I learned about the commuter bus from Austin to San Antonio on the EchoTown.net web site Blogs from a biking blogger upset about public transportation. Tired of waiting for a commuter rail to get from Austin to San Antonio or vice versa, this blogger uses the commuter bus service. The Austin-San Antonio commuter rail line has been under discussion for many years. Expected to begin March 30th, 2009, Austin’s Leander to Austin commuter rail is not in operation for the public yet either. So what’s a carless person to do? Taking the bus may be the best current option. Here is the BT Interurban website to guide you through the process. There is WiFi on the bus system for laptop use in route and bicycle racks to carry your transportation to the next destination. Bus tickets are available at HEB grocery store locations in San Marcos, New Braunfels and Kyle. The two bus routes run along IH 35 between Austin, Texas and San Antonio, Texas with stops in San Marcos, Texas in Hays County. For more information about bus and other transportation options in San Marcos see the CARTS or Capital Area Rural Transporation System website. For information on Bicycle Transportation in San Marcos see the Texas State University website section on bicycling. In San Antonio the bus service connects with San Antonio’s Via bus system. In Austin stops are tied to existing Capital Metro bus system locations which extend as far north as the Leander Station Park-n-Ride in Leander’s TOD with Express Bus Service. For more on the Long-Range Transit Plan for the Austin area see Capital Metro’s All Systems Go site. The CapMetro site also has information on the Regional Commuter Rail project for the Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Rail District. For more information on the San Antonio area’s Alamo Regional Transit check the Alamo Area Council of Goverments web site.
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