Thousands of intoxicated bar patrons spill onto the roads every night at 2am. One way to alleviate this glaring safety issue is to provide adequate bus service after 10:30PM outside of central Austin. The four "night owl" routes and the UT campus "entertainment bus" have a small service area that are simply insufficient and there will never be enough highly expensive private cabs to make up for it.
Add on top of this the fact that the council recently approved extended late night and weekend parking meter charges, APDs federally funded grant program to mandate blood-draws for DWI enforcement, the possibility of future DWI roadblocks. With all these factors there’s never been more incentive to avoid driving a vehicle into downtown at night yet there’s not a peep from Capital Metro as to whether they’re ever going to extending bus service beyond 10:30PM in this lifetime.
For a city this size it's not only embarrassing and unacceptable, it shows a blatant disregard for driver safety and creates the perception that this city does not care about the DWI problem enough to do anything proactive about it. COA cannot continue to endlessly tout its massive bar and entertainment scene, proceed to cash in on all the tax & tourism revenue and then turn around and short longtime residents in something as simple and non-controversial as night-time bus service.