cap metro OKs Ut shuttle pact
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.