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Au­gust 2010: Linda Watson, mov­ing from a job lead­ing the Orlando, Fla., tran­sit agency, be­comes Cap­i­tal Metro’s pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

Au­gust 2012: Pri­vate con­trac­tors as­sume man­age­ment of the rest of Cap­i­tal Metro’s bus driv­ers and me­chan­ics, com­plet­ing a tran­si­tion from the agency’s in­ter­nal man­age­ment of much of the work­force.

Jan­uary 2014: The agency be­gins “rapid bus” ser­vice with the No. 801 on the North La­mar Boule­vard/South Con­gress Av­enue cor­ri­dor. Ser­vice on a sec­ond rapid line will be­gin later in the year, and the agency moved most bus routes off of Con­gress down­town.

Novem­ber 2014: Vot­ers re­ject a joint city of Austin and Cap­i­tal Metro ini­tia­tive to build a $1.4 bil­lion light rail line from South­east Austin to North­east Austin.

Jan­uary 2015: Cap­i­tal Metro raises its fares by about 25 per­cent, the third fare in­crease in Watson’s ten­ure and the fifth in­crease since 2008.

June 2017: The agency com­pletes a deal with pri­vate com­pa­nies on the development of its Plaza Saltillo tract just east of In­ter­state 35, and con­struc­tion be­gins im­me­di­ately.

July 31: Watson an­nounces her re­tire­ment, ef­fec­tive the end of 2017.

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