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Posted on: June 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Transit Services Expanding July 6, Masks and Distancing Required Now

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Starting Monday, July 6, the City of San Marcos will expand the interurban and the fixed-route transit services to meet a growing need for transit as Texas State University students resume on-campus and virtual classes. New safety measures are now and will continue to be required indefinitely in an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safety Practices Required

Passengers are now required to wear masks and encouraged to maintain social distancing by skipping a seat at bus stops, transit centers and on board all CARTS transit vehicles. These additional safety measures are in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Hays County and are consistent with best practices implemented by transit systems nationwide.

Interurban Express Resumes

To coincide with the start of the Summer II semester at Texas State University, CARTS will resume the Interurban Express 1517 services between Austin and San Marcos on Monday, July 6. Click here to view the summer schedule. 

Passengers may pre-purchase their tickets on the Hopthru app.

Fixed Route Services Expand

Also starting Monday, July 6, the City’s fixed-route service hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be expanded to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Route 1 Hopkins/Wonder World will continue to run on a one-hour frequency.

“Fare-free” for the City’s fixed routes will continue through the month of July.

For more information, including route details, visit the San Marcos Municipal Bus.

Transit questions may be directed to the transit call center at (512) 805-7433. For media inquiries, contact


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