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The Transportation User Fee (TUF) is a fee assessed to residents and businesses, based on the traffic levels generated by each dwelling unit or business.
This monthly fee funds street maintenance and repair, annual street overlay and striping, and other activities necessary for keeping Austin's roadways in good condition. City of Austin residents pay the mandatory fee to help prolong the life of city infrastructure and assets. By managing and maintaining public right of way infrastructure, the City of Austin is able to save taxpayer money by intervening before full reconstruction is needed. Full street reconstruction can be costly and time-consuming, therefore preventative maintenance provided by the fee helps reduce these costs.
For residential customers, the fee is a variable monthly rate. See residential rates below.
|Five or more units||$7.43|
For commercial customers the rate is $48.88 per developed acre and then multiplied by the usage category which is based on the type of business.
For additional billing information, please call 512-974-7696. For commercial accounts ask for Evie Bishop, for residential accounts ask for Anna Villasana.
Access Standards in pdf, AutoCAD and MicroStation format here. You can use the table of contents to locate details by name. This is a temporary location for the standards while the publisher sets up their site to provide all formats.
To access Specifications, access the publisher's website. All other Criteria Manuals and the City Code are also available on the publisher’s website.
The Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) allows citizens to partner with the City to propose small to medium scale projects on City-owned property to improve the places in which they live, work and play. Click here to download our guide to all things NPP.
Examples of projects that qualify:
All proposed projects must be on City-owned property, have a community benefit and be publicly accessible. They must also come from a community group such as a:
Yes! For cost-sharing programs, completed applications are due June 1st and October 1st of each year; or the first business day thereafter. You can submit your application early, however, all applications will be considered for funding at the same time. Grant Assistance applications can be accepted at any time in order to meet grant deadlines, however, only 1-2 of these are awarded per year. Adopt-A-Median and Parking Benefit District project proposals are processed on a rolling basis.
First, you need:
Second, talk to your neighbors: show them the sketch, tell them about the cost-share, earn their support! The City requires:
Third, send an email to the Neighborhood Partnering Program. Please include in your email:
*Projects that are determined to be eligible for the Neighborhood Partnering Program will be sent a formal application.
Fourth, work with the Neighborhood Partnering Program staff to submit the full Neighborhood Partnering Program application and requested back-up materials.
Your organization will be responsible for maintaining the project for the life of the project. This means that you must be prepared to replace or repair certain aspects of the project if need-be, and must be able to do ongoing maintenance. For landscaping projects, you should be prepared to do maintenance on regular intervals as determined by a project agreement, which is developed with each awarded project.
Cost-share is calculated as a combination of any of the following:
Want to submit a strong application? Below, you can find some pointers.
Refer to Imagine Austin or your neighborhood plan to see how your proposed projects fit into the larger vision for your neighborhood.
Staff will review your application to ensure that all the minimum requirements are met, as well as:
If the above criteria cannot be met, the application will not be allowed to proceed. If minor corrections can be made that will allow the application to move forward, staff will give the applicant one week to resubmit.
Applications that do proceed will go through a technical review committee, if needed, to understand everything that is required to install the project. That committee will determine whether or not the project is feasible from both technical and cost perspectives. If the project is not feasible owing to technical, budgetary, or logistical issues, your organization will be notified.
Requests that make it through the feasibility assessment will be reviewed, scored, and ranked with awards being made based on available funding.
There are six main evaluation criteria for the Neighborhood Partnering Cost Share Proposals:
The Safe Routes to School's team of Safety Trainers is available to provide training free of charge to interested schools in Austin. They are also available to assist with holding a bike rodeo for your school. To schedule a training or rodeo, contact Rhonda Bolick, Education Program Coordinator, at (512) 974-5633.
All requests for crossing guards should be supported by the Campus Advisory Council (CAC) for the school. With CAC approval, call Austin 3-1-1 or submit a request online citing the specific intersection for the proposed crossing guard.
The request will be received by the Safe Routes to School Program, which will conduct a pedestrian and bicycle count on an unannounced, fair-weather day to determine an accurate average count. A minimum of twenty children crossing during school zone hours is the usual standard to warrant a crossing guard.
To be considered by the Austin Transportation Department, all requests for infrastructure or engineering changes near a school, such as school zones, must be coordinated and approved by the Campus Advisory Council (CAC) for the school. If the CAC is supportive of changes, the first step is to submit a 311 request with the specific location of the desired school zone.
This request will be received by Safe Routes to School, which will evaluate the request, seek additional information if necessary, and pass it along to the appropriate ATD Traffic Engineer with a recommendation. The Traffic Engineer will then make an assessment, and if the engineer believes a new school zone or change to the existing school zone is necessary, he or she will seek appropriate approval for the changes.
Requests for traffic calming for speed mitigation issues are handled through the Local Area Traffic Management Program. You will find additional information and an application form on their website.
Safe Routes to School is an international movement with two basic goals: improve the safety conditions of routes to school and encourage more children and families to bike or walk to school. Locally, Safe Routes to School is an initiative of the Child Safety Program. Our goal: To enable and encourage all children to choose a health-enhancing, physically-active mode of transportation to and from school.
The Child Safety Program partners with schools to help them develop their own individualized Safe Routes to School Program and Plan. Program elements can include Walking School Buses, Bike Rodeos, classroom walking contests, and much more. Contact our Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, Amir Emamian, to see how to get your school involved, or check out our quick-start guide.
BOW WOW (Bike on Wednesday – Walk on Wednesday) is an encouragement program promoted by the Safe Routes to School Program to motivate more children to bike or walk to school. The month-long program runs each Wednesday, when children who bike or walk are able to enter their names into a raffle. At the end of the month, two bicycles (one for a boy, one for a girl) and ten pedometers are distributed to raffle winners.
To learn when your school will be scheduled or for assistance in starting your own BOW WOW encouragement campaign, contact Rhonda Bolick, Education Program Coordinator, at (512) 974-5633.
Motorists who receive a moving violation in a school zone for speeding or cell phone use may be offered a Deferred Disposition by the City of Austin Municipal Court Prosecutors.
If the deferral is offered, the defendant may participate in the Safe Routes to School Deferred Disposition Program which consists of two shifts with a crossing guard and the Program Coordinator or one of our supervisors. In exchange for successfully completing the program, the offense does not go on their driving record and is not reported to their car insurance provider. The program is not intended to raise school zone speeding and distracted driving awareness. We enjoy a 99+ percent positive feedback rating and have had only one repeat offender.
New sidewalks are funded both by private development and through City of Austin Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. When a new private development project is constructed, the developer is required to provide sidewalks. This requirement also applies to most redevelopment projects. City CIP projects that involve full street reconstruction also generally include pedestrian & sidewalk improvements.
In addition the City CIP program, there are also standalone Sidewalk construction and rehabilitation projects. These projects are typically funded through voter-approved bonds, but also receive funding from state and federal grants and from the City of Austin sidewalk fee-in-lieu program.
The City of Austin Sidewalk Master Plan has a prioritization matrix for new sidewalk projects that includes the following factors:
Using this decision matrix, the Sidewalk Program’s limited budget is used to achieve maximum benefits.
Submit your request by calling Austin 3-1-1 or by entering it online or by using the Austin 3-1-1 app. Please provide the location and extent of the requested improvements. If you provide your contact information, City of Austin staff will follow up and provide feedback about funding availability.
Not currently, but the City is working to include sidewalk projects as part of the new CIVIC website which provides a map-based display of City of Austin Capital Improvement Projects.
The sidewalk fee in lieu allows for developers to pay a fee in lieu of building sidewalks if the project meets a certain criteria within the Land Development Code, Chapter 25-6-354. Should the criteria be met, the developer pays the fee. The money collected, is then set-aside in a fund for future sidewalk construction in the area. The City of Austin will then notify the Neighborhood Contact Team in the area if an application for fee-in-lieu is approved as part of a new subdivision, site plan, or building permit.
View the approved 2016 Sidewalk Master Plan here (pdf). For additional resources and information about City of Austin sidewalks, visit our Sidewalk Program page.
The City of Austin uses a Pavement Management Information System (PMIS) to track pavement inventory and performance to coordinate, plan, and forecast pavement needs. The PMIS ensures that the sealcoat method is the most cost effective program for long-term pavement maintenance. The decision to maintain a specific street is primarily based on its age and condition.
View a list of scheduled streets for 2015/2016. Please call 3-1-1 to find out when a particular street is due for preventative maintenance. To hear which streets are scheduled for the following day, please call the Street Resurfacing Hotline at 974-7878.
The Public Works Department is raising awareness to encourage Austinites to lend a hand in clearing vegetative obstructions in an effort to create safe and accessible paths (streets, sidewalks, trails, and alleyways) for all users in the public right-of-way. The goal of the campaign is to help educate property owners of their responsibility in keeping the public right-of-way clear of excessive vegetation that is obstructing a pathway. By doing so, the City will increase the functionality of sidewalks, streets, and alleys; and increase safety for all users. People with mobility and vision impairments or distracted users might not be able to pass by the overgrown vegetative barrier.
Just call 3-1-1 (512-974-2000 outside of Austin) or visit 311's customer service page to make your request. You can also report issues through the 311 app available on Google Play Store or iTunes Store. Users with Blackberry, Palm, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices can access it at 311.austintexas.gov.
Expanding choices for safe, affordable and sustainable travel modes has a positive impact on our environment. By making transit, biking and walking realistic options, we encourage families and residents of all ages to reduce car trips and the reliance on cars. Reduction in motor vehicle trips positively impacts our air and water quality, as well as our quality of life. A recently survey of Austin citizens showed that 80 percent are more likely to ride bicycles more often if more separated paths or trails were available.
All current environmental protections in the City Code will be applied to the construction and design of Urban Trails. The Urban Trails Program recognizes that many proposed Urban Trials may be located in greenfield development areas. Therefore, significant care will be taken to promote the utmost sensitivity for environmental concerns. If environmental concerns are not met to the satisfaction of City of Austin staff, the community, or appropriate boards and commissions, a "no build" option may be considered.
An Urban Trail is a hard surface, all weather path for active transportation and recreation uses. Urban Trails are designed to accommodate users of all ages and abilities. In general, the standard width of an Urban Trail is 12 feet and the standard surface is asphalt or concrete. A 12 foot wide hard surface trail accommodates two-way bicyclists and pedestrians. Urban Trail width may vary based on the context of the trail, projected trail usage and surrounding environmental opportunities and constraints.
The City of Austin defines an Urban Trail as a citywide network of non-motorized, multi-use pathways that are used by bicyclists, walkers and runners for both transportation and recreation purposes.
Our goals for Urban Trails are to:
Keeping Austin's urban trail system free of debris and trash is one of our top priorities. Please call 311 to report excessive trash and debris on a trail. Be sure to include the trail name and location of the trash and debris.
A comprehensive literature review of trails and their impact on property value, nationally and internationally, show no negative impacts. Studies as far back as 1978 have demonstrated that traisl either increase or retain property value. More recently, a 2011 study by Rainer vom Hofe and Olivier Parent demonstrated that, "investment in infrastructure and public amenities [such as trails] is a solid investment that will resulte in a positive return for communities." These positive benefits are more than quantifiable economically, as they are desirable by home owners who are willing to pay a premium for convenient access to healthy, active transportation options.