Spa City ready for big weekend, with traffic and safety plans in place


SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Visitors began to flood Saratoga Springs Friday night for a weekend the city knew months ago would welcome an overflow.

"We're just swamped with stuff to do so we're excited," Kris Kahle, visiting from Montana, said.

One weekend, hosting both Travers Day at the race track, and country star Luke Bryan down the road at SPAC.

Strict guidelines were put out by Saratoga Springs Police, stating that NYRA parking lots will open at 6:45 tomorrow morning, with admission inside the track beginning at 7 a.m.

"Be ready to go for a full day and night."

Ridesharing drivers say they're expecting a long day.

"I kind of know what to expect… yes, it's crazy, yes, it's chaotic, very busy," driver Robert Warrington said.

To eliminate confusion, the city has enacted a traffic safety plan.

Taxis are instructed to drop off riders at the Wright St. gate off Nelson Ave., and limousines to drop off and pick up on Frank Sullivan Place - near the club house gate.

All busses are required to enter at Gate 21 on East Ave., where Uber and Lyft drivers are required to go for pickups.

"Big part of it is knowing how to get in and out of be track without sitting in the traffic - time is precious for people,” Warrington said.

He tells us he expects to be taking people directly from the track to the concert - and surge pricing will definitely come into play.

"With surge pricing? I'm going to say $20-30 probably."

Signs, already set up along the highways, and Union and East avenues, with the hope to alleviate delays and make for a fun day full of things to do.

Post time for the first race is at 11:35 a.m., and the city is strongly suggesting anyone attending arrive early. They're suggesting the same for concert-goers -- the state park opens at 8 a.m.

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