31 10, 2017

You’ve Asked … Here Are Our Answers

RevisionsYou’ve probably heard about the big changes we’re planning to put in place next June.

In fact, we know that you know about them because we’ve heard from a lot of you. And the great thing about receiving all that feedback is that it gives us a chance to make our proposal better.

Let’s take a look at some of the more common suggestions we’ve heard and our responses:

It’d really be great if Route 5 still served the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center in the state complex near Lamar and 51st, can you make that happen?

Yes, we can, as a matter of fact. We had proposed to run Route 5 down Burnet and then Medical Parkway before turning to Lamar on 38th Street. Riders wanted to be able to access the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, and since we have other routes on Medical Parkway, we’ve agreed to change our proposal.

Speaking of Route 5, can you please keep it on Speedway? We’re used to that and like it the way it is.

That one, we can’t recommend. Not only does UT Shuttle Route 656 run on Speedway already, but frequent service would be available within a 5-minute walk on Duval (Route 7) and a 6-minute walk on Guadalupe (MetroRapid 801). The goal of these changes is to create a simple, efficient system that avoids route duplication. We also want to operate buses on major corridors for the most part, rather than neighborhood streets.

Farther north, you guys really need to keep service to the business park east of the Norwood Walmart, where the main post office is. Why are you trying to eliminate that route?

We’ve heard this one a lot, to be honest. That portion of the current Route 323 doesn’t have a whole lot of ridership, and that’s why we proposed to remove service. But enough of you have spoken out in favor of keeping service there that we are proposing to create the new Route 339 Tuscany. It would operate every 60 minutes starting from the Walmart, traveling through the Tuscany Business Park, past the H-E-B at Loyola and Springdale, before ending near the intersection of Tannehill and Webberville in East Austin.

None of these revisions we’re proposing can cause the plan to go over budget, however. And that means we would have to balance the costs of this new service by removing the proposed extension of Route 323 to Far West. Instead, the new proposal would end that route at Northcross Shopping Center, and Far West would be served by Route 19.

We rely on Routes 392 and 383 in North Austin. Your proposals take away service we think is important. Is there anything to be done about that?

OK, we hear ya. This is another one that you’ve been loud and clear about. Our new proposal would restore service to the neighborhoods off Anderson Mill on Route 383 before ending at Lakeline Station. Route 392 is also being brought back into the plan. The main difference is that the proposal for Route 392 would stop at Braker and Burnet instead of extending to Great Hills. That part of the route would be served by the proposed Route 383.

Down south, the current Route 350 serves the Met Center, but your proposal changes that. Can you keep it the way it is?

Now that you mention it? Sure, why not?

OK, it isn’t as simple as that. We proposed that change as part of the effort to create direct routes that don’t zig and zag through smaller streets. The Met Center provides more than 50 riders each day, which is below the threshold to justify frequent service. But bringing 50 riders to work every day isn’t nothing, is it? And so we are proposing to reconfigure Route 271 to serve that location.

Another revision to our proposal for Route 271 came at the request of our operators, who understand the needs of our riders as well as anyone. The revised proposal would have the route serve ACC Riverside, which is a transfer point for a number of other routes. This would improve the connectivity of Route 271.

The 333 now goes down Pleasant Valley to Onion Creek Drive, and that lets people take transit to Perez Elementary School. It seems important to keep service to schools. Why are you planning to end that?

Unfortunately, we can’t recommend keeping that part of our service. Fewer than 15 riders a day use the bus to reach that stop, and so we cannot justify the expense of that service.

But, what about the Route 300? That’s a busy, popular bus route, and a lot of riders are used to it going on Rogge Lane. Are you still going to move it away from there?

Yes, that’s still the plan. Our design principles, which have guided the whole Connections 2025 process, call for us to place transit on busy, mixed-use corridors instead of residential streets. That’s why we’re planning to re-route the 300 to 51st Street from Rogge. It would create a more direct, easier-to-understand route, and a more efficient bus network. These kinds of changes might take a while to get used to, but we feel that they would make for a better rider experience for everyone.

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OK, so these aren’t all of the revisions to our proposed changes, but we hope they give you an idea of what we’re thinking. We have goals in mind and we’re guided by principles that have been approved by our board. However, we’re still listening to what you have to say and taking all that feedback into consideration.

Thank you so much for paying such close attention throughout this process and offering advice and suggestions. We won’t be able to make every change you ask for, but we’ll always try to explain why we choose to do what we’re doing. Transparency and being open are important to us, and we want to do right by you.


Tagged: Community Input, Connections 2025, connections2025, feedback, June 2018, service change, service changes
26 07, 2017

Connections 2025: Routes 383 & 392 Update

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Long-term planning can be tricky, because it requires balancing the needs of multiple constituencies that change and evolve over time. This isn’t the case just in transit of course, but it’s something we run into all the time. The most recent example is our Connections 2025 Transit Plan, which has seen changes to some of the proposals that were included in the approved plan. That’s common with bus network redesigns.

We wanted to share with the community one of these changes, since we’ve heard concerns regarding the potential elimination of service on Route 392 north of Braker in Northeast Austin.

What was the original proposal? The approved Connections 2025 plan proposed combining Routes 383 and 392 into an east-west route operating from Lakeline Mall along Jollyville Rd. and Braker Ln. to Dessau Rd. Buses were proposed to operate every 30 minutes instead of every 35 – 40 minutes. Route 383 would no longer serve the North Lamar Transit Center, and the area north of Braker served by Route 392 would be modified into a Mobility Innovation Zone.

What is a Mobility Innovation Zone? Mobility Innovation Zones are areas where Capital Metro wants to look into mobility options other than a 40-foot bus by using various pilot projects.  That’s because the land use and road network in these parts of town make it very difficult to provide cost-effective service with a big bus. The pilot projects would likely leverage emerging technology and transportation options, whether that’s an on-demand service like Pickup , flex routes, partnerships with TNCs or something else, we’re not sure. Because these technologies and tools are emerging, we’re still exploring how the pilots would function. Staff will be taking the next 12 months to develop the pilot projects with community input before requesting board approval. When approving Connections 2025, the board instructed staff that fixed-route service north of Dessau must be retained until the Mobility Innovation Zone pilot projects have been developed.

How has the proposal been modified? In keeping with the board’s directive to maintain fixed-route service, the proposed Route 383 would travel from Lakeline Station along Jollyville Rd. and Braker Ln. When the bus reaches Dessau, it will travel along Dessau, Shropshire, Thompkins, Yeager and Parmer before ending at the Tech Ridge Park & Ride. This proposed service would operate every 30 minutes and remain in place until a Mobility Innovation Zone pilot project is ready for implementation sometime in 2019.

What’s next?  As with any Connections 2025 proposal, this modification will require public outreach and board approval before it can be implemented. We will seek public comment this fall and ask board of directors to vote on the changes toward the end of the year. Changes would be implemented in June 2018. More information about all the upcoming changes and ways to provide feedback will be available shortly after Labor Day.


Tagged: Capital Metro, capmetro, Connections 2025, Mobility Innovation Zones, Pickup
18 07, 2017

Connections 2025: Get Ready for Big Changes

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Capital Metro is super excited to announce that the first significant changes coming out of Connections 2025 are scheduled to go into effect in June 2018. These proposed changes will go before our board for approval on November 15, but only after going through an extensive public input process.

The changes would affect almost every route in our system. In fact, more than half of our current 82 routes will see some level of change, with just 38 remaining the same between now and June 2018. The great news is that these changes will make for a more tightly integrated bus system that has more frequent service. It’s true that 14 current routes are proposed to be eliminated, but most riders of these routes will see comparable and likely even better service replace their current route.

Also, fixed-route service along low-ridership segments of Dessau, Steck and Mesa, Walsh Tarlton and Convict Hill will not be eliminated in this round of changes. These segments will transition to Mobility Innovation Zone pilot projects in 2019 after further study, public input and board approval.

We know that many of y’all are excited for the improvements that will come with the expanded High-Frequency Route Network. Those routes will provide service at least every 15 minutes seven days a week to 80 percent of our riders. So you may wonder why we don’t do this even sooner than next June. We made this decision for many reasons:

  • We need time to build new bus stops and sidewalks connections.
  • We also need to work with the city to incorporate transit priority treatments to traffic signals, allowing our buses to move more quickly and efficiently through the congestion.
  • Making changes in June minimizes disruptions to student commutes.
  • There are simply fewer vehicles on the roads in June. This will allow us to start the revised service in a “quieter” time and make any necessary tweaks in August, when the city’s business picks back up.

prm-161207-service-change-infographic-update_v22We do have some Connections 2025 changes coming sooner, though. MetroRapid Routes 801 and 803 will increase their frequencies in August, with weekday frequency increasing to every 10 minutes and weekend frequency to every 15 minutes. The service will operate until 2:30 a.m. on weekends … the first step toward 24/7 MetroRapid service!

We know the next question you’ll have is, “Which routes will be proposed to change?” We’re working on finalizing that list now and will produce a brochure to explain all the changes. We should be ready to present our proposal shortly after Labor Day, so look for the brochures on buses and Connections2025.org in mid-September. And, just like we always do with our service change process, we’ll also offer several opportunities for you to provide feedback on the proposed changes, including at public meetings the week of September 25. In addition to those formal meetings, our team will go to bus stops, back-to-school events, festivals and neighborhood meetings. Please check our online calendar in August for dates, times and locations.

For more information on the transit plan, please visit Connections2025.org. Questions may be directed to 512-369-6000 or feedback@connections2025.org.

 


Tagged: bus, Connections 2025, High-frequency Network, June 2018, Mobility Innovation Zones
27 02, 2017

Capital Metro Board Approves Transit System Overhaul

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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. Some of the key elements of the new plan involve creating a more frequent, reliable and connected network of services.

In response to feedback from thousands of people around Central Texas, Capital Metro’s updated network will take a frequency-first approach, tripling the number of bus routes running every 15 minutes or better. The agency follows industry peers TriMet in Portland, Sound Transit in Seattle, Denver Metro and Houston Metro by investing in key corridors to build core frequent service and ridership, while reducing waiting times.

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.

“Today, our board showed its dedication to improving transportation in Central Texas through smart planning,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “Major investments to build a better bus network will kick-off in 2018, and will continue paying off over the next 10 years. Austin desperately needs more mobility options, and this plan delivers the type of innovation and services people want.”

FEATURES OF THE NEW NETWORK:

  • 2 fare types (Local and Commuter)
  • 4 MetroRapid routes (running every 7-15 minutes)
  • 13 Frequent Local routes (running every 15 minutes)
  • 23 Local routes (running every 30 minutes)
  • 4 downtown circulator routes
  • 6 UT Shuttles
  • 8 Express routes

The year-long Connections 2025 study focused on creating a financially sustainable network that tailors the right service to lifestyle, commuter and coverage markets, anticipating projected growth. By reorganizing bus routes and substituting low-performing service with six Mobility Innovation Zones, the agency will transform its system within its budgetary constraints. These innovation zones will allow Capital Metro to pilot new services that may include on-demand, micro-transit or flex routes, connecting to the larger transit network.

The first year of operations of the new network is expected to cost an additional $9 million, bringing the total to an estimated $267.8 million compared to $259 million for the existing system.

The Connections 2025 plan will guide the evolution of Capital Metro’s service over the next five years, and identifies long-range opportunities over the next 10 years. Each implementation phase will require a subsequent public hearing process, and review and approval by the Capital Metro board.

prm-161207-service-change-infographic-update_v22Later this year, Capital Metro will begin hosting public open houses to discuss the first significant phase of changes, anticipated for spring 2018. Changes stemming from Connections 2025 that have already received board approval include the fare restructure implemented on Jan. 8, and improvements to Express service that will operate in the MoPac Managed Lanes.

To date, Capital Metro has met with more than 100 organizations, participated in 125 community meetings with nearly 4,000 attendees, and received 6,500 survey responses related to Connections 2025. The plan has received support from the Downtown Austin Alliance, Rocky Mountain Institute, Urban Transportation Commission, AURA, Alliance for Public Transportation in Austin, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Vision Zero, Pedestrian Advisory Council, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Downtown Commission and Zipcar.

For more information, including an online interactive map and video, please visit connections2025.org. Questions can be directed to the Customer Service GO Line at 512-474-1200.

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View project materials at Connections2025.org.


Tagged: Connections 2025, connections2025
15 02, 2017

Connections 2025 Final Work Session This Friday

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Connections 2025, Capital Metro’s study to rethink transit, has been underway for over a year and is nearing the finish line. This week, our team will talk with the board of directors at a final work session on Friday, Feb. 17. After that, the board will vote on the Final Transit Plan at their monthly board meeting on Feb. 27.

To date, we’ve met with over 100 organizations, participated in 125 community meetings with nearly 4,000 attendees, and received 6,500 survey responses. On top of that, the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan has received support from these organizations:

  • Downtown Austin Alliance
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Urban Transportation Commission
  • AURA
  • Alliance for Public Transportation in Austin
  • Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Vision Zero
  • Pedestrian Advisory Council
  • Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Downtown Commission
  • Zipcar

Executive Summary

In preparation for the final two meetings with our board of directors, we’ve put together some additional study materials, based on board requests.

The Connections 2025 Executive Summary reviews the key elements the team has worked on for the past 15 months:

  • Goals & Guiding Principles
  • Market Assessment
  • Service Evaluation
  • Community Input
  • Plan Summary
  • Capital Program
  • Implementation
  • Customer Impacts and Benefits

This summary is subject to change, based on the final work session on Friday. A final report will be available after board approval.

MetroRapid Route 820

There have been a number of questions about the proposed MetroRapid Route 820, serving the airport. To address these questions as thoroughly as possible, the Connections 2025 team has gathered more details. View the route proposal presentation at Connections2025.org:

  • Starts at 15-minute frequency, graduating to 10-minute frequency once capital investments and transit priority enhancements are complete. This phased approach will also better link service levels to the rapidly developing growth along the corridor.
  • Offers the most cost efficient solution to creating a network without duplication.
  • Creates a highly connected Route 820 that, along with the other three MetroRapid routes, would form the backbone of frequent, convenient transit service in Austin.

Conforms to recommendations for frequent, high-capacity transit service along the Riverside corridor, between downtown and ABIA, from four different studies, and based on significant public input over the past decade.

Get Involved

We invite our community to the two final board of director conversations about Connections 2025. Can’t make it in person? Follow our live stream online.

Board Work Session 

Feb. 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Public comment at noon)

 Board Meeting 

Feb. 27, Noon

Capital Metro (2nd Floor Board Room) 2910 E. 5th St, Austin, TX 78702


Tagged: Connections 2025, connections2025
12 01, 2017

Connections 2025 – January Update

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This week, the Capital Metro board of directors took a deep dive into the numbers of our Connections 2025 study. On Monday, we reviewed the financial process, along with operating and capital costs at a special work session. Missed the meeting? Check out the presentation or view the meeting video recording online.

What’s new?

Timeline change to February
 
In order to review more financial data and additional details on the proposed innovation zones, the board has extended the study timeline to include a final work session on Feb. 17. The final Connections 2025 plan will be voted on at next month’s board meeting on Feb. 27. As always, board meetings are open to the public and can be streamed online.
Capital Metro Board of Directors – Work Session
February 17
Capital Metro Board of Directors – Action Item for Approval
February 27
Capital Metro
2nd Floor Board Room
2910 E. 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
More frequent. More reliable. More connected.
The Connections 2025 plan proposes some major improvements to existing or new bus routes. Throughout this year-long process, we’ve heard folks tell us they want more buses, more often with better connections.
In response, we’re proposing increasing the number of high-frequency routes (operating every 15 minutes or better) from 6 currently, to 17 total. That means, 4 out of 5 riders (82%) would have easy access to one of those routes.
What else? Check out the full proposed network map, route-by-route proposals and our Top 10 list of benefits at connections2025.org.
Recommendation to replace unproductive service with Innovation Zones
The Connections 2025 team has recommended replacing routes that experience low demand with other transportation options, “Mobility Innovation Zones”, in six areas of our network. Wanna learn more? Check out last month’s update on our blog. We’ll explore the Mobility Innovation Zones more with our board next month.
Why Mobility Innovation Zones and not a regular bus route? By shifting resources from routes that have experienced low ridership, we can move that bus service to corridors with high demand. For example, we know our top 5 bus routes carry more than 30% of our ridership. By boosting frequency on those corridors, we could offer improved service to more than a third of our riders.
How would Mobility Innovation Zones work? The Connections 2025 Team is recommending a phased approach. First, we would explore new transit options outside of the traditional 40-foot buses like, carshare, vanpools, flex routes and shuttles. We’d work with our community to decide which suits each area best. Next, we’d run a pilot period to
test the success of these new options. Finally, it’s important to know, that no service would be changed in these areas for at least 2 years. This will be an ongoing process as we explore, collaborate on and test these new mobility options before implementation.
Phasing and implementation
Connections 2025 is intended to serve as the roadmap for Capital Metro over the next 10 years. This does not mean every route proposal is adone deal. Beginning in late 2017, we’ll host additional open house meetings, make onboard announcements, post information at stops, and much more, to spread the word on any upcoming service changes and gather your feedback. Ultimately, each route change would need subsequent board approval.

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Tagged: Connections 2025, connections2025
15 12, 2016

Connections 2025 – December Plan Update

backgroun1Yesterday, the Connections 2025 team presented a project update to our board of directors at a special work session. Check out the presentation at connections2025.org.

As we’ve been talking about tweaks and tunes to specific areas in the Draft Transit Plan, we wanted to take the time to talk about the overall vision for Connections 2025. This roadmap is not a series of routes, as we describe service today, but rather a full network designed together to benefit our riders. Frequent and connected.

What’s new?

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What’s that?

Last month, we highlighted four areas (Steck/Mesa, Tarrytown, Southwest Austin, and Bee Cave Road/Walsh Tarlton) in our Draft Transit Plan proposal we’ve revisited based on community feedback. These are areas in our network where we don’t see the ridership demand to justify running a full-sized bus in areas where passenger subsidies are 4-5 times our system average. Our team has developed this new concept, “Innovation Zones” as an option for providing alternative transportation service in areas where we are recommending to eliminate or consolidate bus service in the Connections 2025 plan. “Innovation Zones” would be pilot areas where we’d operate using new services, like: flex routes, transportation network companies (TNCs), micro-transit, vanpools, carshare or destination shuttles. We haven’t ironed out all the details yet, but will continue developing these “Innovation Zones” with input from our community.

Phasing and Implementation Plan

The Connections 2025 team is proposing major changes to be implemented as soon as possible, with the Frequent Network kicking-off in Fiscal Year 2018 – this is major. It means there would be very real, significant route improvements on the ground somewhere between October 2017 and September 2018. In FY 2019, we propose putting those “Innovation Zones” in place. FY 2020-2025 would be the implementation of longer-term projects including the two new MetroRapid routes, increased MetroRail frequency, additional Park & Ride capacity and transit service along IH-35.

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What’s next?

The board will convene in January for an additional work session prior to taking a final vote on the Connections 2025 Transit Plan.

Will the changes happen overnight? No, the Plan would serve as the road map for our service changes over the next five years. Following the board approval of the overall Plan, we’d host additional community outreach and would need subsequent board approval for all individual route changes prior to implementation.


Tagged: Connections 2025
9 12, 2016

Cap Metro sees ridership increase from high-frequency routes — more on the way!

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Source: Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune recently posted an article on the various ways in which the state’s largest transit agencies are trying to increase their ridership numbers. It focused heavily on the system plan Houston Metro implemented last year and the success the agency has seen since, a 3.3 percent increase since September 2015.

The article noted that Capital Metro is the only other major transit agency in the state to see an uptick in ridership during that time. Our 0.5 percent bump isn’t as significant as Houston Metro’s, but it’s a bright spot in our ridership, driven in part by the successful launch of six High-Frequency Routes in June 2015.

What’s even bigger news, though, is what’s going to happen over the next few years as we begin to implement the transformation of our own bus system, called Connections 2025. The revamp has been in the planning stage for the past year, and we’ve received a ton of input from the community, both from our riders and those who haven’t yet taken advantage of our services.

Once the plan is approved by our board of directors in January, we would put in place changes over the next several years that would greatly increase the frequency of many of our bus routes, much like Houston Metro has done. Improvements include tripling the number of routes in our Frequent Route Network (from 6 to 17) and doubling the number of MetroRapid routes (from 2 to 4). We’d also add more east-west service, which is another improvement requested by our riders.

Be on the lookout January 8 when the first step of Connections 2025 takes effect, the elimination of our Premium fare level, which will reduce the costs of taking MetroRapid and MetroFlyer routes.

Check out our previous blogs:

 


Tagged: Connections 2025
7 11, 2016

Connections 2025: Update on Route 5

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We’ve received many comments on the proposal to change Route 5 along South 5th Street because of the service gap west of South 1st Street. The original proposal discontinued service south of downtown because of the low ridership. Service would remain running parallel along South 1st Street, within ½ mile, on Route 10 (which would run every 15 minutes during peak times).

Now, our team has worked on some changes for Route 5 based on community feedback. The team presented these proposed changes to the Capital Metro board today during their Connections 2025 Work Session.

What’s the proposal? Route 5 would travel between Northcross Shopping Center and downtown via Woodrow Ave., Burnet Rd., Medical Pkwy, 38th St. and N Lamar Blvd. Passengers would still have access to more frequent service to destinations in south Austin via Routes 10 (South 1st/Red River) and 803 (Burnet/South Lamar). Service along Ben White and Lamar replaced with new Route 315 Ben White Local route.

Will the proposal change? After receiving neighborhood feedback, the team revisited the original proposal and identified some stops along South 5th Street that were outside of the standard ½ mile walk distance. We took a deeper dive to find out when those riders are primarily commuters making trips during peak times, between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Because of that trend, we are proposing to add peak-time weekday-only service, Route 105, connecting South 5th at Westgate to UT.

What’s next? Connections 2025 is still a draft plan at this time that continues changing based on feedback. Our team is carefully reviewing each and every response we receive as we work on finalizing this plan. We continue taking feedback at Feedback@connections2025.org as the Draft Transit Plan has not been finalized. We anticipate our board of directors to vote on Final Transit Plan in December.

Visit Connections2025.org to see the updated Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan interactive map revised today.


Tagged: Connections 2025
7 11, 2016

Connections 2025: Update on Mueller

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Many comments have been received by the Connections 2025 team on the proposed changes in the Mueller area related to connectivity, transfers and access to/from UT and downtown. Because of this feedback, our team has taken a second look at the routes proposed in the area. The team presented these proposed changes to the Capital Metro board today during their Connections 2025 Work Session.

What’s the proposal?

The proposal includes several routes in the Mueller area, including Frequent Local, Local MetroRapid and a circulator.

Included in the original proposal are:

  • MetroRapid 820 on Manor from downtown to Springdale H-E-B (U.S. 183 and Springdale)
  • A weekday circulator along Berkman and Barbara Jordan connecting from Wildflower Terrace and Hancock Center
  • Route 22, an eastside crosstown route, providing Local 30-minute service along Mueller Boulevard

After hearing concerns that there was no all-day, all-week frequent service along Berkman and that part of Mueller was losing its direct connection to UT, we looked at how to improve connectivity. We’ve proposed replacing the circulator, by extending more useful frequent fixed route service into Mueller. The revised proposal includes direct access to UT and downtown on Frequent Local Route 10 and east/west connections to 38th Street on Frequent Route 335 via Berkman.

Our team did look at the alternative in operating MetroRapid Route 820 on Berkman through Mueller. However, due to the current street design, the traffic in the area would negatively impact travel times (adding 9 minutes during peak times) and route performance, while also adding $1 million in operating and vehicle costs, so it is not being recommended at this time. However, we would reintroduce the option on Berkman should the development and city provide transit priority access through the area.

Revised proposal:

  • Remove circulator, replace with other frequent services
  • Route 10 serves Mueller via Mueller, Barbara Jordan, Berkman providing direct connections to Hancock Center, UT and downtown
  • Route 335 continues east to Mueller via 38th ½, Anchor, Manor and Berkman
  • Route 22 ends at Hancock Center
  • Route 820 remains on Manor

About the tradeoffs: A reality of the Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan is that some people will need to change the way that they make their normal trips – which may now involve a transfer or a short walk – but what you’re getting in return is a significant bump in frequent service across our service area (increasing from 6 to 17 routes) that positively benefit the community at large, overall.

What’s next? Connections 2025 is still a draft plan at this time that continues changing based on feedback. Our team is carefully reviewing each and every response we receive as we work on finalizing this plan. We continue taking feedback at Feedback@connections2025.org as the Draft Transit Plan has not been finalized. We anticipate our board of directors to vote on Final Transit Plan in December.

Visit Connections2025.org to see the updated Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan interactive map revised today.


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