Never get stuck behind a CapMetro bus again with ‘dedicated pathways’


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Have you ever found yourself stuck behind a CapMetro bus before?

You’re not alone. Several people KXAN spoke with said they have experienced it multiple times. It’s not uncommon with all the traffic.

“Traffic always gets bad, no matter whether it’s south Austin or downtown,” Tony Cantu said. “It doesn’t matter, it gets full with traffic.”

However, CapMetro officials said they’re working to change that through its long-term solution: Project Connect’s dedicated pathways.

They would be pathways solely for transit. CapMetro’s President and CEO Randy Clarke said this would not be getting rid of a lane on a roadway. He said the dedicated pathways could be elevated, underground or even in the middle of the roadway. 

They’re still early in the process and need the community’s feedback.

“I am totally for all that,” James Demott said. “Whatever it is I am for mass transit to move people right and left.”

They’re asking for people’s input on the corridors selected for the dedicated pathways. Currently, the Riverside Corridor, as well as the North Lamar and South Congress corridors are good candidates for dedicated pathways. 

Also, they want to know what type of transit system the community would like to see implemented. This could be a light rail, bus rapid transit or driver-less rapid transit, further in the future.

“[I would like] the light-rail,” Cantu said. “It’s a lot faster, and it gets from place to place every couple minutes, so that is easier for everyone.” 

Meetings across the city:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 12-3 p.m.: Board Work Session on Community Engagement at Austin Convention Center in Austin.
    • Routes 4 & 17 and MetroRail
  • Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6-8 p.m.: City Council Districts 6 & 10 Community Conversation at the Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln., Austin.
    • Routes 19 & 661
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Citywide Community Conversation with Mayor Adler at the Central Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St., Austin.
    • Routes 3, 17, 803
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m.: City Council Districts 4 & 7 Community Conversation at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 11201 Parkfield Dr., Austin.
    • Route 392
  • Monday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m.: City Council District 1 Community Conversation
    • TBD

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