UT and Capital Metro
Re: July 21 editorial “Agency can no longer afford free rides.”
I was disappointed that your editorial about Capital Metro bus service for University of Texas students leaves the impression that our students receive favored, subsidized status because UT does not pay the full cost of the service provided by Capital Metro. In fact, all Capital Metro riders receive subsidized bus service, and UT pays a far higher percentage of the actual cost than other Austin riders pay. UT pays about half of Capital Metro’s cost, while other Austin riders pay about 10 percent.
UT students live in Austin, buy goods and services, and pay the 1 percent Capital Metro sales tax, just like all Austin residents.
Ridership on UT routes is far greater than on other routes. This helps traffic and the environment. Contrary to the impression left by your editorial, UT actually helps subsidize Capital Metro’s service for all Austinites.
Bill Powers President, university of texas