Project Connect will transform public transportation in Central Texas by bringing a high-capacity transit system that serves the entire region. An important part of that vision is using technology to offer you better transportation choices, including an all-electric fleet of vehicles that moves Central Texans in a truly sustainable manner.
CapMetro is committed to making your trip cleaner, more reliable and easier. We're also committed to making technology work for you.
Our first electric buses hit the streets in early 2020 with artwork created by students from Austin's Campbell Elementary. These zero-emission buses make for cleaner air, provide a quieter ride (both inside the bus and outside) and source their electricity from clean solar and wind energy. They're already in service. Use our Electric Bus Tracker to find out which route they're on today.
We are currently constructing the future home for our coming electric fleet at a CapMetro facility in North Austin. The former Serta mattress building is on the site of one of our bus yards and is under construction now.
When the work is finished, the facility will accommodate 214 buses, which amounts to more than half of our current fleet. Its infrastructure will support charging capacity for 187 battery electric buses.
CapMetro operates on a 10-year fleet replacement schedule, ensuring that our vehicles are well-maintained and operate efficiently. That schedule calls for the agency to begin purchasing zero-emission electric vehicles exclusively beginning in 2022.
CapMetro has purchased a total of 12 electric buses, and all of them will be on the roads in 2020. Those buses will be able to operate any of our MetroBus and MetroRapid routes. They also will have features not found on our current vehicles:
- An open floor plan to allow quicker boarding and more riders per bus.
- USB ports available throughout the bus.
- Advanced wheelchair securement systems to allow for quick and safe securing of wheelchairs.
- Wider doors that allow more people to board and exit the bus more quickly.
- Soft vinyl upholstery that improve the look and feel of bus seating.