Capital Metro opens new transit center in North Austin

Capital Metro opened its new Norwood Transit Center Monday.

The center sits between Norwood Park Boulevard and Rutherford Lane near a shopping center in North Austin.

The old stop had only one shelter, dirt paths, and low lighting. In ten weeks, the Norwood Transit Center has improved pedestrian connections in a safer and better-looking environment.

Council members Greg Casar and Natasha Harper-Madison and Travis County Precinct One Commissioner Jeff Travillion were on site for the grand opening.

"We invested over $700,000 here in this location," Cap Metro CEO Randy Clarke said. "It serves multiple bus routes, some of which are high frequency. We have real-time countdown signs, shade, full 100 percent accessibility, and much safer access. Video cameras for the security point-of-view as well as solar lighting. Just an enormous upgrade for our community."

Cap Metro says the area is rapidly growing and they serve more than 1,500 riders a day there.