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Downtown Circulator Survey

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Do you ride Capital Metro?

Chart summary for "Do you ride Capital Metro?"
Yes 108 84.38%
No 20 15.63%

Capital Metro is considering four routes for circulator service. Which of these do you prefer?

Chart summary for "Capital Metro is considering four routes for circulator service. Which of these do you prefer?"
East Downtown Loop 4 3.23%
Full Downtown Loop 67 54.03%
UT to South Congress 8 6.45%
Combined Network Option 45 36.29%

Some streets do not have enough space to build HCT without giving up other features like parking spaces or traffic lanes. What features would you be willing to do without in order to get HCT and improve efficiency in this corridor? Please rank the options in order of your preference.

Top = the feature you would be most willing to give up and Bottom = the feature you are least willing to give up

Chart summary for "Some streets do not have enough space to build HCT without giving up other features like parking spaces or traffic lanes. What features would you be willing to do without in order to get HCT and improve efficiency in this corridor? Please rank the options in order of your preference. "
67 54.47%
65 52.85%
37 30.08%
55 44.72%

What zip code do you live in?

78703

78703

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78723

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Ethnicity

Chart summary for "Ethnicity"
Asian 8 6.56%
Black or African-American 7 5.74%
Hispanic or Latin American 10 8.2%
Native American 3 2.46%
White 75 61.48%
Prefer not to say 19 15.57%

Income level

Chart summary for "Income level"
Less than $25,000 8 6.61%
$25,000 to $34,999 8 6.61%
$35,000 to $49,999 8 6.61%
$50,000 to $74,999 25 20.66%
$75,000 to $99,999 10 8.26%
$100,000 to $149,999 24 19.83%
$150,000 or more 19 15.7%
Prefer not to say 19 15.7%

Education level

Chart summary for "Education level"
Completed some high school 4 3.31%
High school graduate 1 0.83%
Completed some college 7 5.79%
Associate degree 4 3.31%
Bachelor's degree 50 41.32%
Completed some postgraduate 6 4.96%
Master's degree 34 28.1%
Ph.D., law or medical degree 9 7.44%
Other advanced degree beyond a Master's degree 1 0.83%
Prefer not to say 5 4.13%

Age

Chart summary for "Age"
13-17 years old 1 0.83%
18-24 years old 8 6.61%
25-34 years old 35 28.93%
35-44 years old 26 21.49%
45-54 years old 23 19.01%
55-64 years old 15 12.4%
65-74 years old 6 4.96%
Prefer not to say 7 5.79%
75 years or older 0 0%

Gender

Chart summary for "Gender"
Male 67 55.37%
Female 40 33.06%
Other 1 0.83%
Prefer not to say 13 10.74%

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Please be as specific and concise as possible and limit your responses within the 3,000 character limit. Thank you for taking our survey on Project Connect!

Make it like it runs in Amsterdam

Very eager to see a well functioning transit SYSTEM in Austin. Key is to be faster than the traffic moves and be high frequency during peak hours including late nights on weekends. High frequency = every 5 min or so.

I'm a bit conflicted on the circulator, I know we need one. I think a tram around downtown would be amazing. Initially I think a pure circular movement would be great, but ultimately connectivity with UT and So Congress would be great. I think the rightmost blended combo version looks perhaps a bit too complex, but as we develop core areas that need to be connected, it of course could make sense to connect to areas like Seaholm.

Portions of downtown Austin are currently more than a 10 minute walk from both rail and high frequency bus service. The goal of a circulator route should be to reduce this to between a 5 and 10 minute walk.

More bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes, please! Keep up the push! Thank you.

The loop works great in Chicago, would love to see it here in Austin. I never drove in Chicago, always took the trains or the buses.

PAR

The biggest concern I have with this circulator is that we need a crosstown connections between all of these proposed north/south routes and the existing MetroRail. Having to switch lines or modes of transportation at this circulator will make it all but useless to anyone who isn't commuting to downtown from the suburbs.

Taking the MetrRail to the existing downtown station, getting off, getting on a circulator bus/rail for a few blocks, getting off, getting on another light rail and continuing on to somewhere like South Congress, South Lamar, or Guadalupe is completely impractical and people will just end up driving to these locations instead. These proposed routes seem very focused on creating commuter lines from outside the city center, when it seems like an equally big problem is the complete lack of sensible routes to get around the urban core in a way that's more efficient than driving, biking, or even walking. Right now, it only makes sense to use public transportation in this city out of desperation. In other places, it's actually a more efficient option (either time, cost, or both). This circulator needs to be running ever few minutes and be a seamless connection between other lines to act as a proper transit hub.

It seems like north-south is covered pretty well by existing routes, so an east-west circulator would be more useful: from Lamar to Red River or Comal along 5th and 10th or 11th.

I support light rail

Hi! I would love for rail service to be as comprehensive as possible, but definitely more helpful on the East side to help our lower income communities. While I would love lots of options, it is more important to me that low income communities get the most access possible to more routes for commuting. Thank you!

It is great to see Austin investing in new modes of transport. With the rapid growth of our city, cars and buses just can't keep up. We need rail now, for high capacity on time safe transport.

It is great to see Austin investing in new modes of transport. With the rapid growth of our city, cars and buses just can't keep up. We need rail now, for high capacity on time safe transport.

None of the downtown circulators incorporate Rainey Street, which is growing rapidly. The amount of cars that would be taken off the road, especially on the weekends, if the circulator made one stop at the far north part of Rainey Street, would be many more than for most of the other legs of the circulator.

I'm worried about the abuse of this route by people who would be loitering. On many of the downtown routes I take there's usually at least one homeless guy taking up 2 - 5 seats with all of their possessions. This is a huge turn off for any new riders. It makes them afraid to ride the bus. I'd appreciate it if the main bus rules were actually enforced. no food! So much eating on the bus it's gross. No loud music this one is the only one that drivers seem to care about but not really. No smoking. Vape pens are gross in a bus this one is infrequent. Anyway you get what I'm saying. Thanks!

The circulator options should take into account interaction with current bus service and the future HCT. Ridership estimates for the circulators are misleading because if people are not riding the circulators, they would be on other transit. There are already a lot of buses linking UT to downtown, and I don't think the circulator should go there also. The circulator should be quick and get people where they need to go downtown. If it is not a loop, how will people who have to go to the missing part of the loop get there? They will have to transfer to something else in both directions? That does not make sense. That's why I supported the loop. Connections2025 will be implementing more bus service on the east side of downtown, where you show the loop.

It's hard to comment on these circulator options without a better map and description!

I think the idea of making the bus system work around connectivity rather than single routes is a good one. However, the single biggest factor that slows down the busses is the purchase of a fare within the boarding process. More frequent boardings add up to further delays. Fortunately, the solution is within reach. Encourage people to buy monthly passes rather than paying for fares daily. Riders who have fare cards board a little faster than riders who have tickets on their phones and MUCH faster than riders who pay with cash. CapMetro can encourage the purchase of monthly passes by raising cash fares or lowering monthly pass fares, or both. To further speed up the boarding process let everyone buy the proximity fobs that you offer to senior citizens. They speed up the boarding process even more than passes.
We are Austin. We can DO this!

Economics seem to dictate growth in this town. The airport's on east side, the race track is on east side, the land fill is on east side and yet the lousiest routes are on east side. And the rail goes through east side, but nowhere anyone from there needs to get to. I'd ride metro but I can walk faster than the east side routes can get me there. y'all need to head east and start building up your infrastructure towards the inevitable push.

I would love a downtown circulator. I live and work in downtown and would find a circulator useful for getting to South Congress for shops and restaurants and to get to UT campus for events.

Not at this time

Downtown isn't really big enough to warrant a a looped circulator... It really needs to bring people in/out of direct downtown to the surrounding closeby areas...

Model an extension to West Campus, perhaps along MLK - San Gabriel - 27th as the West Campus Loop Bus goes. That super high ridership area is inadequately served by buses and could use an application of a modern streetcar technology.

Also this should be a modern streetcar. Funding should be sought from developers/private industry (in all lines but this one especially).

There needs to be connections between metrorail and busses that are realistic. Mlk stop used to have bus 464 that was dedicated to basically the route around downtown you are proposing, but directly connected to the rail stop.this meant if there were one of the many delays that occur on the rail, you did not risk missing bus 18 after running up the street to try to catch it.

Your options are too limited. Too many people need to get BEYOND downtown. A Circulator route should go outside downtown so people can reduce the amount of time to connect. There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for a UT/Downtown Circulator. Your survey is very biased, and doesn't take into account the real needs of people who either need or want to use mass transit in Austin.

Perhaps this is more the responsibility of COTA, but I'd love a public transportation option from downtown to the Austin 360 Amphitheater on concert/event nights.

Other than that, I've been VERY happy with the changes you've made to the bus lines recently!

We need MUCH more bus service, greater frequency on the #30 (my stop), and better connections. More people should bike. And Austin needs light rail. I'm from NYC and love public transit and am very disappointed in how little is available in Austin.

We should do this combo open system with electric buses and dedicated red lanes and signal priority. Thank you

Would be nice to focus more on the South side of Austin.

The downtown loop looks good, I could use it to get to my volunteer job at Dell Seton Medical Center and many people coming downtown from the airport could also use it.

Two comments. First, a cultural tour-oriented bus connecting museums and historic sites downtown and nearby east Austin would be a wonderful addition that could build on the circulator project. Second, if we are serious, I would posit that a transportation web of short-haul, high-frequency, smaller 15-30 seater, electric, autonomous buses like an EasyMile EZ10 or Oréos 2X serving downtown and surrounding area would be right-sizing the solution to the problem.

I'd like to see the circulator go in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions so that I could easily arrive at Guadalupe and 8th, for example, and go NE or SE and have access to San Jacinto and other streets east of Congress. Please make sure the circulator runs very frequently, and have it make the east side of Lady Bird Lake more accessible than it is presently. I also want the circulator to take me to the library, to City Hall, and to return me from Congress or further east on dark nights without confronting the scary streets that lead to the buses on Lavaca (and please make improvements to lighting and other amenities at 8th and Lavaca to make it feel safer for women.) And could you give it a catchier name? The Armadillo worked in the past. Maybe the Urban Rabbit today? Or something less Latinate . . .

I also like the full downtown circle option.

Do NOT remove any bicycle facilities. We need more, not less.