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Capital Metro Changes to Service Take Effect June 9 

New Southwest Austin Route, Increased Night Owl Frequency Coming Sunday  

AUSTIN, Texas (June 3, 2013) — Changes are coming to some Capital Metro bus routes on Sunday, June 9, with modifications designed to improve transit access, increase efficiency and improve reliability.

Changes taking place on June 9 include a new route connection between Route 6 East 12th and 323 Anderson, improved connections along Route 383 Research, a new route providing service in the southwest Austin area, schedule modifications to Route 171 Oak Hill Flyer, increased frequency along Route 481 Night Owl North Lamar and minor school-related schedule adjustments.

The service changes scheduled to begin this Sunday include:

East Austin 

  •   6 East 12th and 323 Anderson – Route 6 East 12th and 323 Anderson will be linked to improve trip directness and reduce transfers.   

Route 323 frequency will be improved during midday on weekdays and throughout the weekend. (Preview new schedule and map for Route 323 Anderson.)

Route 6 schedule will be slightly adjusted and the route will no longer stop along Techni Center. The route will continue to stop along Eleanor, Hudson, and Delano due to ongoing bridge construction on Fort Branch. (Preview new schedule and map for Route 6 East 12th. 

 Northwest Austin 

  • 383 Research – Route 383 Research will be shifted from Mopac to Braker and Burnet. The new routing will improve connections to Route 3 Burnet/Manchaca, Route 240 Rutland, and Route 392 Braker, which will reduce transfers and customer waiting time.

Route 383 will also include stops at Capital of Texas and Stonelake to continue providing access to the Gateway Shopping area. (Preview new schedule and map for Route 383 Research.)

 Southwest Austin   

  • 171 Oak Hill Flyer – New 8:20 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. trips will be added to reduce overcrowding during peak hours. Some early morning trips (6:20 and 6:40 a.m.) and evening trips (5:20, 5:40 and 6:20 p.m.) will be consolidated due to low ridership.

The 4:20 p.m. trip will no longer serve the Westcreek and Windmill Run neighborhoods.  (Preview new schedule and map for Route 171 Oak Hill Flyer.)

  • 111 South Mopac Flyer – A new route will provide rush hour service to Downtown and UT areas. This route will run parallel to South Mopac, with new stops in Circle C and Western Oaks neighborhoods. Limited parking will be available at Dick Nichols Park. (Preview schedules and maps for new Route 111 South Mopac Flyer. 

 School-Related Adjustments 
 

  • The following routes will suspend select school-related trips during the summer break:
  • 4 Montopolis
  • 5 Woodrow/South Fifth
  • 7 Duval/Dove Springs
  • 300 Govalle
  • 325 Ohlen
  • 331 Oltorf
  • 333 William Cannon
  • E-Bus routes 410, 411 and 412

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

 Minor Route and Schedule Adjustments:
 

  • 151 Allandale – Minor route realignment to improve customer access.
  • 214 Northwest Flex – Minor schedule adjustment to improve reliability.
  • 238 Westgate – Minor weekend schedule adjustment to improve reliability. 
  • 481 Night Owl North Lamar – Frequency will be improved from 30 to 20 minutes to reduce overcrowding. 
  • 935 Tech Ridge Express – Minor schedule adjustment to address overcrowding.  

All changes follow the Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards.

Three times a year, the agency performs an analysis of service performance and proposes adjustments to improve service, utilizing public feedback collected prior to each change. These modifications to service reflect the changing transit needs of the various communities Capital Metro serves.

The June 9 service changes, as well as route schedules and maps, can be found in the Destinations schedule book, available for $3 at the Capital Metro Transit Store. The Transit Store is located at 323 Congress Avenue. The guide is also available for download at no cost on the Capital Metro website.

Additional details of the Capital Metro service change process can be found on the June Service Change webpage, by calling the GO Line at (512) 474-1200 or by viewing this video.

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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Melissa Ayala, (512) 389-7572, (972) 765-3642 cell, melissa.ayala@capmetro.org 

Erica Macioge, (512) 369-6085, (512) 636-7232 cell, erica.macioge@capmetro.org