SXSW traffic was a curse to some, blessing for others

Print
Email
|

by KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 6:42 AM

AUSTIN -- Many of the overtime hours worked during SXSW went to another kind of crowd control.  This year, police were stationed all across Austin to tackle traffic.

Austin police were expecting at least 250,000 during SXSW.  While official attendance aren't available now, taxi drivers said Monday that this was the best SXSW for them yet.

"Everywhere we went, it seemed like there was somebody waving a cab down," said David Luther, a cab driver.

"I think this SXSW there was more people than last year," said Tebkew Mulatu, an Austin cab driver.

For people living outside the downtown area, ordering a taxi meant waiting for hours in some cases.  A driver for Yellow Cab blamed part of the problems on a company-wide computer and credit card malfunction which lasted for days.

Austin police believe a larger number of officers on the road helped to move things along as smoothly as possible.

"At any given time one quarter of the police department was effectively on duty," said Austin Assistant Police Chief David Carter.

Lessons learned from this year's SXSW will be applied to planning for next year.

"Our guys and girls basically had a good time too," said Assistant Chief Carter. "There were a few issues and incidents and there are couple of things we will tweek moving forward but by and large we're going to repeat this."

Print
Email
|