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Forum: FY2012 Budget

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    Prohibit drivers and contracted drivers from taking breaks after passengers have paid our fare, expecting to travel.

    These impromptu breaks are NOT included on either the Capital Metro or Google trip planner. Therefore, they should not be legally permitted until the bus is empty and can be placed 'out of service'.

    This wastes bus gas waiting for the absentee driver to 'finally' decide to return to the vehicle. And it wastes salary money paying for a driver who does not properly do their job of driving people who paid for a trip.

    Immediately eliminating this practice--and disobedient drivers saves the agency lots of money. If they need the job, they will drive the bus properly each and every time.

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    What About opening the other side of Austin up to the Rails? A cruise down Mopac on the Rails. A way to connect North and South Austin. This would open up West Austin, West Downtown, Palmer Auditorium and South Austin to the Rails.

    What about extending the Rails down 5th street to Airport/183 then down to Bergstrom International Airport this would be a short addition of laying down tracks but has a lot of potential for less than 6 miles of tracks.,-97.6999524+to:Presidential+Blvd&hl=en&ll=30.227777,-97.653694&spn=0.15722,0.187111&sll=30.237936,-97.677727&sspn=0.078602,0.093555&geocode=FTayzQEdEf8s-g%3BFb6ezQEdkDct-im9WMUaK7REhjEcj7bYNOVVsg%3BFZnbzAEdELct-g&vpsrc=6&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1&t=m&z=13

    For less than 5.5 Miles of tracks if the detour begins at Airport:,-97.6924714+to:Presidential+Blvd&hl=en&ll=30.255064,-97.676182&spn=0.157176,0.187111&sll=30.246686,-97.683735&sspn=0.039297,0.046778&geocode=FTjEzQEdwkwt-g%3BFVSWzQEdyVQt-imH19qthrZEhjEzThQGxXSNRg%3BFZnbzAEdELct-g&vpsrc=6&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&via=1&t=m&z=13

    Something I just noticed was that there is already tracks in South Austin ending less than 4 miles from the Airport... this could also be extended to create a loop for the Rails around Austin. This extension would currently cost less than the 5th Street/Airport extension which I think we still need to complete a circular route to connect the Mopac South/North Austin route. The Mopac Rail and the Current Rail Intersect on the way to Leander to complete the circular route.

    South Austin Rail to Bergstrom International Airport:,-97.68146&sspn=0.039311,0.046778&geocode=FdTyzAEdZUst-g%3BFZnbzAEdELct-g&vpsrc=0&mra=mrv&t=m&z=15

    The Formula One Race Car track that that is Moving to Del Valle, I would think that the Rail would extend their Service to Del Ville for the Race. This is a major International Formula One Race Track and the extensions to the Bergstrom International Airport will supplement Austin. The formula One race Track is near Bergstrom International Airport. The Rail would be a way to dissipate what is going to be a very large Major traffic issues. Cap Metro could coordinate with Hotels and businesses to defer Costs, for we could build these Rails to work with them. There are bound to be more Hotels and and other businesses around the Airport and the Race track. (This is the route Build your Business here). This track would only need to be extended from Bergstrom International Airport once the Rail gets built to the Airport. This could be used as a motivating factor to extend the Rails to the Airport. There by making all of Austin available and accessible.

    Formula One Grand Prix Race track Location:,-97.641111&ll=30.166946,-97.64185&spn=0.13179,0.187111&t=m&z=13&vpsrc=6

    On a further Note the Mopac rail goes all the way to Buda -> Kyle -> San Marcos -> New Braunfel -> San Antonio -> and beyond... To the North it goes through Round Rock and branches to Georgetown and beyond or east to Taylor and beyond. Not only supplementing North/South Austin but has the future Growth Potential of being a Major Multi City Rail System. The Current Freight Rail in east Austin goes through Manor and Elgin to the east. While these may not be in the current Budget they are something to consider for the future expansions.


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    MetroRail passengers are being subsidized to the tune of more than $30/ride, and a large proportion of those riders board at park-and-rides designed to attract passengers from outside the service area (so their home jurisdictions do not pay Capital Metro taxes). Instead of cutting bus service used by actual taxpaying citizens, it would be nice to charge these folks from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, etc. something closer to the true cost of their service to make up for the budgetary gap.

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    The Night Owl should run every 30 minutes. Especially with the new parking measures going into effect, a greater number of people will be relying on downtown bus service at nights. This would be both a good safety measure and could help normalize bus riding for people who might otherwise not take it.

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    There are a million ways to find out when buses run, but nothing beats an easily rememberable schedule.  If you leave work anytime between 5 and 9, it's very difficult to remember what times buses come by when the minutes hand could be almost anywhere.  If you mix up the bus that leaves at 5:26 and the bus that leaves at 6:21 and arrive at 6:22, you'll have to wait a long time for the next bus.  If, instead, routes came by the same stop at predictable times (always :13 or :43), the bus would feel a lot more orderly and reliable and it would lower the cognitive load on riders.

    I understand that the whole schedule can't be redone on a whim, but as routes are redesigned, this should be a factor to take into consideration.

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    Negotiate more mass purchasing arrangements similar to the ones with UT or the City of Austin.  These could be with large employers (e.g. Whole Foods), large housing developments (e.g. the Gables), or even large hotels (e.g. convention center hotels).  These arrangements provide predictable revenue streams, and increase ridership by eliminating the cost to the rider, normalizing transit ridership socially, and providing free advertising when employees, residents, or guests are given their passes.

    Participating communities will need less parking.  Capture part of the revenue from this benefit by lobbying the City of Austin to allow reduced parking minimums at participating communities.  This should allow you to charge more for the purchasing agreement, as it will save money for the community.  The increased ridership and reduced parking demand will offset any parking impact from the reduced parking supply at these communities.

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    Also good for the enviroment. People would be more willling to ride buses if they can stand in the shade while waiting.


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    People park their cars for long periods of time to take the bus or train. People would be more willing to leave their vehicle there if you had better security.

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