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Transit Development Plan

Help CARTS plan for the future!

CARTS has released a draft Transportation Development Plan for community review.

 The draft TDP will go to the CARTS Board of Director’s for adoption on July 27, 2023.

The Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) has developed a draft Transportation Development Plan (TDP) identifying solutions for improved transportation access, efficiency, and reliability in rural communities in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis, and Williamson Counties.

CARTS tailors services to each of the communities it serves, providing predictable connections between rural areas, to national and local transit systems, and to the metropolitan center of the region. Click the image to the right to Meet the Fleet of existing CARTS vehicles.

Read on to learn more about the TDP process , or click below to view the TDP fact sheet.

Why develop a TDP?

CARTS delivers transportation across 9 counties for communities with fewer than 50,000 population, which means that the CARTS service area and mobility needs evolve with each census. The TDP will consider 2020 census information and projected growth in the area to recommend :

  • Adjustments to existing services
  • Potential new services or amenities
  • Emerging technologies and strategies to integrate into the CARTS system

Some recommendations in the TDP may be implemented over the next 5 years, while longer-term solutions may be implemented 10 or more years in the future. Putting these solutions in place will require additional funding and coordination with local and regional planning partners.

Process & Participation

As part of the Transportation Development Planning process CARTS and the project team implemented a community and stakeholder outreach process to help define transportation needs in the community and then guide the development of solutions to meet those needs. The outreach efforts included:


Download the Full Transit Plan

Dave Marsh comments on the history and evolution of the Capital Area Rural Transportation System.
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CARTS provides services in rural areas shown in green on the map below. Zoom in on your local area to see where CARTS services operate!