Capital MetroRapid

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Capital MetroRapid
Capital Metro.png
Owner Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Locale Austin, Texas, U.S.
Transit type Bus service[1]
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 43
Chief executive Linda Watson[2]
Headquarters Austin
Began operation January 26, 2014

Capital MetroRapid is an express bus service in Austin, Texas that is owned and operated by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority.[3]

Service on the first route, MetroRapid North Lamar/South Congress (Route 801), began on January 26, 2014.[4] It replaced existing bus Routes 1L and the 101 Express, which traveled along the same corridor (1M was renamed Route 1 Metric/South Congress, while a local version of the northernmost portion of former route 1L was created as Route 275).

Route 801 serves 43 stations between Tech Ridge in North Austin and Southpark Meadows via the University of Texas and Downtown Austin. A second route, MetroRapid Burnet/South Lamar (Route 803), serves a total of 34 stations between The Domain and Westgate. It began operation during August 2014, but the original Burnet/Manchaca Route 3 remained in service at slightly reduced frequency.[5]

The premium fare structure recommended by a consultant causes problems for the agency. It does not collect as much money back from the fare increase as was originally expected.[6] Other BRT systems in Texas such as San Antonio and El Paso intentionally price their BRT system for local fare.

The agency experiences additional MetroRapid problems. People cannot easily get a connecting local route at the Domain MetroRapid station. Nearest local routes are located well away on Burnet road. Customers using the 801 to the North Lamar Transit Center must walk to the local buses, they do not connect to the terminals--or covered shelters.


  1. ^ "MetroRapid Vehicles". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Linda Watson, President/CEO". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "What is Capital MetroRapid service?". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Aaron, Michael (26 January 2014). "Capital Metro rolls out MetroRapid, new fares". KXAN News. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Routes and Destinations". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Dunbar, Wells (31 January 2014). "Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind?". KUT News. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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