Fears that last year’s Formula One debut would produce widespread traffic paralysis in Austin proved to be unfounded, in no small part because of an expansive — and expensive — transportation plan put together and paid for by both race organizers and local government.
With about 500 buses shuttling tens of thousands of fans from a stop near downtown and from the Travis County Exposition Center northeast of Austin, roads near Circuit of the Americas were blissfully free of traffic through most of the three days of racing. Only on that Sunday, after the culminating Grand Prix race finished, was there much of a jam and even that wasn’t that bad for an event that drew more than 100,000 customers on that day.
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