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Tag Archives: Capital Metro

Monday, January 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Experience put Capital Metro CEO finalist over the top

The chair of the board at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority said experience was the deciding factor when it came to selecting a lone finalist to take the executive reins.On Friday, after the board voted 7-0-1 to tap Randy Clarke…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro CEO finalists face the public

The auditions are over and now it’s time for the judges to determine who gets to be Austin’s next top transit executive.The final four candidates in the running for the open president/CEO job at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority faced…

Friday, December 29, 2017 by Austin Monitor

2017: A Monitor year in review

City Manager search Oh boy. City Council closed out the year by (finally) appointing new City Manager Spencer Cronk more than a year after former manager Marc Ott announced his departure. That is great news for a city that has…

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro reveals final four in its CEO search

The path to replace outgoing Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority President and CEO Linda Watson will trace through a town hall meeting in early 2018.On Wednesday, the transit agency revealed the names of the four candidates still in the running for…

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Guadalupe plan no roadblock for Project Connect

The city’s newly published Guadalupe Corridor Plan unsurprisingly turned heads when the Austin Transportation Department published it on Tuesday.Any plan that recommends the elimination of on-street parking and conversion of general purpose lanes into transit-priority lanes can be reliably counted…

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Breakdowns plague MetroRapid fleet

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s highly heralded MetroRapid buses fell well short of the agency’s maintenance goals during Fiscal Year 2016-17.Each month, the fleet of 55 vehicles failed to reach the minimum goal of miles traveled between road calls.“A road…

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Final Guadalupe plan hits the streets

At long last, the city’s shortest corridor has its plan.The Austin Transportation Department today released the much-anticipated Guadalupe Corridor Plan, a 66-page document that calls for a multimodal revolution along the Drag.As expected, the document recommends the conversion of two…

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro sticks with ultralow-ridership line in Manor

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving full speed ahead with its plans to prioritize frequency over geographic coverage, but the agency’s commitment to that principle isn’t total.The recent adoption of the contentious June 2018 service changes that eliminated several…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

New to Austin’s public transit system? A Cap Metro employee will ride the bus with you

Priscilla Jove, 19, sat cross-legged on a bench at a bus stop on the corner of West Oltorf Street and South Lamar Boulevard Saturday afternoon. A biology student at Austin Community College, Jove was headed out to study. She said…

Monday, November 20, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Controversy

Out of order… It’s no secret – thanks to our reporting – that Capital Metro’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee isn’t the most influential government-appointed group of citizens in town. But on Wednesday, the committee’s staff liaison let the Capital Metro…

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Cap Metro plan up for a vote today

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors is set to vote today on a major overhaul of its bus system. If approved, the changes would take effect in June, changing more than half of all routes in the area.While…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Park-and-ride plan rides again

Regional transportation planners have resurfaced an effort to build parking lots for suburban bus commuters that fell off the radar earlier this year.On Wednesday, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Board of Directors learned that the complicated funding strategy agency…

Monday, November 13, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: What’s wrong with _______

Sad CSAC… Exactly who is the “customer” in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Customer Satisfaction Advisory Committee? That’s the existential question the body and the agency’s board of directors will grapple with in the coming months. As we reported recently,…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro no longer counting on ambitious I-35 bus plan

The Texas Department of Transportation’s big new plans for Interstate 35 through Austin may be the end of the road for the local transit agency’s hopes for bus rapid transit on the highway.“We don’t know for sure at this point,…

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board treated to an earful at two public hearings

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors sat through hours of public testimony on Wednesday, much of it critical of the agency’s proposed bus network redesign.In fact, the board scheduled two separate public hearings, one in the early afternoon…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Downtown leaders eye busing changes to manage traffic growth

Downtown Austin leaders are hoping that proposed changes in downtown routes and frequency for Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus service will increase the number of employers in the city’s core willing to offer alternative transportation plans for their employees in…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Vows, complaints and questions

Not half bad… The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors has been challenged to walk its talk. At last Tuesday’s work session, activist Zenobia Joseph took aim at the agency’s proposed bus network redesign and the claims that it…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Vacancies, lack of interest put Capital Metro’s customer advisory committees in the hot seat

The two committees intended to provide user feedback to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors could be cruising toward a makeover.At Monday’s monthly board meeting, Chair Wade Cooper and Council Member Ann Kitchen expressed concerns about vacancies on…

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro board hears about proposed changes to proposed changes

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is making adjustments to a long-planned massive overhaul of its fixed-route bus network just weeks ahead of a scheduled vote on the sweeping changes by the board of directors.During an extended work session on Tuesday,…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Urban Transportation Commission reacts to Capital Metro route changes

In September, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority informed the Austin public that there would be a major restructuring of citywide bus lines to kick-start the Connections 2025 transit plan. To elaborate on the exact changes, on Oct. 10, Caitlin D’Alton,…

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