MetroRail, MetroRapid hours extended for ACL Music Festival
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MetroRail, MetroRapid hours extended for ACL Music Festival

September 8, 2019


BENEFITS APPLICATIONS.ROBERT: ARE YOU READY FOR AUSTIN CITY LIMITS TRAFFIC? 75-THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL BE COMING AND GOING FROM ZILKER PARK — DAILY. JUST DRIVING AROUND IT MAY GET A LITTLE EASIER – BEGINNING SATURDAY MORNING AT 8 O’CLOCK. THAT’S WHEN THE NORTHBOUND EXPRESS LANE OPENS ON MOPAC. CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL – PARKING IS LIMITED AND PRICEY – AND THERE’S OFTEN A LENGTHY LINE FOR HAILING A RIDE. BUT AS KXAN’S TRAFFIC REPORTER AMANDA DUGAN SHOWS US – THERE’S ANOTHER OPTION THAT IN SOME CASES MAY BE “CHEAPER AND FASTER”. AMANDA DUGAN: IN A FEW DAYS YOU’LL BE ROCKING OUT AT ACL BUT–WHAT’S YOUR RIDE SITUATION LOOKING LIKEACL GOER “TONS OF PEOPLE, KINDOF MAYHEM DOWN HERE CLOSE TO THE FESTIVAL.”AMANDA DUGAN “IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME COMING TO THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL, BARTON SPRINGS ROAD FORGET ABOUT IT, IT’LL BE STACKED WITH DELAYS AND COMPLETELY SHUT OFF TO TRAFFIC.”AMANDA DUGAN: TO HELP MUSIC LOVERS AVOID GRIDLOCK AND GET HOME SAFELY, METRORAIL HOURS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL 2:30AM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAYS. METRORAPID WILL BE RUNNING UNTIL 2:30AM ALL FESTIVAL NIGHTS.SAM SARGENT “WHEN FOLKS GET FINISHED UP WITH ACL IF THEY WANT TO HANG AROUND DOWNTOWN FOR A LITTLE BIT WE STILL HAVE A SAFE RIDE HOME FOR THEM AT THE END OF NIGHT.” AMANDA DUGAN: FOR THE 4TH YEAR IN A ROW, NEARLY ONE HUNDRED CAPITAL METRO STAFF VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP CONCERT-GOERS AT REPUBLIC SQUARE WITH BOARDING AND EXITING THE FREE ACL SHUTTLES. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE BUS TRAVEL AS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR REGULAR AND FIRST TIME CAPMETRO PASSENGERS. (SAM SARGENT “AFTER YOU’VE BEEN OUTSIDE ALL DAY HAVING A GREAT TIME AT ACL YOU HOP OFF THE SHUTTLE YOU MIGHT BE A LITTLE TURNED AROUND, THAT’S WHAT WE ARE THERE FOR”AMANDA DUGAN: THOSE ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SAY IT’LL BE A HUGE HELP.ACL GOER “TO HAVE A BUILT IN TOUR GUIDE OR SOMEONE TO SAY, ‘HEY CROSS THE STREET’ YOU NEED TO GET ON THIS ROUTE, IT WOULD BE INVALUABLE.AMANDA DUGAN/KXAN NEWSROBERT:VOLUNTEERS WILL BE ON HAND AT THE NEWLY REOPENED REPUBLIC SQUARE PARK BETWEEN ONE AND ELEVEN PM.. EACH FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY OF THE FESTIVAL. THE PARK HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR OF CONSTRUCTION AND IS OPEN FOR PUBLIC USE JUST IN TIME FOR THE ACL FEST SHUTTLES. IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS HEADED TO THE PARK – WE’VE GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – AT KXAN-DOT-COM. THAT INCLUDES “HOW TO GET THERE” – AND WHAT

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