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CapMetro is moving forward with four new Rapid lines that provide the Austin community and visitors with alternate routes to get around the city. Plans for Rapid include newly designed stations, updated wayfinding technology, enhanced lighting, and an improved customer experience.  Our sustainability goal is to be carbon neutral by 2040 and we are estimating that our transit buses will be zero-emissions by 2035.

CapMetro currently operates 2 Rapid services: 

  • Route 801 Extends along N. Lamar, Guadalupe and S. Congress from Tech Ridge to Slaughter Lane
  • Route 803 Travels along Burnet, Guadalupe and S. Lamar from the Domain to Westgate Transit Center

These routes provide frequent service with a limited number of stops for faster travel times. Route features include priority lanes, transit signal priority, queue jumps, enhanced and improved stations and higher frequency operations.

Dove Springs CapMetro Rapid Shelter

Rapid Station - Under Construction

The proposed Rapid routes include:  

  • Pleasant Valley (Projected Completion in 2025) - Mueller to the Goodnight Ranch Park & Ride
  • Expo Center (Projected Completion in 2025) - East Austin to University of Texas and downtown Austin  
  • The Gold Line - Austin Community College- Highland to Republic Square. (The Gold Line will begin as a Rapid service and could be converted eventually to light rail as a part of the System Plan)  
  • Burnet - Menchaca and Oak Hill Rapid Extension

Rapid Fact Sheet (English | Spanish)

Rapid Expo Center Line Fact Sheet ( English | Spanish)

Rapid Pleasant Valley Line Fact Sheet (English | Spanish)

*Station locations and names subject to change.

We welcome your input! Share your comments and questions with the project team.

Email: or
Post mail: CapMetro Rapid Project Team, CapMetro, 203 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701

CapMetro and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have initiated the development of Categorical Exclusion (CE) documents for the Pleasant Valley and Expo corridors in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines and other regulatory requirements.

Activities Include:

  • CapMetro engages the community on the project by hosting public meetings to discuss proposed improvements to Rapid and gather feedback.
  • The project team develops CE documentation to assess the potential benefits and impacts of the project.
  • Public comments and technical analyses are addressed and incorporated in the design of the stations and the CE documentation is finalized. 
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