Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson has announced she will retire at the end of this year after more than seven years running the Austin-area transit agency.
Capital Metro board Chairman Wade Cooper said the board plans to launch a national search for the agency’s next leader. That next Capital Metro chief — the 12th chief executive in the agency’s 32 years — will face falling ridership and a transit industry puzzling over its place in period of transportation innovation.
“Capital Metro is developing a plan to look at bus electrification and autonomous vehicles,” said Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen, who also serves on the Capital Metro board. “I will be looking for leadership in a challenging time. We’re kind of past due in getting the transit system that a city of this size needs.”