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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 7,000 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.

Our Story

Governed by a Board made up of a member from each of the nine County Commissioners Courts 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, CapMetro, including opening a jointly managed Mobility Management Office, and through interlocal agreement providing blended transit services region-wide to in an effort to establish a seamless interface between the two statutory transit jurisdictions. At its Eastside Bus Plaza CARTS, CapMetro and Greyhound-FlixBus have integrated the three services, metropolitan, regional, and national, for the public at one location.

CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the communities it serves and provides predictable connections between these communities to the national intercity bus network, to CapMetro 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-FlixBus stations.  These stations are located in Austin at the Richard Moya Eastside Bus Plaza, Bastrop, Round Rock, Georgetown, Taylor, San Marcos, Smithville, Marble Falls and our 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 Transportation System (CARTS) is unwavering in our commitment to offering equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all individuals. We diligently maintain a workforce environment that is entirely free from discrimination, creating a workplace where every person is valued, respected, and treated fairly.


At CARTS, we foster ongoing professional development and offer avenues for career progression within our organization. We cultivate a positive and supportive work environment, complemented by a comprehensive benefits package. Join us in building a fulfilling and rewarding career journey.

Meet Our Team

At the core of our organization’s strength are our people — the dedicated individuals who drive and maintain our buses, the responsive voices handling phone inquiries, and the efficient administrative staff supporting our day-to-day operations.

Meet The Fleet


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