CapMetro’s McKalla Station poised for launch in time for 2024 Austin FC season

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Verde listos! Austin FC fans will flock to Q2 Stadium on Feb. 24 for the season opener and first home game of the 2024 season. Verde enthusiasts will paint the town green as Austin FC faces off against Minnesota United.

But that won’t be all Verde fans celebrate: The 2024 season also marks the first for CapMetro’s McKalla Station, launching operations right at the helm of Q2. Andy Skabowski, CapMetro’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, told KXAN the transit authority is working with its own marketing team alongside Austin FC leaders to help get the word out.

“We’ve got a whole marketing plan. We’re pushing out as many different ways as we possibly can through our webpage and advertisements and stuff,” he said. “And Austin FC, as well, is really helping with that messaging.”

Since Austin FC’s launch in 2021, CapMetro leaders have seen a strong appetite for rail, with previous seasons’ gameday service heading to Kramer Station. That location is poised to close now that McKalla Station is set to serve as a more direct and higher-frequency service provider, Skabowski said.

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“We added what we call a special events platform. So now, we have a lot more capacity there,” he said. “You’ll see on the outbound after the game, where you get everybody leaving at one time, you’ll see a train and then you’ll see another set of trains and you see another set of trains. So it’ll be a lot better for those people leaving the game to get homeward.”

Right now, Skabowski said CapMetro leaders feel confident in the frequency of service set to launch at McKalla Station, especially with pre-game operations as people come at staggered intervals. The transit authority’s maintenance facility is right down the road, with Skabowski adding officials will be able to easily bring in more trains as needed.

As the season progresses, he said leaders will continually evaluate rail capacities and demand to see if any possible changes need to be made.

More details on McKalla Station’s rail service schedule will be share online.

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