Traffic flows smoothly on first day of F1

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

kvue.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- Thousands of people lined the street near 15th and Trinity Friday. One shuttle bus at a time, more than 10,000 people, rode from downtown Austin to the Circuit of the Americas in Elroy.

"I'm impressed, so far," said Donna Sanders, an Austin native.

"So far, so good," said Paul Wolfe from Pennsylvania.

"I come all the way from Sicily. I love the races. I love America," said Formula 1 fan Aldo Benucci.

Benucci has been to seven F1 races all over Europe and South Africa. This is his first one in the U.S.

"This is very fine, very fine. Very good job," said Benucci.

Most were positive about the wait times in line and travel from Austin to Elroy. Some fear the traffic will start backing up.

"We've all been working together to make this successful so people can have a good time," said Assistant Transportation Director Gordon Derr.

Derr has been organizing F1 for more than eight months. He says the biggest challenge is not knowing where people are coming from and where they're going.

KVUE asked Wolfe his overall critique of the Austin Police Department and the coordination.

"Beautiful. No problems," said Wolfe.

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