Ready for the insane crush of traffic expected during Austin's inaugural Formula One event in November? The airport says it is. Cap Metro does too. But what about racing fans? In case they need help, the hosts of the Grand Prix unveiled some general guidance this morning, which you may or may not find to be the most obvious advice imaginable.
F1 track owners Circuit of the Americas issued a statement today detailing a “comprehensive plan” to expedite traffic to the track. The COTA team’s general guidelines include:
- Carpooling to the COTA site
- Budgeting enough time. “Attendees should expect to add at least one hour to their travel time to get to their shuttle Park + Ride location and at least 90 minutes to get from their lodgings to the Circuit with an on-site parking pass.”
- Not bringing stuff you’re not supposed to (Booze, animals, "illegal substances")
- Using the directions you’re given with your ticket. “Please follow printing directions rather than GPS-identified routes.”
- Expecting traffic and its delays
- Planning to spend all day at the Circuit
- Dressing appropriately, presumably so you won’t need to leave the premises.
On a more substantive note, COTA officials also announced plans for a circulator shuttle inside the track, and noted it rented some 450 shuttles overall, mainly in conjunction with the shuttle bus service it’s offering from the Travis County Expo Center and downtown Austin (at 15th Street and Trinity Street).
You can learn more on the COTA website.