CapMetro releases statement on Coronavirus as they announce increase services for SXSW

As Coronavirus cases continue to rise around the country, CapMetro has released a statement on their efforts to stop the spread of respiratory viruses on their vehicles. 

"Capital Metro is following guidance from Austin Public Health and continues to monitor the situation involving COVID-19," CapMetro said in a statement. 

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Dr. Mark Escott with Austin Public Health said that the threat of community spread in Austin remains low. CapMetro has begun taking additional steps in hopes to thwart the spread of respiratory viruses, "In addition to daily cleaning procedures of all CapMetro vehicles and transit facilities, we have begun applying a disinfectant to common hand contact areas such as poles and handrails, armrests, door handles and stop request buttons," the statement read. 


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The public transit company has also released a statement with its plans to increase services in the expectation of SXSW. The announcement comes in loom of a petition to cancel SXSW that has already garnered more than 20,000 signatures. 

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CapMetro plans to accommodate tens of thousands of people coming to Austin for SXSW. According to the company, MetroRapid, MetroExpress, and MetroRail will all see increases in services or extended hours. 

"Capital Metro’s High-Frequency Network offers buses Every 15 minutes, every day. With a network of 14 routes, 10 serving downtown directly, getting to the next show on Capital Metro is easy. Use the CapMetro App or Trip Planner to plan your trip."