Survey wants your opinion on downtown parking problems

FILE - Downtown Austin parking lot (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
FILE - Downtown Austin parking lot (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austinites are familiar with the struggle to find downtown parking. You drive around in an endless loop only to end up parking across the highway forcing you to trek back into the city on foot.

One agency wants to know exactly what you think about the limited downtown parking spaces. This will be the first large-scale study of its kind in Austin.

With few spaces and too many cars, the study is asking what should the city and businesses do to make it better? That is the question being asked by the Downtown Austin Alliance, a non-profit group.

The study will look at supply and demand both now and in the future. If the city expects more drivers in the coming years the parking situation will only get worse.

Drivers are being asked:

  • What can be done now?
  • Which do you prefer, garage or street parking?
  • What are you willing to pay for a good spot or even a not-so-good spot?

Drivers who park on the street are more likely to get a dreaded parking ticket.

The Alliance is shelling out $250,000 to complete the survey. The non-profit says a slew of solutions could come out of this survey, so the more responses the better. The last time a survey similar to this one was done was back in 2009 by the city of Austin.

The study should be completed sometime in February.

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