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Old 01-31-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Default Used the MetroRail and connector bus yesterday...

I had to be downtown at the Clements state office building yesterday and since I didn't want to fight the traffic the whole way and certainly didn't want to be late because of it, I decided to ride the MetroRail from Lakeline. I've ridden it before but always straight to the Convention Center, which was very convenient.

Well, yesterday we rode it from Lakeline to MLK Station, then used the connector bus 464 (waiting right there at the station) to drop us off two blocks from our destination at the Clements building. It was excellent and right on time. It made me wish my job was there all the time so I could use that mode of transportation every single day. The amazing thing was that from the time I got in my car for the 5 minute drive to Lakeline Station to the time I got home, I didn't call one single person a nasty name, which happens multiple times a day when I'm driving my car in traffic!

So I really, really, really wish Austin would continue to pursue expansion of the train schedules and tracks somehow. It could be such a benefit to people if done correctly.
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Lake Forest Round Rock, Tx
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Thanks for sharing! I agree with you. If expansion occurred, I'd actually consider a job downtown. My husband has to contend with the horrendous traffic from Round Rock to downtown everyday, and I feel for him.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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I think there are two major problems with the metro rail: operating hours and park and rides.

MLK Station has a huge area in front of it with no development. Why wouldn't they make that into a parking lot for people to ride the train? This would be a great remote parking lot for downtown events.

Speaking of functional use of the train, they shouldn't stop running at 6pm. They should be open until at least 12am.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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I think there are two major problems with the metro rail: operating hours and park and rides.

MLK Station has a huge area in front of it with no development. Why wouldn't they make that into a parking lot for people to ride the train? This would be a great remote parking lot for downtown events.

Speaking of functional use of the train, they shouldn't stop running at 6pm. They should be open until at least 12am.
They dont have funding to add more runs. But when they do get the funding I think they should do weekend evening runs instead.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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I had to be downtown at the Clements state office building yesterday and since I didn't want to fight the traffic the whole way and certainly didn't want to be late because of it, I decided to ride the MetroRail from Lakeline. I've ridden it before but always straight to the Convention Center, which was very convenient.

Well, yesterday we rode it from Lakeline to MLK Station, then used the connector bus 464 (waiting right there at the station) to drop us off two blocks from our destination at the Clements building. It was excellent and right on time. It made me wish my job was there all the time so I could use that mode of transportation every single day. The amazing thing was that from the time I got in my car for the 5 minute drive to Lakeline Station to the time I got home, I didn't call one single person a nasty name, which happens multiple times a day when I'm driving my car in traffic!

So I really, really, really wish Austin would continue to pursue expansion of the train schedules and tracks somehow. It could be such a benefit to people if done correctly.
I'm curious, how high was the ridership during your trip? Did it seem full, and were you traveling at peak hours? I haven't been able to find any recent info on MetroRail ridership numbers since early 2011, when it was increasing but still pretty low.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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They dont have funding to add more runs. But when they do get the funding I think they should do weekend evening runs instead.
I agree. They should also consider special event runs.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I'm curious, how high was the ridership during your trip? Did it seem full, and were you traveling at peak hours? I haven't been able to find any recent info on MetroRail ridership numbers since early 2011, when it was increasing but still pretty low.
Good question - we got on at Lakeline at 7:25am and it was PACKED! My colleague and I couldn't even sit together, and by the time we got to MLK there were people having to stand.

Coming back, it wasn't quite as crowded but we got on at Highland at 4:02, so it was a bit before the rush hour crowd.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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What are ridership numbers like?
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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What are ridership numbers like?
See my response to the same question above.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Speaking of functional use of the train, they shouldn't stop running at 6pm. They should be open until at least 12am.
1) They have to walk before they can run. The highest demand is for commuting, so that's what they need to get into the black before they can consider schedule expansion.

2) They do not have 24 hour access to the tracks. Nights the tracks are used for freight trains.
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