SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero is teaming up with the city of Austin to help relieve traffic congestion along the Interstate 35 corridor. Guerrero is urging those who commute from San Marcos to Austin to do anything other than drive by themselves, or find another route on Wednesday, May 11, which is Austin’s Don’t Rush Day, an initiative to get more commuters to use other options besides driving.
“We recognize that we are impacted just as well with congestion and traffic and so we want to encourage the same behaviors and responses,” said Guerrero.
Although the top goal is to relieve congestion on the highway, there are some other perks to carpooling or riding the bus that could make your commute even safer. “You can use your handheld device, maybe you can take time to relax, maybe you can actually do some work, and you don’t have to worry about parking,” said CARTS Community Services Director Dana Platt.
CARTS transportation is also pitching in by offering free rides all day Wednesday to all Interurban Coach, Metro Connector and Municipal Bus riders.
The Interurban Coach is a regional intercity route providing connections between Austin, Bastrop, Bertram, Burnet, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Lockhart, Luling, Marble Falls, Round Rock, San Marcos, Taylor, Texas State University, La Grange, Giddings, Paige, Smithville and Elgin and makes connections to Greyhound, Capital Metro and Amtrak.
The Metro Connector provides service from downtown Elgin into downtown Austin. The municipal bus offers daily fixed route service in the cities of San Marcos and Bastrop.