Cap Metro hosts hearing on proposed route changes


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Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 8:33 AM

AUSTIN -- Capital Metro routes could be changing soon as the transportation agency looks to add, eliminate and speed up its service.

Cap Metro is hosting a public hearing Monday afternoon to ask riders what they look for in service. The board of directors will then meet on Sept. 23 to vote on the proposed changes.

The proposed changes will impact approximately 17,300 riders who use the routes. One suggestion the board will consider is eliminating two of the lowest performing routes for the University of Texas system. One of those routes runs along Cameron Road, and the other runs along Wickersham Lane.

To make up for the loss, Cap Metro recommends expanding its hours and days of service along nearby main routes.

The agency is also looking to realign routes at Manor and Riverside and Colony Park and Windsor Park to boost UT access.

Elsewhere the agency wants to add some new stops. It's part of Cap Metro's expanded MetroRapid service. A new route will run from Tech Ridge to Southpark Meadows. These include the updated buses which have signal priorities to get through town faster.

Monday’s public hearing starts at 5 p.m. at the Cap Metro headquarters in East Austin. The board votes later this month. Any approved changes will begin next spring.

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