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Super Bowl Transportation, Weather Plan Ready

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 15: A general view of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium under construction on April 15, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Super Bowl Committee Plans for Winter Weather

The Super Bowl Host Committee and North Texas transportation officials have a plan to deal with winter weather and keep traffic moving.
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With Super Bowl XLV just over two months away, the host committee and transportation officials have finalized a plan to deal with traffic in winter weather.

Major games at Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark have given us a taste of what traffic will be like. Transportation agencies across North Texas say they're ready to deal with the gridlock.

"We have practiced this transportation plan with Cowboys games, the NBA All-Star game, and those sorts of things. But until you actually get there, you don't really know how it's going to be," said Bill Lively, Super Bowl Host Committee president. "In all the rent cars that have a navigation system, they'll tell our visitors how to get to point A and point B the same way. There are more ways to get there. They'll just tell them one way," said Lively.

Lively, who spoke at a meeting of the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, said visitor centers and people directing traffic will offer alternate routes.

All modes of transportation will be maxed out. More than 150,000 people will fly in on commercial airlines, and the rest of the air travelers will arrive in 700 private jets.
 
The TRE, which normally does not operate on Sundays, will take people to the Super Bowl the first Sunday in February. Molly the Trolley and the T will expand service in Fort Worth.

"We're just trying to figure out where we need to add where additional people will want to go, you know, like going to the cultural district or up to The Stockyards," said Dick Ruddell, Fort Worth Transportation Authority president.

If North Texas gets hit with a winter storm like the one we had last winter, officials will bring in vehicles to clear snow and ice off of freeways and roads.

"The plan is to start weather prayers around January the 15th," Lively joked.

Super Bowl parking passes go on sale next Wednesday. People who get the pass will need to use the map that comes with the pass to help traffic flow.

Correction: We originally reported that the GPS systems in rental cars will show a preferred route, and that was an error. The GPS systems will show a common route only.

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