AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new MetroRapid bus service started Sunday running from the Domain down south to the Westgate shopping center in Austin. Back when the first service launched, Capital Metro estimated for the cost of the MetroRapid project at nearly $47.6 million. The Federal Transportation Administration helped with about 80 percent of the cost.
The second MetroRapid line is launching as Austin voters are set to take up a bond proposal for urban rail in November. Some opponents of the MetroRapid service were hoping to see urban rail along some of the ground MetroRapid covers. A Capital Metro spokeswoman says the service is about to his a milestone.
“It’s doing great. As a matter of fact, in the next couple of weeks we’re expecting to reach our one millionth trip taken on MetroRapid in just seven months.” said Francine Pares.
Ridership for the first MetroRapid route averaged 5,649 on weekdays in July, according to Capital Metro.