By: Brittany Paris
No parking. That might be how you felt if you've tried parking in the Haymarket lately.
"I live down here. I can never find a place to park. I do have a paid spot and at least once a week I'm towing that paid spot," Bryon Steufer, Lincoln, said.
New garages are opening this summer and fall along Pinnacle Area Drive, bringing an additional 1,600 spots. But that doesn't help right now.
Mayor Chris Beutler says parking has been tricky because the West Haymarket is developing faster than the city anticipated.
But he has a plan utilizing existing garages that are too far of a walk from the West Haymarket.
"The only barrier to making these parking spots conveniently available is the distance between these downtown garages and the Haymarket," the Mayor said at a press conference on Friday.
Thanks to the city and StarTran, that distance will no longer be an issue.
Starting Friday night, they're introducing a shuttle bus that will take you from downtown garages and drop you off right in the heart of the Haymarket.
The planned route has stops at:
The shuttle service runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. and will run every 15 minutes. It'll also operate when the arena has big events.
If you have a bus pass or your Park and Go ticket, the shuttle is free. Otherwise, it'll cost you just 25 cents.
The Mayor stresses this is just a pilot program, ending July 12.
The city will talk with business owner and arena staff once the new garages open to see if it should continue.
The city is looking at making other small changes like alternative parking for Haymarket employees, handing out maps of existing garages and even a parking app.
For more information, head to startran.lincoln.ne.gov or parkandgo.org