Capital Metro provides bus and rail service to and from Leander, as well as the on-demand Pickup service within the city. Commuters traveling into Austin may park at the Leander Station Park and Ride, located near U.S. 183 and Metro Drive. Regular Capital Metro fares apply.
MetroRail Red Line
MetroExpress 985: Leander/Lakeline Direct
MetroExpress 985 operates from the Leander Station Park and Ride into downtown Austin and the UT campus. MetroExpress is able to take advantage of the MoPac Express Lanes, letting riders bypass traffic toll-free. These vehicles have free Wi-Fi, comfy seats and room for your bike to help get you from the bus stop to your destination.
Pickup Leander is available weekdays between 6 am and 7 pm and Saturdays between 10 am and 6 pm. We've changed Pickup's service zone boundaries and added the Saturday service last fall. So in addition to HEB and Kohl's, and a number of Leander schools and parks, you can now use Pickup to go from Bagdad Senior Activity Center to the Hills at Leander apartments, for instance.
Capital Metro History
Capital Metro was established by a voter referendum on January 19, 1985 to provide mass transportation service to the greater Austin metropolitan area. The agency is funded in part by a one-% sales tax levied by members of its service area, which today include the cities of Austin, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, Point Venture, San Leanna, and parts of Travis and Williamson counties. Former service area members include Cedar Park, Pflugerville, and the Village of Volente.
Leander joined the Capital Metro service area in 1985 with 42 of 70 total votes in favor. Leander held another election in 2000 in which voters chose to continue Capital Metro service with 491 of 738 total votes in favor. In 2004, Capital Metro held an up-or-down referendum on the operation of a fixed rail system, which was approved by a majority of the service area voter precincts. Passenger rail service in Leander began March 22, 2010.
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Transit Demand Analysis
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