouse or family member.  What’s your carpool story?

If you work for a member company, Movability will have surveyed employees and we will know who might be close enough to you to be a carpool partner.  If we haven’t contacted you already, then click here and we will.

Vanpool or carpool options using a Capital Metro vehicle, if you have more people or don’t have a vehicle.

If you need help finding people near you with whom you can carpool, there are some handy options and the more people signed up the better.

Carma is a real time ride sharing app. It’s easy to use interface make it simple for finding a carpool buddy on the days you want one. Just download, setup your profile including your normal commute trip and let Carma do the work. The app will let you know when they have found your match. It’s great for both those that want to drive and those that want to ride.

RideScout is a mobile app that will show you all your transportation options at once including car2go and CapMetro.  This app will also connect  and share rides with your Facebook friends!

MyCommuteSolutions is a website that does everything from tracking your trips to finding you carpool matches. The commute tracking supports bicycle, transit, and carpool/vanpool options.

 

 

6. Vanpool

Capital Metro has vans and Movability can help you to get together with five to 12 friends at least 3 days a week for the drive to and from work.  You use the van and Cap Metro handles the maintenance, gas and insurance paid – for as little as $60 per person each month.

Here’s the low-down on Vanpooling:

  • The primary driver pays no monthly charge.
  • It doesn’t have to be every day. Your Vanpool buddies need to commit to ride three days per week. And that doesn’t count vacation, business travel and illness.
  • Each group agrees on its own route and daily schedule.
  • The group’s approved driver can enjoy limited personal use of the van for errands, lunch and appointments.

Vanpools help reduce traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and save each rider money every month. All Vanpool riders can also receive a free monthly bus pass upon request.  In addition to saving money, you’ll reduce your stress level as well as your car insurance. And, you even have time for coffee, the paper and a breakfast taco!

Movability can help, but if you want to do it on your own here’s how you get started:

Recruit people who live and work in the same general area. Capital Metro RideShare team can assist you by providing recruitment materials and referrals through our computerized rideshare matching system.

When you have enough members for your Vanpool, call 477-RIDE(7433) to contact the RideShare staff. Capital Metro will set you up with everything you need to get rolling.

If you wish to learn if there is a vanpool currently operating that meets your needs, please call 477-RIDE(7433) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We have vans that can carry from a maximum of 8 to 12 passengers and you will need at least 5 passengers to start your group. These are distributed on a first come first come basis

 

7. Share a ride

Austin has a few options for finding people willing to share a ride or for those wanting a ride.  You can sign up as an individual or as a company.

Carma is a real time ride sharing app. It’s easy to use interface make it simple for finding a carpool buddy on the days you want one. Just download, setup your profile including your normal commute trip and let Carma do the work. The app will let you know when they have found your match. It’s great for both those that want to drive and those that want to ride.

RideScout is a mobile app that will show you all your transportation options at once including car2go and CapMetro.  This app will also connect  and share rides with your Facebook friends!

MyCommuteSolutions Signing up allows you to see other people wanting to prove a ride or get a ride.  You can also enter and track your commutes.  The commute tracking supports bicycle, transit, and carpool/vanpool options.  This is a web-based option only.

ParkMe This service enables you to find available parking in downtown before you even leave for your destination. ParkMe can be used via the website or on your mobile device. Download the app today! For more details see our article in Let’s Go News.

 

8. Getting started

If you wish to try it on your own, the tools above can help.  Please remember that you are changing a behavior, so you have to think about the old cues and rewards that made it “a habit” to simply drive alone and avoid the old cues while keeping the best part, the rewards.

The more people we know are making changes the better Movability can be at understanding problems people are having and push for needed improvements.  So whether you choose a commute option on your own or work with Movability directly, make sure you are signed up for Let’s Go News below.  That is how we will give people a chances to tell us what they are doing.

Finally, for a very inexpensive annual fee, you can join Movability Austin and support the mission/services we provide.  We will also provide you with regular tips, useful information, and even places to go for help from real, live people.  Of course, we are a non-profit that wants to improve mobility into and around downtown, so you can always contact us directly and we will do what we can to help.