Capital Metro offers 2016 South by Southwest transit service March 11-20

Capital Metro's Board of the Director Vice Chair Beverly Silas resigned her position Oct. 3.

Capital Metro's Board of the Director Vice Chair Beverly Silas resigned her position Oct. 3.

Updated 1:33 p.m. to include new information

Capital Metro will offer expanded bus and rail service for the 2016 South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals on March 11-20.

Last year the city’s public transit agency saw a 15 percent increase in its MetroRapid and MetroRail ridership during SXSW. It provided 63,000 rail rides and 37,000 MetroRapid rides.

Because of President Barack Obama's keynote conversation March 11 during SXSW Interactive, Capital Metro is anticipating service delays throughout the day. Riders are encouraged to check for any announcements.

The agency’s mobile app allows riders to plan trips, find schedules, buy passes and see real-time departure information. The app is available for free in the Apple Store, Google play or Windows Phone.

For information on detoured routes 4, 17, 21, 22 and 122, visit or call 512-474-1200.


• March 11-12 and 18-19: The bus-rapid transit routes 801 and 803 will operate until 2:30 a.m.
• March 13: Buses will run until midnight.
• March 14-17, 20: The two routes will operate on a regular schedule until 12:30 a.m. Mon.-Thu. and Sun. until 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $1.75 single trip


• March 11, 14 and 15: The last train will leave the downtown station at the Austin Convention Center at Fourth and Trinity streets at 12:44 a.m.
• March 12, 16-19: The final train to leave downtown will be 2:30 a.m.
• March 13: Service starts at the Kramer Station at 10:20 a.m. and will end with the final train departing downtown at 12:03 a.m.
• March 20: MetroRail will not operate.
Cost: $3.50 single trip

Free MetroRail shuttles

• March 11, 14 and 15: A free southbound shuttle will operate between the Leander and Lakeline stations from 4:50-11:07 p.m. The northbound shuttle will run between 4:44 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.
• March 16-19: The southbound shuttle will operate between 4:50 p.m. and 12:49 a.m. The northbound shuttle will run from 4:44 p.m. to 3:37 a.m.
Cost: free

Night Owl and E-Bus service

• March 11-19: Night Owl buses will operate every 15 -20 minutes from midnight to 3:39 a.m. Pickup locations are along Sixth Street between Congress Avenue and Colorado Street.
Cost: $1.25 single trip

• March 10-12, 17-19: E-buses will run every 15-30 minutes from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. The service operates between downtown and locations where University of Texas students reside.
Cost: $1.25 single trip


• March 11-20: Route 100 operates between Austin-International Airport and downtown every 30 minutes on weekdays from 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Saturdays from 6 .m.-11 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. The route will make four extra stops on Riverside Drive between Pleasant Valley Road and Congress Avenue. The bus will be detoured from Congress and will run on Guadalupe and Lavaca streets.
Cost: $1.75 single trip


Capital Metro anticipates heavy crowds on buses and trains. Bikes are limited to four per MetroRail compartment and three for buses. For additional information on bringing bikes onto Capital Metro vehicles, visit its bicycle webpage.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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