The City of Austin has partnered with Premier Parking to expand the Affordable Parking Program by 2,000 spaces at eight garages downtown. The program goal is to improve affordability for employees who work evenings and weekends, including those in the service and entertainment industries.
The new garages are concentrated in the downtown core between Fourth, Eighth, Trinity and Guadalupe streets, along with one in the Seaholm District. Featuring extended hours, these garages are available all day Saturdays and Sundays and, depending on the location, as early as 3 p.m. on weekdays.
“With this surge in reach and availability, downtown employees now have more access than ever to the Affordable Parking Program,” said Jason Redfern, Austin Transportation Parking Operations Manager. “We’re excited to work with Premier Parking to open the program up to more people who need it, including those who are starting their shifts just as the traditional work day is winding down.”
This expansion marks the first time private facilities have been available through the Affordable Parking Program. “We at Premier Parking are incredibly honored to be the first private parking operator to be partnering with the City of Austin on the Affordable Parking Program,” said Christina Murray, General Manager at Premier Parking. “We’re eager to share in the City’s efforts to deliver the program to our fellow members of the downtown community.”
The City of Austin also recently partnered with the Downtown Austin Alliance, which is leveraging its transportation management association Movability to work with local businesses and direct downtown employees to the Affordable Parking Program. This effort is part of the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Downtown Parking Strategy.
The following new garages are available from 3 p.m. – 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday:
- Frost Tower Garage (401 Congress Ave.)
- 600 Congress Garage (600 Congress Ave.)
- Littlefield Garage (508 Brazos Street)
- St. David’s Church Garage (710 Trinity Street)
The remaining new garages are available from 4 p.m. – 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday:
- 300 West Sixth Garage (300 W. Sixth Street)
- 501 Congress Garage (112 E. Fifth Street)
- Lavaca Plaza Garage (504 Lavaca Street)
- Seaholm Garage (211 Walter Seaholm Drive)
Rates for each of these garages are $40 plus tax per month. Those seeking passes for these garages may contact Christina Murray with Premier Parking at 512-536-1145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Austin established the Affordable Parking Program in May 2016 and recently expanded it in July 2018 to 500 spaces in garages at City Hall, One Texas Center (just south of Lady Bird Lake), Waller Creek Center (in the Red River Cultural District) and State of Texas Garage N (near Republic Square Park). Hours, rates and applications for these garages are available at AustinTexas.gov/AffordableParking.