Round Rock will host a series of open houses next week to gather public input on the city's planned demand response bus service, which is replacing the service currently run in the city by Capital Area Rural Transportation System.

Public input sessions for the replacement service will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Feb. 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main St., Round Rock
  • Feb. 13, 4–8 p.m., McConico Building Community Room, 310 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock
  • Feb. 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Baca Senior Center Grand Ballroom, 310 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock

CARTS notified city officials in 2011 it would not renew its contract. Since then, Round Rock city staff have been scrambling to replace a service that provides more than 1,000 trips per month, mostly to the elderly and disabled.

The new service is expected to be in place by June 1 in time for the latest extension agreement with CARTS to expire.