A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 10, 2010
Crap Metro (Cap Metro nickname)

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("Cap Metro") has served Austin (the capital of Texas) since 1986. By at least 2000, “Cap Metro” has been derided as ‘Crap Metro.”


Wikipedia: Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Capital Metro, is a public transit provider owned by the city of Austin, Texas. It operates buses, vanpools, a passenger rail line called Capital MetroRail and MetroAccess service for the disabled community. Capital Metro serves Austin and several suburbs in Travis and Williamson Counties. Capital Metro is headquartered at 2910 East Fifth Street in Austin.

History
The creation of Capital Metro was approved in 1985 by the citizens of Austin with a one percent sales tax. In 1986, the system was launched, taking over the existing City of Austin bus services.

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From: “Woodard R. Springstube”
Date: 2000/03/19
Subject: Re: Gasoline prices and the TX Railroad Commission

Green party!!!!  No way!!!!  If they had their way, we would have $3 gas with a $7 tax on top of that, so that we would have to give up our cars and all ride Crap Metro.

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From: Woodard Springstube
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 10:49:44 -0600
Local: Sun, Feb 17 2002 11:49 am
Subject: Re: DUI George and his hypocrisy in the War on Drugs

I live in Austin, TX.  At the 2000 election, voters voted down light rail.  Personally, I like the idea, but I voted against the proposal, since I did not trust Cap Metro (CRAP Metro) to do it right.

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From: “Woodard R. Springstube”
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 01:41:45 GMT
Local: Wed, Jan 21 2004 8:41 pm
Subject: Re: The ultimate oxymoron

You could be from Austin, Texas.  Are you sure that you have never ridden our Cap Metro System (a.k.a. Crap Metro. . . )?

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From: (Bruce Burden)
Date: 10 Jul 2006 03:20:58 GMT
Local: Sun, Jul 9 2006 10:20 pm
Subject: Re: Moving to Texas

Austin voters approved a light rail line from Cedar Park to downtown Austin, but Crap Metro is in charge, so I expect it will be as overbudget, underutilized and unreliable as everything else Crap Metro “manages”.

Yelp- Austin
Who’s riding the light rail?
2/18/2010
Jen “the Barbarian” L. says:
If it went to Round Rock instead of Leander, it might be somewhat useful, as I have friends who live up there, and have seen some decent jobs posted up there.  As it stands now, though, it’s completely useless.

I was looking into any existing or plans for an express bus to Round Rock (we have one that goes to Leander), and found a PDF from 2008 outlining just such a plan.  It clearly has not been implemented yet, and there next rail project is supposed to shoot out east.  Not to mention the parts of Austin itself that Crap Metro still doesn’t go to, like most of 360, Bee Cave, etc.

Austin (TX) American-Statesman
Cap Metro: Morning MetroRail runs canceled due to freight train derailment
By Ben Wear | Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 02:38 PM
(...)
COMMENTS
By Keith is an idiot
July 7, 2010 10:47 AM
Look, Keith, I lived in Dallas for eight years. What they have there is light rail. What Crap Metro has is not, it’s not even close. Period, end of story.

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