Spring Updates for Parking and Transportation

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:

Shuttle Service

UT Shuttle Service has resumed for the spring semester. Students, faculty, and staff can ride all UT Shuttle and Capital Metro mainline routes for free using their UT ID. Face masks are required while on buses. See the CapMetro & COVID-19 page for more information.

Parking

Permit Availability

If you still need a permit, you can purchase your permit online at a pro-rated price. When you register your vehicle to your permit, your license plate is your credential and you do not need to display a permit. If your permit includes garage access you can register a toll tag or download a QR code to open garage gates.

Faculty/Staff Permits currently available:

  • A, D, D+, M, N, and N+ permits.
  • F garage permits at Manor (MAG), Trinity (TRG), Guadalupe (GUG), Health Center (HCG), and East Campus (ECG).

Student Permits currently available: 

  • C, C+, D, D+, M, N, and N+.
  • S garage permits for non-dorm residents at Health Center (HCG) and East Campus (ECG).
  • R garage permits for dorm residents at East Campus (ECG).

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.

Occasional Parking

Faculty/Staff

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.

Students

If you only bring your car to campus occasionally and do not need a permit, you can park in a garage or at a meter at rates based on the amount of time parked. Meters are limited to two hours during the day. Non-dorm resident students can also use the Student Parking Perks program for low-cost occasional garage parking.

Disabled Veteran License Plate Update

The State of Texas has passed a new law affecting disabled veteran (DV) license plates. In addition to a DV license plate, the International Symbol of Access is now required to be on display to qualify for ADA parking. 

Bicycling

Registration

Registering your bike online will improve the chances of getting your bike back if it is impounded, lost, or stolen, and registration is FREE.

Bike Theft

Bike theft is on the rise in the Austin area. For the best defense, we strongly suggest using a proper locking technique with a U-lock and cable lock.

Fixit Stations

Fixit Stations across campus provide bicyclists access to tools for repairs 24/7.

Bike Sharing

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.

Bike Auction

For an affordable option to purchase used bicycles, the next PTS bicycle auction will be held online at the beginning of March. All bids will begin at $5.

Scooters

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. To avoid impound fees and citations, only approved scooters can park on campus, and they should only park in designated areas or at bicycle racks.

After-Hours Transportation

Sure Walk

Sure Walk has resumed service for the spring semester. It currently runs 7 days a week from 7 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

UT Night Rides continues to operate. 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. Lyft also works with departments to set up transportation programs that support their needs.

PTS Office Hours

Use My Parking Profile to purchase permits, appeal and pay citations, manage permit waitlist selections, and update vehicle and address information online. Should you have a parking issue, most can be addressed via email to parking@utexas.edu. 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 Garage office is open 24 hours.

Jan. 25, 2022