May 4, 2022 (LOCKHART, TEXAS) — The Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) launched a new on-demand transit service, CARTS Now, in Lockhart on May 2. With successful on-demand programs in Bastrop and Taylor, CARTS is excited to expand to Lockhart to provide on-demand curb-to-curb rides that allow riders to travel anywhere quickly and reliably within the city limits.
To celebrate the launch, CARTS hosted a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with the City of Lockhart and other community partners. Lockhart residents had the opportunity to meet local drivers, take a peek inside the van, and learn more about additional CARTS services in the area.
“After such strong community response in Taylor and Bastrop, we are thrilled to introduce this new on-demand service to the City of Lockhart,” says David Marsh. “CARTS Now is changing the way we connect communities through accessible and efficient transportation services.”
CARTS Now service is currently available in the City of Lockhart, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. As a limited-time promotion, CARTS Now will operate for free in Lockhart to encourage the community to try the new service. Rides may be requested using an easy-to-use app, which works like a rideshare app. Riders download the app and can request a ride from CARTS Now van, set any pickup and destination within the city limits, and have a van arrive to pick them up within 15 minutes. Rides can also be arranged by calling the CARTS Now line at 512-505-5666.
“Lockhart is a city on the move; our partnership with CARTS helps keep that momentum,” said Lockhart Mayor, Lew White. “CARTS Now provides our community a simple—yet essential--transportation solution to help Lockhart citizens reach their destination safely, easily, and efficiently.”
The convenient app-based booking option is powered by Via, the global leader in TransitTech. Via’s app uses intelligent algorithms to match multiple riders headed in the same direction to provide quick and efficient shared trips, without fixed schedules or routes associated with traditional transit options.
To learn more about CARTS services including CARTS Now, visit www.RideCARTS.com.
The Capital Area Rural Transportation System is a rural transit district responsible for transit services in a 7,000 square mile nine-county area surrounding Austin, Texas. The CARTS district services the non-urbanized areas of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Travis, and Williamson counties. CARTS was established in 1978 and is the longest serving public transit agency in the region.
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