Formula One comes to town this week, whether Austin is ready or not. Our population is expected to swell by at least 115,000 as people travel into Austin from all over the globe to watch a grand prix race, Statesman.com reports.
Even though local authorities have been working extremely hard to plan for the event and to make sure enough personnel are working, they say there's no way to know how things will go until the event is actually here. Nearly three quarters of those who have bought tickets are from outside Texas, and only about 10 percent of attendees are from this area. Approximately 20,000 are from other countries.
There are also expected to be an unknown number of people who come to Austin to play tourist and to attend Austin Fan Fest, which is a street festival in the Warehouse and Second Street District. Street Closures abound across downtown, for the street fest and also for shuttle buses. Capital Metro will have a free bus that will run around downtown to help get people from place to place.
Approximately 17,000 people are estimated to get to the track by their personal car, helicopters, and even motorcycles and bicycles. There will be 400 shuttle buses that will run from downtown, the Travis County Expo Center and a couple of other places. Taxis will also be a mode of transportation for fans.