Leander Mayor Troy Hill was sworn in as the newest member of the Capital Metro board of directors during its Jan. 27 meeting.
Hill also serves as a voting member of the CAMPO Transportation Policy Board.
The seat filled by Hill was previously held by former Manor Mayor Rita Jonse, who did not seek re-election last year.
The eight-member board is composed of three members appointed by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CAMPO, including one elected official; one member representing smaller cities within the Capital Metro service area; one member appointed by each of the Travis County and Williamson County commissioners; and two members appointed by Austin City Council, including one elected official.
Capital Metro provides MetroExpress bus service and MetroRail service in Leander. Leander’s annual contribution to Capital Metro in fiscal year 2017-18 was about $5,133,277.
In July, an item on Leander City Council's agenda authorized the mayor and interim city manager to negotiate with a private attorney regarding the “possible withdrawal” from the transit authority. Hill said at the time that the services the agency provides to Leander are substandard and not worth the amount the city contributes to the agency.
The 1% sales tax levied by the city of Leander—half of the maximum 2% sales tax the city can levy—helps fund the transit agency. Other service members in the Austin area pay the same percentage, according to Capital Metro.
The item was removed from the agenda at the start of the meeting, where dozens to residents spoke out against the proposed withdrawal. Since then, the city has met with Capital Metro, which, in October, expanded its on-demand bus service, Pickup, into Leander.
For more information, visit www.capmetro.org.
Amy Denney contributed to this report.
Leander mayor sworn in as newest member of Captial Metro board
Leander Mayor Troy Hill was sworn in as the newest member of the Capital Metro board of directors during its Jan. 27 meeting. (Amy Denney, Community Impact Newspaper)