Overcrowded buses causing headaches for UT students

Overcrowded buses causing headaches for UT students


2-SALLY:SOME UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS STUDENTS ARE WAKING UP A LITTLE BIT EARLIER THIS SEMESTER- NOT TO STUDY OR PICK UP BREAKFAST BEFORE CLASS. THEY’RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING TO CLASS ON TIME.2-JOHN: STUDENTS SAY CAP METRO’S BUSES ARE OVERCROWDED… AND SOME DON’T STOP IF ITS PACKED.CANDY RODRIGUEZ JOINS US LIVE FROM ONE OF THE STOPS- NORTH OF CAMPUS.CANDY, WHAT ARE THESE STUDENTS DOING TO AVOID BEING LATE FOR CLASS?CANDY:GOOD MORNING,SOME SAY IF YOU STOP BY DURING PEAK TIME YOU’RE BOUND TO SEE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE WAITING AND YOU RISK A SEAT ON THE BUS.. MANY OF THEM TELL ME THIS WAS NOT A PROBLEM LAST SCHOOL YEAR, BUT SINCE THEY’VE RETURNED TO CLASS THIS SEMESTER — CAPMETRO HAS MADE SOME CHANGES….AND THESE STUDENTS SAY, THEY’RE NOT HELPING… CORINNE DANIELS/LEAVES EARLY: “SO A WHOLE HOUR.”MAYBE LIKE 30 TO 45 MINUTES JUST DEPENDING ON THE DAY.”JORI KANDRA/RIDES BUS EARLY TO AVOID OVERCROWDED BUS: “LIKE AN HOUR.”IT’S NOT THE WAY JORI KANDRA, AND OTHERS, PICTURED THE SEMESTER GOING… JORI KANDRA/RIDES BUS EARLY TO AVOID OVERCROWDED BUS: ” SO NOW, I GET TO CAMPUS EVERYDAY AT 8, IT REALLY SUCKS.”LEAVING HER APARTMENT EARLY JUST TO CATCH A RIDE… AFTER CAPITAL METRO’S REMAP GOT RID OF ROUTE 653, A UT SHUTTLE, TO AVOID OVERLAP. IT WAS ABSORBED BY ROUTE 10.A HIGH FREQUENCY ROUTE… AVAILABLE EVERY 15 MINUTES… CONNECTING MUELLER WITH UT INTO DOWNTOWN. JORI KANDRA/RIDES BUS EARLY TO AVOID OVERCROWDED BUS: ” MOSTLY STUDENTS WERE TAKING THAT BUS SO PROFESSIONALS WOULD TAKE THE NUMBER 10, BUT NOW YOU’RE HAVING TO DO BOTH.” JEDIDIAH JONES IS NOT A STUDENT. SIMPLY A MAN ON HIS WAY TO CHURCH HE SAYS… BUT WORSHIP WILL HAVE TO WAIT… AS THERE IS NO ROOM ON THE BUS FOR HIM. JEDIDIAH JONES/RIDING OVERCROWDED BUS: “19;46;06 IT’S NOT FRUSTRATING TO ME, I TRY TO BE A PATIENT INDIVIDUAL, BUT. YOU CAN’T HARDLY STANDING UP, IN OTHER WORDS, IT’S A STANDING ROOM ONLY. AND, MY CONCERN IS IF THERE’S A QUICK STOP THEN SOMEONE WILL BE HURT.” CANDY:CAPMETRO SAYS THEY HAVE RECEIVED A FEW EMAILS IN REGARD TO THIS OVERCROWDING ISSUE AND SAY THEY’RE CLOSELY MONITORING THE ROUTES.THEY ADD, THEY KNEW GOING INTO THIS NEW REMAP SYSTEM WOULD REQUIRE SOME ADJUSTMENTS AFTER IT WAS PUT IN SERVICE. CURRENTLY, THEY’RE MAKING SHORT-TERM ADJUSTMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE THESE RIDERS. THEY WILL MAKE A NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL CHANGES STARTING AT THE BEGINNING OF 2019.JOHN:CAP METRO’S BUS ROUTE OVERHAUL CHANGED MORE THAN HALF OF ITS ROUTES THIS PAST JUNE.IT ELIMINATED 17 ROUTES AND ADDED 110 BUS STOPS… INCLUDING 14 HIGH- FREQUENCY ROUTES, LIKE ROUTE 10, WHICH DEPART EVERY 15

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  • Bunto Skiffler

    Well kids, cough up more than 35k per semester… you get what u pay for!!

    -b

  • Valentin Islas

    Cmon Austin, build an underground train 😀

  • Time 4 Change

    They ended a route because of overlap. The resulting overcrowding should show the need for the route.

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