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Council Approves Weekend and Evening Parking Fees

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Photo by Callie Hernandez/KUT.
Austin City Council approved by a vote of 6-1 paid parking downtown on evenings and weekends starting August 2011.

By a vote of 6-1, the Austin City Council today approved charging fees for street parking downtown on evenings and weekends.

The vote extended paid meter downtown until midnight weekdays and all day Saturdays.  Parking meters elsewhere in the city will be enforced from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

The extended meter hours will take effect sometime after August.

Right now, meters are enforced from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and weekends are free.  The city says it wants to make the changes to increase turnover of metered parking spots, get more people to park in garages and increase city revenue.

Council member Laura Morrison was the only 'no' vote on the measure.

Emily Donahue is a former grants writer for KUT. She previously served as news director and helped launch KUT’s news department in 2001.
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