This part doesn't sound promising:
Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt said it isn't clear exactly what the circuit is seeking and added, "This looks like a very ambitious business proposal that is having trouble meeting its financial obligation. And so they are looking to the county to subsidize a portion of their startup costs."
It sounds like the track may have some trouble at this point getting the county to bail them out. Anybody familiar with the local political climate have a better feel for this?
And I love this part:
Travis County officials have previously expressed concern about transportation to and from the isolated site, saying traffic delays for that Sunday race could be as long as 12 hours. Circuit officials have not dismissed the potential problems but have estimated delays closer to three hours.
One question: Are these estimates for delay times based on the current road configuration or after improvements? Either way, 6-12 hours (I figure we can safely double the track's estimate; call me a cynic) is a good stretch.
I hope the shuttle buses have dedicated traffic lanes.
I parked onsite at Barber last weekend for $25. I walked to my car after the IndyCar race was over, spent 15 minutes getting out of the parking lot, and another 15 minutes getting out of the facility, which lies at the end of a mile or so long four lane road, two lanes each way, and empties onto a road which is four-laned just near the track, then swiftly changes to two lane. I was on I-459 heading home 50 minutes after the end of the race. If they can begin to empty 50,000 people out that quickly, maybe COTA should consult with them.
Edited by red stick, 06 April 2012 - 15:59.