If you're frustrated about the traffic snarls caused by work on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets in downtown Austin, wait until half of the parking spaces are gone.
City leaders are planning to get rid of hundreds of parallel parking sports between Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
It’s bad news for Scott Zublin, the owner of the Texas Chili Parlor near 15th and Lavaca streets. Soon, his restaurant won’t have any street parking.
"Our lunch is not going to be hurt because they walk up for lunch. After lunch, we are going to be affected,” Zublin said. “There's no doubt about it."
In total, 267 parking spots are being eliminated from Lavaca and Guadalupe streets. The city is going to make up for some of that by adding parking to side streets in downtown, but most of the new spots will be farther down the street.
Zublin says at a recent meeting with city planners and Cap Metro officials, there seemed to be little room for change.
"They don't need city council approval,” he said. “They don't need approval from anybody. They do what they want."
Now, Zublin’s delivery trucks will have to stop in the left lane of Lavaca and cross the entire street to reach the restaurant.
A bike lane will replace the parking spaces, and the lane next to it will be dedicated to bus traffic. Cap Metro and transportation leaders are asking the city council to create stiff penalties for drivers using the lane improperly.