2022 Austin City Limits Music Festival: Let CapMetro help you get to Zilker Park

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The 2022 Austin City Limits Music Festival is just around the corner, attracting an estimated 75,000 attendees each day. 

That means the area’s already packed streets will be even more crowded than usual. Thankfully, the CapMetro family is up for the challenge, here to help you safely get to Austin’s Zilker Park Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16.

A number of CapMetro routes stop at or near Republic Square in Downtown Austin, where ACL Fest’s official shuttles will arrive and depart. Republic Square is located along Guadalupe Street between West Fourth and West Fifth streets, adjacent to the federal courthouse.

>>MORE: CapMetro Service for Austin City Limits October 7-9 & 14-16

These are some of the routes citywide that will get you to Republic Square: 1 (North Lamar/South Congress), 2 (Rosewood), 3 (Burnet/Menchaca), 4 (Seventh Street), 5 (Woodrow/Lamar), 6 (East 12th), 7 (Duval/Dove Springs), 10 (South First/Red River), 17 (Cesar Chavez), 19 (Bull Creek) and 20 (Manor Road/Riverside). Check the CapMetro app to find complete schedules and to plan the route that works best for you.

CapMetroRapid Route 803 (Burnet/South Lamar) can get you directly to Zilker’s doorstep without a need for the shuttles. Heading north, park and board at the Westgate Transit Center. Heading south, park and board in the Domain area.

While you’re out and about, look for our uniformed CapMetro ambassadors. They can help you find your way to the festival and answer any questions you may have about our services.

Whichever route you choose, be sure to buy your pass ahead of time using the CapMetro app to speed things up. (Remember: Kids ride free!)

Rather ride a bike than a bus? We can do that, too. CapMetroBike, which has 75 bikeshare locations across the region, is another option. Valets will be on hand to collect bikes at Barton Springs Road and Sterzing Street, just steps from Zilker, to ensure you’ve got a space to park.

However you plan to get to Zilker, know that you can count on Team CapMetro for safe, reliable service at an affordable price – leaving you with plenty of extra cash to spend on merch and trips to the food/beverage tents.

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Best routes for ACL Fest attendees

1 (North Lamar/South Congress)

2 (Rosewood)

3 (Burnet/Menchaca)

4 (Seventh Street)

5 (Woodrow/Lamar)

6 (East 12th)

7 (Duval/Dove Springs)

10 (South First/Red River)

17 (Cesar Chavez)

19 (Bull Creek)

20 (Manor Road/Riverside)

803 (Burnet/South Lamar)

June Safety Month: Game Day Safety

Austin FC season is in full swing and CapMetro is a great way to get to the game. Getting to and from the game safely is the most important goal of the night! According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, someone is struck by a train at a highway rail crossing every three hours. Trains can’t stop quickly. A train that is traveling 55 miles per hour can take more than a mile to stop, even with an emergency application of the brakes.

Follow these tips to stay safe around train tracks:

  • Stop if you see flashing red lights.
  • Only cross at a designated public crossing.
  • Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing.
  • Only cross if gate arms are up, lights have stopped flashing and bells have stopped ringing.

Be safe and be smart. If you are going to a game at Q2 Stadium, please look out for the flashing lights and rail crossing gate arms and NEVER trespass by walking along tracks outside of designated public crossings. Use sidewalks, even if it takes a bit longer.

Whether you take the train or bus, it’s important to stay alert amidst the festive atmosphere. It can be really easy to move and walk with the crowd but that doesn’t mean you’re protected from distracted drivers. Keep your head up and continue to look for traffic when the game is over. Don’t just spill into the street where you run the risk of getting hit.

If you are headed for some post-game festivities and have mapped your trek, make sure your eyes aren’t glued to your screen the entire time. Check your phone periodically and only when you’re safely on the sidewalk or a corner, out of the street.

Whether you take the train or bus, CapMetro is always a good choice for a safe ride.


June is National Safety Month!

At CapMetro, safety is our core value. The National Safety Council made June National Safety Month to help us keep each other safe – in the workplace or any place. CapMetro wants everyone to be safe while taking transit, driving, walking or riding scooters or bikes.

Data from the National Safety Council shows that Texas roads have become more lethal with a 15 percent increase in deaths from 2020 to 2021 and an even larger 25 percent increase in deaths when you compare it to 2019. As more people return to the roads, it’s even more important to practice safe driving.

Pedestrians: Remember to always use the crosswalk. Crossing the street in the middle of the block (without a pedestrian beacon) is illegal, but most of all it’s dangerous. Crosswalks provide you an extra level of protection because drivers expect to see pedestrians at crosswalks, but the same is certainly not always true mid-block.  Do not use your electronic device while crossing a street.

As you walk or exercise outside, pay attention to your surroundings and traffic. Stay alert and put phones away, make sure you can hear potential warnings from drivers or cyclists.

Drivers: Stay alert and on the lookout for pedestrians, people riding bikes or scooters and CapMetro vehicles. Please slow down and obey speed limits, respect traffic signs and avoid distractions.

Driving while using an electronic device is against the law. If you need to check a route or make a call, do so before driving or pull over to use your phone. More than 3,000 people every year die nationwide in crashes that involve a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When you approach railroad crossings, be cautious. Stop, look both ways and listen for a train before crossing. Respect flashing red lights, do not drive around the lowered gate and never stop on the tracks. In the case of an emergency at a railroad crossing, call the number on the blue sign located on the signal.

Remember to also stay alert for buses as they stop for passengers.

Cyclists and scooter riders: Wear a helmet and ride with the flow of traffic. Use bike lanes whenever available and respect traffic signs and signals. Avoid any distractions such as using your phone or listening to music and podcasts. Stay alert for pedestrians and never use a scooter or bike when impaired.


Rolling Out New Fare Structure January 26

new_passesFares for Capital Metro will be changing January 26 as we launch our new tiered fare system that will consist of three main service categories: Local, Premium and Commuter. At the same time we launch this new system you can expect to see a “new look” on passes, too. New fares go into effect Jan. 26. Continue reading “Rolling Out New Fare Structure January 26”