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Chad Swiatecki is a 20-year journalist who relocated to Austin from his home state of Michigan in 2008. He most enjoys covering the intersection of arts, business and local/state politics. He has written for Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Daily News, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman and many other regional and national outlets.
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Spring festival season is upon us
The grand citywide experiment that is South by Southwest gets a little trickier this year with the wrinkle that the University of Texas and local school districts will not hold their spring breaks concurrently with the festival. With that in mind and anticipating downtown traffic tangles aplenty, the city, the police department, UT, and a variety of other local bodies of prominence are pushing for Austinites to do anything they can to reduce single-passenger car travel from March 8-17. At a public information event held Wednesday morning, officials encouraged locals to work remotely instead of driving downtown, use B-cycle services and pedicabs whenever possible, and use ride-sharing services with pickups and drop-offs in designated areas. A map of road closures and areas favorable for transit alternatives is available at the City Stage website, where visitors can also learn about Capital Metro’s extended service hours during what in cityspeak is known as “spring festival season.”
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