The Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center

// Situation

Last Friday at the Combined Transportation, Emergency & Communications Center, a meeting was held to further explain the lessons learned from the City's recent trip to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. With representatives in several departments ranging from Transportation and Fire, to EMS and Police, the briefing was a chance to explain the steps being taken to ensure the success of the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin.

We learned very quickly that the City of Austin and Travis County are working closely with Circuit of The Americas and other governmental agencies to coordinate all aspects of emergency preparations for the race track and Austin. Whether you're a die hard racing fan or not, you've no doubt been very interested in how exactly the city will manage such an enormous crowd that is expected to dwarf SXSW and ACL Music Festival - combined.  In the briefing, we learned first hand that the city and county are taking the preparations very seriously and have been working for over a year on how to make things move smoothly come November.

In order to help disseminate this information to you as clearly and concisely as possible, we've edited the briefing down to 14 videos while targeting the most important questions. If there are some unanswered questions, please feel free to ask below in the comments and we'll do our best to assist or explain further.

// Introduction


 // Question 01 - What can people expect in terms of traffic?


// Question 02 - Will the shuttle transporation system be efficient?

// Question 03 - Will post-race events help with traffic congestion?

// Question 04 - How will local Austin residents be affected by the event?

// Question 05 - What are the requirements for policing staff during the event?

// Question 06 - Will response times be affected?


// Question 07 - How do you prepare for worst case situations?

// Question 08 - How will you handle language barriers?

// Question 09 - How large is the safety personnel footprint?

// Question 10 - How will traffic be managed at COTA and downtown?

// Question 11 - How will helicopter traffic be managed?

// Question 12 - What is the parking situation at COTA?

// Question 13 - What lessons were learned at Silverstone?