Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

The city is mulling over whether to ex­tend the hours it charges for me­tered park­ing.

A memo from city trans­porta­tion Di­rec­tor Robert Spil­lar says trans­porta­tion staffers and city rep­re­sen­ta­tives have met sev­eral times with stake­hold­ers to gather ideas about down­town park­ing and valet prac­tices.

The stake­holder group in­cludes down­town neigh­bor­hood as­so­ci­a­tions, large event or­ga­niz­ers, the Austin Ho­tel & Lodg­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, the Greater Austin Cham­ber of Com­merce and oth­ers, Spil­lar said. The group “in­di­cated sup­port for ex­tended (me­ter) hours and more valet re­stric­tions and en­force­ment,” Spil­lar wrote.

The Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment is still de­vel­op­ing its rec­om­men­da­tions, spokes­woman Leah Fillion said. Cur­rent me­ter hours are 8:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Mon­day to Fri­day, she said.

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