Capital Metro to Launch Summer Service Pilot in June
Pilot will include free rides for kids grades K-12, expanded weekend MetroRail service
AUSTIN, Texas - Capital Metro announced the agency's “Summer Sun, Late Nights and Family Fun” service pilot today. The pilot includes free rides for kids in grades K - 12 and expanded weekend MetroRail service. It will kick off June 8 and last through Sept. 1.
“These pilot initiatives respond directly to what I have been hearing from customers and partners during our customer engagement events,” Capital Metro President/CEO Randy Clarke said. “They enable us to use our existing services and investments to increase ridership and provide community-focused mobility solutions.”
All summer long, kids will ride free of charge throughout Capital Metro's service area. The free rides for kids will connect seamlessly to Capital Metro's free fares week for Cap Remap and last until September 1.
This pilot will allow all kids to take advantage of free and safe public transportation to explore the region and have better access to summer programs.
“We are thankful to work with partners like Capital Metro and the city of Austin to expand opportunities for students during the upcoming summer months,” Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said. “Free public transportation for students will allow children of all ages to safely travel for summer classes, work or simply to enjoy summer vacation in Austin. Ultimately, this program is an investment in the youth of Central Texas.”
In response to feedback from the community and local businesses, Capital Metro will also expand its weekend MetroRail service hours for this pilot period. This will include late-night service on Fridays to Leander until 1:45 a.m., expanded hours to Lakeline on Saturdays until 2:30 a.m. and all-day service starting at 10 a.m. on June 9, July 7 and August 4.
“We're very excited by the opportunity this presents for our residents and visitors,” said Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk. “It will open up the city in new and unique ways by giving people more mobility options that are convenient and safe.”
The summer service pilot will be promoted across all of Capital Metro's online platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
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Mariette Hummel, 917-592-8633