This summer, kids will be able to ride FREE on all of Capital Metro’s services. It’s all part of a pilot program called “Summer Sun, Late Nights and Family Fun,” which is aimed at increasing public transportation ridership throughout Austin.
Increasing ridership is a big goal for Cap Metro, which has seen costs to provide public transit services rise since 2000, while ridership has actually decreased.
“These pilot initiatives respond directly to what I have been hearing from customers and partners during our customer engagement events,” said (the newly appointed) Capital Metro President/CEO Randy Clarke. “They enable us to use our existing services and investments to increase ridership and provide community-focused mobility solutions.”
In addition to free rides for K-12 students, Cap Metro will also be expanding its weekend MetroRail service hours throughout the summer. This will include late-night service on Fridays to Leander until 1:45am and expanded hours to Lakeline on Saturdays until 2:30am.
Cap Metro will also be testing out all-day (starting at 10am) MetroRail weekend services on June 9th, July 7th, and August 4th. The pilot program will last from June 8th to September 1st. More info>>