Guide to SXSW: Transportation options, big events, road closures

SXSW 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s population is swelling with newcomers from around the world for South by Southwest.

However, you don’t need a badge to have some SXSW fun. A free credential called the SXSW Guest Pass will get you into some showcases, film screenings, and exhibitions. The pass also enters you into a contest to win a badge, which is announced on March 14.

Road closures

Road closures will begin Friday, March 10 and last until March 20 for SXSW events. There are full closures of Trinity Street and San Jacinto between their Fifth and Sixth Street intersections from 3 a.m. on March 10 until 8 a.m. March 19.

A full closure of Sixth Street between Congress and Interstate 35 and Red River Street between Fifth and Seventh streets goes from March 10-19.

Big Events

The city of Austin has released its updated list of permitted events for spring 2017, most of which are South by Southwest-related events. The city approved 146 permits this year, which is higher than its cap of 120 in 2016.

A spokesperson for Spotify says the company is taking a new approach this year by curating a Spotify SXSW 2017 hub that is “unique to the festival, giving Spotify fans everywhere the opportunity to explore the music coming out of SXSW. ”

List of permitted events:

Ridesharing apps operating in Austin

If you plan on using a ridesharing company to get around SXSW, be sure to check the prices before you book a trip because some companies may have surged pricing to stay competitive during the festival.

  • zTripBook a ride now or later without surge pricing.
  • FastenTheir drivers must have a clean record and are screened through federal and national records.
  • RideAustinRiders can choose a charity and proceeds from each ride will be donated by Ride Austin. They are adding up to 50 drivers a day to their fleet during SXSW
  • FARE: Take the stress out of planning for ACL, you can schedule a trip up to seven days in advance with this app.
  • WingzBackground checked drivers will pick you up no matter what (even if there’s an alien invasion). Announced higher fares for SXSW
  • GetMe: Arrive in style. Whether you want to ride a motorcycle or in a limo, numerous options for you to get where you need to go.

There are also Pedicab pickups along populated areas like Sixth Street and Riverside, which have been mapped out.

CapMetro

Capital Metro is expanding its service to accommodate the crowds.

The agency says MetroRapid buses will operate

  • Friday and Saturday nights until 2:30 a.m.
  • Sunday night until 12:30 a.m.

MetroRail service will also be extended on the weekends

  • Saturday service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight.

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