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Cap Metro Restructuring Bill May Survive
Original will likely die, but could get amended onto another
DAILY News  May 25, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...There may be hope yet for Austin Sen. Kirk Watson’s bill to reorganize the Capital Metro board of directors and loosen the restrictions upon the agency for minor expansions of its rail operations..."

Cap Metro Back to Normal
Back on the bus – Cap Metro says they'll be back to normal Thursday.
DAILY News  January 17, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...And Cap Metro says: Capital Metro will resume regular service on Thursday, January 18. All routes will be in service. AISD magnet routes and UT shuttle service will begin two hours late due to the delayed opening of AISD schools and the University. Due to road conditions, passengers should expect service delays through midday Thursday. We will continue to provide updated information at"

Cap Metro Cans Veolia
Rail firm dumped, two new contractors to be voted on this afternoon
DAILY News  December 9, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Breaking news: This morning Capital Metro terminated its contract with rail service and operation firm Veolia Transportation, and the board will vote on replacement contracts this afternoon: Herzog Transit Services, Inc. for MetroRail operations and rail maintenance, and Watco Companies, Inc..."

Cap Metro Seeks More Feedback on Service Plan 2020
Transit authority mapping out the next 10 years, wants to hear from you next week
DAILY News  November 13, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Similar to the Envision Central Texas plan for regional growth, Capital Metro will be seeking feedback next week over how to plan its own growth over the next 10 years. See press release after the jump:..."

Cap Metro Workers Accept Contract
Vote brings official end to strike
DAILY News  November 12, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, representing the drivers and mechanics of Capital Metro, voted today to accept the contract offer of StarTran, the contractor that employs them, officially bringing an end to last week's three-day strike and 18 months of working without a contract. The vote was 289 for, 44 against...."

Cap Metro Wants Route Feedback
Public meetings and public hearing coming up
DAILY News  February 26, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro wants to know how you feel about its proposed summer service changes. Press release from them below:..."

More on Cap Metro
Postmarks  April 26, 2009
"...Dear Editor, The article “What's Wrong With Cap Metro ... and What's Right” [News, April 24] left out a few items that the public should know..."

Cap Metro Botches Yet Another Big Event
Same story, different chapter: SXSW
DAILY News  March 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Simple question: If you’re running a transit agency, shouldn’t you plan ahead for big public events? If you said “yes,” then you have more foresight than Capital Metro...."

Special Transit Users Fear Cap Metro Cutbacks
Transportation agency wants to tighten eligibility; advocates for disabled worry that vital services will be slashed
News Story  June 2, 2006, by Kimberly Reeves
"...Capital Metro is tightening its belt on Special Transit Services, a move that is drawing a firestorm of protests from disability advocates and the ire of the Urban Transportation Commission, which has taken up the issue in at least two recent meetings...."

Cap Metro Aftertaste: No Love Lost
Wounds still fresh from Cap Metro/ATU conflict
News Story  November 21, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Last week, right at the Chronicle's Wed­nesday publication deadline, members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, representing about 800 drivers and mechanics of Capital Metro, voted to accept the contract offer of StarTran, the subcontractor that employs them. The Nov..."

Where Cap Metro Jumped the Track
Cap Metro's new interim CEO tells CAMPO what's what
News Story  October 23, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...That's how Capital Metro interim CEO Doug Allen opened his presentation to a committee of the Capital Area Metro­pol­itan Planning Organization at City Hall Monday. The discussion was listed on the Transit Working Group's agenda as "MetroRail, lessons learned."..."

Cap Metro Not Budging on Budget
Board hears earful on inaccessible bus stops
News Story  September 25, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Monday's public hearing on Capital Metro's proposed FY 2010 budget boiled down to two issues: accessibility for people with disabilities and, to a lesser extent, how to spend federal stimulus money...."

Time for Cap Metro to Wake Up
Postmarks  March 15, 2007
"...We've been discussing this since the late 1990s. According to Capital Metro, there is no reason to have a train going to East Austin or South Austin because they're not really interested in spending the money developing that plan. Austinites, we need to remind Capital Metro that it's not their money..."

Cap Metro: It's Watson
Board votes unanimously to hire Orlando transit chief
DAILY News  June 17, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The Capital Metro Board of Directors has just unanimously voted to hire Linda S. Watson, CEO of the LYNX transit system in Orlando, Fla., to be the new CEO of Cap Met..."

Union Considers Final Offer in Cap Metro Negotiations
If ATU 1091 rejects StarTran's offer – and they might – a strike could be on the horizon
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...After more than two years of uneasy peace, there are once again rumors of war on the labor front over at Capital Metro. Next week, members of bus driver union Amalgamated Transit Union 1091, who have been working under an expired contract for more than a year now, will vote on the final offer from StarTran, Capital Metro's primary labor contractor..."

Cap Metro Convo
Transit company to discuss fare increases
DAILY News  June 11, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...The first proposed fare changes for the Capital Metro bus system in 23 years have caused quite a stir. The transportation authority is holding public meetings to make their case and hear rider comments..."

Kibosh Cap Metro's Fee Increase
Last chance to speak up on Cap Met's proposed fare hike.
DAILY News  September 14, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Quick heads up: the last chance for public comments before the Capital Metro board meets to approve increasing fares is right around the corner. Monday, September 17, 5 pm is last public hearing on fare hikes, at the Capital Metro Board of Directors meeting, Capital Metro Administration building, 2910 E..."

Cap Metro's Little Black Box
Cap Met claims speed not to blame with wrecked train.
DAILY News  October 11, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...Capital Metro communications manager Adam Shaivitz takes umbrage with our story on last week's train derailment, "Off the Tracks: how fast was it." (They sure are fast, aren't they?) Not the weird assertion of the transit authority silencing their employees, but the clip of the felled train:The two locomotives involved in last week’s incident on Capital Metro tracks were equipped with black box-style data recorders. The attached data was downloaded from those devices..."

Limited Cap Metro Service Today
Bus service is reduced due to icy conditions.
DAILY News  January 16, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro says: UPDATE: 'Dillo Routes canceled Tuesday - January 16 Capital Metro has canceled all AISD Magnet routes, UT Shuttle routes and ‘Dillo routes. Other routes are operating with significant delays due to weather conditions. Customers should expect delays due to icing conditions. For information about possible changes in bus routes, please visit our Web site at"

Mike Martinez and Cap Metro
Postmarks  October 10, 2014
"...Dear Editor, "Working-class heroes" do not arbitrarily reduce the frequencies of Capital Metro's most heavily-used local routes ["The Mayor's Story," News, Oct. 10]..."

Watson Inks Cap Metro Contract
New CEO will get base of $228,000 per year
DAILY News  July 26, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Linda S. Watson, the CEO of Lynx Transportation Authority in Orlando, has just signed her contract to assume the same position with Capital Metro..."

Cap Metro Makes Changes to Service, Fares
Service adjusts Sunday, fares go up Monday
DAILY News  January 15, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Beginning Sunday, Capital Metro makes changes to its fixed-route service: schedule adjustments, addition of some new routes, elimination of some others. And beginning Monday, new (higher) fares take effect, so pack some extra change..."

Cap Metro to Raise Fares in January
Price hike originally scheduled for August 2010, now eight months earlier
DAILY News  November 4, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...The Capital Metro Board of Directors voted to raise fares beginning January 18. The fare hike had already been approved to begin in August 2010, but decided to move the change up to January so as to keep federal stimulus money directed to rail improvements rather than daily operations...."

APD, Cap Metro, AISD Warn About Railroad Crossings
Perfectly set press conference shows how not to behave near the tracks
DAILY News  February 18, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Somebody in the press departments of the Austin Police, Capital Metro, and/or Austin Independent School District deserves a bonus for setting up a perfect photo-op today. Those organizations all wanted to warn schoolchildren, pedestrians, and motorists about proper behavior around railroad tracks, especially since the new MetroRail commuter rail cars will be much quieter and faster-moving than the freight trains that have used the Leander-to-Downtown line in the past..."

Cap Metro Union May Accept Martinez Offer
Wyatt puts the ball in StarTran's court
DAILY News  November 1, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Under the terms of collective bargaining, neither Council Member Martinez, nor any other Capital Metro Board Member can formally propose a plan for consideration by either StarTran or ATU, one of the parties must make the offer for a new plan...."

Cap Metro on the Rails
Cap Metro's first rail car is ready … in Switzerland.
DAILY News  March 27, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...The transit authority sends in some photos and facts about their first rail car. From the press release: • The assembly of Capital Metro’s first urban commuter-rail train is complete..."

Cap Met/Veolia War of Words Gets Nasty
Transit agency says fired contractor trying to "scare the public"
DAILY News  December 21, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...As reported last week, Capital Metro fired Veolia Transportation from the task of finishing the MetroRail commuter line, scheduled to start early next year, and Veolia shot back with an angry response. Now Cap Metro has shown it can play rough with the PR, too...."

Linda Watson Hired as New Cap Met CEO
Opinions on the incoming transit chief
DAILY News  June 17, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...The Capital Metro Board of Directors today announced that it intends to hire Linda S. Watson as the next president and CEO of Austin’s transit agency..."

Change Is Coming … to Capital Metro
Alterations to bus service take effect Sunday
DAILY News  January 17, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Hey, why wait until Tuesday for Change? Capital Metro is bringing it to you tomorrow. Beginning Sunday morning, the first of the transportation authority's thrice-yearly service adjustments take effect..."

Allen Named Interim CEO of Cap Met
To no one's surprise, VP moves up to top slot
DAILY News  October 12, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...To no one's surprise, the Capital Metro Board of Directors today appointed Doug Allen to be interim CEO and president of the transit agency. Allen is currently executive vice president and chief development officer, and has been the point man on recent efforts to get MetroRail up and running..."

Cap Met Limits Sales of Passes
Move is in preparation of rate increase
DAILY News  December 21, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...In case you were thinking of hoarding cheaper Capital Metro multi-ride passes before the transit agency raises its fares on Jan. 18, your plan has been foiled..."

Cap Met CEO Gilliam Retires
Transit chief says decision financial, not political
DAILY News  September 30, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Embattled Capital Metro President and CEO Fred Gilliam announced his retirement this afternoon, effective Oct. 16..."

Taking the Capitol Out of Capital Metro
Capital Metro: ready to establish the caliphate.
DAILY News  December 28, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...But that won't prevent Governor Rick Perry from surging against those sleeper-cells on the #30. Last week, Perry issued an otherwise unremarkable press release, "Security Upgrades to Begin on Capitol Grounds," a boilerplate act of security theater opening with the phrase, "Since the 9/11 attacks … " The changes direct all vehicles to enter the Capitol from 15th street – a moot point for the public at best, since only legislators are allowed to motor on to the grounds. But buried towards the bottom is the announcement "the state is working with Capitol Metro to address relocation of their bus stop on 11th Street adjacent to the Capitol Grounds." for those nebulous security worries..."

What Does Austin’s Explosive Growth Mean for Capital Metro?
Big changes are coming, but it’s not clear yet what they will be
News Story  August 25, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...Big changes are coming to Capital Metro, but it's not clear yet what they will be. Like everyone else with a stake in Austin's transportation systems, Cap Metro CEO Linda Watson sees the problems they have to overcome, but she also sees the opportunities ahead..."

Welcome to Capital Metro
Whoever the new CEO turns out to be – she'll have her hands full
News Story  June 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...By the time you read this, the Capital Metro board of directors may have already decided who will lead that agency into the future – the board has a special called meeting today (Thursday), likely to announce whether it has chosen New York's Deborah Wathen Finn or Orlando's Linda S. Watson as its new CEO and president..."

Rolling Rebellion at Capital Metro
Budget cuts threaten transit services for the disabled
News Story  April 4, 2008, by Justin Ward
"...The Capital Metro boardroom became the site of a peculiar rebellion Monday. Some of the insurgents rolled in on wheelchairs..."

Cap Met Axes Labor Relations Manager Position
Transit authority's union concerned about unexpected move's impact on upcoming negotiations
News Story  July 27, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...As contract talks with its employees gear up, last week Capital Metro did away with the position of labor relations manager. But the job wasn't staffed by just any hired gun -- it was filled by Kent McCulloch, who also served as president of StarTran, the subsidiary created by Cap Metro to contract with its union workforce..."

Capital Metro Stays Its Course
All Systems Go!, but no extensions added, to a November commuter-rail vote
News Story  September 3, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"..."We are not stalling you, but we have to get it right. And we're not ready for prime time now." Thus concluded a tale of two Walkers, as Capital Metro board Chair Lee Walker told Mueller neighborhood point man Jim Walker, from the dais at Monday's Cap Metro board meeting, that the transit authority's All Systems Go! plan – and especially its proposed commuter rail component – would not serve Austin's most prominent planned transit-oriented development in its first phase...."

Capital Metro Labor Update
Council Member Lee Leffingwell to present resolution that could ultimately result in meet-and-confer negotiations for bus company's employees and end outsourcing of Cap Met jobs
News Story  March 16, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...The future of Capital Metro's labor force may be dramatically altered next week. On Monday, March 19, City Council Member Lee Leffingwell, who is also a Cap Metro board member, plans to present a resolution that could ultimately result in meet-and-confer negotiations for the bus company's employees and end the outsourcing of Cap Metro jobs..."

Capital Metro Strike Threat Looms
Despite citizen efforts to intervene, negotiations have not progressed
News Story  January 27, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...Capital Metro's new bus schedule shipped last week. The cover features a sleek, angular detail of HEB's Tech Ridge outpost in North Austin..."

Capital Metro's Labor Lowdown
StarTran makes its 'last, best, and final offer'
News Story  November 18, 2005, by Wells Dunbar
"...On Saturday, Nov. 12, a week after its last bargaining session, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 rejected Capital Metro contractor StarTran's "last, best, and final offer" by a vote of 289 to 24..."

Capital Metro's Labor Woes Continue
Accusations fly from union of illegal interference in negotiations
News Story  September 16, 2005, by Wells Dunbar
"...By the time you read this, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091 and Capital Metro's largest contractor, StarTran, will in all probability have ended their latest round of negotiations, which took place on Wednesday, Sept. 14..."

Austin @ Large: The Metro Message
It’s not a ‘campaign,’ exactly, but what is the transit authority’s tune?
News Column  June 25, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...In the much-seen, much-discussed Capital Metro "outreach" ad featuring Willie Nelson, the only bus in sight is the music legend's personal home-on-wheels. Stuck in traffic..."

Point Austin: A Few Choice Words for Capital Metro
Wyatt firing just the latest in string of management fiascoes
News Column  September 18, 2009, by Michael King
"...The ongoing mess at Capital Metro is enough to make any sane person curse...."

Follow That Bus: More Changes at Cap Met
An additional MetroRapid route and an end to buses on Congress planned
News Story  March 28, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...Capital Metro initiated a big change in January, when it rolled out its first MetroRapid bus rapid transit service. Now it's planning two more major service changes: the end of buses on Congress Avenue, and its second MetroRapid route, linking the high-growth corridors of Burnet Road and South Lamar...."

Cap Met Labor Update
Proposal to bring all employees in-house and end outsourcing at agency passes unanimously
News Story  March 23, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...After months of work and negotiations, Capital Metro board member Lee Leffingwell's proposal to bring all employees in-house and end outsourcing at the agency passed unanimously this week. With a provision that strips the transit authority's biggest union of its right to strike, however, the City Council member may have a hard sell in getting the union to sign off...."

Austin @ Large: Say It Ain't So, Metro!
If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep driving … or worse
News Column  August 27, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...TO: E. Lee Walker, Chair, Capital Metro Board of Directors..."

Google Metro
Google can now help you plan your bus trip.
DAILY News  March 9, 2007, by Daniel Mottola
"...Getting around town greenly just got a bit easier. Capital Metro has teamed up with Google to roll out a handy dandy public-transit trip planner – just in time for South by Southwest, which itself turned over a new, bright-green leaf this year, going carbon neutral among other eco-reforms..."

Capital Metro Gets it Right
Postmarks  June 1, 2014
"...Dear Editor, I would like to give kudos to Capital Metro for moving the Downtown corridor transit routes from Congress to Guadalupe (southbound) and Lavaca (northbound) streets ["Cap Metro Quits Congress," Newsdesk, June 3]. Change is not easy, even when it is for the good, and this will take some getting used to..."

Cap Met Survey: Reason to Celebrate or Worry?
Most bus riders satisfied but numbers show cause for concern
DAILY News  August 2, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro has been desperate for good news of late. Last week, it seemed to have found some – but unfortunately, even dark clouds can be spotted among the sunshine..."

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