2018 June - Approved Service Changes

The Most Sweeping Changes in Our History

The changes we're making in June grew out of talks with the community between late 2015 and board approval in November 2017. They'll create a simpler bus system with more direct routes beginning June 3.

More Frequent

  • 14 High-Frequency Routes
  • Departures at least every 15 minutes
  • 7 days a week

More Reliable

  • More direct routing
  • Eliminates route deviations within neighborhoods
  • Easier to understand system

Better Connected

  • Routes designed to work as a system
  • Decreased waiting time for your next bus
  • Riders able to transfer with more confidence


  • Central Core

    The major changes in the central core focus on replacing Routes 21/22 with improved, more frequent service on similar corridors. That includes changing the routing and increasing frequency on Routes 17 and 18, and introducing new Frequent Route 335, running every 15 minutes, seven days a week along 35th and 38th Streets. Service between Lake Austin Blvd. and UT will remain via Route 663, and portions of Exposition Blvd. formerly served by Routes 21/22 will be served by Frequent Routes 18 and 335. New Route 322 will take over the 21/22’s routing east of IH-35 between the East Cesar Chavez and Cherrywood neighborhoods, and Route 490 will continue to operate with reduced days and hours of service. be servied by Frequent Routes 18 and 335.

    Downtown Austin

    The changes downtown focus service on three corridors to simplify routing and keep buses moving through the most congested part of Austin. All MetroRapid, MetroFlyer, MetroExpress and most Local routes will operate north-south in the transit-priority lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets between Cesar Chavez and 8th Streets. Routes serving the west side of the Capitol Complex and UT will continue along Guadalupe and Lavaca. Routes serving the east side of the Capitol will operate east-west on 7th and 8th Streets and north-south along Trinity St. and San Jacinto Blvd. There will no longer be service on Congress Ave., Red River St., parts of 11th and 12th Streets, and parts of 4th and 5th Streets east of Lavaca. Frequent Route 17 will be realigned to operate east-west on Cesar Chavez, serving Seaholm. Route 100 will be eliminated and its service to the airport replaced by Frequent Route 20.

    Northeast Austin

    The most significant changes in Northeast Austin include increasing frequency on Route 37 to every 15 minutes during peak hours; converting it to a crosstown route serving schools and employment centers along Loyola Ln., Cameron Rd., Airport Blvd. and Koenig Ln.; and renumbering it to Route 337. Other changes include promoting Routes 18 and 20 to the High-Frequency Network and bringing Route 233 into Colony Park. Route 237 will operate on Johnny Morris Rd. and FM 969/MLK Blvd. to the intersection of Tannehill Ln. and Webberville Rd., where it can connect with Route 6 and Frequent Route 18 heading downtown. Frequent Route 300 will move from Rogge Ln. and Berkman Dr. to 51st St. and Cameron. New Route 339 Tuscany will start at the intersection of Tannehill and Webberville and serve Johnny Morris Rd., Loyola and Springdale Rd. before traveling through the Tuscany business park and ending at the Norwood Walmart. (Due to the 183 South construction project, Routes 20, 233, 337 and 339 will be on long-term detours into 2019. The Loyola overpass across 183 will be under construction, causing all traffic to detour around that intersection, using Crystalbrook and Pecan Brook Drives instead.)

    Central East Austin

    The major changes in Central East Austin are the addition of Routes 2, 4, 17, 18 and 20 to the High-Frequency Network, greatly improving east-west transit service. While Route 100 will go away and Route 350 will no longer serve the airport, Frequent Route 20 will extend to ABIA every 15 minutes, seven days per week. Route 228’s service to the Met Center and VA Clinic will begin at Pleasant Valley Rd. and Riverside Dr. instead of the South Congress Transit Center. Route 271 will now serve FM 973 (the Travis County Complex) and Riverside east of Ben White Blvd. (Met Center), ending near the Ruiz Branch Public Library. Some portions of Ledesma Rd., Lott Ave., Prock Ln. and Sara Dr. (Route 2); Vargas Rd. (Route 4); and Burleson Rd., Todd Ln. and St. Elmo Rd. (Route 228) will lose service. Beginning in August, a southbound school trip will operate on Vargas Rd. between Allison Elementary School and Riverside during the afternoon on weekdays.

    Southeast Austin

    In Southeast Austin, Routes 20, 311 and 333 will see frequency improvements as part of the High-Frequency Network, providing 15-minute service, seven days a week. New Route 318 will connect Southeast Austin to the Westgate Shopping Center via Slaughter Ln. and West Gate Blvd., and new Route 310 will provide connections between South Congress Transit Center and ACC Riverside. Route 228’s service to the VA Clinic will connect to routes at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Rd. and Riverside Dr. instead of the South Congress Transit Center. Route 127 will be eliminated, with replacement service available on Frequent Route 7. Some portions of Peppertree Pkwy. (Route 7); Burleson Rd., Todd Ln., St. Elmo Rd. and Woodward St. (Route 228); as well as South Pleasant Valley and Onion Crossing Dr. (Route 333) will lose all-day service. Beginning in August, a school trip will operate on Pleasant Valley between Perez Elementary School and William Cannon Dr. in the mornings and afternoons.

    Southwest Austin

    Frequency in Southwest Austin will improve with Routes 10, 311 and 333 joining the High-Frequency Network. New Route 105, traveling from UT to Westgate Shopping Center during the morning and evening rush hours, will replace the southern part of the current Route 5’s service. The ACC Pinnacle campus will be served every 30 minutes by alternating trips on Route 333. New Route 315 will travel along Ben White Blvd. between the South Congress Transit Center, the Oak Hill Plaza and the Pinnacle campus. Route 30 will end at Westgate Shopping Center rather than the South Congress Transit Center. Route 110 will be eliminated, with replacement service available on Frequent Route 10. Route 970 will also be eliminated.

    Central North Austin

    Among the big changes in Central North Austin are rerouting portions of Routes 5, 7 and 10 and introducing new east-west service. Route 5 will run on Burnet Rd. and Lamar Blvd. to downtown, rather than traveling through UT, and Frequent Route 7 will begin at Crestview Station rather than the Norwood Walmart. Route 10 will join the High-Frequency Network, operating between the Norwood Walmart, the Mueller neighborhood and UT via Cameron Rd., Mueller Blvd., 45th St. and Red River St. before heading downtown. The new Route 345 will provide east-west service on 45th between Hancock Center and Burnet. Service provided by the current Route 320 between Cameron and MoPac will be replaced by Route 337 (the renamed Route 37). Current Route 37 riders can access UT and downtown via Frequent Routes 10 and 20. Routes 491 and 492 will continue to operate with reduced days and hours of service.

    North Austin

    In North Austin, Route 383 will continue to follow the same routing it does today, while Route 392 will no longer serve Great Hills. Instead, the route will end near the Kramer Rail Station, turning around via Braker Ln., Burnet Rd. and Kramer Ln. Frequent Route 325 will operate from Tech Ridge to Metric Blvd. before traveling east-west on Rundberg Ln. and ending at the Norwood Walmart. Route 1 will take over the current Route 275, staying on Lamar Blvd. to the Tech Ridge Park & Ride instead of running on Rundberg and Metric. The new Route 324 will replace portions of the redirected Routes 10 and 325. Route 240 will be eliminated, resulting in the loss of service along some parts of Rutland Dr., Gracy Farms Ln. and Cedar Bend Dr. (St. David’s North). Route 243 will continue to operate along Wells Branch Pkwy. and Heatherwilde Blvd., however, frequency will be reduced to every 40 minutes and trips will no longer serve Merrilltown Dr.

    UT Shuttles

    There are very few changes to the UT Shuttle service. The primary change will be the replacement of Route 653 with Frequent Route 10, which will also provide a frequent connection between UT and the Mueller neighborhood. Changes to UT Shuttle service may include minor frequency changes as we match service to ridership levels.


  • Every June, Capital Metro transitions UT Shuttle, E-Bus service and select trips on Local routes from in-school session service levels to summer schedules to accommodate the decreased demand.

    UT Shuttles

    All UT Shuttles will transition to summer schedules from full service based on university calendars.

    E-Bus service

    E-Bus service will be suspended during the summer session.

    Local routes

    Select school-related weekday trips on the following routes will be suspended during the summer on the following routes:

    • 4 7th Street
    • 5 Woodrow/Lamar
    • 7 Duval/Dove Springs
    • 17 Cesar Chavez
    • 20 Manor/Riverside
    • 300 Springdale/Oltorf
    • 333 William Cannon

  • Use this interactive tool to explore more fully each route in the new bus network. Some tips to remember:

    MetroFlyer and MetroExpress routes only travel in one direction during peak times. If you need help understanding their timetables, please email feedback@capmetro.org.

    Color code:

    • Pink routes = the High-Frequency Network
    • Green and blue = Local routes
    • Gray = MetroFlyer & MetroExpress routes
    • Orange = UT Shuttle routes
    • The red line is, of course, for MetroRail.

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***Note: Due to the 183 South construction project, Routes 20, 233, 337 and 339 are on long-term detours into 2019. The Loyola overpass across 183 is under construction, causing all traffic to detour around that intersection.