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Lot Q worked perfect for parking. No bus lines, except for after the race on Sunday which was an hour wait. The line moved much faster when they realized it's quicker to fill more than one bus at a time (duh). Also, there was no traffic at all on the side streets we took. Doyle (on Fri/Sat) and Stork (on Sun) to Hokanson.
They were also in the Grand Plaza area. Here's an article explaining which were the local food trucks. There were 10 of them at the track: http://trailerfooddiaries.blogspot.c...cks-at-f1.htmlWhere were the local food trailers we heard about? I made several trips around the track and never saw one I recognized. Just the generic Sodexo stuff and Juicy's, which I'd never seen before.
Last edited by gt58411e; 11-28-2012 at 11:13 AM.
As for Hairy's traffic pic... I didn't see 812, but I'd imagine if it was taken 2.5 hrs after the race it was probably at the peak traffic time. No one gets in their car right after the race finishes. COTA is a huge facility, so people would be spending probably 10-30 mins or more walking to their car if they left *immediately* (ie, didn't hang around to listen to the bands or anything). Then there is the reality of emptying each parking lot, which is time consuming at any big event. Again, no different than a parking garage at a UT game. Limited exits and and everyone leaving at the same time, it's a wait to be expected, doesn't really have anything to do with a traffic plan.
And regarding the food trucks, I saw them but they were obviously overwhelmed and not capable of serving the volume that the other vendors could. So I doubt any significant percentage of the attendees got to try them. The idea of food trucks is a nice shout out to the local scene, but really only those vendors who can do huge volumes (like the vendors at the Texas State Fair in Dallas) could adequately service the crowd, and there weren't enough of those type of food stands.
Beer was easier to get than food, luckily. But they could have used tons more of those mobile guys walking around and selling it on race day.
Honestly, I'm not sure how many more lanes need to be added, unless they expect to really increase the number of tickets they sell. FM812 and Elroy expansion couldn't hurt, and I'm sure the state and city/county will probably do those things. But for COTA there seems like there are other more important things.
BTW, inquiring minds want to know... Hairy, who gave y'all the paddock pass and full course access? Was it CoTA? That must have been a pretty sweet deal.
Last edited by gregglee; 12-08-2012 at 08:02 PM. Reason: mistyped lot letter.