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Green Light For Red Line Service on Friday and Saturday Nights

A commuter train parked at Crestview Station
Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News
A commuter train parked at Crestview Station

Capital Metro’s Red Line will start running late into the evening on Fridays and Saturdays. Austin City Council voted 6-1 this evening onthis resolution directing city staff to finalize the deal with Cap Metro. Kathie Tovo was the only council member to vote against the proposal. 

The new schedule will see commuter trains run hourly from 7 p.m. until midnight on Fridays. On Saturdays, they'll run every 35 minutes 4 p.m. until midnight. That schedule takes effect Friday, March 23.

But you won't have to wait until then for weekend red line service. Cap Metro was already planning to run trains on Fridays and Saturdays during South by Southwest. That schedule is slightly different. Trains will run until midnight Fridays and from 10:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays. 

Ridership will be evaluated monthly by Cap Metro's Operations and Planning Committee. The public transit agency will report back to city council on ridership about 90 days after the expanded hours take effect. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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