The head of CapMetro is going from the Texas capital to the nation’s capital.
President and CEO Randy Clarke is moving to a new role as the General Manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in D.C.
- He’s expected to move to the new role sometime this summer
- Clarke has held his role at CapMetro since March 2018
- Since December 2020, he’s been with Austin Transit Partnership, where he’s helped lead the newly formed organization implementing Project Connect, the multi-billion transit expansion plan approved by voters in November 2020.
WOW what a day! Thx you @CapMetroATX & #ATX, we will miss you. I am honored and excited to be named the next GM/CEO @wmata. Look forward to returning to DC to lead #wmata into the future. Thx to the Board for their confidence & support. See everyone soon on ! Onward.pic.twitter.com/ojwxPUrqFv— Randy Clarke \ud83d\ude8c\ud83d\ude8a\ud83d\ude8d (@Randy Clarke \ud83d\ude8c\ud83d\ude8a\ud83d\ude8d) 1652215225
"All along my desire has been to see more communities served through providing better access to high-quality transit, and it’s been an honor to have served the people of Austin and Central Texas," Clarke said. “This place and you all will be always near to my heart,” he added.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."