McKalla Station and Red Line Double Track 3

McKalla Station and Red Line Double-Track

Location Austin, Texas

Client Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro)

Services Construction Management

Project Value $ 35 million

Hill is providing construction management services for three rail infrastructure projects in Austin, TX. Project 1 is the design-bid-build construction of an additional main line track to provide double-track service along a 1.5-mile alignment from north of Braker Lane to the existing CapMetro North Operations Yard in North Austin. This project also includes all necessary signal and positive train control updates and integration. Project 1A is another design-bid-build project that involves an early drainage package in preparation for the replacement of a critical railroad bridge. Project 2 involves the construction of McKalla Station, a new regional rail station next to Q2 Stadium, home of Major League Soccer team Austin FC. This design-build project includes construction of retaining walls, a second track, and three station platforms to accommodate up to 20,000 soccer fans on game day. The project also incorporates a shoofly to maintain existing rail operations, multiple ADA-compliant accessibility features, and a variety of amenities such as bike racks, ticket machines, signage, cameras, Wi-Fi, emergency phones, a shared-use pedestrian and bike path, enhanced plaza space to support an outdoor amphitheater just outside of Q2 Stadium, and more.

The three projects support CapMetro’s Red Line regional rail, which provides commuter rail service from downtown Austin through Central and North Austin and connects to the city’s larger transit system. In addition to enhancing connectivity, the projects increase value for residents along the alignment and reduce noise pollution by creating railroad quiet zones through three major crossings. The project team is performing all work without disrupting revenue service on existing and future-use diesel multiple unit (DMU) and freight railway corridors. Work is expected to conclude by 2024.

As construction manager, Hill is managing the individual projects and help coordinating the efforts of the project teams to drive an efficient construction program. Hill’s specific responsibilities include design review, document control, inspection, schedule and cost management, quality assurance/quality control, coordination, change management, safety management, and reporting, as well as a variety of close-out and commissioning services.