Popular bus routes will add stops and service hours starting today

Starting today, Round Rock Rock’s two most popular bus routes will add stops and service hours.

Route 50, which runs between Howard Station in Austin and the Austin Community College campus in Round Rock, will extend its schedule to run between 6:30 a.m. and 8:17 p.m. Monday through Friday. The MetroExpress Route 980 express service will add one additional time in the morning and evening. Morning departures to Austin will be 5:44, 6:46 and 7:51 a.m., and evening returns at Round Rock Transit Center will be 5:10, 6:40 and 7:25 p.m. This route, which started in November 2017, gives Round Rock riders access to an express bus route into downtown Austin by traveling from the Round Rock Transit Center to the New Life Park & Ride, downtown and The University of Texas, traveling on the MoPac managed lanes.

“We believe these changes will help us move closer to our ultimate goal of providing a network that provides simplified routes, increased frequency, connections to more places and service to more jobs,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan.

The City launched its first fixed route bus service through Capital Metro on Aug. 21, 2017. The expansion of services in 2019 reflects a direct result of ridership data and feedback from the program’s first year in existence, including an open house and in-person and online surveys.

The other two routes currently operating in Round Rock are Routes 51 and 52. Route 51 travels between St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and Dell’s Round Rock Campus, serving destinations such as Round Rock High School, Success High School and downtown, with service on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Route 52 travels from the Tech Ridge Park and Ride to the Round Rock Transit Center, with limited stops. Destinations include the Art Institute of Austin and several employment centers, with service on weekdays with two morning trips and two afternoon trips.

To learn more about transit in Round Rock, visit roundrocktransit.com.

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