Parking Meters Could Expand Beyond Downtown Brownsville

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 1:42pm

In an effort to keep up with growth in the city, Brownsville's Traffic Engineering Department is looking ahead to the future.

News Center 23's Na'Tassia Finley explains there may be a lot more parking meters in our future.

You park, you pay...that's just about everywhere in downtown Brownsville.

The City of Brownsville has the authority to place parking meters anywhere in downtown or at the Brownsville South Padre International Airport, but those are the only places.

There are a total of twelve hundred meters, with the majority of them lining downtown city streets.

Brownsville's Traffic Engineering Department is working to amend the city law in order to set up more meters where need be, as the city continues to grow.

"We have more people, more traffic, it grew overnight," says Brownsville Traffic Director, Robert Esparza.

Because of the continued expected growth the city is preparing for possible parking dilemmas in the future. Esparza says if the city should ever need additional parking, they could buy property to build a parking lot and regulate that lot with the pay to park meters.

"It’s better for the public, much safer for the handicapped, much safer for the kids when you park there. It’s controlled, you don't park in the streets with cars passing by and you have a lot better safety overall," says Esparza.

As of now there aren't any immediate plans to set up any new parking meters. Esparza says that you don't plan for tomorrow; you plan for the future, 15, 20 years down the road, but that's not to say that new parking meters couldn't pop up before that.

"We're just setting up the ordinance to make sure whoever comes in next and in the future, they can do this and improve the parking for the city," says the traffic director.

On Tuesday night Brownsville City Commissioners approved the first reading of the proposed amendment regarding the parking meters. It will take one more reading and approval to make the change official.

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