AUSTIN, Texas — All Capital Metro staff members who can perform their duties away from the office will have the option to telework starting on March 16, according to the organization.
CapMetro said it will remain focused on delivering critical services to the community with the safety and health of our customers and employees in mind.
The company added it will continue to work closely with the City of Austin and other regional partners on the situation involving COVID19.
If the need arises, CapMetro said it was prepared to implement temporary changes to its services. Any service changes will be posted on the CapMetro website and on the organization's social media platforms.
On March 18, CapMetro said it has developed a policy to provide up to three weeks of supplemental sick leave to help employees and contractors that support operations. This would only apply if the employee or a member of his or her household is affected by COVID19. The organization is also starting a new CapMetro Family Care team, whose sole purpose is to be an additional resource to answer questions, provide comfort and find solutions for those who are impacted.
CapMetro also said it sent a letter to its congressional delegation asking them to consider financial support for transit. CapMetro has already seen a drop of about 40-50% in ridership over the past few days.
"We believe that it is critical that transit is included in any recovery package to ensure essential services for our community," CapMetro said.
Also, CapMetro plans to soon implement temperature checks at its four operation locations.
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