Accessibility

CapMetro implements new labor structure

Posted on August 20, 2012

Austin, Texas-based Capital Metro will implement a new labor structure this week that will streamline operations, save an estimated $33 million over the next seven years and preserve the quality of life for bargaining employees.

The move is the latest of a two-year string of improvements under the leadership of the board of directors and President/CEO Linda S. Watson.

Following a competitive procurement process, McDonald Transit was selected to assume responsibility for the fixed-route bus operations and maintenance, formerly provided by StarTran Inc. MV Transportation was selected to assume the MetroAccess operations.

Both assumed their new roles over the weekend. Comprehensive planning and coordination between Capital Metro and the new contractors has ensured a smooth transition that will be seamless to the public.

Under the direction of state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Capital Metro underwent a Texas Sunset Commission review in 2010 that outlined recommendations for improvement in four key areas: finance, labor, rail, and governance/public engagement.

The resulting legislation, SB650, adopted by the 82nd Texas Legislature, mandated the labor structure changes, in addition to other improvements.

With the completion of the labor transition, Capital Metro will have met or exceeded all but one of the requirements set forth by the Sunset Commission. The remaining requirement involves increasing cash reserves to an amount equal to two months of operating expenditures, roughly $30 million, by 2016. Capital Metro is on track to meet that goal.

Over the last two years, the agency has improved its financial health, instituted a number of improvements to its rail system and adopted long-range planning documents, such as the five-year capital improvement plan and strategic plan, to increase its accountability.

The agency also posts detailed financial information on its website, and for these transparency efforts, earned “Gold” certificates from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 2010 and 2011. This was the first time a transit agency had ever received the award.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Paratransit firm in $400K dispute with Miami-Dade County

Transportation America’s 5-year, $208 million contract states the county will withhold the disputed amounts from the company while the dispute is resolved. But, transit officials say they are conceding to TA attorneys who claim the contract language is ambiguous and letting the company hold the cash.

Fla. paratransit subcontractor may get county help

Two Wheels sought help from Palm Beach County after it reached an agreement to terminate its contract with Metro Mobility, which had drawn complaints for poor and unreliable paratransit service.

Va. transit bus, motorized wheelchair collide

According to police, the Hampton Roads Transit bus driver saw the person traveling on the street in the direction of the bus and swerved at the last second to avoid a direct collision with the motorized wheelchair. The wheelchair struck the right side of the bus.

Winnipeg operator adds MV-1

The Winnipeg Taxi Board initially denied Sunshine Transit Services an accessible limousine license in 2012. With the signing of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, help from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities and the Public Interest Law Center, Manitoba's one and only accessible limo license was granted to Sunshine Transit Services in August 2014.

Ga. agency changes paratransit eligibility process

The goal of the updated process is to ensure that only persons who meet the regulatory criteria are regarded as eligible for paratransit service, making this vital service more efficient. Eligibility is based on limitations to an individual’s abilities, not just the presence of a disability.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)



Please sign in or register to .    Close