SXSW 2014 Is A Record Breaker
Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 08:43 PM CDT
South by Southwest broke several records this year as tens of thousands flocked to Austin for the festival.
In less than four hours, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reported more than 5,800 departures as thousands headed out of town. It's the busiest month the airport has ever seen during this month.
But as for during the 10-day show, Austin Police say they made nearly 30 arrests and the Transportation Department issued 4,488 parking tickets.
But with the bad comes the good.
B Cycle, the city's bike share program, had each bike checked out at least seven times per day. That broke all records even surpassing New York City.
"Over 17,000 trips and 22,000 miles ridden on these bikes throughout the 10 days of SXSW," said Eliott McFadden.
Capital Metro plans to tally up record numbers, too. Metro Rail ridership was up 40 percent. Approximately 49,000 people rode during the week alone.
So many people took public transportation it caused overcrowding and delays.
And with all the people came trash -- lots of it.
Austin Resource Recovery picked up more than 12,000 pounds, or six tons of garbage.
The department was staffed 24 hours a day and serviced 250 extra trash containers in the downtown area.
This week alone is on track to inject $218 million into the Austin economy.