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CARTS NOW will expand the service zone on August 7th, 2023. Below is the new service zone, including neighborhoods north of the current zone. The new zone is free for a limited time.

CARTS NOW is a low-cost, on-demand ride service that will allow the citizens of Bastrop, Lockhart, Marble Falls and Taylor to get from point A to point B on their own time. CARTS NOW has no predetermined routes or schedules, and rides are available within 15 minutes of scheduling.

This service will provide curb-to-curb transportation between any two points within the Bastrop, Lockhart, Marble Falls and Taylor City Limits. Users can request a ride from anywhere in town and meet their driver at a nearby curb or corner to be dropped off at a curb near their destination. The service is not limited to trips that bring riders to and from CARTS stations or transit stops.

Anyone requesting a ride with CARTS NOW has two options:

  •  Download the CARTS NOW App and request a ride
  •  Call a direct line (512) 505-5666

Service hours are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no predetermined routes or schedules.

No, users can request a ride any time during service hours and a vehicle will arrive within 15 minutes.

CARTS is taking all necessary safety precautions to comply with COVID-19 recommendations. These include spaced seating, barriers to separate drivers and passengers, increased ventilation, regularly disinfecting surfaces, sanitizing vehicles, and limiting riders per vehicle. Additionally, face coverings are required for all riders and operators.

CARTS NOW vans provide passenger rides for the CARTS NOW service so keep an eye out for the red CARTS NOW van.  

CARTS NOW services do not provide service to school campuses.  Check the zone maps for the service to locate the closet stop. 

Rides are $2 each way, with discounts available.

Rides are free for Veterans for medical trips and are discounted to half rates for seniors 65 and older, persons with disabilities and children under 12.

Riders can pay with cash or can connect a credit card to pay in the app.

Currently, Medicaid is not a payor for CARTS NOW rides. However, Medicaid patients may still utilize the service and pay the regular rate. For parents traveling to appointments with children, CARTS NOW may be a better solution than scheduling a ride through Medicaid, given that Medicaid only provides payment for one guardian and one child. A family traveling with children can utilize the CARTS NOW service without limits.

Medical providers who are interested in purchasing rides for their patients, may pay CARTS NOW directly or contact to inquire about purchasing vouchers in advance.

As a public transit service, CARTS is exempt from requiring car seats on their buses; however, passengers may choose to bring a car seat and install it for the duration of the ride. Car seats must be taken with passengers at their destination and may not be left on the bus.

In addition to the CARTS NOW services, CARTS offers a variety of ride options to connect into urban and non-urban areas in the 9-county Central Texas service area. To schedule a connecting ride into Austin or other locations, call CARTS to inquire about connections or visit

eCabs no longer operate as a CARTS NOW service but will continue to serve the downtown Bastrop area only. They have new evening and weekend service. Monday through Thursday 3 pm – 9 pm Friday and Saturday 2 pm – 10 pm Sundays 10 am – 6 pm Dispatch: (254) 340-0348