Updated 10/29/2012 10:38 AM
City agencies prepare for F1
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Enjoy driving around town with no traffic and casually strolling around downtown right now, because once the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix kicks off, everything will change.
"F1 is really going to be a unique experience for all of us," City of Austin Transportation Director Rob Spillar said.
City officials expect as many as 300,000 people will participate in F1 events. Austin Resource Recovery, Austin Energy, CapMetro and transportation officials announced their preparations Sunday outside City Hall.
To handle the trash, Austin Resource Recovery will put 200 additional containers out in the downtown area. It will also increase staffing.
If there's a power outage, Austin Energy's Carlos Cordova says they have a plan.
"There's also not a lot of heating being used yet because it's still not the coldest part of the year. So what's significant about that is, we'll be able to switch customers to other circuits a lot easier and a lot faster," Cordova said.
CapMetro unveiled a new app that will be available October 31. It'll serve as a guide for tourists, but it'll also help with the lines at the ticket machines because riders will be able to buy one and seven day passes on their Apple or Android devices.
Officials also had a message for Austinites.
"Think about how you're going to get downtown. If you can carpool or use transit, that's fantastic. Get out of your single occupancy vehicle. That's fantastic," Spillar said. "If you are coming downtown, park once and walk by pedestrian mode or bicycle to get around."
The U.S. Grand Prix is scheduled for Nov. 16, 17 and 18.