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Travillion boards Capital Metro board

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to put Commissioner Jeff Travillion on the board of directors at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Travillion, the court’s newest member, will fill out the rest of former board Vice Chair Beverly Silas’ term, which is set to expire on June 1. Silas resigned last week after the Austin Monitor reported on statements she made at an August work session that indicated she would not support an African-American man as a candidate to replace outgoing Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson. On Tuesday, Travillion reiterated that Silas’ words were “unfortunate comments,” but said he wants to focus on improving public transit in the region. He added, “My interest is going to be core functions. My interest is going to be planning. My interest is going to be making sure there is an understanding and an acknowledgment of the conditions which make Capital Metro so important in this community.” Per the motion that led to his appointment, the court will discuss with Travillion sometime next year to determine whether he wants to serve a full term after June. If he decides he does not, the court will initiate a call for applications from community members willing to take his seat.

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