City will kick off Parking Feasibility study for Downtown El Paso

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 8:13pm

Downtown motorists on the hunt for parking may soon have better luck. A tri-party agreement among city officials will kick off a feasibility study to determine if there is a need for more parking in Downtown El Paso.

For drivers like Ace Perez, parking in Downtown El Paso is like gambling.

"I think it's horrible. I think it definitely needs work. I just put my money in this box over here and I don't even know if that's the right box for it,” Ace Perez told us.

But for Guillermo Saldana, who frequents downtown about once a week, parking is a sure bet, as he explained to us that parking has improved over the last year. "Simply now a lot of them are ATM capable, which used to be a drag, even if you found a parking spot, 'oh, I forgot my quarters!,” Saldana exclaimed.

A quick poll reveals --motorists can't agree. But for a more scientific point of view, the City of El Paso, the Downtown Management District, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority -- also known as the RMA-- are setting aside $20,0000 each for a parking feasibility study.

"Before everybody gets too excited and say we're about to have another downtown parking facility built, I think everybody needs to realize that this is just a study,” Raymond Telles, the Executive Director of the RMA explained. Private businesses have been expressing the need for more parking. Especially in light of all the construction downtown -- including the new Triple-A baseball stadium. "I don't know that we need one. But I've been hearing for at least the last two years, anecdotally, that there's a need for parking."

In the meantime, motorists like Ace will take their chances at the game called parking.

"A nice parking garage would be good. Maybe some security, take care of my car. I feel like anyone could steal anything out of there where it is,” Perez said.

The study will be discussed at Wednesday’s RMA meeting. The RMA also said, that if they determine that there is no need for parking the study stops there.


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