Capital Metro will offer free weekend rides from June 5 to July 4

A Capital Metro train waits at the downtown station. Rides will be free on the public transportation agency's services on weekends from June 5 to July 4. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
A Capital Metro train waits at the downtown station. Rides will be free on the public transportation agency's services on weekends from June 5 to July 4. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A Capital Metro train waits at the downtown station. Rides will be free on the public transportation agency's services on weekends from June 5 to July 4. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin-area residents heading out to the first-ever Austin FC home match on June 19 or the Fourth of July fireworks show and symphony concert will not have to pay a fare if they take public transportation.

Capital Metro will offer free rides on most of its services—MetroRail, MetroBus, MetroRapid, MetroAccess and UT shuttles—for five consecutive weekends beginning Saturday, June 5, and ending Sunday, July 4.

“Capital Metro’s mission has always been to offer safe and reliable transit around the city, and we are so excited to return to what we do best as the community reopens again,” said Dottie Watkins, Capital Metros’ chief operating officer and chief customer officer, in a statement.

Total ridership in April on all Capital Metro services was 1.4 million trips, up 32.4% over April 2020 and significantly higher than the low point of 945,000 rides in February. However, that number is still down significantly from Capital Metro’s pre-pandemic ridership levels of more than 2 million monthly trips early in 2020.

Masks are still required on all Capital Metro vehicles for all customers both on vehicles and in facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an order in place through September requiring face coverings for travelers while on public transportation.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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