Capital Metro to debut new on-demand Pickup service by fall

Pickup, a new on-demand service from Capital Metro, will debut by early fall. This photo shows a vehicle from a previous iteration of the Pickup program that ran in the Mueller area.

Pickup, a new on-demand service from Capital Metro, will debut by early fall. This photo shows a vehicle from a previous iteration of the Pickup program that ran in the Mueller area.

Capital Metro, the regional transit agency, will debut an on-demand service called Pickup in four zones around Austin by early fall, said Chad Ballentine, vice president of demand response, innovative mobility and MetroAccess, at a press conference April 29.

Pickup customers will be able to request rides directly using a phone app. The cost per trip will be $1.25, the same as a single bus ride.

Similar to other ride-hailing services, Pickup will pick up customers where they are and drop them off at their chosen destination. Rides may involve other customers.

The four pick-up service zones include:

  • St. David's, which is roughly bordered by MoPac, Scofield Ridge Parkway, Lamar Boulevard and Braker Lane;

  • Rogge, which is roughly bordered by Berkman Drive, Wheless Lane, Manor Road and East 51st Street;

  • Exposition, which is bordered by Lake Austin Boulevard, MoPac and West 35th Street;

  • and Johnston Terrace, which is roughly bordered by Springdale Road, Webberville Road, US 183 and East Seventh Street.


In the meantime, Capital Metro is seeking public input from area neighborhood associations and residents to help determine the service's hours of operations and zone names.
By Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.


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