Leander City Council votes to put Capital Metro exit on future ballot

Leander train for Captial Metro
Leander receives bus and rail services from Capitol Metro. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Leander receives bus and rail services from Capitol Metro. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The future of Leander’s involvement in Capital Metro may lie in the voters' hands.

Leander City Council voted 6-1 to direct staff to begin the process of placing Capital Metro on the ballot. Christine Sederquist voted against the motion. The item was discussed in an executive session.

City Council would need to call an election for this item. If council chooses to call a November 2021 election, the deadline to call the election is Aug. 16.

Leander City Council previously considered leaving Capital Metro in 2019 and to stop rail and bus services in the city.

Leander collects 2% in sales tax in addition to the state’s 6.25%. One percent of the city's sales tax goes to Capital Metro, while the other one percent goes to the city.


Capital Metro was formed in 1985 with Austin, Leander, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Manor, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Point Venture, Volente, San Leanna, West Lake Hills and Rollingwood as members, according to previous Community Impact Newspaper reporting. West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, Cedar Park, Pflugerville and Volente are no longer members.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional information about the process to add the item to a future election.
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.