AUSTIN -- Last week people who parked on Sixth Street, between Red River Street and Brazos Street, in downtown Austin either got a warning or a ticket if they didn’t remove their vehicles between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. This new initiative is from the Austin Police Department and the Transportation Department in an effort to remove cars during peak times on the party street.
However this is the first weekend beginning Thursday through Sunday where vehicles still parked on Sixth Street after 9 p.m. will be towed.
“I think it's a great idea. It keeps cars off the street. People trying to drive later on in the evening when there's a lot more business downtown,” said Tommy Buccheit, General Manager at Coyote Ugly on Sixth Street.
APD say the move is all about safety and crowd control, especially when the masses get thicker after the Bars let out.
“Take a high-density of people on the street, a large number of those folks are intoxicated, in many cases highly-intoxicated. Tempers flare. We have a number of fights. The removal of the cars allows the Officers to get in and contend with those problems much safer. Plus it allows them more maneuverability”, says Austin Police Lieutenant Christian Malanka.
The new initiative to remove cars off of Sixth Street Thursday through Sunday is getting mixed reaction from people who work, live and play there.
“I think that this is a step one into them actually wanting to widen the sidewalk which is going to hurt the businesses for a year so have a feeling that's one reason they're doing this”, said Steve Simon, a Sixth Street property manager.
The APD spokesperson who spoke to KVUE says there’s no way of knowing how long the towing initiative will last on 6th street since the strip is ever changing.