President's trip to Austin expected to snarl traffic Tuesday
President Barack Obama is visiting Austin on Tuesday for two campaign events, destined to create transportation issues across the city.
The first event on the President's Austin schedule is a downtown fundraiser at the Austin Music Hall hosted by the LGBT Leadership Council. Tickets for the event, which will feature singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, range in price from $250 per person to $7,500 per couple. The event is expected to get underway at approximately 4:45pm.
He later will attend a second Capital city event hosted by Tom Meredith – Dell’s former finance chief. It's reportedly at Mededith's Four Seasons residence where couples can get in for $25,000.
The President will arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport around 4:30pm after spending the first part of the day in San Antonio. The presidential motorcade is sure to cause issues along Ben White and Interstate 35 for the afternoon commute.
According to a release from Capital Metro, the presidential visit is expected to affect 2nd and 3rd Streets downtown, as well as Guadalupe, Lavaca, and San Antonio. As well, nine bus routes will be detoured from approximately 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and evening.
• #3 Burnet/Manchaca (southbound)
• #110 South Central Flyer (southbound)
• #171 Oak Hill Flyer (northbound & southbound)
• #935 Tech Ridge Express (northbound)
• #970 Lantana Express
• #982 Pavilion Express (northbound & southbound)
• #983 N. U.S. 183 Express (northbound & southbound)
• #985 Leander/Lakeline Direct (northbound)
• #987 Leander/NW Express (northbound)
Capital Metro urges riders to check their website or call 512-474-1200 for updated route information. Austin Police or the Secret Service could change plans at any time.