*P* - some kind of public transportation option would be a great way to try and improve things, but unfortunately aside from the logistics of packing out camp gear, mutant vehicles, and other structures there just isn't an infrastructure (both roads and public transportation system) to support it. It's much easier to have 100K people in Mexico City, or 75K people at the Oakland Coliseum, or any number of other less remote locations because there is
that infrastructure available. One lane in, one lane out. No bus lane, no alternate route. If you can organize the vehicles and drivers to be able to try and make a bunch of runs to/from the playa before and after the event, I say go for it. Fernley may be tough (not sure of their public parking capacity), but you may find one of the Reno businesses (maybe a hotel) to offer as a dropoff/pickup point.
@Spritle712 - I don't believe that scalpers are the problem. For the long-winded answer, check the article I wrote and posted on the subject here
@Dustdevil - I agree, I don't believe scalpers did this. I believe a significant portion of the professional scalpers were blocked.
@EmberDragon - you would be surprised at how many scalpers (and their proxies) were blocked during the registration process. While Coachella had 4x more tickets on offer than Burning Man, there are more than 20x more tickets being offered for Coachella from scalpers.
@Wrath - yes there are, but no scheduled passenger service or the kind of railway support we'd need. But man, decked out steam engine service would be AMAZING!
@brcprincess - I disagree, and don't think they made a mistake at all. A mistake would have been an unrestricted open sale (like last year), where the tickets would have ALL sold immediately, campmates would still be without tickets they needed, and scalpers wound up having a significant chunk of the supply.
@huskyfan - your choice, you can either give up or keep trying. For the longer version, see what I wrote here
@Sugahoneyicetea - I wish it could start sooner too, but I think people needed some time after the drawing results and the startup of the ticket exchange. This gives people a chance to make their connections with friends first if they're able.
@dunkk - interesting post, but your own take (or spin) makes the assumption that scalpers got all the tickets. We blocked a lot of them, and the evidence I'm seeing on other sites so far does not point to scalpers getting a significant portion of the supply. For a longer explanation, see what I wrote on the subject here
@mosquitopilate - I know how you feel, my girlfriend and I had a couple years off as well. Good luck in getting something sorted out. STEP is planned to launch on the 22nd, expect more info as well as links to the site around that time.
@Bay Bridge Sue - Stubhub's business was designed to help facilitate the sale of will-call tickets, so their terms allow the listing of tickets before they're in the customers' hands.
@camilo_wpg - sorry to hear about the situation, and hopefully things work out for you and your campmates. A grilled cheese party sounds great both on the playa and right about now.