I went to the F1 race last year and took the shuttle from the Travis County Expo Center. I see no info on the COTA website for shuttles operating from the Expo Center this year.... only for the downtown location. Are shuttles to the track only going to the downtown convention center site this year?
I am not from the Austin area and am worried about trying to park downtown to take the shuttle. Where do you park to take the shuttle downtown? Is there lots of parking? Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Hey Paws, it looks like the downtown shuttle is the only shuttle option this year, at least from what the COTA site says right now. They're pretty notorious for leaving it pretty late when it comes to putting out info on these kinds of things, so watch that space closely. They've been known to change or add things very late in the game.
As for parking downtown to grab the shuttle, there's no easy answer to that either, I'm afraid. The Convention Center does have a 685-space garage, and there are other garages all over the downtown area. Street parking is harder than ever downtown these days, with all kinds of different hours, restrictions, etc. There is also a shopping mall - Barton Creek Square Mall - not far from downtown. It has a huge lot and if you didn't mind the extra expense, you could Uber or Lyft from there to the CC Shuttle. Actually that might not be any more expensive than paying for parking.
A word of caution about the two different downtown shuttles: The higher-priced shuttle drops & picks up right at the Grand Plaza ($45/day). If you take the cheaper option that drops & picks up at the McAngus Road gate ($15/day), it's probably close to a 1 mile walk just to get to the Grand Plaza entrance (the closest COTA entry). Depending on where you sit, you may still have a long walk once you enter at the Grand Plaza.
ETA: My neighbor runs works at the Expo Center, so I'll ask her if she's heard anything.
ETA2: Just heard from her. She says that the last she heard is that they are doing an Expo Center shuttle. So who knows ....
Edited by AustinF1, 04 October 2018 - 01:55.