Austin’s public transit agency has known for a while that its fledgling commuter rail service could see a lot more riders if they let people take the train on Friday and Saturday nights. Back in May, we reported on how Capital Metro broke ridership records when they did that during the Pecan Street Festival.
But the problem was always money. Six months ago, the cost estimates were around $1 million annually for Friday and Saturday night service.
“That’s arguably a million dollars we don’t have,” Cap Metro Board Chair and Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez told us in May. The head of Cap Metro, Linda Watson, said the agency was in talks with the city to secure funding.
Fast forward to the present, and costs estimates are now closer to $2.7 million per year, but it appears the city is willing to pay for it.