Capital Metro bus route changes have some waiting longer

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you drive through downtown Austin you might notice more busses on some streets and fewer on another.

Capital Metro rerouted some its buses off of Congress Avenue and has pushed traffic onto Lavaca and Guadalupe Streets where its added the additional buses.

While the increased buses on Lavaca and Guadalupe are convenient for some, others say they use the buses on Congress more and now it’s actually more difficult for them to find a bus.

“There were always bus routes in my area. I could always get to and from places pretty easy,” Rider Brenda Weston said. “This didn’t help me.”

Weston says getting to her doctor’s appointment took a lot longer than it use too. She lives near Congress. “Now there are no buses. They’re not there anymore.” So she makes her way to Lavaca Street.

Officials with Capital Metro say the need was greater for buses on Lavaca and Guadalupe Streets so they added more, taking away some buses from routes along Congress.

“You’re going to see more buses on Guadalupe and Lavaca,” CapMetro spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said, “but since buses are limited to the far right lane they’re not within the rest of traffic.”

But some riders say it has added even more traffic to an already busy part of downtown.

“I feel like it’s become more congested not only with buses, but traffic during rush hour,” said Mario Venegis. “It’s more difficult to get round in that sense.”

Right now officials with Cap Metro say approximately 13,000 people a day travel into downtown Austin using the bus service.

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