"It makes no sense that they're talking about the frequent service in 2015 while they took away that frequency on the highest ridership route," says Jace Deloney, Chair of the Urban Transportation Commission, which advises the city on transit issues.
Deloney is talking about Route 1, which runs along the main arteries of the city: North Lamar, Guadalupe and South Congress. Capital Metro says they will not restore Route 1 frequency to where it was before the launch of the rapid bus service along the same route, even though the rapid bus costs 40 percent more, and the stops are much farther apart in many areas.
"They're going to have to look into restoring the Route 1 frequency," Deloney says, "or else we're going to be hurting our best corridor going forward."
See also Julio Gonzalez - Ridership for the 5 Routes targeted by Cap Metro:
And Terrence Henry - Average Weekday ridership on Cap Metro - 1/801 corridor:
And Reddit comments on both parts of this series, where many people talk about why they don't use Cap Metro:
"The main problem is that CapMetro doesn't offer a better alternative for the most part for commuters. Part of this is the geography of Austin and the lack of good east-west corridors in the central part of the city, and the other part is the wide dispersion of where people live vs. where they work. Coupled with the fact that a car will be faster than the bus on an order of 30-90 minutes, there's just no reason to use CapMetro for most. I would love to be able to use the rail or ride a bus, but for one they don't go where I'm going and two I'm not going to triple my commute time to do so."
"25 min commute becomes 2+ hours. Stupidity at its finest."
"I get to ride the bus for free and still don't because the routes are terrible and the buses aren't on time. I end up having to transfer buses to get to places and one bus is late which makes me late for the second bus."
At this point I would love to take the Red Line on my commute but the fact of the matter is I'd need it to operate until at least 9:00 pm M-Th to make it practical. Then there's the cost, I mean if I were to use the pay-as-you-go card it'd still be about 50% more expensive than driving given gas prices and my car's fuel economy. If I got a monthly pass it'd be around 66.6% more expensive."
"I like living in the burbs, but I also like leaving my car in the park and ride and grabbing an express bus downtown. Saves me the stress of parking and I like walking around the city.... Thing is, though, I don't work downtown and I don't know anybody who does. I'd like to see a study that evaluates where people live compared to where they're actually going each day. Are they living north and working south? The opposite? I really have no idea."
For another interesting view on the problem, compare Cap Metro's current route map:
With CAMPO's projected employment density by 2020: