Capital Metro Board selects Linda S. Watson for CEO

The Capital Metro Board voted unanimously today at a specially-called board meeting to begin negotiations with Linda S. Watson for the position of President/Chief Executive Officer.

“After much thought and deliberation, we believe Linda is the right person to lead Capital Metro moving forward at this critical time,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, Chairman of the Board.  “We also took into consideration the feedback we received from the community; it has further solidified our choice.  I want to thank the community for providing valuable input into this process.”

Watson is Chief Executive Officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orlando, covering more than 2,500 square miles. Prior to joining LYNX, she served as the General Manager of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and previously was the Assistant General Manager of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. She has more than 25 years of transportation related experience.

Watson is the past chair of the Transportation Research Board, a past member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Executive Committee, a lifetime National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and a past member of the Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Council.

She is currently serving on the:

  • Board of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University
  • Board of the University of Florida, Center for Multi-Modal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation
  • Board of the Florida Public Transportation Association
  • Transit Research Analysis Committee which serves as an adviser to the Federal Transit Administration on their strategic agenda for transit research
  • Board for ITS America, the leading advocate for technologies that improve the safety, security and efficiency of the nation’s surface transportation system

Watson graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Affairs and was recently honored as a “Distinguished Alumni.”

In January 2010, the Capital Metro Board of Directors contracted with Gilbert Tweed Associates to conduct a comprehensive nationwide search to fill the President/Chief Executive Officer position.

3 thoughts on “Capital Metro Board selects Linda S. Watson for CEO

  1. Erik

    I’d still like to see Linda make a public committment to utilizing public transit for most of her work-week commute, for a set timeframe (90 days?). You’ve proven you can talk the talk, let’s see if you can walk the walk. If you’re an by the numbers board-room leader instead of a front-line warrior, you’re going to have a hard time gaining your riders’ respect. Can you step outside your comfort zone? Speak up.

  2. Keith Decker

    Hmmmmm……Ms. Watson spend alot of time outside the office attending her “other interests.” Too bad for Austin; we really need a transit executive that will spend most of the time in town, not out of town. She also lacks rail experience (I don’t buy her “vague” statement of planning the TRE in Dallas-Fort Worth. Alot of people can claim they had to do with something when the item of discussion is a successful one.)

    The Board made a mistake here so they better make sure Ms. Watson runs Capital Metro from Austin, not a hotel room in Washington, DC or Rutgers University.

    Good luck and God Bless.


  3. tom johansen

    I hope Ms. Watson can implement Real-time Passenger information at Capital Metro – Cap Metro signed a contract with Orbital Sciences which became ACS which is now owned by XEROX over FOUR years ago and hasn’t implemented yet. Washington, San Francisco, Toronto, and soon LA all have real-time arrivals information – I think they use a company called Nexbus – why can’t Cap Metro get it’s act together.

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