Round Rock to Begin Fixed-Route Public Transit Service

AUSTIN, Texas (March 27, 2017) - Capital Metro's board of directors today approved an interlocal agreement (ILA) with the City of Round Rock for transit service. Through this ILA, Capital Metro will operate the city of Round Rock's fixed-route service, which is anticipated to launch Aug. 21.* The new service was approved by the Round Rock City Council at its March 23 meeting.

As the FTA Designated Recipient for transit funding for Central Texas, Capital Metro is responsible for transit funding for the region. In 2012, the city of Round Rock became a direct recipient of FTA Section 5307 funds through a Memorandum of Understanding with Capital Metro.

Round Rock's Transit Master Plan was developed in 2015 to provide a blueprint for improving local mobility and regional connectivity over the next 10 years. Round Rock's population grew by more than 44 percent in the last decade and the number of residents and jobs continues to grow. New retail centers, residential developments and educational facilities are changing how people travel within the community.

“We are excited to welcome Capital Metro to Round Rock,” said Mayor of Round Rock Alan McGraw. “Partnering with Capital Metro allows our residents the ability to move in and around Round Rock, especially those that really depend on assistance with transportation. It also gives our daily commuter into Austin another alternative to reach other Austin stations and to get downtown - and to get off I-35.”

New Routes 50 and 51 will operate weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Route 52 will travel weekdays from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride to the Round Rock Transit Center at 300 W. Bagdad Ave. Its service will operate two morning trips and two afternoon trips, with limited stops along the route. Route 980 Express service will begin weekday operations once the MoPac managed lanes are opened. It will run from the Round Rock Transit Center to the Park & Ride at New Life Baptist Church and then continue service into downtown Austin.

Fares will be consistent with the Capital Metro system and will be honored seamlessly from Round Rock to Austin.

“This marks an important step for Capital Metro, the city of Round Rock and the entire Central Texas region,” said Wade Cooper, chairman of the Capital Metro board of directors. “With housing costs pushing residents outside of our service area, cooperative agreements like this are a big step towards addressing congestion. I applaud Round Rock for their leadership on this critical issue.”

Capital Metro is working with other cities outside its service area to provide much-needed transportation service to some of the fastest growing areas in the country, including Georgetown, Pflugerville, Hutto and Buda.

For more information, go to capmetro.org or roundrocktexas.gov/departments/transportation/public-transportation/.

*CORRECTION: The original version of this press release included an incorrect starting date for Round Rock service. Capital Metro service in Round Rock will begin August 21.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Capital Metro: Mariette Hummel, 917-592-8633, mariette.hummel@capmetro.org

Round Rock: Kristin Brown, 512-218-5447, kbrown@roundrocktexas.gov