Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets’ Transformation for MetroRapid

October 23, 2013 by Kate Harrington

There have been some big changes recently on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets that should make transit options more viable on those roadways.

Two of Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid lines, which will run from North Lamar Boulevard to South Congress Ave. and from Burnet Road to South Lamar, will pass through the downtown area on Guadalupe and Lavaca. Stops on those two streets are under construction now.

Guadalupe and Lavaca have also been named by the city as transit and bicycle priority corridors as part of the Downtown Plan. To incorporate those transit and bike lanes, crews have been resurfacing Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets from Cesar Chavez Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and re-striping for Transit Priority Lanes.

Transit Priority COA
City of Austin

With the new configuration, the right-most lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca will become Transit Priority Lanes, and only transit vehicles or cars making right turns will be allowed in them. As many as 60 buses per hour will use the lanes during rush hour, once rapid bus service begins. The city’s goal is to move more people more efficiently up and down some of the corridors that are essential to downtown access.

To the right of the Transit Priority Lanes, cyclists will use a dedicated “bicycle-only” lane — the former parking lane. You can see the plan here.

For commuters using cars, this means parking on the right side of the street is going away (about 95 spaces are disappearing). However, cars will no longer have to wait behind buses as they load and unload along the streets.

How do you feel about the elimination of parking spaces to accommodate the dedicated bus lanes? Leave your comment below!

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.