As Grand Prix Gets Closer, City Gets Ready
The Formula One U.S. Grand Prix is coming this November. And with some 300,000 visitors expected, the city wants to prepare local businesses and organizations. In this week’s Changing Austin, KUT’s Wells Dunbar talks with Rosy Jalifi, assistant director of Austin’s Small Business Development Program, about how Austin is bracing for an influx of attendees and looking to bridge cultural divides with international customers.
There will be a lot of buses to and from the downtown area to the race site, because there’s very limited parking at the actual race site. So probably the best way to prepare is to be aware, number 1, know that it’s going to happen, and then come up and plan with alternative routes. We’re telling business owners that same thing; we’re telling them to look for the map where they can come up with creative ways to help their customers as well as their employees in getting to work.
The city has a website with more about the city’s efforts, including traffic information.