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The Capital Metro board has approved changes to the transit system. The changes follow Capital Metro's Service Guidelines and Standards, Service Plan 2020, and are designed to expand service, maintain system efficiency and address seasonal demand. The changes will go in effect Sunday, August 24, 2014.



New MetroRapid Service

Route 803 Burnet/South Lamar

Capital Metro will introduce Route 803, the second MetroRapid line along Burnet and South Lamar. The route connects The Domain to The University of Texas research and main campuses, traveling through Downtown Austin to the Westgate Shopping Center.

The new route will operate in transit priority lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca between MLK, Jr. Blvd. and Cesar Chavez, connecting with MetroRapid Route 801 at four shared stations at UT and eight shared stations within downtown. MetroRapid service along Route 803 will use new 40-foot vehicles equipped with multiple-door boarding, free onboard Wi-Fi, mobile ticketing scanners and signal priority technology. All stations will feature canopy coverings, bench seating and electronic displays that provide real-time arrival information.*

Route 803 will operate seven days a week. It will run weekdays from 5 12:30 a.m. every 12-15 minutes during rush hour, and every 15-20 minutes at other times. Saturday service will operate from 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every 20-30 minutes, and Sunday service will run from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every 20-30 minutes.

*Real-time arrival information refreshes within 90 seconds and traffic conditions may apply. 


Local Routes

Route 3 Burnet/Manchaca

Route 3 will maintain the same route and stops currently offered. Service will be extended to Southpark Meadows, with a final stop at Turk and Cullen. Frequency will be adjusted from every 22-30 minutes to every 30-40 minutes, due to complementary service being introduced through the new MetroRapid Route 803.

Route 10 Red River/South First

Route 10 will also be extended to provide service to Southpark Meadows, with a final stop at Turk and Cullen. The route will no longer operate on Slaughter between Manchaca and South 1st. Route and frequency will remain the same.

Route 20 Manor/Riverside

Route 20 running time will be adjusted to accommodate detoured segment near Dell Medical School construction project on Red River, resulting in a modified schedule and more reliable service. 


UT Shuttles, and School-Related Adjustments

UT Shuttles

All UT Shuttles will transition from summer service to full service schedules.

In addition to the traditional route lettering designations per route (ex. FA, WC), Capital Metro will being utilizing route numbers for each UT Shuttle, numbered 640-681. Riders are encouraged to check the digital marquee at the front of buses as the vehicle approaches before boarding. (ex. 640 FA, 642 WC)

Also, as of this fall, Local MetroBuses will replace some UT-branded shuttles.

Pickle Research Campus Shuttle (PRC)

The UT PRC Shuttle Route will be replaced by MetroRapid Route 803. Students, faculty and staff will be able to ride MetroRapid Route 803 Burnet/South Lamar with their UT ID. The new MetroRapid UT Research Campus Station is located within the Research Campus along Road A.

MetroRapid service will offer improved reliability, and increased frequency and days of operation to the Research Campus. MetroRapid service will be offered seven days a week, compared to the current weekday-only service offered on the PRC Shuttle.

The transition of service will also increase the efficiency of transit service by reducing UT Shuttle costs. Travel time from the Research Campus to main campus will remain about the same compared to the PRC Shuttle and will be 20 percent faster than Route 3 Burnet/Manchaca.

MetroRapid Route 803 will operate with signal priority technology, real-time arrival information*, multiple-door boarding, mobile ticketing, upgraded stations and free onboard Wi-Fi.

School-Related Adjustments

Select school-related trips will be reinstated on the following routes to meet in-session demand:  

E-Bus Stop Location

E-Bus service will resume regular schedule with fall semester.

The E-Bus stop location will be moved from the current location on 7th Street between Red River and Neches to the northwest corner of Colorado and 6th Street, near the current Night Owl stop on 6th and Congress.