Update 9/3/20: The Parking Perks Debit Program is not available to dorm residents. See the Parking Perks Debit Program page for eligibility information.
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to welcome everyone to campus, returning and new! Below are some fall semester parking and transportation information and tips:
Campus Traffic and Congestion
Remember that traffic to, from, and on campus will be heavier than it has been recently during the first few weeks of school, so allocate a little extra time for your commute.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty/Staff Permits Currently Available:
- A, D, D+, M, N, and N+ permits.
- F garage permits at Manor (MAG), Trinity (TRG), Guadalupe (GUG), and Health Center (HCG) for $606/year, and $371/year at East Campus (ECG) with a convenient East Campus shuttle stop nearby and free bike storage for permit holders.
If you want a permit not listed as available, you can get on the waitlist.
With the university’s in-person instruction ending November 25 this fall, we have added more permit options. Along with R and S permits, student C, C+, D, and D+ permits may be purchased now for the fall semester only. These permits expire on November 25, 2020, and prices are pro-rated accordingly. You also have the option to purchase your permit for the full academic year.
Student Permits Currently Available:
- C, C+, D, D+, M, N, and N+.
- S garage permits for non-dorm residents at Manor (MAG), Trinity (TRG), Health Center (HCG), and East Campus (ECG).
- R garage permits for dorm residents at San Jacinto (SJG), Speedway (SWG), Trinity (TRG), and East Campus (ECG).
If you only bring your car to campus occasionally and don't need a permit, you can use the Parking Perks Debit Program for low-cost occasional garage parking. You can also park in a garage at a rate based on the amount of time parked.
If you aren't bringing a car to campus, here are some other ways to help you get around:
- Buses: UT Shuttle service resumes August 21. Students, faculty, and staff can ride all UT Shuttle and Capital Metro mainline routes for free using their UT ID. Be sure to wear a recommended protective face mask and keep an empty seat between you and other passengers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Capital Metro’s Recovering with CARE page for more information on sanitizing and social distancing protocols on buses.
- Carshare: Borrow a Zipcar by the hour or the day.
- Bikes: To aid in theft recovery, register your bike. It’s free! You can also use bike tools at Fixit stations around campus or borrow a bike from BCycle.
Scooters on Campus
Scooters are only allowed to operate where bicycles can, which means they should primarily be ridden in the street. Scooters are required to follow all traffic control devices such as stop signs, yield to pedestrians, and adhere to the campus speed limit.
- Scooters should only park in designated areas or at bicycle racks.
- There is a $150 impound fee for scooters that violate parking regulations related to university events and scooters left in undesignated areas including doorways, ramps, stairways, ADA access or parking, and any scooter left on Speedway or the Main Mall.
- All other scooter citations will result in a $75 fee.
- Scooters can be an important part of the last mile transportation puzzle. Protect your right to continue to have scooters on campus by operating them safely, responsibly and by following all the rules.
When traveling on and around campus, remember the following tips:
- Drivers, put down your cell phones and electronic devices! Austin is a hands-free city and usage may result in a ticket.
- Don’t Block the Box! In Austin, blocking traffic at intersections may result in a ticket. Stop outside the box before crossing if traffic is backed up.
- Sure Walk resumes today and runs 7 days a week from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. If you are on campus late and have concerns about your safety, all students, faculty, and staff can request Sure Walkers to accompany them on their walk home or to their campus destination.
- UT Night Rides resumes tonight at midnight. Lyft is the provider for UT Night Rides. This program provides Lyfts away from main campus to your home 7 days a week from midnight to 4 a.m.
PTS Office Hours
Avoid in-person transactions by using My Parking Profile to purchase permits, appeal and pay citations, manage permit waitlist selections, and update vehicle and address information. Should you have a parking issue, most can be addressed via email to email@example.com. The following office hours are also available:
- Garage Offices: Offices for staffed garages are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with one-hour lunch closure) for those who need to do in-person transactions. The Conference Center and Health Center Garage offices are open 24 hours.
- Fleet Automotive Shops: The university Automotive Shops are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- PTS Main Office: The PTS Main Office lobby is closed, as it is too small to allow for social distancing. For assistance, please go to the Trinity Garage cashier office located on Level 1 at the exit gate.
Have a great start to your year!
Parking and Transportation Services