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Project Connect breaking ground on rail station by Q2 stadium

(Project Connect)

Project Connect is kicking off construction on the rail station by the Q2 stadium.

Known as the McKalla Station, it’ll be located on Delta Drive and include two regular platforms, plus a special event platform. The latter will serve as a way of increasing options in the area around North Burnet Road.

It’ll be some time before Austin FC fans can use the station to head to a game. Slated for a late 2023 opening, the station will be part of the Red Line running from Leander to the downtown convention center.

When voters approved Project Connect—a public transit plan to add light rail lines, a downtown subway, an expanded bus system, and an all-electric fleet—in November 2020, the estimated cost was $7.1 billion. Due to inflation pressures and supply chain constraints, estimates rose to $10.3 billion in the spring. Austonia contacted CapMetro about whether those estimates have changed and did not hear back by the time of publication.

Implementing the part of the plan focused on the Red Line involves the introduction of quiet zones and the creation of the Broadmoor station for the Domain area. Plus, the use of double tracking allows for higher frequency service since trains can move in either direction at the same time rather than sharing a single track.

On Monday evening, transportation leaders with Project Connect are hosting a groundbreaking for the station. In attendance will be Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion and Texas lawmakers.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway