Bus Rapid Transit: Connecting the Best of Austin

Launched in 2014 as MetroRapid, bus rapid transit (BRT) offers more frequent service with more amenities, like free onboard Wi-Fi, providing an attractive alternative to driving cars. It operates in mixed traffic or in transit-only lanes through downtown on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets between MLK and Cesar Chavez. Special technology allows MetroRapid vehicles to catch more green lights to stay on schedule. With GPS-enabled technology, riders can access real-time information for the next 3 departures using the CapMetro App's Next Departure tool or via the display at each MetroRapid station.

Capital Metro operates two MetroRapid lines connecting 77 stations in North, Central and South Austin. MetroRapid 801 runs along North Lamar and South Congress from Tech Ridge to Southpark Meadows. MetroRapid 803 travels Burnet Road and South Lamar from The Domain to Westgate.

During peak periods on weekdays, MetroRapid runs every 12-15 minutes, and between 15-20 minutes at other times of the day. On weekends, the frequency is between 20-30 minutes.

  • Weekdays from 5 a.m.–12:30 a.m.
  • Saturdays from 6 a.m.–12:30 a.m.
  • Sundays from 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

The Austin Chronicle recognized MetroRapid in 2014 as the Best Way to Get from Point A to Point B as part of its Critics Choice Awards.

In 2015, MetroRapid provided 2.7 million rides, with 9,100 average weekday trips.