Two years ago, Capital Metro helped establish the Basic Transportation Needs Fund (BTNF), a non-profit organization that helps some social service agencies meet the transportation needs of their clients. So far, Capital Metro has invested $500-thousand into the fund. As the fund grows and becomes more established, Capital Metro plans to shift emphasis away from direct pass sales through the discount pass program. As part of the fare restructure, the board voted to add $100,000 to the BTNF for FY2014.
The fare restructure that will be implemented over the next two years is consistent with the board adopted fare policy that recommendations for fare adjustments be developed in conjunction with the annual budget process.
“Developing a fully transparent timeline for fare increases allows everyone to be prepared for changes, and keeps Capital Metro sustainable as we deal with the very real challenges of serving an expanding population,” said Capital Metro Board Chairman Mike Martinez.
As part of the fare restructuring process, Capital Metro held a series of public meetings over the past several months to solicit feedback on the proposed recommendations.
For more information about the fare restructuring process and full details about all of the changes going into effect during the next two years, visit capmetro.org/farechange.
Spring 2014 Service Change
Beginning in spring 2014, Capital Metro will implement service changes designed to accommodate the new MetroRapid service, initiate the transition of service from Congress Avenue to Guadalupe/Lavaca in accordance with Service Plan 2020, improve access to the new MetroRapid Route 801, and accommodate changes to the University of Texas Shuttle system on the Cameron Road (CR) and Wickersham Lane (WL) Shuttle routes.
As part of the changes to accommodate MetroRapid service, Capital Metro will replace service along Route 1L North Lamar/South Congress and 101 N. Lamar/S. Congress Limited with the new Route 801.
Route 1M North Lamar/South Congress (via Metric) will be renamed Route 1 South Congress/Metric and will maintain the same routing, stops, frequency, days of operation and span of service. A new route, 275 North Lamar Feeder, will offer service from Tech Ridge to the North Lamar Transit Center, providing service to stops along the northern portion of Route 1L North Lamar/South Congress.
Routes 7 Duval/Dove Springs, 17 Cesar Chavez and 20 Manor/Riverside will be realigned from Congress Avenue to Guadalupe/Lavaca. Riders will still be able to transfer to other routes downtown, and frequency will remain the same.
Capital Metro and The University of Texas will eliminate the WL Shuttle Route in spring 2014, migrating student riders to comparable service along mainline routes 20 Manor/Riverside and 100 MetroAirport.
Service along the CR Shuttle will be reduced beginning in spring 2014, and will serve the Camino la Costa area only. The route will operate every 30 minutes between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays (finals service will also be offered) and every 60 minutes between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays. The CR Route will remain in service only until the end of the spring 2014 semester.
The agency performs a continuous analysis of its service, and makes adjustments three times a year, utilizing feedback obtained from the public prior to each change.
All changes are in accordance with Capital Metro’s Service Guidelines and Standards. For more information about the upcoming service changes, visit capmetro.org/spring2014.
By a unanimous vote, the board of directors adopted a $283.7 million budget, which includes $207.3 million for operations, $59.4 million for capital improvements (including implementation of the new MetroRapid service), $12.5 million for interlocal agreements, and $4.5 million for long-term commitments. The fiscal year 2014 budget takes effect October 1, 2013.
In addition, the adopted budget includes a five-year capital improvement plan, which has been estimated at $157.3 million through 2018.