Capital Metro breaks ground on MetroRail Broadmoor Station at Uptown ATX development in North Austin

Capital Metro, Brandywine Realty Trust, elected officials and community partners participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 18 for the MetroRail Broadmoor Station. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Capital Metro, Brandywine Realty Trust, elected officials and community partners participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 18 for the MetroRail Broadmoor Station. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Capital Metro, Brandywine Realty Trust, elected officials and community partners participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 18 for the MetroRail Broadmoor Station. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Capital Metro joined Brandywine Realty Trust, local officials and other community partners Jan. 18 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the MetroRail Broadmoor Station, which will be located at the future 66-acre Uptown ATX development in North Austin.

The Red Line station located at 11501 Burnet Road, Austin, will provide access to the employers, retailers and entertainment venues located in and around The Domain and Uptown ATX developments, said Eric Stratton, a Capital Metro and Austin Transit Partnership board member, referring to the growing area as Austin’s “second downtown.”

Construction on the Broadmoor Station is expected to last throughout 2022 and 2023, with the station slated to open in early 2024, according to a spokesperson with Capital Metro.

“Access to public transit provides accessibility to jobs [and] amenities, and drives healthy sustainable environments. Public transit promotes community building [and] economic equality and is a huge boost to a city's mobility and productivity,” Brandywine CEO Jerry Sweeney said. “This rail station expands access by providing safe, equitable, reliable transportation connecting people from all through this region into a reimagined North Austin community.”

The $24 million Broadmoor Station is a public-private partnership, with both Capital Metro and Brandywine contributing $12 million, according to previous Community Impact Newspaper reporting.


Additionally, Dennis Howard, the managing director and chief information officer for Charles Schwab, said the financial services company—whose Austin campus is near the future station—donated a key parcel of land to the project.

District 7 Council Member Leslie Pool said the quality of the project is owed to local partners, including the Gracywood neighborhood, working together to guarantee the station benefits everyone involved.

“This project is a model for how community conversations and collaboration fosters better planning, better projects and overall goodwill,” said Pool, who also serves as a Capital Metro board member.

Brandywine announced it broke ground on Phase 1 of Uptown ATX—a $328 million mixed-use section dubbed One Uptown—in December. Spanning 5 acres, One Uptown will bring 341 apartment units, 348,000 square feet of work space and 15,000 square feet of first-floor retail space to the area.

Randy Clarke, president and CEO of Capital Metro and executive director of the Austin Transit Partnership, said once Uptown ATX is fully built out, the Broadmoor Station may become the second largest Red Line station by ridership. The station will feature two double-length covered platforms and more than 400 parking spaces for transit users.

In December, Capital Metro unveiled preliminary design plans for the McKalla Station located near Q2 Stadium. Once both the McKalla and the Broadmoor stations are completed, Capital Metro will close the Kramer Station.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.