Students Lobby to Keep City Bus Route
After learning that Capital Metro may eliminate the only bus route that runs in Westlake, students from the Eanes ISD Adult Transition Services (ATS) program are lobbying to keep the route. According to the Capital Metro Connections 2025 Draft Plan, the section of the 30 bus route that currently runs through Eanes ISD along Walsh Tarlton is being considered for discontinuation.
On November 16, students will board Bus 30 at 1007 Walsh Tarlton Ln. and travel to the Capital Metro Board of Directors meeting to advocate for the stop to remain.
The current bus route runs in front of the ATS building, which the District purposively planned, purchased land and constructed in 2012, due to the close proximity of the bus route. The ATS facility was designed to support services for students to gain independence in all aspects of adult living and serves the District’s young adults with special needs during their transition from post-high school to the adult world. The ATS program focuses on assisting these young adults in developing vocational and independent living skills.
Over the past five years, the adult students with disabilities in Eanes ISD have used Capital Metro and its shared-ride service, Metro Access to independently access jobs, ACC campuses, and community activities. The route also provides travel training for students to ready them for independence after they leave Eanes ISD.
“Having access to public transportation opens up so many opportunities and options for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard in a letter to the Capital Metro Board of Directors. “We want our students to be engaged, productive and as independent as possible. If Eanes ISD no longer has access to a bus route or Metro Access, we are limiting the potential of our students.”