Pflugerville considering public bus service

FILE - Capital Metro bus (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Capital Metro bus (KXAN File Photo)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pat Pingleton likes to get exercise on a trail in downtown Pflugerville; she walks it every day.

But for those who want to move a little faster, the city may have a solution. The City of Pflugerville is paying about $17,000 for a study to determine the feasibility of working with Capital Metro to bring buses to the area.

“To benefit Pflugerville residents as they move around the community, but more particularly as they move around the region for commuting purposes,” says Trey Fletcher, one of the assistant city managers for Pflugerville.

Specifically, those commuting to Austin.

Pingleton says she understands the need for transportation options but says in order for the plan to be effective, the city needs to keep riders in mind outside of the bus.

“By being able to safely get from their home or their work place, to the place they’re going to catch the bus,” says Pingleton.

The city also wants to spend another $167,000 for a study on a transportation center with a park and ride, similar to Tech Ridge in NorthAustin. That money will also allow the city to look at other alternatives like bringing cabs or even Uber and Lyft. Currently, Pflugerville does not have a taxi ordinance.

“And integrating them potentially into our options with transit and seeing how they can work together to complement one another,” says Fletcher.

The transit study is expected to be complete by late April. Right now, the city is planning public meetings to get input on the transportation plan.

Public transportation is almost non-existent in Pflugerville. That’s because the city opted out of using Austin’s regional public transportation provider, Capital Metro, several years ago. At the same time, West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and Cedar Park also voted to withdraw from the service area.

The only other service that’s used in Pflugerville is called “CARTS,” Capital Area Rural Transportation System. It’s a regional transportation service, but it only operates in a very small section of rural Pflugerville.

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