MetroRapid is a
unique addition to Capital Metro's services, offering new and enhanced vehicles
and amenities, and greater frequency. Learn the ins-and-outs of riding Route
801 and Route 803 with
this helpful rider's guide that tells you everything you need to know before
getting on board.
Learn more about the MetroRapid experience including routes, ticketing, stations and frequently asked questions.
Plan Your Trip
Easily plan your trip by using the Capital Metro Trip Planner, the CapMetro App, Google Transit, or by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200 (accessible 24 hours a day).
Answer a few questions about your starting/ending points and time of trip to get a custom travel itinerary. Our Trip Planner has access to real-time* arrival information for MetroRapid and MetroRail services.
The Rapid Ride
Hours and Days of Service
MetroRapid Route 801 North Lamar/South Congress and Route 803 Burnet/South Lamar hours of service:
- Weekdays from 5 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
- Saturdays from 6 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
- Sundays from 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
During peak periods on weekdays, MetroRapid runs every 12-15 minutes, and between 15-20 minutes at other times of the day. On weekends, the frequency is between 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy the following new amenities available on MetroRapid service:
MetroRapid helps you make the most of your time. Special technology allows all MetroRapid vehicles to catch more green lights to stay on schedule. Within downtown Austin, transit priority lanes are available on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets between MLK and Cesar Chavez to get you to your destination faster.
Comfortable, upgraded stations have been designed specifically for MetroRapid. The silver and red stations are well-lit and shaded to give protection from the sun and rain. All have bench seating, bike racks and digital signage that shows when the next vehicle will arrive. Stations also feature a special announcement button, which provides an audible version of the information on the digital sign.
Getting onboard is now easier than ever! With MetroRapid you can enter and exit at any door, getting you to your destination even quicker.
a fare onboard? Passes are sold only at the front entrance by the
Using a pass purchased on the new mobile app? Enter through any door and swipe your phone under the scanner validator. A screen above the scanner will notify you when your pass has been accepted.
Get more done on-the-go with FREE Wi-Fi. High-speed Internet access on every MetroRapid vehicle lets you take back your time to do what you want—check emails, catch the latest news or watch your favorite show.
Route 801 features new, 60-foot vehicles with an articulated middle section for easy turning, while Route 803 features new 40-foot vehicles. Route 801 vehicles can hold a total of 101 riders, while Route 803 vehicles hold a total of 78. You'll notice a redesigned and roomy interior when you step inside, with higher ceilings, more headroom, padded seats, wider aisles, LED lighting and a larger rear window for a better view.
Stations are strategically placed about every half mile along the route, keeping you connected to your favorite sites, shops and spots. With MetroRapid, you'll enjoy frequent service and an extended service schedule.
Digital signage at every MetroRapid station takes the guesswork out of traveling, showing you the exact wait time until the next ride arrives. You can access this information wherever you are: at your computer at capmetro.org, on-the-go with the new mobile app, at stations via the digital signage, or by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200.
The new MetroRapid service is fully ADA compliant. Stations are equipped with push-button annunciators to provide an audible version of information featured on digital signage at stations, which includes real-time arrival times.
Passengers using mobility devices should board through the sloped wheelchair ramps at the front doors of the vehicles. Wheelchair securement areas are also available, and are equipped with companion seating.
Additionally, Braille placards with vehicle ID numbers are located at both front and rear entrances.
Bikes + MetroRapid
We love bikes! Capital Metro makes riding with your bike easy, offering a three-bike rack on every MetroRapid vehicle.
To load: Notify the operator first and then approach the bike rack at the front of the vehicle. Pull down the handle, place the bike in the rack and pull the spring-loaded arm over the front tire.
To unload: Before getting off the vehicle, notify the operator. Remove your bike by unhooking the spring-loaded arm. Close the rack if your bike is the last one off. When finished, move away from the vehicle with your bike and stand on the curb.
TheTech Ridge Park & Ride MetroBike Shelterand the South Congress Transit CenterMetroBike Shelterprovide secure parking for up to 24 bikes at each locationon a first-come, first-served basis. A MetroBike cardis required to gain access to the facility.