Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! All of Capital Metro joins me in wishing you a happy and prosperous 2009.

Like a lot of people, I tend to become introspective at the end of each year, analyzing all I did and didn’t accomplish during the previous year. It’d be interesting to get a feel for Capital Metro’s 2008–like a top ten list of big events that shaped transportation in Austin. Off the top of my head I can name a few. Perhaps you can help me flesh it out.

In no particular order:

* We opened a brand new (and award-winning) facility, the South Congress Transit Center.

* Four dollar gasoline sent ridership through the roof.

* STRIKE!

* We increased Capital Metro’s base fare for the first time in our history.

* We completed the lion’s share of work to bring Capital MetroRail to fruition and set a firm start-up date.

* Major changes were proposed to the MetroAccess program.

What else would you add to the list? What is your hope for Capital Metro in 2009?

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Don Dickson

    Put the Dillo routes back where they were before. Or design new routes that make more sense than what we’ve got now. Nobody is riding it. No-bud-DEE.

    Modify the Congress Ave. bus stops. There’s no need for every bus to stop at every corner. And the 101 should only stop at Cesar Chavez, 6th and 10th. I can walk between Cesar Chavez to the Capitol faster than the bus can make the trip during peak traffic conditions.

    Instruct drivers to check the time display every time they take the bus out of the garage. It’s a simple, stupid little thing, but it’s not so stupid when you’re at least purporting to run on a schedule. After about a month of “perfect timing” after my kvetching about this, I’m again starting to see time displays that are waaay off.

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