The CARTS District is a rural/urban transit district organized under Chapter 458 of the Texas Transportation Code as a political subdivision of the state and an entity responsible for transit services in a 7200 square mile nine-county area surrounding Austin.  The District includes the non-urbanized areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson counties.
Governed by a Board made up of a member from each of the nine County Commissioners Courts and Hays County Judge,CARTS provides regional perspective and planning to operate the wide variety of community-based passenger transportation services in its District.

As the region has changed, so has the CARTS District and its role in integrating its transit services and planning with its metropolitan transit counterpart, Capital Metro, including opening a jointly-managed Mobility Management Office, and through interlocal agreement providing blended transit services region-wide to establish a seamless interface between the two statutory transit jurisdictions.

CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the one hundred and sixty-nine communities it serves and provides predictable connections between these communities to the national intercity bus network, to Capital Metro services and to the metropolitan center of the region. The service frequency in or to the various locales range from many times a day to once a month.

CARTS buses operate from eight transit stations located strategically throughout the CARTS District, which are also Greyhound stations.  These stations are located in Austin (Plaza Saltillo), Bastrop, Round Rock, Georgetown, Taylor, San Marcos, Smithville, Marble Falls and our new Headquarters in Cedar Creek.

Established in 1978, CARTS is the longest serving public transit agency in the region, and has a reputation for innovation, a practical approach to problem-solving and promoting partnerships to achieve its objectives of furthering regional mobility.


Equal Opportunity Statement

Capital Area Rural Transportaiont System (CARTS) commitment to provide equal employment opportuntiy (EEO) for al persons and maintains a workforce environment that is free of discrimination.

Equal Employment opportunity Policy Statement


Our Board of Directors

CARTS is governed by a nine member Board of Directors, with each member appointed by one of the eight Commissioners Courts in the CARTS District to represent their respective county and Hays County Judge. This governance structure assures a regional perspective responsive to local needs. Board members represent each of the nine counties…

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The strength of our organization is our people -- people who drive and maintain the buses, answer the phone and administrative staff that support our operations. CARTS delivers transportation to customers covering a seventy-five hundred square mile region surrounding the Texas capital city.    How to Apply You can download…

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Welcome to the CARTS Procurement page. Listed below are our current procurement opportunities.   CARTS Transportation Development Plan RFP RFP-2021-138-TDP Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) is soliciting proposals for a Transportation Development Plan for the Project “Connecting People and Communities in the CARTS…

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