Circuit of The Americas released the following transportation tips for guests attending the this weekend's United States Grand Prix.
With the volume of Grand Prix-related activities both at the Circuit and downtown during Austin Fan Fest Powered by Mobil 1, hundreds of thousands of additional visitors are expected in Central Texas during race weekend. The circuit's transportation plan has been designed to transport tens of thousands of ticket holders, media representatives and track workers and vendors to the venue in southeast Travis County as safely and efficiently as possible, while taking thousands of vehicles off of the roadways. Nonetheless, heavy traffic is expected during peak travel times in the mornings and afternoons, and guests are encouraged to follow these guidelines as they head to Circuit of The Americas:
• Leave early! Attendees should expect to add at least one hour to their travel time to get to designated shuttle bus pick-up locations and at least 90 minutes to get from accommodations to the Circuit with an on-site parking pass. Circuit gates open daily at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 16-18 and the facility will be ready to greet early arrivals. Parking lots at the Circuit open at 6 a.m. CST.
• Carpool when possible to the circuit and to shuttle stop locations to help alleviate additional vehicle traffic on the roadways.
• Go to recommended shuttle bus pick-up points to avoid overloading one shuttle location: in-state ticketholders should go to the Travis County Expo Center location, and out-of-state and international guests should use the downtown shuttle location at 15th and Trinity Streets. Maps to all shuttle bus locations and Circuit parking lots can be found here.
• Do not bring prohibited items on shuttle buses or to the Circuit of The Americas entrance gates; there will be no place to store them on the buses or at the Circuit gates. A list of prohibited items is available here.
• Guests with an on-site parking should follow the driving instructions printed on the back of their three-day parking passes to enter the circuit; GPS should be turned off as specific routes will be identified to assigned parking lots:
Those parking in Lots A, B, C, D, and F can utilize FM 812;
Those parking in Lots E, F, G, H, J, and K can utilize Pearce to Kellam;
Those parking in Lots L, M, N, P are strongly encouraged to utilize SH 21 to FM 812 or SH 21 to FM 535;
All Lot Q traffic should utilize SH 21 to FM 812; and
Alternative access for Lots A thru K exists along the following routes: SH 21 to FM 812, SH 21 to FM 535, SH 71 to Wolf Lane. 6. Know which streets are closed to all non-emergency vehicles; the City of Austin has posted these closures here.
• Expect traffic delays and anticipate congestion where it normally occurs on I-35 and on Highway 183 throughout the city, on Highway 71/290 between I-35 and SH 130, on main arteries leading downtown, and in the area of 12th Street, 15th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd. near the downtown Park + Ride location at 15th and Trinity Streets;
• Plan to spend the day at the circuit; there will be lots to see and experience; a calendar of the weekend's events, as well all other visitor resources, is available here.
• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and dress for the weather. The current forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions for all three days, with temperatures in the mid to high 60s.
Taxi and Bike Routes
Taxis that have purchased permits can also transport ticketed guests to Circuit of The Americas along designated routes to the venue. Guests will be dropped off at a taxi depot and then can walk to the circuit's main entrance off Circuit of The Americas Blvd. There is also designated route for cyclists from the downtown area along Burleson Road to Richard Moya Park, just south of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. There is free valet parking for cyclists at the park with complimentary shuttles that will take cyclists to and from the Circuit.
Guest Services Team is Here to Help: Find the ORANGE SHIRTS
Circuit of The Americas has assembled a large team of Guest Services representatives who will be stationed around the venue – from shuttle bus depots, to entry gates and seating sections – to help guests get where they're going. Guest Services representatives will be outfitted in bright ORANGE SHIRTS bearing the Circuit of The Americas' logo, so they are easy to spot. During race weekend, race goers can seek out Guest Services representatives for assistance with questions or issues to be resolved.
Free mobile circuit app
Circuit of The Americas has launched a free mobile application in advance of the USGP that will help fans prepare for their Grand Prix experience by putting useful information about the venue, transportation and parking, race-day schedules, entertainment, ticketing information and handy reference guides on Formula 1 and the City of Austin at users' fingertips. Circuit of The Americas will host Formula 1's exciting return to the United States Nov. 16-18 at its brand new, world-class facility in Central Texas.
With the Circuit's mobile app, users can do the following:
- Explore the track in full 3-D, including event-related entertainment and attractions;
- View and purchase tickets to upcoming motorsport and entertainment events;
- Access the schedule of events;
- Plan trips to Circuit of The Americas ;
- View frequently ask questions and the latest track news and social feeds;
- Learn about the Circuit's Green Initiative;
- Use the Tour Guide to find out where to eat, drink, and play in Austin, Texas; and
- Guide to Formula 1.
The free application, which is presented by AT&T, supports iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch products on iOS 5.0 operating platforms and above and can be downloaded at the iTunes store (www.itunes.com). The circuit says it is also currently developing applications to support phones and tablets with Android operating systems.