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TFT: Southeast Austin

Councilmember McCracken wrote back to my email referenced in the last post and said some things which made me more optimistic again, which I will cover in my next crackplog, but probably not until Monday. In the meantime, here's something I wrote up today on the #27 bus (transit field trip time!)

Short one today - my company was having a rare physical meeting at Ventana del Soul, a non-profit with some meeting rooms. (Well, actually, only three of the five locals, and one non-local; most of the company is still in Virginia). Took the #7 down in order to leave the car with my wife. Google Transit trip indicates 35 minutes by bus; 20 minutes by car in traffic (highly optimistic; more like 30).

I waited about ten minutes for the #7 at or about 8:30 AM; just missed one apparently. When my bus arrived, every seat was full, and there were 10-15 people standing. We picked up one more person before entering the UT area, in which the bus rapidly disgorged - I was able to get a seat when we crossed Dean Keaton, and by the time we hit MLK, nobody was standing and about half the seats were full. Continued on through downtown, people getting on and off (more on than off), and then as the #27 down Riverside through near-in southeast Austin. A few more people got on, but the bus was never completely full; when I disembarked at my stop, there were about 15-20 riders remaining.

So, summary, from 37th to UT, every seat full; 10-15 straphangers. Dropped off about 2/3 of those people at UT, but more got on downtown, and through Riverside about 3/4 of seats were full.

On the way home, I waited about three minutes for the #27 at Burton and Riverside while I was talking with a billing rep at a medical office. The bus actually came while I was still on the phone - and I accidentally tried to board with a soda (oops). Almost every seat was full - I estimate 20 to 25 passengers; but several got off at the next stop and I was able to move to the back next to the window. Picked up a lot more people along East Riverside. Summary: From my stop on Oltorf to downtown, average 3/4 to all seats full; dropped off about half downtown; then about half full to my stop at 33rd.

Hard to believe, but this bus was actually more full than most of my rides on the #3 back when I reverse-commuted in the mornings once or twice a week to Netbotz.

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you might be interested in this.

Check out slide # 4. You will see the route (7/27)you reference is second in system in terms of ridership. The #3 is fourth. It is interesting (but not at all surprising)to see how much larger the ridership is on the ol' #1 as compared to the other high-ridership routes. - jmvc

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http://www.capmetro.org/docs/20071022_CEO_Report_to_CMTA_Board.PPT

I was surprised because the #7/#27 just doesn't run as far as the #3, but I do remember now being amazed at the spreadsheet too. I hope this didn't enter into the ASG circulator route, since the parking garages the circulator goes by on San Jacinto were responsible for exactly 0 of the riders today (and most of the UT riders got off at the north end of campus and immediately started high-tailing towards Guadalupe)

The #37/#137 is a great route, too. When the regular and the flyer are both running, a bus comes every 10 minutes. I ride it a few times a week to work downtown, and it is always at least half full. And it will get a big boost with the Mueller redevelopment.

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