UT and Cap­i­tal Metro

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

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


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