Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to welcome everyone to campus, returning and new. Below are some spring semester parking and transportation information and tips:
UT Shuttle Service has resumed for the spring semester. Faculty and staff can ride all UT Shuttle and CapMetro mainline routes (including MetroRail and Metro Rapid Buses) for free using their UT ID. Face masks are recommended while on buses. See the CapMetro & COVID-19 page for more information.
Garage Equipment Upgrades
On January 30, 2023, PTS will begin a phased implementation for upgrading our garage equipment. This upgrade will allow for better maintenance, quicker event exits, and more payment options.
The new garage equipment will no longer read magnetic stripes and stamps, which will affect the following parking options:
- Chaser Tickets - Traditional guest parking chaser tickets will no longer work in a garage once it is upgraded to the new equipment. Instead, guests will use QR chaser codes. Departments can exchange their chaser tickets for QR chaser codes upon request. See Chaser Ticket Changes for more information.
- Validator Stamps - You will no longer be able to use your department’s validator stamp to validate a ticket for your guest in a garage once it has been upgraded to the new equipment. Instead, you will use an online portal to validate your guest's ticket. See Validator Stamp Changes for more information.
If you still need a permit, you can purchase your permit online at a pro-rated price. Find out what faculty/staff permits are currently available. ECG is the lowest cost garage permit, 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.
If you bring your car to campus only occasionally and don't need a permit, you can use the Occasional Parking Program for Employees to park in participating garages for $5 per day with the ability to enter and exit the garage throughout the day at no additional cost.
Protect Your Bike
. Registering your bike online will improve the chances of getting your bike back if it is impounded, lost, or stolen, and registration is FREE. To help prevent bike theft, use a proper locking technique with a U-lock and cable lock.
For bicyclists who do not want to maintain their own bikes, MetroBike members can borrow bikes from stations throughout campus and the city at a low cost.
For an affordable option to purchase used bicycles, check out our website for when the next PTS bicycle auction will be held online. All bids will begin at $5.
Fixit Stations across campus provide bicyclists access to tools for repairs 24/7. For individual covered bike parking with key access, bike lockers are available for rent at eight university parking garages.
Charge Your Electric Car
You can charge your electric car on campus. Charging Stations for Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs) are available at PRC Lot 202 and the 4th level of the San Antonio Garage. Find out more about how to use campus charging stations.
Sure Walk service currently runs 7 days a week from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (except holidays and when the dorms are closed). 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. Call 512-232-9255.
UT Night Rides
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. Locations served mirror current UT Shuttles routes for West Campus, Far West, Lake Austin, North Riverside, Lake Shore, Crossing Place, and Intramural Fields as well as mainline Route 10, serving the Red River area. All UT Night Rides must originate from main campus only. Lyft also works with departments to set up transportation programs that support their needs.
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