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The parking lot on a weekday at Leander's MetroRail station. Fewer people have been using commuter rail since the pandemic. (Nathan Bernier/KUT)

By Nathan Bernier, KUT

The Leander City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to hold an election on severing ties with Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority – a move that could end commuter rail service to the suburban community and allow Leander to keep millions of dollars each year in sales tax revenue.

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