Major changes to Capital Metro routes will take effect June 3

Capital Metro named finalist Randy Clarke as its new president/CEO. Board Chairman Wade Cooper said Clarke's experience could be key to helping the agency expand its rail operations.

Capital Metro named finalist Randy Clarke as its new president/CEO. Board Chairman Wade Cooper said Clarke's experience could be key to helping the agency expand its rail operations.

What we reported


Transportation is the second-highest expense for most Austin households, and Austin leaders have faced the challenge of offering meaningful alternatives to encourage residents to give up their vehicles and explore alternate transit options.

The latest


Capital Metro’s board of directors approved the agency’s 10-year service plan called Connections 2025 in November with plans to implement the majority of changes June 3. The most significant proposed change is expanding the network of high-frequency bus routes offering 15-minute service from six routes to 14. In South and Southwest Austin three existing routes will be added to the network, including Route 10, which runs along South First Street; Route 311, which operates along Stassney Lane; and Route 333, which runs along William Cannon Drive. Other changes include eliminating duplicate routes, such as Route 970, which services Oak Hill, and realigning routes, such as Route 5, which currently runs along Ben White Boulevard but will now be replaced by new Route 315.

What’s next


Agency staffers are preparing to build 114 new bus stations and change signage at about 2,000 of the 2,800 bus stops, said Jenn Golech, manager of service and projects for planning and implementation at Capital Metro. Staffers are also planning to start a public outreach program in April. Employees will head to stations and buses to alert riders of changes.

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By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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