Dueling Proposals for Downtown Parking: Councilmember Mike Martinez
Earlier this year, the Austin City Council approved a measure to keep parking meters downtown in effect until midnight. Dueling proposals on next week’s city council agenda could change the plan.
KUT’s Matt Largey spoke with Councilmember Mike Martinez at his office about his proposal, which Martinez says would address widespread concerns from people who work and play downtown. (You can listen to Largey’s conversation with Councilmember Laura Morrison about her own proposal here.)
According to Martinez, his resolution “does not delay the implementation of the ordinance” which city council already approved. “But in my revision of the ordinance, I have asked that only warnings would be given for the first 30 days [for parking violators] and that all the other parameters…be in place prior to giving fines or tickets,” Martinez told KUT.
Among Martinez’s new “parameters”: better signage to help people find off-street parking, a smartphone application to show people where parking is available and dedicated loading and unloading zones for musicians.
The proposal would also limit the extended meter hours to just Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
To listen to the full conversation between Largey and Martinez, click on the audio player above.