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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..."

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..."

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 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..."

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..."

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...."

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..."

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 Responds
Postmarks  May 27, 2004
"...Dear Editor: I'd like to respond to the May 21 article, "Shuttle Bus Battle" [News]. The statement "UT shuttle drivers consistently handle a comparable workload" to Capital Metro operators is inaccurate..."

New Rail Options for Capital Metro
News Story  December 22, 1995
"...Sharp cuts in federal transit funding have left Capital Metro with an ever-increasing need to sell bonds in order to finance a light rail starter line, at a time when voters appear extremely reluctant to approve new indebtedness. In October, consultants advised Capital Metro on an alternative: Upgrade 29 miles of the Austin & Northwestern Railway for passenger use rather than ask for a public referendum on building a new light rail line..."

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...."

Capital Metro Should Bargain!
Postmarks  November 11, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Re: Capital Metro's refusal to bargain in good faith with the union chosen in a fair election by Capital Metro's employees [“More Cap Metro Union, Contractor Gridlock,” News, Nov. 11]. In northern states the idea of working families all banding together to improve their positions in life is just accepted..."

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 Shutting Down Early Tonight
Capital Metro buses will stop running at 8pm tonight.
DAILY News  January 16, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...If you depend on evening bus service, start planning your trip home early. Capital Metro warns: Media Advisory Regular Capital Metro Bus Service to End at 8:00 p.m. January 16, 2007 Capital Metro will suspend regular bus service tonight beginning at 8:00 p.m..."

Capital Metro Workers on Strike
As of 3am Thursday morning, the majority of Amalgamated Transit Union 1091 had gone on strike against Capital Metro, and their contractor StarTran, resulting in a dramatic drop in bus service.
News Story  September 23, 2005, by Wells Dunbar
"...As of 3am Thursday morning, the majority of Amalgamated Transit Union 1091 had gone on strike against Capital Metro, and their contractor StarTran, resulting in a dramatic drop in bus service. According to a press release from Capital Metro, a minimum of major routes are running today, all at reduced service..."

Capital Metro Service Changes Public Meeting
News Story  April 4, 2014
"...Review and provide feedback on proposed service changes that Cap Metro is considering for the fall. Attend one of these meetings, April 8-10, or go to"

Capital Metro Strike Looms
Union votes 57-390 against StarTran's final offer
DAILY News  October 27, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Members of Amalgamated Transit Union 1091, representing Capital Metro's bus drivers and maintenance workers, have voted overwhelmingly against accepting the final contract offer from StarTran, the subcontractor that handles Cap Metro's personnel issues. The vote was 57 for, 390 against...."

Capital Metro Is Just Trying To Apply Its Resources Wisely
Postmarks  August 29, 2011
"...Dear Editor, I appreciate the comments from reader Dana Perrotti regarding Capital Metro's MetroRail service [“Postmarks,” Aug. 26]..."

Capital Metro to Offer Free Rides on Election Day
Now you have one less excuse why you can't vote
DAILY News  October 29, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Press release from Capital Metro:..."

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..."

Capital Metro Fare Increase Is Unfair
Postmarks  August 7, 2008
"...Dear Editor, I ride Capital Metro every day back and forth to work, to save money (from Pflugerville to Downtown Austin). Now, Capital Metro is proposing a more than 50% rate increase, from $17 to $36 [“Committee Approves Bus Fare Hike,” News, Aug. 8]! This is nothing but price gouging and pure greed! As one of many state workers, we cannot afford this rate hike. I understand that in the Texas 80th legislative session, Sen..."

Problems With Capital Metro
Postmarks  January 24, 2010
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Can't Get There From Here” [News, Jan. 22]: I have lived in Austin for the past 10 years, and I can say that Capital Metro really doesn't offer the service it promotes or advertises..."

ADAPT Refuses to Hold Capital Metro Responsible
Postmarks  July 12, 2014
"...We cannot just choose to ride in private cars if we do not like something which the transit agency votes on or implements. Our own organizations tellingly refuse to hold Capital Metro and the city accountable..."

Capital Metro Wants Musicians
Transit agency seeks buskers for events
DAILY News  August 4, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Hey, what would a train system be without musicians playing for change? Capital Metro is looking for buskers to perform at events and station openings. (Um, might this be a sign that MetroRail is actually about to become operational?)..."

Pulling the Wool off of Capital Metro
Postmarks  April 6, 2007
"...Dear Editor, Michael King does a nice job pulling the wool off of Capital Metro's latest attempt to bust our union [“Point Austin,” News, April 6]. They think we're so stupid that we would give up the only thing that moved negotiations in 2005 – the right to strike..."

Capital Metro Strike Possibility Throws Parents of Disabled Children Into Total Panic
Postmarks  January 31, 2006
"...Dear Editor, To strike or not to strike [“Capital Metro Strike Threat Looms,” News, Jan. 27]..."

Clarifying Opposition to Capital Metro Plan
Postmarks  October 29, 2004
"...Dear Editor, In his column in the Oct. 29 issue ["Austin@Large," News], Mike Clark-Madison alleges that voting for this commuter rail plan is a painless way to save Capital Metro's one-fourth cent..."

Capital Metro's Shiny New Toys
A photo gallery of Capital MetroRail's new commuter rail cars
DAILY News  March 27, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Transit executives from around the nation took a peek inside Capital Metro's new diesel-powered commuter rail cars today. The cars, manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler Bussnang AG, are scheduled to begin delivering Capital MetroRail commuters from Leander to Downtown – with several stops along the way – this fall. Damn, I feel like I live in a real city now! In next week's issue we may have some photos by a real professional, Jack Anderson..."

Capital Metro Question
Postmarks  October 28, 2008
"...Dear Editor, I just got back from my honeymoon in Spain and noticed Capital Metro fares went up. Does this mean that I can no longer use my University of Texas student ID that expired a year and a half ago to ride for free?..."

Weigh In on Proposed Capital Metro Service Changes
Transit service planning for June adjustments
DAILY News  February 27, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro is proposing to implement route and schedule adjustments beginning June 8, and they'd like to hear from you. For a full list of proposed summer service changes, please visit our Web site at"

Capital Metro Shouldn't Raise Rates
Postmarks  November 6, 2006
"...Dear Editor, Capital Metro is being misleading at best when it claims it hasn't raised fares since 1985 [“Streetcar Plans Unveiled,” News, Nov. 3]..."

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..."

The Capital Metro Board and GM
News Story  December 10, 1999
"...Lee Walker, Chairman: Appointed to the Cap Metro Board in September 1997. A graduate of Texas A&M University and Harvard Business School, Walker made millions as the Chief Financial Officer for Dell Computer..."

Questions About Capital Metro
Postmarks  September 26, 2005

Walker Steps Down as Cap Metro Board Chair
After 11 years, says time for "someone else" to take on "exciting challenges"
DAILY News  March 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Press release from Capital Metro:Lee Walker Announces Retirement from Capital Metro Board of DirectorsMarch 31, 2008 Austin, Texas – Today Capital Metro Board Chairman Lee Walker announced his retirement effective May 31. Walker was appointed to the board by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in 1997. Chairman Walker submitted the following letter to Sen..."

Cap Metro Responds to Sunset
Transit agency agrees with all report recommendations
DAILY News  May 6, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro today released a formal reply to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission’s staff review of the transit agency. The response was straightforward – the agency agreed with all of the report’s recommendations, and even said it had anticipated some of the criticisms and was already working on implementing some of the proposed solutions...."

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:..."

UPDATED: Cap Metro Workers to Begin Strike Wednesday
Council Member Martinez offers stopgap compromise proposal
DAILY News  October 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, representing Capital Metro's drivers and maintenance workers, announced this morning that its members will go on strike beginning Wednesday, Nov. 5, after failing to come to a contract agreement with StarTran, the contractor that actually employs them...."

Housecleaning at Cap Metro
CFO and Engineering VP resign
DAILY News  October 15, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Chief financial officer Randy Hume and Vice President of Engineering and Construction John Almond have resigned from Capital Metro at the request of new President/CEO Linda Watson. The resignations aren't too surprising, considering financial problems that occurred partly on Hume's watch and rail construction delays under Almond...."

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:..."

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 Feedback on January Changes
First meeting Thursday night in Leander
DAILY News  August 25, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro makes service changes every six months, and it wants public feedback now on its proposed January changes. As detailed in tomorrow's edition, Cap Metro planners are considering eliminating the 984 and 986 express buses, which has some Leanderites upset..."

Cap Metro Wants Budget Input
Forums to be held around town in early June
DAILY News  May 21, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Capital Metro is in the early stages of planning its FY 2011 budget and wants the public's feedback on how it should spend agency money (including your tax dollars, the 1% sales tax it collects from businesses within the Cap Met service area). It will do so at a series of workshops in early June; press release from the agency follows:..."

Cap Metro STILL Wants Your Budget Input
Give feedback in person or online
DAILY News  June 4, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Newsdesk previously mentioned Capital Metro's budget workshops being held around town. Well, based on last night's very poor attendance (four) at the workshop held at the Little Walnut Creek Library, not many of you are jumping on the chance...."

Cap Metro: This Is Just the Beginning
Rail service to begin March 22
DAILY News  March 5, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Of course, the real test will come on March 22. That, Capital Metro officials announced this afternoon, is when the transit agency will finally launch its MetroRail Red Line, the long anticipated and much delayed Leander-to-Austin commuter rail...."

Cap Metro Shutting Down at 7pm
Expected icy road conditions stymie bus service
DAILY News  February 4, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Not everything in the city is completely shut down: Capital Metro is running buses, albeit on a reduced schedule. Even that little bit of service won't last, though: Due to expected re-icing, Cap Met will completely shut down at 7pm tonight..."

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...."

Cap Metro Testing Out Rail Cars
Service begins 2008
DAILY News  December 18, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...PRESS RELEASE from Cap Metro: Capital MetroRail is on the Move On Track Testing Begins Tonight Austin, Texas, December 17, 2007 – Today marks a major milestone in Capital Metro’s Urban Commuter Rail project. The first MetroRail vehicle will be tested on a portion of the Authority’s tracks beginning tonight. Preliminary testing will take place sporadically from approximately 8:00 p.m..."

Cap Metro Workers On Strike
Photos from this morning's picket line
DAILY News  November 5, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...While other Democrats were downstairs partying in celebration of Barack Obama's presidential win Tuesday night, City Council Member Mike Martinez was ensconced in a fifth-floor room of the Driskill Hotel working the phone, desperately trying to avert a strike by Capital Metro's workers...."

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