CapMetro CEO leaves, leaving two Austin transit organizations leaderless

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Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke will leave Austin to lead the transit agency in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced this morning that Clarke will take over at the end of the summer as general manager and CEO.

Clark’e’s five-year deal with WMATA includes an annual salary of $485,000 and a housing allowance of $4,000 per month for up to six months. At CapMetro, Clarke’s 2021 earnings were $376,687.

During his four years at CapMetro, Clarke oversaw the transit agency’s largest overhaul of the city’s bus route system. He chaired the agency as Austin voters in November 2020 authorized the largest transit expansion in the city’s history.

Clarke’s departure means the two transit agencies responsible for overseeing the implementation of this multi-billion dollar expansion are now leaderless.

The Austin Transit Partnership — a local government agency created to oversee Project Connect — voted last month to remove Clarke as CEO after a consultant’s report recommended a change in governance structure.

And now Capital Metro, which is struggling to keep routes on time due to a shortage of drivers, will be without an executive.

Capital Metro’s board of directors will meet this month with Clarke to determine a transition plan.

“Randy will certainly be missed at CapMetro,” said Travis County Commissioner and CapMetro Board Chairman Jeffery Travillion.

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