To increase ridership, Capital Metro decided in mid-January 2011 to offer daytime service for it's MetroRail line instead of just the commuter times in the early morning and evenings. Now in Austin, Texas, you can ride pretty much almost everyhour from 5:50 a.m. until 7:36 p.m. depending on if you are going North or South. Check out the schedule right here, http://www.capmetro.org/MetroRail/schedules.asp
For instance, one day, when I didn't have to take clients around in my car, I decided to get some exercise and took a 1/2 mile bicycle ride to my nearest station at Saltillo Plaza and caught the 1:18 p.m. train. I rode the MetroRail for about 14 minutes and got off at the Highland Plaza station right across from Highland Mall on Airport Blvd. Then I rode my bike to my Central Austin office on W. Koenig, approx. 1 1/2 miles away. It was a beautiful, sunshining, day with a slight breeze and arrived at the office with barely a sweat. With gas prices almost $4 a gallon here in Austin, my commute only cost $1 to get there and a $1 back. I even made the evening news below:
I made a two quick videos, one to show how you buy a ticket, and two, what you will see on your ride. I will definitely use this service more in the near future. They even opened up for weekends in March and evenings during SXSW music festival and with the increased ridership, they plan on doing more in the near future. Next weekend service...the Pecan Street Festival, May 7th, 2011. My birthday! Yea!