Plan your trip to ACL

People queued up for the short shuttle ride to ACL, in 2010.

Each day this week, we’ve been entertained by Marketing Manager Cynthia Lucas’ 2011 ACL playlist, which has added some audio flair to the Marketing/PR office over here at Capital Metro headquarters. If you’ve ridden with us on the Austin City Limits Music Festival shuttle before, you know about Cynthia’s playlist that she creates each year to entertain you during your short wait for a shuttle at Republic Square.

Beginning tomorrow through Sunday, you’ll be able to hear the 2011 iteration, when the shuttle buses start rolling at 10 a.m. from Republic Square Park at 5th and Guadalupe to Zilker Park.

The last bus leaves Republic Square Park for ACL at 8 p.m. The last returning bus back to Republic Square heads out about 30 minutes after the final band leaves the stage each night.

The shuttle is free, and it’s the best way to get to Zilker Park (aside from biking!), as there is no parking at the festival.

With just a tiny bit of planning, you can skip parking altogether and ride one of Capital Metro’s regular bus routes to Republic Square.  (Remember the new parking meter hours have gone into effect downtown!) Many of Capital Metro’s regular routes will get you within a block or two of the shuttle bus loading zone, and it only costs a dollar.  Check out the map here.

If your good times continue well past the last band leaves the stage, no worries. On Friday and Saturday nights, Capital Metro’s Night Owl and E-Bus routes run until about 3 a.m. between downtown and neighborhoods throughout the city. (Plan ahead on Sunday night as there is no late night service—Capital Metro buses run until about 10-11 p.m. on Sunday.)

We hope to see you on the bus, whether it’s a regular route or the free ACL shuttle. Let us know how you like the tunes!

6 thoughts on “Plan your trip to ACL

  1. Misty

    During the ten years of providing this service we have not had any problems reaching the park, especially with special access from Mopac. We provide an average of 30,000 trips each day of the festival.

    1. I haven’t gone to ACL myself but have had to skirt the grounds on the way home from work for many years now – including crossing the river on Mopac – and have seen lots and lots of completely stopped traffic. I have a hard time believing this statement of yours.

  2. Patrick

    I’ve confronted the same thing as M1EK. Traffic around Barton Springs and Lamar (Riverside and Lamar too) either crawls or is completely stopped during ACL Weekend. Perhaps, it gets better after 7pm on Friday.
    Capmetro, could you consider not bringing detoured Local and Crosstown routes straight through the middle of that area in future years? For example, I’m thinking you could have the 30-NB stay on Caeser Chavez until it gets Downtown and have the 30-SB take Caeser Chavez to Mopac. That way you could still let people who want to go to ACL off those buses close enough to Zilker, but still provide timely service to those passengers that aren’t going to ACL. What do you think?

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