Previously free, new parking fees go into effect at One Texas Center

New parking policy at the One Texas Center (City of Austin Map)
New parking policy at the One Texas Center (City of Austin Map)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting Tuesday, drivers parking at the One Texas Center after business hours will be charged a $10 fee. Parking in the lot and garage on non-special event days was previously free of charge.

The city of Austin is making changes to the fee structure at the center, located at 505 Barton Springs Rd. — or across First Street from the Long Center — to clear up parking for city customers.

Those with a validated ticket will get up to two hours of free parking in the surface lot or parking garage. Parking in the lot and garage is free for the first 45 minutes without validation.

Customers must enter and exit on the north side of the garage. Paid parking for non-city customers in the garage and lot, which can be found online — and is the same as City Hall parking — is a maximum of $21 a day. The city says special event parking may supersede normal rates.

For after hours parking, drivers who enter after 5 p.m. and leave by 5 a.m. will be charged $10 Monday through Sunday. If you’re going to an event at the Long Center, parking in the adjacent Palmer Events Center Garage is also $10 for special event dates.

Payment can be made by cash or credit card when you leave the garage. The center will have parking attendants to help customers for the first few weeks of the new policy.

Tickets can be validated at the receptionist desks on each floor of the building (13 floors total) or at the security desk in the main lobby of the building. 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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