I finally decided a few weeks back to ride the Metro Rail in Austin. Why did I decide this? I’m striving to become more of an “Austin mobility expert” in keeping with Austin’s goal of using more resource sharing and minimizing the impact on the environment. Ride Sharing options such as Uber, Ride Austin, and Lyft are great, but they still add cars to the road. This is a way that I can give back to the community.
I didn’t know what to expect, but I headed to the Kramer Station near The Domain in Northwest Austin. My disappointment is that there is really nowhere to park nearby except to walk about 1/8 mile from the nearest parking lot. Despite this minor inconvenience, I decided to still try it out. I had a little difficulty understanding the train schedule, but I finally figured out the CapMetro app.
I patiently waited for the train and met a really nice family from South America. As an ambassador of Austin, I did my best to give them a warm Texas welcome, especially to Austin! Once the train arrived, I boarded it. It was a really nice relaxing ride all the way to downtown and only took about 20 to 25 minutes. The train comes equipped with bicycle racks that allow a cyclist to hang their bicycle without having to hold it up. Maybe it was longer ride than 25 minutes, but it felt fairly fast.
Once I got downtown, I went to the nearest Starbucks and hung out until it returned to go back North.
Pros: Relaxing, fairly reasonable to travel to downtown.
Cons: It can be a little uncomfortable on a cold day. You may have to wait 15 to 20 minutes depending on the train’s schedule.