There are senior bus routes operating in Central, North East and South East Austin (Buses 490, 491, and 492) which transport people from senior communities three days a week during the late morning to early afternoon to grocery stores and shopping areas. It would be great to have this bus service for the residents of Wildflower Terrace and Franklin Gardens. Although there is an Access service available to senior citizens, it costs $6 round trip. That's expensive for senior citizens on a budget. That's why I'm suggesting the expansion of senior bus services on the east side.
The bus routes are directed at seniors, but anyone can ride them, and they have been and are free. Also, those using them can easily transfer to a Cap Metro bus or Metro train, because they either share the same stops or are located nearby.
Many elderly people with chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, gout etc are unable to walk 1/2 mile to a bus stop and stand there for 1/2 hour or longer while waiting for the next bus. Also consider adding benches to more stops.
I have an elderly cat and I rely on public transportation. I should be able to put my cat in a carrier so I can take her to vet appointments.
Thank you for all your support! For those of us living in or near downtown Austin who shop at Costco, Sam's, Michaels, and/or Sprouts near Great Hills Trail, the #3 is indispensable. It's the most direct route from downtown.