Come & Take It Live
"...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..."
"...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 www.capmetro.org...."
"...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..."
"...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:..."
"...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...."
"...Capital Metro wants to know how you feel about its proposed summer service changes. Press release from them below:..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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."..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 capmetro.org...."
"...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]..."
"...Linda S. Watson, the CEO of Lynx Transportation Authority in Orlando, has just signed her contract to assume the same position with Capital Metro..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Embattled Capital Metro President and CEO Fred Gilliam announced his retirement this afternoon, effective Oct. 16..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The Capital Metro boardroom became the site of a peculiar rebellion Monday. Some of the insurgents rolled in on wheelchairs..."
"...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..."
"..."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...."
"...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's new bus schedule shipped last week. The cover features a sleek, angular detail of HEB's Tech Ridge outpost in North Austin..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...The ongoing mess at Capital Metro is enough to make any sane person curse...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...TO: E. Lee Walker, Chair, Capital Metro Board of Directors..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."