MetroRapid http://kut.org en Austin's Rapid Bus Struggles After a Slow Start http://kut.org/post/austins-rapid-bus-struggles-after-slow-start <p><strong><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/06/03/austins-rapid-bus-struggles-after-a-slow-start/">From StateImpact&nbsp;Texas</a>:</strong></p><p>Standing on Guadalupe Street in Austin facing the tower at the University of Texas, 26-year-old Emily Mandell waits at the bus stop with a scowl on her face. She’s not looking forward to this ride.</p><p>“It’s the same as sitting in traffic, but now you’re sitting in traffic stopping at a lot of places with a lot of other people,” Mandell says.</p><p>Along Guadalupe and Lavaca, two major north-south arteries through downtown Austin, long, bendy buses labeled “MetroRapid” have recently joined the chaos that is Austin traffic. The city of Austin’s transportation agency, Capital Metro, <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid-what.aspx">rolled out this new line in January</a>*&nbsp;in an effort to get more people out of cars and using public transportation. But the rollout hasn't gone as expected, calling into question how the agency will handle expanding transportation to meet the fast-growing city's needs.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:57:21 +0000 SHAWNA REDING 10533 at http://kut.org Austin's Rapid Bus Struggles After a Slow Start Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind? http://kut.org/post/capital-metros-new-metrorapid-service-leaving-bus-riders-behind <p><em>Disclaimer: Capital Metro is a sponsor of KUT.</em></p><p>Capital Metro's new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid2.aspx">MetroRapid</a> bus service launched on Sunday. And with the new route came additional service changes some say give short-shrift to existing riders on Cap Metro's most popular lines.</p><p>MetroRapid line 801 travels from Southpark Meadows to the Tech Ridge area in North Austin. Its route through the urban core – along South Congress Avenue and Guadalupe Street – parallels Cap Metro's 1L and 1M bus lines, the routes with the highest ridership in Austin. And another route – the 101 Express – traveled largely along the same line. (<a href="http://www.capmetro.org/news-item.aspx?id=3107">Read more about service changes</a>.)</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:04:10 +0000 Wells Dunbar 9693 at http://kut.org Is Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Service Leaving Bus Riders Behind? Blocking One of Austin's New Bus Lanes Could Cost You $500 http://kut.org/post/blocking-one-austins-new-bus-lanes-could-cost-you-500 <p>The Austin City Council is considering an ordinance that would set rules for the city’s new transit lanes.</p><p>Bus-only lanes for Capital Metro’s new <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid/" target="_blank">MetroRapid service </a>are on Guadalupe and Lavaca streets between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Street. Other vehicles are only allowed to use the lanes to make right turns.</p><p>The new ordinance would make it against the law to stop or park in the lanes. Currently that could be punished with a $25 dollar parking ticket – but the city wants to up that fine to as much as $500 dollars.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:22:57 +0000 Laura Rice 9604 at http://kut.org Blocking One of Austin's New Bus Lanes Could Cost You $500 PHOTOS: Riding Inside Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Bus http://kut.org/post/photos-riding-inside-capital-metros-new-metrorapid-bus <p>Austin’s new express bus service has a launch date.</p><p>On Jan. 26<a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid2.aspx">. Capital Metro’s MetroRapid service</a> will begin offering bus service at least every 15 minutes – and even more during rush hour.</p><p>The first route starts in January: it runs along North Lamar to Guadalupe to South Congress. The second route will launch later in 2014. It will run along Burnet Road to Guadalupe to South Lamar. (See a map of the routes below.)</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:34:46 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9171 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Riding Inside Capital Metro's New MetroRapid Bus Work on 'Bus-Only' Street Lanes Could Start in Austin Next Week http://kut.org/post/work-bus-only-street-lanes-could-start-austin-next-week <p>Road construction that will result in bus-only lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca&nbsp;streets could begin as soon as next week.</p><p>The “transit priority lanes” are part of the <a href="http://www.capmetro.org/metrorapid2.aspx">MetroRapid</a> project by Capital Metro. Capital Metro will prohibit cars on the right-most lanes of Guadalupe and Lavaca&nbsp;Streets between Cesar Chavez Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cars will be allowed to use the bus-only lanes to make right turns. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:10:53 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8726 at http://kut.org Work on 'Bus-Only' Street Lanes Could Start in Austin Next Week