cap metro OKs Ut shut­tle pact

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

The Cap­i­tal Metro board voted 5-0 Mon­day to ap­prove a two-year ex­ten­sion of its con­tract with the Uni­ver­sity of Texas to pro­vide shut­tle bus ser­vice. Board mem­ber Norm Chafetz, who had expressed con­cerns about the con­tract, ab­stained. Board mem­ber Ann Stafford re­cused her­self, and board mem­ber Frank Fer­nan­dez, who was present ear­lier dur­ing the meet­ing, was off the dais when the vote took place.

This con­tract ex­tends a re­la­tion­ship dat­ing to 1989, but it makes key changes. Stu­dents who board reg­u­lar Cap­i­tal Metro buses will still ride for free, but the uni­ver­sity will be billed 40 cents for each ride this year.

Shut­tle buses, as they reach the end of use­ful life and are re­placed, will not be painted orange and white but will have sub­tler mark­ings. The uni­ver­sity un­der the ex­ten­sion prob­a­bly will pay Cap­i­tal Metro about $12.1 mil­lion in the next two years, cov­er­ing just over 60 per­cent of Cap­i­tal Metro’s cost to pro­vide the ser­vice.

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