COTA points to hiring difficulties, GPS app issues for traffic trouble at Rolling Stones concert

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Circuit of the Americas is responding to complaints Sunday about issues with traffic and accessibility to The Rolling Stones concert last night.

“COTA itself is a small group of caring people who want to provide happiness and good memories, not frustration,” began a statement from the venue’s public relations company. It further explained the venue’s team works with outside staffing companies to provide mobility-assisted services, parking attendants, food vendors, ushers, and cleaning staff. 

“Those organizations, not unlike most, have reported that hiring has been incredibly difficult lately, and we appreciate everyone who did their best to make The Rolling Stones concert a great experience,” the statement said.

KXAN viewers wrote in about issues they had with traffic arriving to the concert, parking and walking in.

“Last night, a widely used GPS traffic app incorrectly displayed a major open road as being closed and further displayed a private driveway as being an open road,” said the statement. “Thousands of cars were wrongly directed, thereby turning heavy traffic into a mess.”

The statement from COTA also called on Capital Metro to “support neighborhood residents, businesses and visitors.”

“Public transportation, streetlights, improved roads, and sidewalks are badly needed,” it said.

A spokesperson for CapMetro said since the concert “was not an event that involved CapMetro, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to issue a statement.”

A KXAN viewer said there were people walking on the roads leading to the venue since traffic was so congested in that area.

Read COTA’s full statement below:

COTA itself is a small group of caring people who want to provide happiness and good memories, not frustration.   To host large events, the team hires, and must rely upon, outside staffing companies to provide mobility-assisted services, parking attendants, food vendors, ushers, and cleaning staff.  Those organizations, not unlike most, have reported that hiring has been incredibly difficult lately, and we appreciate everyone who did their best to make The Rolling Stones concert a great experience.  

Last night, a widely used GPS traffic app incorrectly displayed a major open road as being closed and further displayed a private driveway as being an open road.  Thousands of cars were wrongly directed, thereby turning heavy traffic into a mess.

We encourage Capital Metro and elected officials to heed the calls of our Councilwoman and County Commissioner when they say the residents and businesses in the southeast corridor are underserved.  Public transportation, streetlights, improved roads, and sidewalks are badly needed.   

Additionally, we understand the mobility-assist partners found themselves overwhelmed with demand.   An epic, multi-generational band like The Rolling Stones required a lot of patience, and we appreciate those understanding fans who recognize the challenges our provider partners faced.  

We call upon Cap Metro to support the Del Valle neighborhood residents, businesses, and visitors.  We further thank all the fans who endured the complications and hope you enjoyed the concert of a lifetime.   

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