These were the most read Northwest Austin transportation stories of 2020

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An upcoming Capital Metro rail station at the former IBM campus in North Austin was confirmed in August. (Rendering courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

An upcoming Capital Metro rail station at the former IBM campus in North Austin was confirmed in August. (Rendering courtesy Brandywine Realty Trust)

This past year, Austin voters approved Captial Metro's largest mass-transit plans to date. The $7.1 billion Project Connect plan, which will bring commuter rail lines and bus routes to Northwest Austin, dominated headlines for months.

Other transportation projects, from trails to neighborhood streets, started and finished across Northwest Austin over the past 12 months.

Here are the top five Northwest Austin transportation stories from 2020.

1. Construction to begin in September on new $24 million Capital Metro rail station across from The Domain

Brandywine Realty Trust is in the midst of developing the site of the current IBM campus in North Austin, directly across from The Domain, into a mixed-use development with more than 2,000 housing units and more than 1 million additional square feet of office space. This fall, work will begin on a rail station on Capital Metro's Red Line to serve that future mixed-use community, proposed to be named Uptown ATX. Read the full story here.

2. First section of Northern Walnut Creek Trail now complete after decade-long stretch of work

After a decade of construction delays and fired contractors, city officials have closed the books on all major construction on the first section of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Northwest Austin. Read the full story here.

3. Four roads under construction Northwest Austin residents should know about

The city of Austin Transportation Department in a July 7 newsletter stated city construction crews are placing equipment throughout July to begin construction on Anderson Mill Road. Read the full story here.

4. Monumental $7.1 billion transit plan with North Austin rail stations in the hands of Austin voters

The city of Austin and Capital Metro will ask Austin voters Nov. 3 to fund a plan that would connect neighborhoods throughout Northwest Austin to downtown through public transportation. Read the full story here.

5. TIMELINE: Plans for a continuous Red Line Trail between Austin and Leander gain momentum

For more than 10 years, a proposal to build a bicycle and pedestrian trail adjacent to the MetroRail Red Line route sat mostly untouched. Read the full story here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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North Austin cafe Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits expands with kitchen space

Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits on Burnet Road is expanding its business to include a full kitchen for dine-in and to-go services.

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Central Texas Food Bank announces distribution sites in March following winter storm

The Central Texas Food Bank is holding food distribution events throughout March for local residents experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering effects from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

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Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

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Winter storm closures deepen financial woes for Austin’s pandemic-battered restaurant scene

Some restaurants in Austin lost thousands of dollars in lost business due to business closures during Winter Storm Uri.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX is coming to Austin

Job postings on the SpaceX website say the company is breaking ground on a "state of the art" manufacturing facility in Ausin.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.