New Year’s Eve parking: Expect higher prices, competition

FILE: Parking spaces.
FILE: Parking spaces.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For the people planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve downtown, welcoming in 2016 comes with a hunt for parking or transportation.

Using a valet is one parking solution. City data show 57 permits for valet spots across town, which is up from a few years ago.

“In a typical evening, they’ll park, in a garage off site, 60 to a hundred cars,” said Steve Grassfield, the parking enterprise manager for the city.

Whether you plan to try a valet or a garage, expect to pay a premium. Several locations plan to increase their rates for New Year’s Eve.

Street parking is also an option. Earlier this year, KXAN Investigates identified Austin’s parking ticket hotspots. However, a KXAN analysis of parking ticket data for the last two years show the city writes few tickets after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day, the meters don’t charge because of the holiday.

The city of Austin maintains a list of resources to help drivers get home safely.

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