Originally Posted by HopCar
The only numbers I know are those put out by NMMA, the show owners. They say that somewhat over a hundred thousand people visit the show over five days. I think it works out to about twenty thousand a day with between twenty five and thirty thousand on Saturday. NMMA has a budget
of close to a million dollars for transportation in 2016. The vast majority of the people who go to the show will visit the show website ahead of time. They will learn about the transportation plans then.
Key Biscayne has a tennis tournament every year that screws up the traffic far more than the boat show will. In fact they use the Stadium property for parking during the tournament which lasts longer than the boat show.
I don't argue at all that the tennis impacts more, but it's something the residents are use to, not something new.
If I believed even NMMA's numbers, then 20,000 is no more than a Heat or Marlin's game
and probably less peak impact since their traffic is in a shorter period of the day. Still 20,000 is a lot of shuttling. By bus that's 1000+ trips per day so requires more capacity than that to avoid long waits during peak. Water taxis reduce that bus requirement some. Conservatively probably a peak level of 200-250 trips per hour.
So manageable, but still a major job and still a lot of orientation for visitors into a method they are not use to. I also suspect the 100,000 is on the high side. Over 100,000 is also the number Fort Lauderdale
uses. Seems like a popular number.
It will be interesting but I can't help but think an improvement. The Convention center to me just really changed the show negatively.