"...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..."
"...Marcia Ball’s cosmic Freda & the Firedogs, Steve Earle, Roy Head, Sahm’s beloved Westside Horns and Texas Tornados, Terry Allen, Robert Rodriguez, New Orleans’ Iguanas – the poster goes on and on. A gathering of tribes they call it..."
"...Terry Allen kicked out “I’m Not that Kat Anymore” on keys, and Australian duo Luluc testified to Sahm’s international influence with “Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day.” Bill Kirchen and the West Side Horns established a mid-set musical groove before Cajun rocker C.C. Adcock dropped “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and the Iguanas rolled Tex-Mex with “Nitty Gritty.” Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez burned a dark and bluesy “Hey Baby Que Paso” with his Del Castillo offshoot Chingon...."
"...I felt like I was traveling in Europe. (MetroRail starts regular service March 22.) Chatting with Capital Metro interim CEO Doug Allen, we discussed how to get the Downtown stop two blocks closer to Congress..."
"...Can the city's proposed Austin Urban Rail avoid the persistent problems of Capital Metro's Red Line commuter project? That unspoken concern hung over City Council chambers last week, as it had in October when Cap Metro interim President/CEO Doug Allen presented an eye-opening summation of "lessons learned" to the Transit Working Group of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. (See "Where Cap Metro Jumped the Track," Oct..."
"...Watson of Orlando, Fla., and Deborah Wathen Finn of New York. Asked if the elimination of interim CEO Doug Allen as a candidate reflected a desire for a fresh start for the troubled transit agency, board member Norm Chafetz, the chair of Cap Metro's national CEO search committee, said: "That really didn't enter into it..."
"...No, seriously, Cap Metro officials said, this time we mean it. Previously announced launch dates were delayed when the Federal Railroad Administration told Cap Metro things weren't ready, but "this morning [March 5], we heard a lot of good news from the FRA," said Cap Metro's interim CEO and President Doug Allen..."
"..."Our observation is that a lot of bicyclists were taking the train to Kramer," added Cap Metro interim CEO Doug Allen in a later interview. Presumably, they're cycling to get to jobs a little farther away than walking distance from the station..."
"...But Cap Metro seemingly argued nearly the opposite in challenging a $500 fine against StarTran in 2002 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failure to turn in requested paperwork. OSHA has jurisdiction over private employers, and Cap Metro claimed that OSHA has no jurisdiction over StarTran because it is a public agency directly under the control of Cap Metro..."
"...On the reduction in funding for upgrading bus stop accessibility: "Our sales tax is down pretty dramatically," says interim president and CEO Doug Allen, who took over in October when Gilliam stepped down. Cap Metro receives a one-cent sales tax within its service area, which accounts for 72% of its revenues in the 2010 fiscal year budget..."
"...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 CEO Doug Allen said that the last piece of work to be done to launch MetroRail is the programming of changes to the rail line's signaling system. That work, originally to be contracted directly by Capital Metro, was to be transferred to Veolia, which required a contract change...."
"...Last week, interim Capital Metro CEO Doug Allen sat down with reporters for a "media roundtable," inviting the press to fire away with their questions. The big news to come out of the event: Capital Metro's CEO held a media roundtable! After years of having little contact with previous CEO Fred Gilliam and getting news either through press releases or subordinates, all attending reporters (yours truly included) expressed thanks to Allen for simply conversing with us...."
"...Nevertheless, the report was released with much fanfare last week, duly announced by its sponsor, Sen. Kirk Watson, and welcomed – more or less – by Cap Metro board Chair Mike Martinez and, later, interim President/CEO Doug Allen..."
"...Martinez said she'll be offered a salary "comparable to transit agency CEOs [of agencies] like Cap Metro." Previous Cap Metro CEO Fred Gilliam earned about $300,000, including deferred compensation; interim CEO Doug Allen made $227,667 when he took over in October. Watson is expected to start her new job in mid-August...."
"...Asked if the elimination of interim CEO Doug Allen as a candidate reflected a desire for a fresh start for the troubled transit agency, board member Norm Chafetz – the chair of Cap Met’s national CEO search committee – said “That really didn’t enter into it...."
"...No, seriously, Cap Met officials said, this time we mean it. Previously announced launch dates got delayed when the Federal Railroad Administration told them things weren’t ready, but “this morning, we heard a lot of good news from the FRA” said Cap Met’s interim CEO and president Doug Allen..."
"...8:25 Terry Allen..."
"...After having the bar lowered so much over the past year, just getting the thing rolling with customers aboard was enough to have Cap Metro interim president and CEO Doug Allen, board President Mike Martinez, and Cap Metro staff beaming broadly as they greeted those disembarking Downtown. Not among the happy crew was Chief Operating Officer Elaine Timbes, who has worked for Cap Metro since 1985 and has overseen the MetroRail project since October..."
"...Whittaker reports that Capital Metro has previously failed to prepare for such predictable ridership surges on similar events, such as New Year's Eve and Eeyore's Birthday. "What we have to do is look at the ridership we had last week," said Cap Metro interim CEO/President Doug Allen when questioned afterward about the snafu..."