Jobs cut as Cap Metro ends contract early


AUSTIN (KXAN) – Seventeen people will be without jobs as Capital Metro and Veolia Transportation bring their contact to an early ending.

The original contract for Veolia to operate part of Capital Metro’s fixed-route bus service was to expire in September 2014. Now, the contract will end May 10th.

Some of Veolia’s employees will have the opportunity to work for First Transit with similar benefits provided they pass required screening. Sixty-three bus operators will be hired by First Transit while 10 mechanics will also be eligible to transition into new jobs with the company.

The employee transition arrangements adhere to existing union agreements, a Cap Metro spokesperson told KXAN.

The bus operators will help cover the launch of MetroRapid 803 service in late summer. It will run from the Domain to the Westgate Shopping area in South Austin.

Meanwhile, 17 administrative staff members and dispatchers will lose their jobs as part of the contract termination.

Earlier this month, a KXAN Investigation sought answers from Capital Metro and its contractors after we reviewed a series of incidents where Capital Metro vehicles ran red lights and were captured on the city’s red light cameras.

Capital Metro established ‘safety partnerships’ with each of the contractors when it made the move to contract-based bussing in 2012. Each contractor has its own safety and disciplinary policy concerning red light camera violations.

Read more about how Capital Metro is tackling the red light problem in our investigation, here.

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