Parking Meters on South Congress could become a reality, if the plan put forth by Councilmember Chris Riley is accepted. The Statesman reports that Riley proposed putting meters in the area to try and appease both neighbors and South Congress Avenue merchants who have been engaged in a dispute over parking for over a year.
Under Riley’s proposal, which he emphasized was just “a basis for continued conversation”, parking meters would be installed on South Congress and the streets that intersect it. There would be some sort of parking permit system for residents and South Congress employees on the streets that run parallel to South Congress. The meters would be installed on South Congress from the Texas School for the Deaf to Live Oak street and also on the east-west streets for a couple of blocks to either side.
If the plan were to pass, it would be the first wave of paid parking beyond downtown and UT. Other potential districts that have been proposed are Rainey Street, West Campus, parts of East Austin and the north UT area. Neighborhoods would have to apply for the meters to have them installed.
Bouldin Creek residents don’t seem to be enthusiastic about meters, either on South Congress or on other area streets. In a recent survey, the majority of residents asked were against meters in both places. Merchants aren’t happy with the proposal either, and are upset about the falling through of an earlier agreement which divided parking off South Congress about equally between free parking for the public and resident spaces.