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Traffic Hassles Pile Up As F1 Crowds Head Downtown

Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 06:33 PM CST

You definitely want to plan ahead if you're heading to Fan Fest in Downtown Austin -- because people are paying top dollar for parking.

Spots that usually go for $10 or less are now $25 because demand is high. And the later you get there, the more expensive it gets.

Most of the spots have been taken over by Fan Fest attractions.

Brenda Beeler knows parking is hard to come by in the downtown area. She says you can't really blame parking lot owners for trying to make an extra buck.

"I would do that if I was in business, especially with a prime lot," she says.

Beeler is a facilities manager for Compass Learning, a company located in the middle of Fan Fest. And she's even had to patrol her employee lot.

"We have a lot of people coming into our lot, thinking it's a public lot and I had those spaces all assigned by employees, so I've had some issues with people coming in," she says.

She's even towed a few cars. But some festival goers are planning ahead.

"I didn't want to mess with it," said Jason Bader. "I live in Pflugerville and I drove to the Howard metro rail station and I rode down."

By Lydia Pantazes

Traffic Hassles Pile Up As F1 Crowds Head Downtown


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