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Bus detours hint at downtown Obama visit

Austin police and the Secret Service are closing unspecified streets downtown Thursday “due to the presidential visit,” Capital Metro said Tuesday in a news release.

The White House hasn’t announced a downtown stop to President Barack Obama’s Austin-area visit. Obama’s schedule shows him appearing Thursday afternoon at New Tech High School in Manor and at Applied Materials in Northeast Austin. 

Capital Metro says it will divert as many as 16 bus routes that run in or near a six-block area bounded by Brazos, East Ninth, Trinity and East Sixth streets.

The detours will last from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Thursday, the transit agency said in a release. But depending on the timing of the president’s visit, Capital Metro said the detours could last until afternoon rush hour.

Capital Metro listed 13 routes that will be detoured:

  • 1L/1M North Lamar/South Congress
  • 3 Burnet/Manchaca
  • 4 Montopolis
  • 5 Woodrow/South Fifth
  • 7 Duval/Dove Springs
  • 10 South First/Red River
  • 17 Cesar Chavez
  • 20 Manor/Riverside
  • 20 Barton Creek
  • 21 Exposition
  • 22 Chicon
  • 100 MetroAirport Flyer
  • 101 North Lamar/South Congress Limited

If the road closures extend into the afternoon rush hour, Capital Metro said these three routes also will be detoured:

  • 127 Dove Springs Flyer
  • 142 Metric Flyer
  • 990 Manor/Elgin Express

Capital Metro spokeswoman Melissa Ayala said most north-south bus routes will be diverted to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets, but it was unclear Tuesday where other altered routes or stops will be.


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