Capital MetroRapid

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Capital MetroRapid
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Overview
Owner Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Locale Austin, Texas, U.S.
Transit type Bus service[1]
Number of lines 2
Number of stations 43
Chief executive Linda Watson[2]
Headquarters Austin
Website http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid
Operation
Began operation January 26, 2014

Capital MetroRapid is an bus rapid transit service in Austin, Texas that is owned and operated by the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority.[3] It currently consists of two routes which run north-south served by stations designed by McKinney York Architects.

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). Before the original Route 1 North Lamar/South Congress was split into 1L/1M in 2006, it was the busiest line in the Capital Metro system and peaked at 10 minutes headways Monday through Friday, with wider headways on the weekends. (The current Route 1 has wider headways, resulting in overcrowding buses.) 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]

Description and Headways[edit]

As both Routes 801 and 803 run north to south, each travels down North Lamar Boulevard and Burnet Road respectively, from their northern terminuses. Approaching the Guadalupe Street corridor, both share stops from 38th Street along Guadalupe into the UT area, The Drag and downtown. Both lines then diverge at Cesar Chavez Street, and the 801 and 803 continue along South Congress Avenue and South Lamar Boulevard respectively to their southern terminuses.

Capital MetroRapid operates from 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with both lines operating high-frequency service of 12–15 minutes during the day. On Saturdays, it operates from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Weeknight and weekend daytime headways consist of every 20 minutes, and on weekend nights, every half-hour.

Criticism[edit]

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 MetroRapid bus fare was lowered to regular bus prices on January 8, 2016[7]

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.

List of Capital MetroRapid stations[edit]

MetroRapid station shared both by Routes 801 & 803
Transit hub/center and/or park and ride
Bolded MetroBus route number (i.e. 7) indicates high-frequency service

Route 801 - North Lamar/South Congress[edit]

north to south

Stop Intersection/
address
Connections Notes
Tech Ridge Park and Ride 900 Center Ridge Drive MetroBus 1, 135, 243, 275, 392, 935
CARTS
northern terminus
Serves Tech Ridge Retail Center
Chinatown North Lamar Boulevard and Kramer Lane MetroBus 275
Masterson North Lamar and Masterson Pass MetroBus 275
Rundberg North Lamar and West Rundberg Lane MetroBus 1, 142, 240, 275, 325, 481 Serves Rundberg/Lamar Shopping Center
North Lamar Transit Center 7911 Research Boulevard MetroBus 1, 240, 275, 300, 323, 350, 383, 481 MetroRapid stop is located on the North Lamar southbound service road north of U.S. 183 intersection, within walking distance of transit center; both northbound and southbound buses stop there.
Crestview 6920 North Lamar Boulevard MetroRail Red Line at Crestview Station
MetroBus 1, 300, 350, 481
MetroRapid stop is located on North Lamar at Airport Boulevard (southbound) or Justin Lane (northbound)
Brentwood North Lamar and West Koenig Lane MetroBus 1, 320, 481 Serves Texas Department of Public Safety office
Triangle Park and Ride 4600 Guadalupe Street West MetroBus 1, 481, 990
UT Shuttle 656 (IF), 681 (IF/FW)
MetroRapid stop is located on West Guadalupe at West Forty-seventh Streets
Serves Texas Department of Health and Texas School for the Blind
Hyde Park Guadalupe at West Thirty-ninth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe at West Thirty-eight-and-a-half Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 19, 481, 990 Serves Austin State Hospital
UT/Dean Keeton Guadalupe and West Dean Keeton Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twenty-sixth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 19, 21, 22, 103, 410, 481, 803, 982, 983, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 640 (FA), 661 (FW)
Serves University of Texas at Austin
UT/West Mall Guadalupe and West Mall walkway (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twenty-third Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 19, 410, 481, 803, 982, 983, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 640 (FA)
Serves University of Texas at Austin, The Drag
Museum Lavaca and West Seventeenth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and Seventeenth (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 481, 803, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 663 (LA)
Serves Blanton Museum of Art and Bullock Texas State History Museum
Capitol Lavaca and West Thirteenth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twelfth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 103, 110, 481, 803, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Serves Downtown Austin, the Texas State Capitol complex, ACC Rio Grande campus, Travis County courthouse
Austin History Museum Lavaca and West Eighth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and Eighth (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20, 30, 37, 103, 110, 111, 127, 142, 171, 481, 485, 803, 935, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Originally called "Wooldridge Square"
Serves Downtown, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Capital Metro Transit Store, Congress Avenue Historic District (walking distance) and Sixth Street.
Republic Square Lavaca and West Third Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Fourth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 37, 110, 111, 127, 142, 171, 483, 484, 486, 803, 935, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Serves Downtown, City Hall, Lady Bird Lake (Colorado River) and Republic Square. Within walking distance of Austin Convention Center and Downtown MetroRail station.
Auditorium Shores West Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road MetroBus 1, 5, 7, 10, 20, 30, 110, 142, 483, 486, 935, 985, 987 Serves Auditorium Shores, Long Center, Palmer Events Center
SoCo South Congress Avenue and East Elizabeth Street (northbound)
South Congress Avenue and West Monroe Street (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 486 Serves SoCo, Texas School for the Deaf
Oltorf South Congress Avenue and East/West Oltorf Street MetroBus 1, 331, 486
St. Edward's South Congress Avenue and Woodward Street (northbound)
South Congress Avenue and Lightsey Road (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 228, 486 Serves St. Edward's University
South Congress Transit Center 301 West Ben White Boulevard MetroBus 1, 30, 228, 300
Little Texas South Congress Avenue and Little Texas Lane MetroBus 1, 486
Pleasant Hill 6601 Circle S Road at East William Cannon Drive (northbound)
6610 South Congress Avenue at Eberhart Lane(southbound)
MetroBus 1, 201, 333, 486
Southpark Meadows Turk and Cullen Lanes MetroBus 3, 10, 201 southern terminus
Serves Southpark Meadows Shopping Center

Route 803 - Burnet/South Lamar[edit]

north to south

Stop Intersection/
address
Connections Notes
Domain Alterra Parkway and Esperanza Crossing none northern terminus
Serves The Domain shopping center
UT Research Campus Road A at James Hart Trail (northbound)
Road A at Clyde Davis Trail
MetroBus 466 Serves J. J. Pickle Research Campus
Crossroads Burnet Road and Polaris Avenue (northbound)
Burnet Road and Research Boulevard (southbound)
MetroBus 3, 383
Ohlen Burnet and Ohlen Roads (northbound)
Burnet Road and Penny Lane (southbound)
MetroBus 3, 325
Northcross Burnet Road and St. Joseph Boulevard (northbound)
Burnet Road and West Anderson Lane (southbound)
MetroBus 3, 5, 323, 325 Serves Northcross Shopping Center
Justin Burnet Road and Justin Lane (northbound)
Burnet Road and Pegram Avenue
MetroBus 3
Allandale Burnet Road and West Koenig Lane (northbound)
Burnet Road and Allandale Road
MetroBus 3, 320, 491
North Loop Burnet Road and North Loop Boulevard MetroBus 3
Sunshine Sunshine Drive and North Lamar Boulevard MetroBus 5
Rosedale North Lamar and West Fortieth Street MetroBus 3, 338 Serves Central Market, Heart Hospital of Austin, Seton Medical Center
West 38th West Thirty-eighth Street and West Avenue MetroBus 3, 19, 21, 22, 491, 982, 983, 987
UT/Dean Keeton Guadalupe and West Dean Keeton Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twenty-sixth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 19, 21, 22, 103, 410, 481, 801, 982, 983, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 640 (FA), 661 (FW)
Serves University of Texas at Austin
UT/West Mall Guadalupe and West Mall walkway (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twenty-third Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 19, 410, 481, 801, 982, 983, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 640 (FA)
Serves University of Texas at Austin, The Drag
Museum Lavaca and West Seventeenth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and Seventeenth (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 481, 801, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990
UT Shuttle 663 (LA)
Serves Blanton Museum of Art and Bullock Texas State History Museum
Capitol Lavaca and West Thirteenth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Twelfth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 3, 5, 18, 19, 103, 110, 481, 801, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Serves Downtown Austin, Texas State Capitol complex, ACC Rio Grande campus, Travis County courthouse
Austin History Museum Lavaca and West Eighth Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and Eighth (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20, 30, 37, 103, 110, 111, 127, 142, 171, 481, 485, 801, 935, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Originally called "Wooldridge Square"
Serves Downtown, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Capital Metro Transit Center, Congress Avenue Historic District (walking distance) and Sixth Street.
Republic Square Lavaca and West Third Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Fourth Streets (southbound)
MetroBus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 37, 110, 111, 127, 142, 171, 483, 484, 486, 801, 935, 982, 983, 985, 987, 990 Serves Downtown, City Hall, Lady Bird Lake (Colorado River) and Republic Square. Within walking distance of Austin Convention Center and Downtown MetroRail station.
Seaholm West Cesar Chavez and San Antonio Streets (northbound)
Guadalupe and West Cesar Chavez Streets (southbound)*
MetroBus 3, 111, 171 *southbound temporary stop due to construction
Serves Lady Bird Lake and is within walking distance of Amtrak station
Barton Springs South Lamar Boulevard and Butler Road (northbound)
South Lamar Boulevard and Barton Springs Road (southbound)
MetroBus 3, 30, 338, 484 Serves Auditorium Shores, Barton Springs, Long Center, Palmer Events Center, Zach Theatre and Zilker Park
Lamar Square South Lamar and Lamar Square Drive MetroBus 3, 338, 484
Oltorf West South Lamar and West Oltorf Street (northbound)
South Lamar and Oxford Avenue (southbound)
MetroBus 3, 331, 338, 484
Bluebonnet South Lamar and Bluebonnet Lane MetroBus 3, 331, 338, 484
Brodie Oaks South Lamar and West Ben White Boulevards (northbound)
South Lamar and Brodie Oaks
MetroBus 338
Westgate Western Trails Boulevard and Sagebrush Trail MetroBus 5, 30, 238, 311, 331, 338 southern terminus
Serves Westgate Mall

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MetroRapid Vehicles". Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Aaron, Michael (26 January 2014). "Capital Metro rolls out MetroRapid, new fares". kxan.com. 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.org. KUT News. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Capital Metro Premium Fare Reduction to Begin Next Month"

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