Talk:Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Typo[edit]

Cool. But it should be here: Capital_Metropolitan_Transportation_Authority. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mulder416 (talk • contribs) .

Thanks for the heads up. Fixed. jareha 23:15, 6 February 2006 (UTC)

Capital Metro Commuter Rail[edit]

A commuter rail plan, under the authority of Capital Metro, is underway and scheduled for completion in 2008. The system — which will be built on pre-existing freight rail lines — will serve Downtown Austin, East Austin, Northwest Austin and Leander in the first phase. CapMetro, Austin, Texas, USA. It will be called Capital Metro Commuter Rail.

External links[edit]

I have copied this on Capital Metro Commuter Rail/Temp. --Peter Horn 23:28, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

Customer Service Issues[edit]

Anon added three complaints, which I have removed. The complaints might be valid, but wikipedia isn't the place to catalog them. If they're cataloged elsewhere, then wikipedia could reference them. Unfortunately, the online CSAC minutes are 15 months out of date. Editors that are interested in this issue should contact the CSAC coordinator and obtain more recent minutes or find some other source such as newspaper articles. Deh 15:01, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Fare Controversy[edit]

Ralph Mudge 19:27, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

I'd like to include some discussion of the proposed fare increases. Surprisingly, I don't have a POV on this! Personally, I don't care if fares are free or $100 a ride. And I do understand that riders never want to pay more, and CapMetro always wants to get more. But I'm confused because higher fares will bring CapMetro a lot of ill will and not much revenue.

Can some Capital Metro insider divulge the real reason for the fare increase? I'm the only one I know who's speculated that CapMetro is actually hoping to make more money by *reducing* ridership (and associated operating expenses), so I guess that paragraph is clearly OR and has to go.

I'm new to Wikipedia. Can anyone help bring this up to Wikipedia standards in a way that still leaves readers with the information they'd need to make up their own minds?

Fare Increases[edit]

Capital Metro has proposed to double its base bus fare to $1, and to adjust the other fares proportionately.

Fare Controversy[edit]

"Financial projections show that Capital Metro's expenses will exceed revenue in the near future".[1]

One one hand, even the proposed $1.00 fare is clearly a bargain. Current fares do not even pay for gas. To cover operating expenses, riders would actually need to pay a $14.00 fare--enough for a taxi.

On the other hand, Capital Metro's revenue has already jumped quite a bit. Sales tax pays for 94 percent of Capital Metro's operating expenses, and those sales tax revenues have increased 20 percent in the last year, [3] which is "$3.7 million higher" than Capital Metro had expected.[4] In addition, fares were only 2.7 percent of revenue last year, so doubling fares won't bring in much more money. If ridership declines by the predicted 38 percent, [5] then doubling fares will only increase revenue by 0.6 percent.

But if the fare increase isn't really about revenue, what is it about? It may be a response to complaints that Capital Metro has a higher subsidy rate than similar transit agencies.[2] (In fact, not counting the university shuttle operations, it's the highest subsidy rate of any transit system in the US.[3]) Or it may actually be intended to reduce operating expenses caused by vandalism. (During 1990, in response to wide perception that most buses were running virtually empty, Capital Metro attempted to boost ridership by eliminating fares entirely. "This experiment was regarded as both successful in terms of increasing ridership and disastrous in terms of attracting problem riders who drive away quality ridership and caused system losses due to criminal activity."[4])

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This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as start, and the rating on other projects was brought up to start class. BetacommandBot 03:30, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

verifying old daily texan citations[edit]

In some of my edits, I've cited Daily Texan articles going back as far as 1989. These can be found online, here:

http://tspweb02.tsm.utexas.edu/Interconnect/INDEX/search.html

Per [6], that site contains archives from 1984 to 2003. I'd have linked to the articles, directly, in the citations, but, unfortunately, you can't do that with their website. In lieu of that, you can just take the title of any article, replace the spaces with ^'s, and do a search. TerraFrost 16:23, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

  1. ^ "A fare value for Central Texas". Capital Metropolitan Transport Authority. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Public Transit, Public Trust". Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Opportunity Analysis of Capital Metropolitan Transit". Texas Public Policy Foundation. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Fare, Free, or Something In Between". Jennifer S. Perone. Retrieved 2007-09-04.