City Council Revises Downtown Parking Plan
After much hand wringing, Austin City Council has voted on new rules for parking downtown. In March, the council voted to extend downtown metered parking until midnight every day but Sunday. After public outcry, some council members proposed postponing the plan and possibly scrapping it altogether.
Yesterdays vote is being billed as a compromise. Under the new rules, parking meters will run until midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but only until six PM Monday through Wednesday. Extended hours will be enforced from Lady Bird Lake to 8th Street, instead of 10th Street as was initially planned. Council member Laura Morrison
voted against extending hours in March, but voted in favor of the new plan.
Correction: The plan was changed to extend extend meter hours back to 10th St. And Morrison voted against the plan, although it was passed 6-1.