navy blue timberland boots How your commute could change as CapMetro alters its bus routes
AUSTIN (KXAN) Metro is calling it most significant transformation of its bus network in more than 30 years. The Connections 2025 Transit Plan. If approved, it could bring changes to more than half of the city 82 bus routes.
KXAN caught up with riders who rely on routes currently on the chopping block.
For Oakey, the bus route serves as a lifeline, one he and neighbors are fighting to make sure isn severed. Proposed changes are expected to take effect in June 2018.
makes absolutely no sense to take away our bus service to the doctor. I have four doctors that I get to on this bus over in the Medical Parkway area, Oakey said, telling KXAN the bus is nearly full every morning and evening. already put up signs on some of the bus stops saying those are going to be removed. Is that listening to public input? Exposition route is one of 17 across the city CapMetro is looking at eliminating.
is true that most people just don know. And that a very hard one, Mario Champion, who serves on the city Urban Transportation Commission said. thing that CapMetro could do better, in my opinion, is to always articulate a big vision. Especially if your bus that you go to school on or go to work on is no longer there. began preparing for the big changes back in October 2015.
is legitimate debate on whether or not CapMetro can spend its limited resources on providing more routes to more people or providing more frequent routes to fewer people, Champion said.
CapMetro says its high frequency network would more that double from 6 to 14 routes under the proposed plan, lowering wait times to 15 minutes. Champion told KXAN he can understand the benefit of doing that, to attract more riders.
“Right now there is a huge problem, culturally speaking, because you might wait in the sun for 20 minutes or 30 minutes and that’s a tough call for a lot of people, Champion said.
Oakey just worries the changes are coming at a great cost to neighborhoods that rely on CapMetro service.