Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Goodbye Capitol Transfer Center

Pay close attention if you ride any of the routes that serve the Capitol Transfer Center located at 11th and Congress. Effective August 24, this bus stop will close; the routes will be relocated to stops in the area of 10th and Congress. Our Board of Directors approved this service change at a special meeting today. You can read a full description of all the upcoming service changes by clicking here.

If you’re not familiar with the history on this, here’s a brief summary: The Capitol Transfer Center is located on state property. In November 2007, the State Preservation Board notified us that we must close this bus stop by November 2008, citing safety and security concerns around the Capitol.

Since that time, Capital Metro has made every effort to keep the Capitol Transfer Center in place or find a nearby alternative such as the east side of the Capitol entrance. We were not able to reach an agreement, so our only option at this point is to move to 10th and Congress. We see this as the best possible interim solution until we can re-examine the alignment of all routes in the Downtown area in coordination with the City of Austin.

Our top priority is to minimize the inconvenience this change will have on our customers. We’ll work hard between now and August 24 to update you with new maps and schedules to make this transition as easy as possible.