Capital Metro Expands Public Safety Program

To support our customers and staff members and to meet the needs of our growing community, Capital Metro is expanding our Public Safety program. With more resources being directed toward transit-centered public safety, CapMetro can better respond to the safety needs on our expanding system.

The Public Safety Department will consist of three core functions:

  • Public Safety Ambassadors
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Transit Police

These specialized and dedicated resources will help fulfill CapMetro’s transit safety efforts.

Within the next 18 months, CapMetro will develop new policies as well as hire and train members of the Public Safety Department. Throughout this process, CapMetro will continue to engage with customers, staff and the community.

In January, CapMetro hired two social workers and a public safety supervisor, who now leads a team of public safety ambassadors. Those ambassadors serve as the primary contacts for customers and employees and respond to safety matters that do not require police officers .

While CapMetro looks forward to our continued partnership with the Austin Police Department, day-to-day policing will soon be conducted by CapMetro’s transit police, who will be able to focus their time and efforts on specific transit-security needs.

“Central Texas doesn’t look like it did 10 years ago We recognize the area is growing, and it’s important that our Public Safety Department grow with it, so we can continue to provide safe transportation to the community we serve”

Chief Safety Officer Gardner Tabon

Women’s Equality Day 2021

Capital Metro is proud to celebrate Women’s Equality Day today, and we’re proud to support the women who contribute to the success of our agency, our community and our families each and every day. We take great pride in supporting the women of our agency and establishing strong, representative leadership for young women to look up to in the workplace and in their own lives.

Women’s Equality Day, observed annually on August 26, was established by Congress in 1973 to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Today, President Biden issued a proclamation calling Women’s Equality Day “a reminder not only of the progress women have won through the years, but of the important work that remains to be done.”

Thank you to the women of Austin and the Central Texas community for what you have done, what you are doing and what you will do.

For almost 50 years, August 26 has been an opportunity to highlight and advance women’s contributions to our communities. And in that spirit, we’re sharing the acceptance speech of our own Jackie Nirenberg from when she was named Woman of the Year by the Heart of Texas chapter of WTS:

FY2022: Discubre Lo Que Hemos Planeado

Las noticias no han parado durante el año pasado, con la pandemia, la aprobación del votante de Project Connect, la tormenta invernal, la primera temporada de Austin FC y así sucesivamente. Es difícil adivinar lo que podría suceder a continuación.

Lo bueno es que no tiene que adivinar. Vea nuestra reunión virtual del presupuesto de CapMetro para el año fiscal 2022 y vea lo que tenemos planeado.

Únase con nuestros equipos de financiamiento y participación comunitaria para aprender más.

Qué: Reunión virtual del presupuestario de CapMetro
Dónde: Facebook Live
Cuándo: viernes 27 de agosto al mediodía
Por qué: Queremos escuchar sus comentarios y preguntas sobre el presupuesto del próximo año.

***ACTUALIZCIÓN de 30 de AGOSTO***

Vea nuestra presentación del presupuesto de CapMetro para el año fiscal 2022 en esta grabación del Facebook Live.

FY2022: Find Out What We’ve Got Planned

A lot has been happening for CapMetro in the past year, what with the pandemic, voter approval of Project Connect, the winter storm, Austin FC’s first season and on and on. It’s hard to guess what might happen next.


The good thing is that you don’t have to guess. Check out our virtual open house about Capital Metro’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022 and see what we’ve got planned.


Join our Finance and Community Engagement teams on August 27 to learn more.

What: CapMetro’s 2022 Budget Virtual Meeting
Where: Facebook Live
When: Friday, August 27 at noon
Why: We want to hear your feedback and questions on next year’s budget.

***UPDATE on AUGUST 30***

Check out our 30-minute FY2022 budget presentation with this recording of the Facebook Live.