AUSTIN, Texas - Capital Metro will be implementing temporary service changes this week due to the coronavirus.
CapMetro says the changes will go into effect on Wednesday, March 18 and are designed to "protect employees, promote public health and ensure that we continue to provide service to all parts of our community."
Services including MetroBus, MetroRapid, MetroExpress, and MetroRail will all operate on a modified schedule. The following schedule changes will go into effect Wednesday:
- Most MetroBus and MetroRapid services will operate their normal Sunday schedules. Detailed route information can be found here
- MetroRail will operate its Monday-Friday daytime schedule, with no Saturday service and no Late-Night trips on Friday
- Some MetroFlyer and MetroExpress routes will operate reduced versions of their weekday schedules
- The on-demand Pickup service will operate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The following routes will operate on their normal weekday schedule:
- Route 214 Northwest Feeder
- Route 228 VA Clinic
- All Round Rock routes
- Route 491 Allandale
- Route 492 Delwood
- Route 493 Eastview
- Route 990 Manor/Elgin Express
CapMetro says customers should board buses through the rear door to protect the health and safety of bus operators and other customers. Those paying with cash must use the front door, but all others can enter through the rear door.
CapMetro says these new measures are aimed to improve social distancing for employees and customers, while still providing necessary transit so people can get to critical services.
CapMetro says it is following guidance from Austin Public Health and continues to monitor the situation. In addition to daily cleaning procedures for all CapMetro vehicles and transit facilities, CapMetro is applying a disinfectant to common hand contact areas such as poles and handrails, armrests, door handles and stop request buttons. Later this week, CapMetro says it will install special signs encouraging social distancing on vehicles.
Along with these efforts, CapMetro is asking riders to:
- Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain good hygiene
- Limit non-essential travel as much as possible, especially to locations with many people
- Limiting contact with others is the best way to stay healthy
CapMetro says anyone who thinks they might be getting sick should stay home and contact your healthcare provider.
To see all the changes to CapMetro's services, visit their COVID-19 page.