Connections 2025 January Update

Connections 2025 - January Update

This week, the Capital Metro board of directors took a deep dive into the numbers of our Connections 2025 study. On Monday, we reviewed the financial process, along with operating and capital costs at a special work session. Missed the meeting? Check out the presentation or view the meeting video recording online.

What's new?

Timeline change to February

In order to review more financial data and additional details on the proposed innovation zones, the board has extended the study timeline to include a final work session on Feb. 17. The final Connections 2025 plan will be voted on at next month's board meeting on Feb. 27. As always, board meetings are open to the public and can be streamed online.

Capital Metro Board of Directors - Work Session

February 17

Capital Metro Board of Directors - Action Item for Approval

February 27

Capital Metro
2nd Floor Board Room
2910 E. 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

More frequent. More reliable. More connected.

The Connections 2025 plan proposes some major improvements to existing or new bus routes. Throughout this year-long process, we've heard folks tell us they want more buses, more often with better connections.

In response, we're proposing increasing the number of high-frequency routes (operating every 15 minutes or better) from 6 currently, to 17 total. That means, 4 out of 5 riders (82%) would have easy access to one of those routes.

What else? Check out the full proposed network map, route-by-route proposals and our Top 10 list of benefits at connections2025.org.

Recommendation to replace unproductive service with Innovation Zones

The Connections 2025 team has recommended replacing routes that experience low demand with other transportation options, "Mobility Innovation Zones", in six areas of our network. Wanna learn more? Check out last month's update on our blog. We'll explore the Mobility Innovation Zones more with our board next month.

Why Mobility Innovation Zones and not a regular bus route? By shifting resources from routes that have experienced low ridership, we can move that bus service to corridors with high demand. For example, we know our top 5 bus routes carry more than 30% of our ridership. By boosting frequency on those corridors, we could offer improved service to more than a third of our riders.

How would Mobility Innovation Zones work? The Connections 2025 Team is recommending a phased approach. First, we would explore new transit options outside of the traditional 40-foot buses like, carshare, vanpools, flex routes and shuttles. We'd work with our community to decide which suits each area best. Next, we'd run a pilot period to test the success of these new options. Finally, it's important to know, that no service would be changed in these areas for at least 2 years. This will be an ongoing process as we explore, collaborate on and test these new mobility options before implementation.

Phasing and implementation

Connections 2025 is intended to serve as the roadmap for Capital Metro over the next 10 years. This does not mean every route proposal is a done deal. Beginning in late 2017, we'll host additional open house meetings, make onboard announcements, post information at stops, and much more, to spread the word on any upcoming service changes and gather your feedback. Ultimately, each route change would need subsequent board approval.

Updated Agenda for the January 18, 2017 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
January 18, 2017 7:00-8:30pm

OFFICER Elections-PLEASE ATTEND

Agenda:

  1. Rodent Control Presentation from City of Austin: Sabrina Vidaurri
  2. Committee Reports
  3. Officer Election
  4. Open Discussion

Agenda for the January 18, 2017 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
January 18, 2017 7:00-8:30pm

OFFICER Elections-PLEASE ATTEND

Agenda:

  1. Committee Reports
  2. Officer Election
  3. Open for discussion

Region 1 Commander’s Forum Tuesday, January 10

The Austin Police Department would like to invite Region 1 residents to our Commanders Forum, being held on January 10th, 2017 at McCallum High School (either cafeteria or library) from 6:30pm-8pm. Commander Michael and the APD District Reps. will be presenting information important to the residents of Central and Central West Austin. We will also be discussing issues and subjects affecting the area. Please join us.

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives – Baker 1
Austin Police Dept.
512-974-4564

Agenda for the November 16, 2016 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
November 16, 2016 7:00-8:30pm

OFFICER NOMINATIONS-PLEASE ATTEND

Agenda:

  1. CMTA Project Connect presentation
  2. Committee Reports
  3. Open for discussion
  4. Officer Nominations

Reminder: Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course Historical Dedication Ceremony November 5

I hope you will join us tomorrow November 5th at 12:00 pm for the Hancock Historical Dedication.

Sincerely,

Jessica Gilzow
Recreation Supervisor
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 453-7765 - office
(512) 784-1980 - mobile

Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course Historical Dedication Ceremony November 5

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to attend the Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course historical dedication ceremony:

Saturday, November 5, 2016
12:00 PM
Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course, 811 E. 41st Street

This is an outdoor park event, please dress comfortably. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP not required.

Sincerely,
Jessica Gilzow
Recreation Supervisor
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 453-7765 - office
(512) 784-1980 - mobile

Region 1 Commander’s Forum Wednesday, October 12

Region 1 Commander’s Forum
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
6:30-8:00pm
McCallum High School (library)

Thank you,

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives – Baker 1
Austin Police Dept.
512-974-4564

TXDOT Open House on Tuesday, September 20 4:30-6:30 PM

Subject: TXDOT Open House on Tues 9/20 from 4:30-6:30pm at Memorial United Methodist Church (6100 Berkman)

Please mark your calendars for a TXDOT Open House (IH-35 Central 7-Mile, Braker to Slaughter) Tues 9/20 from 4:30-6:30pm at Memorial United Methodist Church (6100 Berkman).

Ground-breaking Ceremony was 9/7/16:

Work on the $16.5 million project at 51st Street includes untying a traffic snarl for drivers by adding a modern roundabout along the southbound frontage road, reconfiguring entrance and exit ramps, and adding a bypass lane along the interstate.

* The modern roundabout design is more efficient than the existing signalized intersection, increasing traffic capacity in the intersection by 30 to 50 percent, resulting in reduced travel time for motorists. It is anticipated that once the project is complete, drivers will travel through the 51st Street intersection on average almost four minutes faster than they do today.

* Construction on the near one-mile project is expected to begin this fall and is anticipated to be complete in early 2019. The project contractor is Capital Excavation Co.

Connections 2025 Open Houses September 12-15

View the Connections 2025
Draft Transit Plan

Share your feedback!

We're ready to show you our new transit network! The Connections 2025 Draft Transit Plan would establish a more frequent, more reliable and more connected system. Check out more details at http://connections2025.org/ [ref="http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/].

The January 2017 Service Change [http://www.capmetro.org/january2017/] proposal is the first phase of the Connections 2025 plan and includes making changes to Express Routes 982, 985 and 987; introducing two new routes, 980 and 981; and removing Route 983. Funding for these service changes is included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

Take the Connections 2025 survey [http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/#6bbc42e9d02f85f03] or attend our final in-person open houses [http://connections2025.org/outreach-events-2/] this week Sept. 12-15 or online open house [https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6046420425932881924] Sept. 14.

Upcoming Open Houses

Have ideas or questions? View our interactive map [http://connections2025.org/draft-plan/], email Feedback@connections2025.org, tweet #Connections2025 or call 512-369-6000.

Monday, Sept. 12
Leander Station
Served by MetroRail, Routes 983, 985, 987
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
North Austin YMCA
Served by Routes 1, 142, 240, 275, 325, 801
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Milwood Library
Served by Route 142
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Online Open House 6 p.m.
Register today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6046420425932881924

Thursday, Sept. 15
University Hills Library
Served by Routes 20, 37, 233, 237, 323
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications are provided upon request. Please provide notice at least two days in advance. Contact Martin Kareithi at 512-389-7583 or email martin.kareithi@capmetro.org for more information or to request informational materials in another format.

Questions or comments? Contact us!
Capital Metro | Connections 2025
email:feedback@connections2025.org
phone: 512-369-6000

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