Capital Metro Expands MetroRail Service During F1 Weekend
AUSTIN, Texas - Capital Metro will once again offer extended rail service for the upcoming 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on Oct. 21 and 22.
During F1 weekend, MetroRail will run from 10.20 a.m. through midnight on both days, with the final train leaving Downtown Station at 12.03 a.m. Exact departure and arrival times for each station can be found at capmetro.org/metrorail. MetroRail service does not operate to or from Leander on weekends.
A Single Ride on MetroRail is $3.50, and a Day Pass $7. Passes can be purchased on the CapMetro App, on station platforms, at retail outlets around town and at the Transit Store.
MetroRail's Downtown Station at 4th and Trinity Streets will provide easy access to both downtown Fan Fest activities and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) shuttle site at the Austin Convention Center. Park & Ride lots for MetroRail are available at Lakeline and Howard Stations.
In addition to expanded MetroRail service, Capital Metro will offer several other transit options during F1 weekend:
Race fans can also take advantage of regular service on the two MetroRapid routes, which share eight stations downtown. MetroRapid Route 801 runs between North Lamar and South Congress, while Route 803 runs from Burnet to South Lamar. MetroRapid runs until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Local Bus Service
With taxi, pedicab and shared-ride service price surging during F1 weekend, Local MetroBus service is an inexpensive and reliable way to get around Austin during special events.
Routes 17, 21 and 100 will be detoured near the Austin Convention Center to accommodate the COTA shuttle site.
MetroAirport Route 100 will operate regular service between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and downtown Austin. Buses are equipped with luggage racks and are available on the hour and half hour outside baggage claim. MetroAirport can take race fans straight to the heart of downtown Austin, where they'll have direct access to the Capitol, business and entertainment districts, restaurants, museums, the University of Texas and many area hotels, including the Hyatt, Omni, Marriott and Hilton.
Capital Metro is a great choice for those preferring to stay out late F1 weekend. Night Owl service runs from midnight until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with five routes operating between popular late-night destinations on 6th Street and local neighborhoods. E-Bus service operates Thursday through Saturday night from about 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.
Capital Metro's free mobile app allows riders to buy passes, get real-time information, plan a trip or look up routes and schedules. The CapMetro App is available for download on the Apple, Windows and Android stores. More information can be found at capmetro.org/app.
Riders can get a custom itinerary by using the Trip Planner on the Capital Metro website or the CapMetro App. Additional information about Capital Metro services and fares can be found by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200.
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