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Capital Metro to launch transit services in Round Rock

Three new routes to launch, services are free for the first week

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Citizens of Round Rock will soon have several public transit options for getting around town.

The City of Round Rock will launch extended Cap Metro transit service on Monday, Aug 21. The new service will be free for the first week, August 21-25, for Routes 50, 51, and 52.

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. Its service will operate two morning trips and two afternoon trips, with limited stops along the route.

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

“Our goal at Capital Metro is to provide real transportation alternatives for Central Texas,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “We’re proud of our partnerships with the cities and agencies in the region and are thrilled to be able to provide public transit for the people of Round Rock.”

Route 980 Express service will begin weekday operations once the MoPac managed toll lanes are opened. It will run from the Round Rock Transit Center to the Park & Ride lot at New Life Baptist Church, 19715 Hodde Lane, Pflugerville (near MoPac and Howard Lane), and then continue service into downtown Austin.

The community is invited to the Grand Opening event 10 a.m., Aug. 24 at the Transit Center, 300 W. Bagdad Ave. 

Customers can view all the routes at roundrocktransit.com.

“We want to encourage the community to try the new system, so customers will receive free fares for the first week of service," said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. "The service is a one-year pilot program to gauge ridership and work with the community to meet transit needs. We want to offer a network that will provide simplified routes, increased frequency, connections to more places and service to more jobs.”

The transit expansion was developed from Round Rock’s Transit Master Plan, adopted 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.

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