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The following is a City of Austin - Public Works Pedestrian Program news release. 

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 City of Austin and Capital Metro partner to bring more accessibility to Austin’s bus stops 

December 13, 2012

Austin, TX – Over the next five years, some Capital Metro bus stops will be receiving makeovers.  These improvements will come via a partnership with the City of Austin Public Works Department, who will be providing the construction of the facilities. 

The partnership comes after City Council approved an amendment to an existing interlocal agreement between the two entities that helped facilitate accessibility improvements at 170 bus stops last year.

The amendment extends the partnership for another five years and allows for up to $10,000,000 to be transferred from Capital Metro to the City to continue bus stop improvements, pending budget availability each year. Under the terms of the agreement, Capital Metro will reimburse the City monthly for work completed.

“This collaboration is a great example of local tax dollars being spent wisely, with huge benefits for the community,” says City Councilman and Capital Metro Chairman Mike Martinez. “Incorporating bus stop improvements into already planned city projects just makes sense. It reduces staff time and paperwork, ultimately saving both the city and Capital Metro, time and money, while improving the walkability and accessibility of the city.”

Although all of Capital Metro’s approximately 2,900 bus stops met the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the time they were constructed, the transit agency has been upgrading stops to meet the newest standards of the ADA. Over the course of the five-year construction program, Capital Metro anticipates the entire remaining 37 percent of stops that need improvements to be completed.

The bus stop improvements are estimated to range from $3,000 to $20,000 each, with an average cost of $8,000.  These improvements will take place in various zip codes throughout the City.  

City of Austin – Public Works Pedestrian Program:  http://www.austintexas.gov/department/pedestrian 

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Contact:          Sara Hartley, Public Works, (desk) (512) 974-1444, (cell) 512-560-4267

                        Erica Macioge, Capital Metro, (desk) (512) 369-6085, (cell) 512-636-7232