Welcome Back

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to welcome everyone back to campus! Here are some fall semester parking and transportation tips.

Parking Changes

Effective August 29, 2018, parking is prohibited from 3 am to 5 am in all "Longhorn Lots". Overnight parking, including long-term storage, is available in all of our garages. East Campus Garage (ECG), located near Longhorn Lots, offers a low-cost option for overnight and long-term storage parking: https://parking.utexas.edu/parking/garages/east-campus-garage-ecg. For other garage information and availability, please visit https://parking.utexas.edu/parking/student-parking.  

There is a new Garage Fee schedule for the garages. For additional information please go to https://parking.utexas.edu/parking/garage-daily-parking-rates.  

Shuttle and Campus Traffic Congestion

Remember that traffic and shuttle use to, from, and on campus will be heavier than normal during the first few weeks of school, so allocate a little extra time for your commute.  Also, construction is particularly active on campus this year. Get updates on how this could affect your parking at http://parking.utexas.edu/construction.html. 

Green on the Go

Vehicle pollution and traffic congestion not your thing? Try one of our Green on the Go programs:  

  • Carshare: Borrow a Zipcar by the hour or the day.
  • Carpool: Register your carpool with PTS to receive a discounted permit, access to reserved spaces, and other benefits.
  • Buses: Students, faculty, and staff can ride all UT Shuttle and Capital Metro mainline routes for free using their UT ID. Be sure to swipe your UT ID card upon boarding. You can even track your bus with the Capital Metro App at http://www.capmetro.org/app/. 
  • Biking: Use tools to keep your ride going from The Kickstand and racks around campus. To buy a bike, don't miss our Bike Auction on September 27! 
  • The East Campus Garage provides a secure indoor bicycle storage facility located on the lower level of the garage. The cost is $60 annually. More information at https://parking.utexas.edu/bike/lockers-racks.  

Permit Availability

Still need to bring a car to campus? We encourage you to commit to at least one day a week where your transportation choice is sustainable to help reduce our carbon footprint and traffic congestion across Austin. If you just bring your car occasionally and don't need a permit, you can use one of the ten garages around campus or parking meters for a fee. 

If you still need a permit, don't waste time standing in line at the garage offices; you can purchase your permit online at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/pts/parking/.  Your permit will be mailed to the address of your choice and you can even print out a temporary permit while you wait for it to arrive in the mail. If you bought a garage permit, you can register a toll tag or download a QR code for garage access via your Parking Profile. 

Faculty/Staff Permits Currently Available:

  • A, B, M, N, and N+ permits
  • F garage permits at  Manor (MAG), Trinity (TRG), Guadalupe (GUG), and East Campus (ECG)

Student Permits Currently Available:

  • B, C, C+, 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 Manor (MAG), Speedway (SWG), Trinity (TRG), and East Campus (ECG)

If you want a permit not listed as available, you can get on the waitlist online at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/pts/parking/waitlist/logon/. 

Scooters on Campus

Scooters are only allowed to operate where bicycles can which means primarily they should be ridden in the street. Scooters are required to follow all traffic control devices such as stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, and adhering to the campus speed limit. Scooters should only be left at bicycle racks and there is now a $150 impound fee for scooters that are left in areas other than bicycle racks. 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.

Safety Tips

When driving on and around campus, remember the following tips:

  • 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: If you are on campus late and have concerns about your safety getting home, all students, faculty, and staff can request SURE Walkers to accompany them. Two SURE Walkers may accompany you on your walk home or provide a complimentary cart or car ride, depending on service area. Request a SURE Walk by calling 512-232-9255
  • SURE Ride: Lyft is the provider for UT Austin’s SURE Ride program. SURE Ride provides Lyfts away from main campus to your home 7 days a week from 11pm to 4am. More info at https://parking.utexas.edu/sure  

Have a great start to your year!