Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ACC Rio Grande: Get There

A story in today’s Austin American-Statesman highlighted parking problems at ACC’s Rio Grande campus located at 12th & Rio Grande. If you read the story, you might get the impression that Capital Metro’s recent ‘Dillo changes are part of the problem. In reality, there is excellent bus service to this location. Nineteen different routes stop within one to three blocks of the campus.

As we’ve discussed at length here on the blog, Capital Metro launched a revamped ‘Dillo system when fall service changes took effect August 24. At the same time, we changed route 3 to serve ACC Rio Grande. This is a significant improvement over the Red and Gold ‘Dillo routes that used to stop there.

With the old schedule, the Red and Gold ‘Dillos operated from approximately 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each route came by anywhere from every 13 to 25 minutes depending on the time of day. Now route 3 serves this area every 20 to 23 minutes during weekday mornings and afternoons, and every 40 minutes at night. It runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Capital Metro works closely with ACC to provide transportation options for students, faculty and staff to its campuses. The Rio Grande location is well served by public transportation. Here's a list of all the routes that stop nearby: 1L, 1M, 3, 5, 9, 19, 29, 100, 101, 103, 171, 935, 982, 983, 984, 986, 987 and two UT Shuttle Routes: ER, LA.

With the improvements we’ve made to route 3 and the existing routes that serve this area, we hope that students, faculty and staff will consider these options.