The ‘Dillo Rides Again

July 6, 2015 by Kate Harrington

If you’re nostalgic for the days of the Dillo, the free downtown circulator that Capital Metro operated until 2009, good news: a new downtown circulator has started transporting people around the clogged streets, only this time it’s operated by RideScout.

The RideScout Route is a free “hop-on/hop-off” shuttle, per RideScout’s description, that runs on weekdays from 7am to 1pm, every five to 10 minutes. The route goes east to west along 6th and 2nd Streets, turning north at Trinity Street and south on Guadalupe Street. Unlike the Dillo, the electric cabs that act as the new circulator do not have fixed stops. Instead, riders flag a vehicle on the route, and get off near their destination.

Along its route, the circulator passes by the MetroRail and several bus stops, therefore offering commuters a more efficient connection between transit and their final destinations. The hope is that it could entice more people to use transit options, and help take some cars off the very clogged downtown streets.

As transportation ideas go, one of the things that makes the electric cab circulator stand out is its crowdsourced origins. As Joseph Kopser, CEO and founder of RideScout points out, the RideScout Route is a direct result of the recently-wrapped up Mobility ATX forum – specifically this post.

MobilityATX was an online forum that ran from April through June, and included both livestream conversations about different transportation topics as well as an open platform for users to share ideas. The goal is for Austin’s policy makers to put some of those ideas into action.

To learn more about the RideScout Route, click here.

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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.