A new way to get around town; MetroRapid launches

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Your commute could be changing come Monday morning. Capital Metro launched its MetroRapid service on Sunday giving you a new option to get around town.

The buses will have more than 40 stops along their 21-mile route from Howard and I-35 — following Lamar, Guadalupe, Lavaca, and Congress all the way down to Southpark Meadows.

The stations have real time arrival information. You can get tickets on your phone. And things seemed to be running smoothly as of Sunday afternoon.

“I am sold,” said Michelle Connolly, one of the first riders. “It’s a hit. We loved it. We all had a great time.”

The plan has been in place for years.  The buses use special lanes downtown. Regular cars aren’t allowed in the lanes on Lavaca and Guadalupe unless you’re taking a right turn.

The buses can also hold green lights a bit longer when they’re running behind and also have new stops. And, they appeared to be running on schedule today.

“It’s very exciting for us after all there years to actually be launching service,” said  Capital Metro communications representative Francine Pares. “I think everybody’s just very tremendously excited.”

More than 200 staff and volunteers will be at stations and on buses to help you through the transition.

 

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