AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some business owners, students and residents in West Campus will be seeking approval from the Austin City Council to put more parking meters on streets in the area. The parking meters would be added along some streets in West Campus, like Pearl Street, 23rd and 25th Street.
If approved, the revenue from the parking meters will help with street and sidewalk improvements on other nearby streets such as: 21st, 22nd and 27th Streets. Some think that students who are accustomed to the free parking will find this change difficult.
“The thing is a lot of people will park over here then walk to wherever else they have to go in order to avoid paying for parking,” says Ut student Gaby Yu.
Before approving the meters, there is a public meeting on the parking expansion at 6:30 p.m. at St. Austin Church on Sept. 30.
The first metered spaces in West Campus were installed in July 2006 on San Antonio from 19th to 26th street, with 96 metered spaces.
“The pilot proved so successful in managing parking along San Antonio Street and generating revenue to pay for neighborhood improvement projects, that in Oct. 2011, an ordinance was approved establishing Parking Benefit Districts as a permanent program,” explains an Austin Transportation Department spokesperson.