AUSTIN - Austin City Limits Festival is just two weeks away, and some are concerned about traffic with Uber and Lyft out of the picture.
The music festival features big crowds, eclectic music, drinks and a whole lot of fun, but at the same time, there is also heavy traffic, limited parking, and ride sharing options, minus the big two companies.
RideAustin, a local non-profit ride sharing company talked about how the departure of Uber and Lyft have impacted the industry.
"Other companies have talked about different types of features like pre-booking or pre-scheduling rides. We're now seeing even Uber and Lyft talk about, ‘maybe we should be doing that,’ so we're having an effect on the greater ride sharing market, even outside of Austin,” said Joe Deshotel, RideAustin spokesperson.
While Austinites have adjusted to the other transportation options, leaders of the Wilshire Woods Neighborhood Association said their biggest concern is that people from out of town may not know what to do.
"Now, when they come to Austin, they have to find out who is the local ride sharing organization, and sign up again. It makes it a little more complicated, a little more difficult,” said Fred Blood, Wilshire Woods Neighborhood Association Vice President.
Shuttles at Republic Square Park will be available to take folks to the music fest, along with taxis and a number of ride sharing companies, such as RideAustin, Wingz, Getme and Fasten. Many of them are now working with hotels to get the word out about their companies for out-of-town music lovers, and offering special promotions.
"During ACL, we're doing a promotion with Honda, where Honda will be paying for a free ride to ACL for people who have tickets, and they can find that through the RideAustin app when the festival starts,” said Deshotel.
Austin police said ride sharing companies can pick up or drop off people at the parking lot near Zilker Park, just south of Austin High School. They also told KVUE News they plan to have extra officers on staff at the neighborhoods near the park during ACL.
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