Introduction

The most heavily used transit route in Austin has had its peak frequency reduced from every 15 to every 30 minutes (and even after that change is still the most heavily used route in Austin). The previously 4th most heavily used route in Austin had its peak frequency reduced from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes. The new frequent service network ignores these two critical transit routes and pretends that the incompatible ‘rapid’ routes that ruined them will suffice in their place.

(Even after their frequencies were cut, these routes still achieve ridership higher than most of those proposed for the ‘frequent service network’ – so the riders have not taken the hint!)

It’s time to demand change – demand the restoration of the service that ridership merits on these corridors. Demand that frequency of service be based on metrics rather than politics. Demand that Capital Metro admit the truth – that Rapid Bus is no acceptable substitute for local bus on these corridors.

Frequent service network proposal backup slide with arrows added by Mike Dahmus
Frequent service network proposal backup slide with arrows added by Mike Dahmus

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1513124/1-26-15-capital-metro-frequent-service-network.pdf

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Introduction

2 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Agham says:

    My main issue with the implementation of MetroRapid was that it is trying to solve the wrong problem. On the 1 corridor, the main problem before was capacity. The 13 min frequency (I think it was even 12 min a few years ago) was fine but they needed more room for passengers. If they had used the articulated buses for the 1, that would have been perfect. The corridor also had an existing semi-express, the 101, that provided decent frequency (20 min vs 13 min on 801). The 101 was not typically full like the 1L/1M. The other thing is the 801 on average runs slower than the 101 and is about as fast as the 1L used to be. So overall, I agree that the implementation of MetroRapid has slightly degraded bus service overall. If they simply changed 101 frequency to every 15 min and used bigger buses for the 1, that would have been a significantly better situation than we have currently.

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