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)

Leave Your Car at Home and Become a Two-Timer

Two Timer LogoTraffic congestion in Central Texas is bad and getting worse. Drivers stuck in traffic on I-35 or MoPac know this only too well. In fact, Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s recently released Urban Mobility Scorecard shows that in 2014 a peak-hour trip in the Austin area took 33 percent longer than that same trip would take in less congested traffic.

Furthermore, the Austin Mobility Report, published by the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2013, shows that traffic will worsen significantly in the coming years if people don’t shift from riding in single occupancy vehicles. The study noted that 74,000 people driving alone each day during rush hour would need to move into alternate modes of transportation in the coming years just to keep traffic flowing as it is today!

HectorThat’s why Capital Metro has launched a new initiative we hope you’ll try: leave your car at home and take transit twice a week, or in other words, become a regular “Two-Timer.” If you’re not sure how to take public transportation in Austin, no worries. We’re happy to show you just how fun and easy it can be. Three videos show how easy it is to use the CapMetro App to plan and pay for your trip, and monitor in real-time when the next bus will depart—all designed to provide new levels of flexibility and convenience. Continue reading “Leave Your Car at Home and Become a Two-Timer”

Serving More Central Texans with an Integrated Transit System

With the tremendous growth happening in Central Texas, the demand for an integrated transit system continues to increase. And yet, like most projects of this scale, there are many challenges to creating a system that works best for riders across the region. As the largest public transportation provider in the region, Capital Metro is taking the lead to address these challenges, but it will take creativity and strong partnerships to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community.

Understanding Our Service AreaService Area Map

“Essentially the Central Texas area we’d like to serve is 4,000 square miles, but the area we can officially serve is just 520 square miles,” says Todd Hemingson, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for Capital Metro. “And it’s not necessarily the 520 square miles Central Texas needs it to be.” It’s important to understand that Capital Metro operates within a limited service area including Austin, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Leander, Manor, Point Venture, San Leanna, Volente, and portions of Travis County and Williamson County, including the Anderson Mill area. These member jurisdictions voted to join Capital Metro and to support it with a portion of the sales tax collected in those areas. Continue reading “Serving More Central Texans with an Integrated Transit System”

Teens, Who and Where Will You Be this Summer?

Shakespeare wrote:

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

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The summer, the Haul Pass, a new fare card for youth 18 and under, gives teens (and kids) unlimited bus and rail rides all summer long, plus discounts at Go Local partner businesses.

Austin is the stage. The Haul Pass is your ticket. What role will you play?

  • The Professional
    • Heads to a summer job, an internship, or volunteer work.
    • Checks the trip planner on the computer the night before work to plan the day. Always arrives 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled departure.
    • Scans the QR code on the bus stop or texts the cross-streets or Stop ID to Dadnab (512-981-6221) to find out the next departure time
    • Keeps on budget, uses GoLocal discounts for food and well earned entertainment after a hard day at work.
  • The Scholar
  • systemmapcoverThe Explorer
  • The Artist
  • Community Organizer
    • Stays connected. #textingwhileriding
    • Searches newspapers and blogs for calendar listings of guest speakers and author talks and uses the trip planner to figure out how to get from spot to spot.
    • Keeps up with Project Connect (regional partnership exploring high-capacity transit options in Central Texas)
    • Gets friends to carpool to a Park and Ride, then journey together via Capital Metro to Barton Springs, parks and recreation centers, the mall, the movies, etc.
    • Supports local businesses, checking Go Local for businesses near destinations.
    • Convinces a parent into to try riding transit to work for a day, and consider joining a vanpool for commute. Or takes a family outing using the bus or train, like a ride across town for lunch with a grandparent, aunt or uncle.
  • The Athlete
    • An expert on loading a bike onto onboard bikeracks on MetroBus or MetroRailKnows how to do on the spot repairs after having built 2 bikes from scratch for free at Yellow Bike Project.
    • Crosstrains throughout the summer hiking, biking, swimming, boating, jogging and mixing it up with a little frisbee and hula hooping for kicks.
    • Walks to a bus stop or rail station to get that pedometer walking mileage in. 
    • Find lots of businesses on Go Local offering discounts for fitness and wellness, like yoga classes and rock climbing.
    • Explores Town Lake, Zilker Park, Pease Park, the YMCA, Austin Parks and Recreation, and more.
    • Uses the trip planner to figure out the best routes to get to practices, games, and the gym on time.
  • The Environmentalist.

The great thing about being a teen is you can be all these things. No need to permanently decide which route to take. And with unlimited bus and rail trips, you don’t have to.

So where will your Haul Pass take you this summer?

Tweet your adventures #haulpass