CapMetro Rapid Improvements

As part of Project Connect, we are building 4 new Rapid routes. The Pleasant Valley Line and Expo Line broke ground in the winter of 2021-22 and are scheduled to go into service in 2025.

Pleasant Valley Rapid Line

This route will provide service from Berkman/Mueller to Goodnight Ranch in southeast Austin, opening up access to growth areas for new development and redevelopment and establishing more frequent, high-quality transit service east of I-35. It will connect customers to destinations like:

  • Mueller
  • The Springdale Shopping Center
  • ACC Eastview
  • Austin Lighthouse for the Blind
  • Dove Springs
  • Easton Park
  • Goodnight Ranch

The Pleasant Valley line will include connections to the future rail network, with transfers to the upcoming Blue Line and Green Line along the route.

Metro Rapid construction work site showing forms before concrete is poured
two construction workers checking their progress in front of a new, gray and blue CapMetro Rapid bus shelter

Expo Center Rapid Line

The northeast end of the route will be a Park & Ride at the Expo Center with 150 parking spaces. It will connect customers to medical, educational, residential and commercial areas, as well as to downtown at Republic Square.

The Expo Center line will broaden access to opportunities along the route, which includes key educational and employment centers. It also will connect to the new Austin Light Rail, giving customers even more transit options to move throughout the city.

Project Timeline

October 2021
Groundbreaking on both the Expo and Pleasant Valley CapMetro Rapid Lines

November 2023
Shelter installation for all 80 Rapid stations begins

Early 2025
New Rapid lines are in service

Our station platforms are actively under construction, with new shelters being installed in unison. We’re also building three new Park & Ride lots along these routes to improve their accessibility for suburban residents.

Shelter features include a lower roof to help maximize shade, perforated panels to protect waiting passengers from hot and cold weather effects, two security cameras, real-time bus details, a sustainably made bench and safety lighting.

Map of new CapMetro Rapid Routes

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