Presidential visit to disrupt traffic, detour buses

MetroRapid bus. (KXAN File Photo)
MetroRapid bus. (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Two giant Air Force cargo planes landed Tuesday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport advance of President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Central Texas.

The C-17 “Globemaster” cargo planes carry the presidential motorcade and security equipment.

Two C-17 cargo aircraft unload in preparation for President Obama's visit to Austin. (Contributed Photo: Randal Stephens)
Two C-17 cargo aircraft unload in preparation for President Obama’s visit to Austin. (Contributed Photo: Randal Stephens)

Austin Police said motorists should expect delays on Wednesday and Thursday along any motorcade routes.

Obama’s only scheduled public appearance in Austin is scheduled for Thursday at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets are required for the event. Streets around the theater will be closed before and during the president’s visit.

The president is scheduled to attend two fundraisers for the DNC; one Wednesday evening and one Thursday.

The visit will also disrupt bus routes in the downtown area, and delays are anticipated throughout the city during the president’s stay.

Bus service along Red River, 8th, 11th and 12th streets will be detoured starting Wednesday.

Riders are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest detour information at, by calling the GO Line at 512-474-1200 or via Capital Metro’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Detoured routes (Wednesday 3 p.m. – Thursday 3 p.m.):

  • MetroAccess
  • 2 Rosewood (WB/EB)
  • 6 East 12th (WB/EB)
  • 10 South First/Red River (NB/SB)
  • 17 Cesar Chavez (WB/EB) – (Wednesday 9 a.m. – Thursday 3 p.m.)
  • 20 Manor/Riverside (NB/SB)
  • 37 Colony Park/Windsor Park (NB/SB)
  • 100 MetroAirport (OB)
  • 485 Night Owl Cameron (NB/SB)

Municipal Court docket impacted

The Austin Municipal Court will be open for walk-in traffic only on Wednesday after 4 p.m., and all day Thursday because of street closures in the area.

Individuals who are on a scheduled docket on Thursday will have their cases reset and a new docket date will be mailed.

Individuals who have an initial appearance docket (on their citation) will have their initial appearance date extended one week:

  • Cases set to appear Wednesday, July 9 will be extended to Wed., July 16
  • Cases set to appear Thursday, July 10 will be extended to Thurs., July 17 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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