PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — Editor's note: The above video is related to when CapMetro's Pickup service expanded to Manor.
On Tuesday, the Pflugerville City Council approved an interlocal agreement with CapMetro to operate a pilot of the Pickup program in Pflugerville for one year.
The pilot program will include one vehicle designated to serve a 3.5-square-mile service area along the Pecan Street corridor. A second Pickup vehicle may be added to cover peak demand.
According to the City of Pflugerville, the project will cost $510,392 while utilizing $200,157 in 5307 Federal Transit Authority funds. The City said the transit service supports Pflugerville's Transit Development Plan, which was adopted in August 2018 and recommended a demand-response transit program like Pickup.
The project aims to provide a safe, reliable, efficient and accessible transit option for Pflugerville residents and visitors, address residents' mobility needs, develop an effective local transit system that continues to develop regional transit options and maintain a regional transportation presence.
Those goals will be measured through metrics of response times, on-board times, accident rate, passengers per hour, ridership and more, according to the City.
The response time for Pickup is typically within 15 minutes of the on-demand request, and the City said CapMetro anticipates 36 to 50 riders per day. Rides will cost $1.25 each way.
When the pilot program launches in early 2021, residents in the Pflugerville area will be able to visit the Pickup website or call 512-369-6200 to arrange their pickup.
Pickup's service areas currently include East Austin, Exposition, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, northeast Austin and Walnut Creek.
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