14 posts categorized "Traffic and Parking"

02/06/2011

Post-game Super Bowl traffic

Here's an e-mail from Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, about what Super Bowl guests can expect when the game ends:

"Light rain temperature around 39 degrees. I called Taxi companies and latest is we should have capacity for 800 plus taxi customers. TxDOT spotters out...... pavements look good. The T is preparing to return 3,200. All shuttle vehicles being staged."

-- Gordon Dickson, gdickson@star-telegram.com

Southbound Collins Street closed at 3 p.m.

An official at the Joint Information Center in Arlington said the closure was planned. Collins has been southbound only since early Sunday from I-30 to Division Street.

Super Bowl traffic update: Freeways moving at full speed

2 p.m. Just got a traffic update:

Freeways such as I-20, Texas 360 and Texas 161 are moving at top speed, said Michael Morris,transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

More than 1,600 Super Bowl fans rode the Trinity Railway Express to CentrePort Station south of D/FW Airport, then hopped on T buses for a seven-mile shuttle ride to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Unlike regular season games, during which nearly all fans arrive in private cars, about 35,000 people are arriving to this big game in buses -- over 800 of them.

"Our transportation system is working," Morris declared during a brief interview in the Super Bowl media work room. 

-- Gordon Dickson, gdickson@star-telegram.com

Pedicabs allowed at Super Bowl

Don't feel like walking all the way to Cowboys Stadium?Pedicab

Arlington officials have issued permits to a small number of pedicabs, who are wearing color-coded vests and and flags so they can travel close to the stadium, said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. They're out and about right now, for anybody who needs to rest their dogs ...

-- Gordon Dickson, gdickson@star-telegram.com

Cheap parking at Cowboys Stadium, walking distance

Parking Ample parking is available within walking distance, including dozens of $60 spots just north of the Sheraton near the Arlington Convention Center. That's no more than about a one-mile walk to Cowboys Stadium.

Traffic is still moving smoothly, about five hours before kickoff.

On the way in, this morning, the most expensive parking we saw was $250.

But plenty of spaces were available for $60 to $150.

Texans Can Academy, a charity that accepts junked cars to raise money for children, was selling a couple dozen parking spots for $80 each at its lot on Division Street in Arlington, just east of Stadium Drive. From there, Cowboys Stadium is a 1.25-mile walk. As of 10:30 a.m., Texans Can Academy has sold two spots at that price, plus one $40 spot that was discounted for a motorist who only planned to tailgate for a few hours and leave before game time.

"We didn't decide how much to charge until today," said title manager Jennifer Kitchens. "We heard so many stories that parking would be $1,000, and we saw one on Craigslist for $500, but when we drove around this morning we saw the prices were a lot lower."

 

-- Gordon Dickson, gdickson@star-telegram.com www.twitter.com/gdickson

01/24/2011

Commemorative Super Bowl transit passes on sale

Transportation reporter Gordon Dickson reports over on the Honkin' Mad blog that the $30 commemorative Super Bowl transit passes are now on sale.

The pass allows unlimited train and bus rides throughout Dallas-Fort Worth from Feb. 3-6.

 

 

01/23/2011

Parking spots near Cowboys Stadium going for almost $1,000

Wow, just checked the off-site parking available for Super Bowl XLV. The two lots closest to Cowboys Stadium are now charging $990 per spot. That's almost double what they were asking a couple of weeks ago.

A thousand dollars to park? I guess if that's what people will pay. But it sure seems steep to me.

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-- Kathy Vetter, editor

 

12/06/2010

Hey, where'd the Cowboys Stadium parking lots go?

The creative, passionate and sometimes intoxicated tailgaters that line Collins and part of Randol Mill make the trek to Cowboy Stadium from my parking spot at Collins and Division more than bearable.

But those fans will be nowhere to be found on Super Bowl Sunday. Neither, for that matter, will most regular NFL fans, considering how rare and expensive it is to get a ticket to the game.

Then again, when the Super Bowl comes to town, even the VIPS feel a little pain.

Cowboys Stadium has about 12,000 parking spaces in 15 numbered lots. During the regular season, the lots are mainly for season-ticket holders or those aforementioned VIPS or the media.

But, as one NFL logistics official put it this week, Cowboys Stadium won't belong to the Cowboys during Super Bowl week. It belongs to the NFL.

And most of the stadium parking areas will be swallowed up by the equipment, buildings and people that follow the big game around.

What the heck will the NFL do with all that space? You'd be surprised.

They need space for the NFL Tailgate Party as well as parking for NFL owners.

The existing Fan Plazas on the east and west will turn into massive Game Day Fan Plazas for ticket-holders, most of whom will enter the security perimeter through four checkpoints on the east side of the stadium.

Then there's the television broadcast compound, where some 32 TV stations and networks will park satellite trucks and use a 15-foot high scaffold to get the best shots of the stadium.

The halftime entertainment compound/staging area will take over other lots. Not sure if the Black Eyed Peas will hang out there.

Much of the rest of the stadium footprint will be used for the contractors and vendors who work with the NFL in areas such as security and communications.

Even the lots outside the 3-mile-long security perimeter -- Nos. 11-15 -- will be off-limits to the general public.

Work inside the stadium -- including temporary seating that will bring the seating capacity to around 93,000 -- will begin after the Cotton Bowl. On Jan. 17, the Super Bowl office opens and some streets around the stadium close.

And you thought Cowboys game day was a massive undertaking.

Welcome to Super Bowl City.

-- Kathy Vetter

03/16/2010

I-30 could become "Super Bowl Highway" to celebrate 2011 game

Super Bowl organizers are proposing to add the words "Super Bowl" to the "Tom Landry Highway" signs on Interstate 30 later this year to celebrate the big game's debut in North Texas, transportation expert Michael Morris told the Arlington League of Women Voters on Tuesday. Photo

Six of the new green and white signs, complete with the legendary coach's iconic fedora, would be erected -- two in Dallas, two in Arlington and two in Grand Prairie, said Morris, who is in charge of the Super Bowl Host Committee's transportation planning.

The Texas Department of Transportation has approved the signs, but the plan has yet to be presented to the NFL, Morris said.

The signs are scheduled to be unveiled at a news conference next month and could go up in April or May.

Frank Supovitz, the league's vice president of events, is scheduled to be in town in early April to meet with the Host Committee.

The current signs (which, of course can't be seen in Arlington at the moment thanks to all the construction on I-30) read:

IH 30

Tom Landry

Highway

The proposed new signs would read:

IH 30

Tom Landry

Super Bowl Hwy

Of course, it's important to note that the stretch of I-30 between Dallas and Arlington was renamed the "Tom Landry Highway" in 2001, long before talks began to move Cowboys Stadium to the city.

-- Kathy Vetter

02/05/2010

Moncrief describes Super Bowl as 'Super Glue' for a widespread region

Mayor Mike Moncrief has come up with a Super Bowl XLV slogan that has a nice ring to it.

“The Super Bowl is the Super Glue to bring us all together as a region,” said the Fort Worth mayor, adding, “It gives us an opportunity to do what we already do -- which is to partner up.”

The Big Four mayors seem to genuinely like each other.

They met in South Florida on Friday morning to tour Miami International and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International airports.

They mugged for photos as a foursome: Moncrief, Leppert, Cluck and Gears.

OK, so they’re not The Lettermen.

That would be the late ‘50s/early ‘60s singing group and a tongue-in-cheek choice of Roger Staubach to perform in concert to kick off SB XLV activities in March.

When Staubach was taken seriously, the Host Committee chairman said, “I’m kidding. I think only one of those guys is still alive. There’s only one ‘Letter’ left.”

Back to Mayor Moncrief. He has learned that every Super Bowl site is a little different and that the challenges between South Florida and North Texas certainly can vary.

“Here in Fort Lauderdale, they not only are dealing with Super Bowl traffic, but they’ve also got the largest cruise ship afloat. It comes here [Saturday] to unload 5,000 people,” Moncrief said from the media center of SB XLIV.

“We don’t have to worry about that,” Moncrief added, “at least until we widen the Trinity.”

We think he was kidding, too.

The Fort Lauderdale Airport is comparable in size to Love Field in Dallas. D/FW, of course, remains one of the busiest airports in the country … to say nothing of its geographic girth.

Mayor Leppert came away from the tour of the South Florida airports believing that North Texas -- one year from now -- will be even better equipped to handle the high demand on air traffic that a Super Bowl brings with it.

“After talking to these people, we’re in a lot better position,” Leppert said. “Fort Lauderdale Airport, geographically, is about one-tenth the size of D/FW Airport. It’s 1,400 acres vs. 17,000 acres.”

Leppert then added with smile, “Gosh, we’ve got areas at D/FW that nobody has ever been to yet.”

-- Ray Buck