All Capital Metro fares will be free throughout April

Capital Metro station
Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the farebox. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the farebox. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Following its reduction of service schedules, Capital Metro has further adjusted its operating model to combat the spread of COVID-19 and will now offer free fares for all transit rides throughout April.

Beginning April 1, riders will not have to pay Capital Metro operators or use the fare box, according to a March 28 news release from the transit agency.

Riders using MetroAccess—Capital Metro’s shared-ride service for residents with disabilities—will still be required to show a valid ID before boarding, according to the news release.

Capital Metro said in its release the change will help to maintain social distancing by increasing the pace of boarding its transit options and allowing boarding without person-to-person interaction.

“Our goal is to protect our operators and customers from close physical proximity to reduce the spread of the virus,” Capital Metro wrote in its news release.

The transit agency asks customers to only use its transit routes for essential trips, which include rides to health care jobs, grocery stores and critical services.


“The fare-free period is not meant to encourage any additional ridership,” Capital Metro wrote in its news release.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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