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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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