LINDA WATSON’S TENURE
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.