Big Changes Coming for Austin Transit System

After a long survey process, Austin looking to update its transit system focusing on frequency on its busiest routes.

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March 4, 2017, 5:00 AM PST

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark


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"Capital Metro’s board of directors today approved the agency’s Connections 2025 draft transit plan, allowing the agency to move forward with a bold, new vision for its transit system," reports the Capital Metro's blog.

"Capital Metro’s new plan is designed to improve the rider experience – creating a 24/7 transit system that will see expanded MetroExpress and MetroRapid service, and more east-west options," adds the post.

With the update, Austin joins fellow Texas city Houston (along with cities like Portland, Denver, and Seattle) in reorganizing the service on a high-frequency grid.

Changes will include updates to routes, more express routes, and greater connectivity between routes. Also, "Capital Metro’s updated network will take a frequency-first approach, tripling the number of bus routes running every 15 minutes or better," Capital Metro writes. These updates will not happen immediately. The project will be discussed at public meetings and need board approval before the plan can go into place.

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