Winter Storm 2021 After Action Report

Capital Metro played a critical role in supporting our community during the unprecedented the winter storm last February. Our team, in particular our frontline team members, ensured that our neighbors had access to warmth, water, food and critical transportation. In addition to taking care of our neighbors during this emergency, we took care of each other, feeding, warming and providing water to members of the Capital Metro family who needed it.

It is our honor and responsibility to serve in such a critical role when our community needs us the most.

We always seek opportunities to review our processes, identify lessons to be learned and continually improve for the way we operate in the future. As part of this commitment, Capital Metro undertook a review of where we excelled and where we could have done better in our response to the storm. The after action review includes more than 80 recommendations that will increase our ability to support our community and each other during times of emergency and disaster.

Notices of Intent for Project Connect Orange Line and Blue Line

Capital Metro is very excited to share that the agency has reached two significant milestones in the planning and federal funding process for the Orange and Blue Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects.

On May 24, 2021, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published two Notice of Intent (NOI) announcements in the Federal Register notifying the public and stakeholders of the opportunity to participate in the preparation of two National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents for the Orange and Blue Line projects.

This signifies the official start of an effort to assess the potential impacts of building the projects and identify ways to mitigate potential adverse effects on the community or environmental resources. The public will have opportunities to review and provide input on the conceptual designs for the projects this summer. The results of the EIS analysis will be available for public review and comment in late spring 2022.

For your review, we’ve provided additional environmental documents for the Orange Line and the Blue Line.

New COVID-19 Safety Regulations for Transit

On Friday January 29, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a mandate requiring face masks be worn on all forms of public transit and in transit facilities.

Effective February 1, CapMetro customers are to wear face masks while on transit vehicles and when at our facilities. The face masks must cover your nose and mouth and attach around the ears.

While CapMetro has required face coverings since April 2020, we have updated our guidelines to reflect the federal regulations. For this reason, bandanas and other single-ply fabric coverings do not meet this new requirement and will be prohibited.

At this time, Austin is still under Stage 5 restrictions and we ask that you limit travel to essential trips. Stay up-to-date on CapMetro’s COVID-19 response and guidelines here.

Let’s Talk Business

If you’re a business owner, you might want to listen to this one.

The construction of Project Connect’s program of projects is going to bring thousands of jobs to the Austin area, and transit projects like these also bring big opportunities for your business to work with CapMetro.

Accelerate is an opportunity for local businesses to be prepared when CapMetro projects go public. In this live chat, Capital Metro President and CEO Randy Clarke will talk about the economic opportunities that come with investments in transit and how local businesses can earn contracts to work with CapMetro on these projects.

No matter what your business may be, whether you have a product or service you think is perfect for the agency, want to place advertisements on our vehicles or at our stations or, really, anything you can think of, CapMetro provides so many different ways to work with businesses and we’re happy to collaborate with you!

Transit keeps the entire region moving. Help us continue our progress with businesses like yours.

Accelerate — Thursday, February 11 from 2 to 3 p.m.