Linda S. Watson, President and CEO
Linda S. Watson is the president/chief executive officer
of the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, Texas.
She has more than 25 years of transportation related experience in Orlando,
Corpus Christi, and Fort Worth.
When Watson arrived at Capital Metro in August 2010, she set
a high bar for service, oversight and accountability. With new leadership, a
new vision and a new direction, Capital Metro has transformed into a more
transparent, accountable and financially sustainable organization that is
trusted and valued by the community.
Capital Metro was the first transit system in Texas to earn
the state comptroller’s highest level recognition for online financial
transparency. As Watson likes to say, “You can see every dollar we spend
area commuters have embraced the MetroRail commuter line with ridership that has more than quadrupled. Capital Metro continues leading the way with new transportation solutions, like MetroRapid, launched in 2014. New options are also on the way with system-wide real time arrival information and the
expansion of a frequent service network in high-use corridors, launching later in 2015.
Before coming to Capital Metro, Watson was the chief
executive officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation
Authority in Orlando. She also previously served as the general manager of the
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and was the assistant general
manager of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.
Watson serves on the board of several organizations
of the Americas
Events Host Committee
Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) America
- Innovation Corridor Board of Austin, TX
She is an alumna of Leadership Texas, Leadership Fort Worth,
Leadership Corpus Christi and Leadership Orlando. She graduated from the University of Texas
with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban and Regional Affairs and
was honored as a “Distinguished Alumni.”