Capital Metro is holding a ceremonial groundbreaking for its MetroRapid service this morning. Construction on the rapid bus line’s first station started this week.
As KUT News previously reported, MetroRapid will launch in 2014 with two rapid bus routes. One will stretch from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride to the Southpark Meadows shopping center. The other route will run from North Austin Medical Center at Parmer Lane to Westgate Mall off South Lamar Boulevard. The lines will converge midpoint, around the UT-Austin campus area.
Cap Metro will add 40 new buses to its fleet, including 20 buses that span 60 feet and have 58 seats. Still, Cap Metro says 2013 will be a lean year for the company as it makes some repairs and upgrades.
The Capital Metro Board of Directors will adopt the 2013 budget on Monday – which, right now, includes no fare increases or service reductions.