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.
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
System-wide ridership on Capital Metro jumped more than one
million last year. Austin area commuters have embraced the MetroRail commuter
line with ridership more than tripling. With a strong community push for
additional rail service, Watson shaped a new partnership with the City of
Austin, paving the way for developing a regional high-capacity transit system plan.
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.”