A new commuter rail stop is set to open directly across the Q2 Stadium parking lot this month.

The McKalla station will be up and running Feb. 24, just in time for Austin FC’s home opening game against Minnesota United. Construction of the $58.8 million project started in July 2022.

The details

McKalla Station is on CapMetro’s Red Line, which runs from downtown Austin through the central and northwest portion of the city and to the city of Leander. The line’s existing Kramer Station will be decommissioned sometime after McKalla station opens.

What you need to know

Riders can purchase rail fare through the CapMetro App, online, or at select H-E-B locations. Riders can use CapMetro’s trip planner tool to view routes and wait times.

CapMetro also has a program that gives half-price fare to seniors, riders with disabilities, and active and reserve duty military. Residents can apply here.

Get involved

CapMetro Public Safety is seeking volunteers to act as crowd members for a full-scale rehearsal of the McKalla Station on Feb. 4 from 6-11 p.m. ahead of the official opening. The practice run will help CapMetro evaluate crowd flows and practice crowd management, officials said in a news release. Participants will receive CapMetro merchandise, appetizers and drinks.

The context

The station marks one of the first programs completed by Project Connect, a multibillion-dollar plan passed by voters in November 2020 to rethink and expand Austin’s transportation infrastructure.