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Old December 30th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #101
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I'm not starting a new thread for Austin buses since that's stupid - I'll just post this here.

The first phase of Austin's BRT (called MetroRapid) will open on 2014.01.26.

Source: http://www.capmetro.org/news-item.aspx?id=2855

801 will be the first route to open; 803 will follow in summer 2014.




source: http://capmetroblog.com/2013/12/10/t...capital-metro/


source: http://capmetroblog.com/2013/12/10/t...capital-metro/


source: http://capmetroblog.com/2013/12/10/t...capital-metro/


source: http://www.austinpost.org/article/fa...-street-dec-10


source: http://www.austinpost.org/article/fa...-street-dec-10
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:26 AM   #102
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I'm excited to see this come online. I am concerned about the people who rely on routes 1L and 101 since the MetroRapid stops are farther apart and sometimes in different locations than the 1L and 101 stops. Some people might have a much longer walk home if I'm not mistaken.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 02:29 PM   #103
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How is the train line evolving? Service patterns I read about in the first two pages of this thread are a complete nonsense… Has it improved?
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Old March 18th, 2015, 08:27 PM   #104
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Some Metrorail photos from Lee Carlson


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It has just 1 track?
Only in downtown or on the whole route?
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It has just 1 track?
Only in downtown or on the whole route?
It terminates in Downtown , there are a few passing sidings along the entire 32 mi (51 km) route.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_MetroRail
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Old March 19th, 2015, 11:19 PM   #107
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Is that Metra Rapid system a real BRT or just a glorified bus line network?
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Glorified bus line network. The best thing I like about it is that it gives you an approximate time when the bus is coming and the intervals are more frequent than regular bus service.

Article on how the Capital Metro is handling SXSW crowds:

How CapMetro Is Handling SXSW Crowds

http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/...ds-24827.shtml

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Updated: Thursday, March 19 2015, 10:25 PM CDT South by Southwest is one of the busiest times of the year for Austin's buses and trains. During the festival in 2014, more than 54,000 people rode the MetroRail, with several thousand more on their MetroRapid bus line, and Capital Metro is only expecting those numbers to grow during the 2015 festival. It's one of the busiest times of the year for CapMetro and it only gets busier as the weekend goes on and the nights get later. CapMetro says they'll have security to prevent overcrowding and several new options for this South by Southwest to make sure everyone gets home safely. It was standing room only even before the train pulled into downtown station Thursday afternoon. "Right now it looks like it's the most people I've seen," said Marty Starlett, who was waiting for the northbound train. And even before they got to 6th Street and the music venues, dealing with crowds was old news for those getting off the train. "It's full, totally full, standing," said Wendy Fohn, who got off the train at Downtown Station. "You get acquainted with everyone." But during the event that brings out the dark side of Austin traffic, passengers say it's better than dealing with bumper to bumper gridlock and nonexistent parking.

Read More at: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/...ds-24827.shtml

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Glorified bus line network. The best thing I like about it is that it gives you an approximate time when the bus is coming and the intervals are more frequent than regular bus service.
Well, it is good if they are bringing at least some bus lines up to level. But if that is BRT, than almost every bus line in Vienna is BRT

Anyway, a solid bus network is a good start, but they'll need a bit more than two bus lines and one upgraded commuter rail line, for creating a well connected PT system.

Could one survive in Austin without a car?
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 09:55 PM   #111
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Only with difficulty. Unless you live and work in or close to downtown, you would need a car or a bicycle (but the northern and western suburbs are hilly). If you were lucky, you could take a bus, but service is infrequent in the suburbs. For example, I lived near a busy street (McNeil Drive) which had no bus service at all. My nearest bus route was on Pond Springs Road (the stop was 1.200 m from my house) which had an hourly service and required a change of bus to travel downtown.
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A water main break yesterday caused disruptions to MetroRail


https://twitter.com/CapMetroATX/stat...75836352614400
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Old March 28th, 2015, 02:09 PM   #113
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With bigger buses and more frequent services, Capital MetroRapid can improve the public transportation in Austin.
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Old May 24th, 2015, 02:11 PM   #114
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With bigger buses and more frequent services, Capital MetroRapid can improve the public transportation in Austin.
That could be done to any of the regular bus routes (and it would certainly help), but if MetroRapid is to be successful, then it needs dedicated lanes that get it out of Austin's increasingly heavy traffic.
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Not sure whether this is the best place to post this or not, but I spent a little of my free time putting together a fantasy rail map for Austin. With a rapidly increasing population and no other good solution to its traffic problems, Austin needs to begin to expand its rail network. I tried to use existing right-of-ways as much as possible to keep the cost from getting outrageous. These maps are not perfect, just a point for discussion, and I would like anyone to edit them if they see a better way to do something, taking into account potential changes in the city or thing that you think should happen. I began this map with the approach of creating lines that would serve an adequate purpose. If I have time, I may take a different approach and create a map where I identify the major areas that should be connected, then draw lines to connect each one with as many others as possible.




And here is a little explanation of the lines:
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Second Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Austin

Suburban/Regional Rail
Austin Suburbs / Cap Metrorail - 2,800 (2015) : 9.59% +

Bus Ridership
Austin / Cap Metro - 111,200 (2015) : 13.47% +
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https://mobilityatx.com/reports/findings.pdf

An interesting starter route laid out on page 27. Travels through a lot of the city's population, employers, and UT. Also easy to see how this line could be expanded with another branch or two in south Austin, a branch to the airport, and possibly a branch up Burnet Road to the Domain.
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Some of those lines on your map should BRT instead of LRT....
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Some of those lines on your map should BRT instead of LRT....
Which ones and why do you say that? It is enough of a stretch to fit LRT into some of the corridors I have shown, and BRT would use up even more of the corridor due to the space necessary to have separated lanes and have enough room in them and wide enough separation to make it safe with humans steering instead of rails. Some sections of the lines I drew I feel are only truly feasible with some small subway sections. I also tried to align each line to travel through areas of growing density, so if the system is good enough to serve the people who could benefit from it, then the capacity of LRT would be needed instead of BRT. Plus, if the two routes we have now are any indication, Austin really butchers attempts at BRT (and these attempts can hardly be called BRT in the first place).
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