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ACL smooth cruisin’

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Katy McElroy

As we near the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Festival, it’s time to start talking about transportation. No parking is allowed at Zilker Park, and since thousands of people will be navigating the area during this time, a little bit of planning can make the experience much more pleasant for everyone. One key point: The festival will operate a free shuttle from Republic Square. Service begins at 10 a.m., and the final shuttle returns from the park at 11 p.m. Capital Metro Nos. 801, 803, 2, 7, 10 and 20 bus routes stop regularly at Republic Square. The MetroRail will also run on an extended schedule during ACL: Check your local station schedule for updates. Bicyclists can find bike racks in lots along Toomey Road, with limited parking along Azie Morton Road and Stratford Drive. Dockless enthusiasts can drop off in the lots along Toomey and Azie Morton as well. B-cycle is also an option: There is a station at Barton Springs Road and Sterzing St. near the fest. If you’d rather someone else bike you, the pedicab staging area is on the northeast corner of Barton Springs and Azie Morton roads, close to the festival entrance. Finally, there will be three designated zones for taxis and transportation network companies – one on Wallingwood Drive, one on Lee Barton Drive, and one on Veterans Drive. There will also be a taxicab stand southeast of William Barton Drive. Below is a map of the area, with lane closures, staging areas, and transportation situations of note.

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