1994: Dottie’s Debut and A Nostalgic Ride Through Austin History

Congrats Dottie Banner

Let’s wind back the clocks to 1994! Check out what was happening in Austin 30 years ago when our President & CEO started her career at CapMetro.
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1994 by the numbers infographic showing fun facts happening in Austin in 1994.

What a ride! Dottie started in ’94 as a part-time shuttle driver for The University of Texas at Austin, where she was in her junior year of study.

She later earned her bachelor’s degree in social work and stayed at CapMetro, continuing to grow her career. She went on to become the VP of Bus Operations, later promoted to COO and Deputy CEO. Dottie celebrated her first full year as CEO in February 2024.

Video messages from across the community poured in to congratulate Dottie and wish her cheers to 30 years at CapMetro.

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1994 by the numbers

  • Austin Population: 508,336
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $1.09
  • Number of CapMetro Routes: 62
  • Cost for Bus Fare: 50 cents
  • Ridership: 27,950,549
  • January 22, 1994: Central Market opens its first location on North Lamar.
  • February 25, 1994: The Big Eight Conference grows to Big 12 with the addition of UT Austin, Baylor, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.
  • March 1994: SXSW adds Film & Interactive track to the annual festival. Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson are among the music conference’s notable guest speakers.
  • April 1, 1994: Austin Music Network (AMN), a non-profit independent music television channel begins broadcasting.
  • May 7, 1994: The inaugural Austin Reggae Festival converges on Auditorium Shores.
  • August 1994: AISD opens the McCallum Fine Arts Academy with 17 students enrolled.
  • August 6, 1994: Metallica shreds their mind-melting metal riffs at Southpark Meadows.
  • November 19, 1994: City of Austin breaks ground on AUS airport.
  • December 29, 1994: Unranked Texas Longhorns defeats the No. 19 ranked North Carolina Tarheels in the Sun Bowl. Priest Holmes scores four touchdowns and rushes for 161 yards.
  • Austin Music Awards names Jimmy Vaughn its Musician of the Year.