Capital Metro Transportation Authority
President/Chief Executive Officer
SERVICE AREA AND REGION
The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) is the regional public transportation leader for Central Texas. Capital Metro was created in 1985 in accordance with Chapter 451 of the Texas Transportation Code. It was established by a voter referendum on January 19, 1985, to provide mass transportation service to the greater Austin metropolitan area. The agency is funded in part by a one percent (1%) sales tax levied by its service area members.
The Central Texas region is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and mobility and traffic congestion remain top concerns. According to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, total population in the six-county Central Texas region is projected to increase from 1.7 million in 2010 to more than 4.1 million in 2040. The number of area jobs is also projected to increase from 775,000 to 2.3 million by 2040.
The Capital Metro service area extends across approximately 535 square miles and includes more than 1.2 million residents. The service area includes the cities of Austin, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, Point Venture, San Leanna and portions of Travis County and Williamson County. Capital Metro has been working with five cities outside of Capital Metro’s service area who desire transit services but have reached the state sales tax cap and are unable to join the authority. These cities are: Round Rock, Georgetown, Buda, Pflugerville and Hutto. Capital Metro is partnering with these cities to provide transit service through interlocal agreements where the cities reimburse Capital Metro directly for the cost of service to their communities.
CAPITAL METRO STRUCTURE, SERVICES AND PLANS
In 2011, Texas Senate Bill 650 required Capital Metro to use a competitive bidding process to contract out for any transit services not provided directly by Capital Metro employees by September 1, 2012. The Capital Metro board elected to provide the service through private contractors, and in April 2012 contracts were approved with two private providers to operate fixed route bus and paratransit service. This ended Capital Metro’s relationship with StarTran, the in-house, non-competitively bid service provider. Commuter rail service has been operated by a private provider since its inception in March 2010.
Today, 100% of all transit services continue to be operated by private contractors. The equipment and facilities are owned or leased by Capital Metro and operated by contractors. As part of this arrangement, Capital Metro’s approximately 325 direct employees are responsible for the following functions: purchased transportation contract oversight; strategic planning; short- and long-range planning; service planning; capital planning; finance, budget, grants and accounting; internal audit; government relations; legal; procurement; human resources; risk management; safety and security; property and asset management; real estate, transit-oriented development; facility planning; marketing, communications, customer service, community engagement; and technology. The Capital Metro team is a diverse, high performing and motivated group. There are approximately 1,325 contract employees who work directly for the service providers.
Through private service providers, Capital Metro operates fixed-route bus service, modified bus rapid transit, commuter rail service, paratransit service and vanpools with a fleet of 373 MetroBuses, 55 MetroRapid vehicles, 10 diesel electric commuter trains, 231 vanpools and 171 paratransit vehicles. Annual ridership is approximately 30.5 million. Capital Metro also owns a 154-mile freight rail line and receives revenue from the freight carrier that uses the line.
The FY18 operating budget is approximately $262 million and the FY18 capital budget is approximately $157 million. Capital Metro is governed by an eight-member board of directors. Three board members are appointed by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), with one appointee required to have a finance background, one a business background and one is required to be an elected official. Travis and Williamson counties have one appointee each; the small cities have one appointee; and the city of Austin has two appointees with one required to be an elected official.
The agency recently completed a five-year service plan update (Connections 2025) and is in phase two of developing a high capacity transit plan (Project Connect). More details on the agency and plans may be obtained by visiting the Capital Metro website at CapMetro.org.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The next CEO will need to serve as an engaging, capable, energetic and supportive manager to Capital Metro’s employees while also securing key external relationships in order to develop, build and obtain diverse public and stakeholder support so that transit is well positioned to address the fast pace of growth in the region. This will require the ability and presence to engage the community at all levels, articulate Capital Metro’s vision, earn respect and forge partnerships in areas such as new and existing public and private infrastructure, development, land use and public policy. Ensuring transit is an integral part of local land use and transportation plans such as the Austin Metropolitan Area Transportation Plan and the ongoing revision of the city of Austin’s Land Development Code (CodeNEXT) is critical.
Additionally, it is imperative to Capital Metro’s success that the next CEO continue to ensure that Capital Metro not only maintains its existing funding, but identifies, seeks and secures new and creative funding sources to ensure the agency’s viability.
The President/Chief Executive Officer is responsible for shaping and leading the Authority’s strategic long-term vision as well as overseeing contractors who provide the daily operations of Capital Metro’s bus and commuter rail service, special services including paratransit and ridesharing. The President/CEO will work closely with the disability community to implement solutions that meet their unique mobility needs, including commitment to 100 percent accessible public transit services.
The new President/CEO will have strong business and financial management skills to ensure cost-effective operation and growth. This individual will have outstanding abilities to interact with the board, employees, the community, stakeholders and elected officials.
The board of directors and staff are dedicated to working together to ensure the continued success of Capital Metro as it strives to provide the highest quality of service possible with an emphasis on identifying and implementing solutions to address traffic congestion, ridership, exceptional customer service and system safety.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated background, skills and abilities as grouped in the following areas:
Finance and Accountability
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ executive management experience with a major transit agency or another public or private entity of comparable nature, complexity and size to Capital Metro. Experience leading or serving in an executive level position at a public transit agency (bus, rail, paratransit or multi-modal) is highly desirable. A bachelor’s degree in transportation, transportation management, engineering, business management or equivalent is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience consistent with the required qualifications will also be considered.
For additional information or to submit a resume, please contact Gregg A. Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org.