Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

This week is an important one for Capital Metro riders, as several big transit decisions hang in the balance and will be discussed at public meetings this week. The topics at hand: January 2011 service changes, MetroAccess policy changes, and Capital Metro’s fiscal year 2011 budget. We had three meetings last night, and another eight scheduled the rest of this week and early next. Whew.

I know, you’ve told us before, the public meetings are lame. Who has time for another meeting during the day? In truth, we will likely always host a public meeting or two, plus of course a public hearing, on each major decision/issue, simply because it ensures equal public access.  But we’re trying some new things that we think are big improvements to the overall public outreach process for various transit decisions.

For example, this week we’re hosting our first ever online meeting about the FY2011 budget. It’s over the lunch hour on Thursday, and once you register for the meeting, all you need to do is login to the meeting from your computer. No hassles with travel to/from the meeting, parking, etc. I hope you’ll check it out and let us know if this is a format you’d like to see again.

Some of the other improvements include an increased use of videos about the issue at hand that can be widely distributed and shared. You can watch a video about the FY2011 budget (in English and Spanish) and also a video about the MetroAccess proposed changes. We’ve also begun conducting transit outreach at our transit facilities when we know people are coming home from work, etc. The proposed service changes for January include some changes to express routes, and therefore we’ve been meeting with riders at the Leander Station and Tech Ridge Park & Ride. We’ll be at Lakeline Station for this afternoon’s commute.  Kudos to our Business and Community Development team who have spearheaded these improvements to our outreach process.

Here are all the meeting/public hearing events taking place this week and next. The Capital Metro Board will make final decisions on these topics at their board meeting on Sept. 24.

Proposed MetroAccess Policy Changes: In order to ensure the future sustainability of MetroAccess service, the Capital Metro Board of Directors is considering changes to MetroAccess policies and amendments to Capital Metro’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Plan. Click here to learn more.

Remaining Meetings

Tuesday, September 14
4:00 & 6:00 p.m. (two meetings)
Goodwill Industries, 1015 Norwood Park Boulevard
Served by route 323

Public Hearing

Thursday, September 16, 4:00 p.m.
Capital Metro Headquarters, 2910 E. 5th St.
Served by routes 17, 300

Proposed FY2011 Budget: Capital Metro has drafted a $170 million operating budget and $45 million capital budget, which includes increasing bus and rail service, increasing fares, increasing cash reserves, maintaining ongoing commitments and leveraging local and federal monies to implement transit projects. The proposed budget also furthers the agency’s commitment to accountability, financial sustainability and transparency as Capital Metro implements recommendations from the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. Click here to learn more.

Open House Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
IBC Bank, 2817 East Cesar Chavez Street
Served by routes: 17, 300, 320

Online Meeting

Attend a virtual meeting from behind your computer.
Thursday, Sept. 16, 12:00 noon
You must register for this event. Click for details.

Public Hearing

Monday, Sept. 20, 12:00 noon
Capital Metro Headquarters, 2910 E. 5th Street
Served by routes: 17, 300

Proposed January Service Change: Capital Metro has proposed several changes to its transit system that would improve route directness and connectivity while increasing efficiency of the system. If approved, these changes will take effect Jan. 16, 2011. Click here to learn more.

Remaining meetings:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Lakeline Station, 13701 Lyndhurst St.
Served by Routes 214, 383, 983, 984, 987

Public Hearing

Monday, Sept. 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Capital Metro Headquarters, 2910 E. 5th St.
Served by routes 17, 300

Can’t make a meeting? You can also submit feedback by emailing feedback@capmetro.org or calling (512) 369-6201.

2 thoughts on “Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

  1. Kelly

    I signed up , I hope more people who are actually the target audience of Cap Metro sign up or even better attend a real meeting. I live in Lubbock, Texas so it wouldnt be possible.

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