Cap Metro looks to eliminate route used by students

MetroRapid bus. (KXAN File Photo)
MetroRapid bus. (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Capital Metro has one bus route that runs through the Eanes ISD and Wednesday the board will look to make some changes that could impact special education students within the district.

The stop located along Walsh Tarlton is one block from the Adult Transitional Service provided by Eanes ISD. Students use the bus every day to get to the center and it offers independence as they enter adulthood. District officials say they built the center in this area because of the bus route.

“Public transportation is a way for people with disabilities to be integrated into the greater community,” said Molly May, Executive Director of Special Education at Eanes ISD.

Cap Metro is proposing to change the route so it runs closer to MoPac and offers more frequent service to Barton Creek Square Mall. Right now Cap Metro does not provide service in West Lake Hills and Rollingwood because voters decided to end that back in 1988. A portion of Route 30 runs through that area but doesn’t offer stops and is considered the systems least efficient route.

The proposal to eliminate service to the area is part of a study Cap Metro conducts every five years to see which routes are performing well and which ones aren’t. Thousands in the community have been surveyed and in order to offer more buses some routes have to be changed.

“One of the big things we’ve been asking our community is frequency vs. coverage and we have heard overwhelmingly from our community meetings customers want more frequency along the key corridors,” said Melissa Ayala, Capital Metro Spokeswoman.

Students who could be impacted by the change plan to board the Route 30 bus at 9:45 a.m. to attend the board’s noon meeting on Wednesday.

Andrew Clanton, a student who uses the bus daily to get the Adult Transitional Services, believes his independence will be greatly impacted.

“Without it will be really a pain on both me and my parents,” said Clanton.

The Capital Metro board will vote next month about changing routes as part of their Connections 2025 study. If approved, it wouldn’t be until late 2017 before any changes are made.

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