In May, the City of Austin sent a letter to bar owners and locals on Austin's east side, requesting feedback on a program to install parking meters in the neighborhood. According to the letter, which was obtained by CultureMap, the area under consideration runs east from I-35 to Comal Street and north from Fifth Street to Seventh Street. Currently, there is free street parking in the area.
Noting a series of parking management surveys they've conducted, the Austin Transportation Department writes, "The surveys have indicated a lack of parking turnover, which creates an increasing lack of available on-street parking spaces."
The goal, says ATD, is to increase turnover rates and possibly use some of the generated revenue for neighborhood public works projects.
Also under consideration are customer and commercial service zones, as well as designated car and bike sharing areas. Stakeholders are invited to give their feedback to ATC in person on Wednesday, June 11 during a meeting at Clayworks on East Sixth Street from 3 pm - 6 pm.