AUSTIN (KXAN) — Getting around Austin during South by Southwest can be a headache, but Capital Metro is trying to make it easier for visitors and residents to get around town during the 10-day festival.
The biggest change this year will be the extended operation hours for MetroRail.
Hours will be expanded on March 8, 14 and 15. This will the first time the MetroRail will run past midnight on Friday and Saturdays.
During the week, March 10-14, midday frequency will nearly double, and riders will be able to catch a train every 34 minutes.
During SXSW, trains will run:
- Saturday, March 8 & 15: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
- Monday – Tuesday, March 10-11: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Wednesday – Thursday, March 12-13: 6 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
- Friday, March 14: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
- Friday & Monday, March 7 & 17 – Regular schedule
- No MetroRail service on Sunday, March 9 & 16
In addition to Park & Ride lots at Leander, Lakeline and Howard stations, extra parking will be available during SXSW at 2540 Brockton Drive near Kramer Station, courtesy of City Electric Supply.
- MetroRapid Service – This year, riders will have one more traveling option with the new MetroRapid service. Route 801 has 43 stations located along a 21-mile route running north and south. Four northbound and southbound stops are conveniently located downtown along Guadalupe and Lavaca. Riders can enjoy frequent service, free onboard Wi-Fi and upgraded stations with real-time arrival information.
- MetroAirport Service – Route 100 will travel between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and downtown every 30 minutes during the festival. To help alleviate crowding on Routes 7 and 20 along Riverside Dr. during SXSW, MetroAirport will make four additional stops on Riverside between Pleasant Valley and Congress. Additional stops will be made in both directions at Congress/10th.
- Late Night Options – Night Owls will run every half hour from midnight until 3 a.m. except Sundays (Monday mornings). During SXSW, Night Owls will pick up all downtown passengers on 6th St. between Congress and Colorado.
Additionally, Capital Metro will provide E-Bus service during both weekends of SXSW. E-Bus routes 410, 411 and 412 will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from about 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. E-bus routes will be on detour during the event, with a downtown stop located at Colorado and 6th Street.
There is no late night bus service Sunday nights (Monday mornings).
For Capital Metro’s full SXSW schedule, click here.