Cap Metro testing new Rapid Metro Bus route

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Capital Metro is getting ready to roll out its new fleet of 22 Metro Rapid buses.

James Frank has been driving buses for 18 years in Austin. He's excited about his new route and the new buses.

"They are so quiet, and they turn so perfect," said Frank.

The new "bendy buses" are 60 feet long and hold 101 passengers. Regular buses have a capacity of 50 60 people. Frequent rider Jennifer Burnell says those buses get packed.

"People have to stand up every time," said Burnell.

You'll see the buses on the road in field tests from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, covering the entire 21-mile length of the first route. It will run for the public starting Jan. 26.

From Tech Ridge Park and Ride, new route 801 travels south on Lamar, over to Guadalupe, and about 21 miles south to Southpark Meadows Shopping Center at Slaughter Lane.

"They have limited stops, so they'll be able to travel through town a little bit more efficiently," said Dottie Watkins, Vice President of Bus and Paratransit Services for Capital Metro. "We also have transit signal priority, so we've been working with the City of Austin to extend green lights longer for these buses."

The buses also have WiFi so you can work on your way to work. A rapid ride will cost more at $1.50 each way.

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