Capital Metro launches express bus route from Round Rock to downtown Austin

Travel time estimated at 45 minutes


On Monday, Nov. 13, Capital Metro will launch MetroExpress Route 980 providing Round Rock riders with morning and afternoon access to an express bus route into downtown Austin. The new route will travel from the Round Rock Transit Center to the New Life Park & Ride and then continue onto its Austin service, traveling on the MoPac managed lanes.

Service will operate weekdays to and from Round Rock, with two morning trips departing at 5:44 and 6:46 a.m. and two evening trips arriving at 5:07 and 6:12 p.m. Travel time is estimated to be approximately 45 minutes.

“Route 980 is an exciting addition to Round Rock’s new transit service,” said Caren Lee, City of Round Rock Transit Coordinator. “The route will give workers in downtown Austin and students at the University of Texas and other area colleges an alternate way to make their commutes.”

The express route to and from Round Rock will join three already operational routes as part of the City’s newly launched transit service, which began in late August and has seen an average of approximately 200 riders per day.

Route 980: North MoPac Express

Route 980 will travel from the Round Rock Transit Center to the New Life Park & Ride and then continue onto its Austin service, traveling on the MoPac managed lanes into downtown. Service will operate weekdays, with two morning trips and two evening trips to and from Round Rock.

Route 50: Round Rock Howard Station

Route 50 travels between Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus and Howard Station, serving destinations such as the Outlet Mall, H-E-B Plus University, Sunrise corridor, downtown, Round Rock Transit Center and La Frontera. Service operates weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Route 51: Round Rock Circulator

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. Service operates weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Route 52: Tech Ridge Limited

Route 52 travels from the Tech Ridge Park & Ride to the Round Rock Transit Center, with limited stops. Destinations include the Art Institute of Austin and several employment centers. Service operates weekdays with two morning trips and two afternoon trips.

More information on Capital Metro’s MetroExpress Route 980 and the entire Round Rock transit program, including maps, schedules and fares, can be found online at: roundrocktransit.com

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