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Karen Rae, acting Metro director for the NFTA, has been offered the job of general manager at Capital Metro in Austin, Texas.

Capital Metro is cash-rich -- it receives about $100 million from a 1 percent sales tax -- but has been embroiled in management turmoil and recently was criticized in a state audit.

Ms. Rae, 43, declined to comment Tuesday other than to confirm that she has been offered the job and that she will be in Austin later this week to discuss a contract.

She is paid $77,000 at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; the previous Capital Metro executive received $118,500.

In deciding to offer Ms. Rae the position, members of the Austin Transit Board praised her dynamic attitude, her experience and her willingness to work with community groups.

She has been acting Metro director at the NFTA for almost a year. The authority has not made a decision about a permanent director and is engaged in a national search.

Ms. Rae was transportation director for the Greater Glens Falls Transit System before coming to the NFTA in 1991. She was promoted from administrative deputy at Metro to deputy general manager in 1994 and became acting director in September.

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