AUSTIN (KXAN) - Thursday marks the seventh annual Dump the Pump Day, created by Capital Metro.
This year, commuters have more options when it comes to the MetroRail.
Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen said ridership has tripled in the past two years.
That led CapMetro officials to run the trains faster, shaving nine minutes off the average trip.
It also resulted in two additional runs: one in the morning and a second in the evening.
According to CapMetro, a two-person household can save an average of $10,000 a year by eliminating just one car. Not to mention, using public transpiration can reduce your carbon footprint.
And with MetroRail adding extra runs, commuters have more options.
"We needed to alleviate crowding," said McKewen. "A lot of people are enjoying MetroRail to get to and from work, so it was necessary. And we did it without spending any money."
Capital Metro also has a trip planner on its website to make it easier to figure out if a bus or MetroRail would be best to take into work.
The University of Texas Board of Regents adjourned Thursday without taking action on the job status of embattled UT President Bill Powers.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown talked with reporters Thursday for the first time since reports surfaced this week that he could be stepping down.
Two men were arrested and a third was being sought by police for the shooting death of 47-year-old Russell Martens.
After two hours of discussion regarding the final design for Auditorium Shores, the Austin City Council decided to approve the design on a vote of 7-0 with amendments.
Despite what seemed like a surge of controversies, the Austin Aquarium opened its doors to members Thursday for a private pre-entry showing.
One person was killed Thursday in a rollover crash near Cedar Creek, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said.