CapMetro’s 2021 Year in Review

The 2021 fiscal year was one of the busiest, most challenging and exciting years for CapMetro.

Voters approved Project Connect, a transformational system expansion that will improve mobility throughout the region and make Austin a more equitable and livable city.

We continued to improve safety measures at our facilities and aboard our vehicles, and provided emergency assistance to our community during an unprecedented winter storm.

Our commitment to our customers and staff allowed us to improve our services and plan for the bright future ahead.

In this video we’ll highlight how CapMetro is serving the Central Texas region, including a look at how we continue to implement new technology to ensure the safety and reliability of our services:

Winter Storm 2021 After-Action Report

CapMetro played a critical role in supporting our community during the unprecedented 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 CapMetro family who needed them.

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 the way we operate in the future. As part of this commitment, CapMetro 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.

Spooky Bus Season is Here

Halloween is this weekend and all great statisticians of our time estimate that 99.9% of participants wait until the last minute to choose their costume. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a few ideas that are sure to leave an impression at any Halloween shindig you choose to attend.

Here are some options suitable for both kids and adults … modeled by CapMetro buses of course.

Frida Kahlo

Looking to make a strong, colorful statement this year? Get to work on that flower crown and       break a heart or two as Frida Kahlo! Keep your colors bold and bright; dig through that wild necklace collection; and finally get some use out of that shawl you bought on a whim. Growing a unibrow is optional, but rosy, red cheeks and eye shadow are a must. However you bring the look together, be fierce and carry on the powerful spirit of one of the world’s most fearless artists.

Cruella de Vil

Earlier this year, Disney’s Cruella showed a bit of a softer side to the absurdly vain and fashion-obsessed villain from the 101 Dalmatians film canon. This new depth and backstory provide breathing room for just how much attitude you serve others while in character around the punch bowl or on an evening strut around town. You can find a cheap wig or dye half your hair; the gaudier the (faux) fur coat, the better; and don’t forget that pop of red on some long gloves or heels. Bonus points if you add in a well-behaved pooch. We hear Austin Pets Alive has plenty up for adoption!

Minecraft

A fun art project for the little ones, pixelating yourself could be a lesson in color theory, geometry, cubism or … ah heck who are we kidding? Add some blockiness to your world by bringing one of the most popular video games to life! Cardboard boxes are the name of this costume game. Create just a head or go all out with arms and legs. There are plenty of props that can be incorporated — swords, armor, food, banners — just remember to keep them all square!

Bob Ross

With this costume idea, you have an important choice to make: poofy curly-haired wig or full-on real deal perm? Are you as committed to this look as Bob Ross was to the idea that everyone can paint beautiful landscapes? The costume is a relaxed fit — jeans and a light blue dress shirt. You can complete the look by carrying a paintbrush and palette or really dive in and set up an easel in the corner of the party and painting a beautiful depiction of the scene around you. Be efficient in your methods though — running time for a single episode of Ross’ The Joy of Painting was just 30 minutes. Running time for that perm is 3 to 6 months.

Where’s Waldo?

This highly recognizable costume is sure to have everyone looking your way. Though the lovable Waldo does his best to blend into his surroundings, you’re sure to stand out at the function in this costume. A red and white striped shirt is easy to come by or create on your own with some fabric paint; pop out the lenses on any round rim glasses from a thrift store (unless they happen to be your prescription, then free specs!); bust out your beanie collection a little early and there you have it! Just make sure your group doesn’t lose you at the end of the night. Plan ahead — make sure your group has a meetup plan and a safe ride home.

Llegando Más Alto – Otoño de 2021

Llegando más alto destaca las ultimas noticias de los proyectos y los eventos en Capital Metro. Esta edición de otoño de 2021 les da a ustedes las últimas noticias de Project Connect, el trabajo estamos haciendo en nuestra comunidad y como estamos apoyando a los miles de aficionados que se dirigen al Q2 Stadium para los juegos del Austin FC.

Vea la edición del otoño de 2021 de Llegando Más Alto aquí.