F1 Plans for Troublesome Transport
Formula One’s opening weekend is fast approaching and many transportation logistics are being worked out in preparation for the three-day event.
KUT’s Joy Diaz spoke with Ben Wear, the transportation reporter for the Austin-American Statesman, about the planning process for getting tens of thousands of fans in and out effectively.
People will be approaching the track in a variety of ways. Some people will be in private cars, but they’re limiting that to about 25,000 people. They hope to have 70,000 to 80,000 come in buses. There will also be about 1,000 more well-heeled people that will get there by helicopter.
There was an estimate by the county that some people might take 12 hours to get away from the venue. I don’t think that’s going to be the case, but it will be a problem.