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Plan to provide more ACL parking hits road block

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The fear of a lawsuit has forced a cancellation in an effort to help out the ACL Festival parking plan.

With about 70,000 fans packed into the ACL Festival each day, finding a parking space has never been easy. A plan to provide an additional location and also raise money for a cancer support group hit a major road block Thursday afternoon.

The parking lot at this south Austin Randalls was to be used as a park-and-ride location to ACL. Posters at the entrance promoted a $10 parking fee that was to be donated to the breast cancer resource center.

According to Executive Director Ray Ann Evans the money would have ramped up a new program to help newly-diagnosed cancer patients and their caregivers.

"To talk about the practical aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and it's called Breast Cancer 101 and this is going to do that program," said Evans.

A spokesperson for the grocery chain told FOX 7 late Thursday afternoon the parking plan had to be canceled because of liability issues. As a result ACL parking also will not be allowed at the Lake Austin store location. But onsite ACL organizers are still on track to promote several other charity and non-profit organizations - food drives and public awareness campaigns are scheduled to take place.

There is a very specific transportation plan for the festival and those who think they can just drive right in will hit a few road blocks.

There is no parking at all in Zilker Park and organizers also want fans to stay out of surrounding neighborhoods. Also parking will allowed on any of the Mo-Pac access roads.

There are two main parking areas. One Texas Center, which is free Friday after 5 p.m. and $10 on the weekend. Parking will also be available at the Palmer Events Center.

Scooter and motorcycle traffic will be allowed in the ball filed parking lot off of Robert E. Lee.

A caravan of Cap Metro buses will be rolling in and out of ACL. Free rides will board downtown at Republic Square next to the new Federal Courthouse. The fan drop off area is located next to Austin High School providing quick access to the pedestrian bridge across Lady Bird Lake.

This is the 10th year for the ACL Festival and for those who do not have tickets a look inside is being offered through expanded internet connections. About 50 acts close to a third of the nearly 130 bands on the lineup will have their sets broadcast on YouTube. That's a record for the festival. The rock band Delta Spirit will be among the first acts up on Austin City Limit's YouTube channel but other performers will also be plugged in including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Jack White.

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