Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is supporting the university's Proactive Community Testing (PCT) program by making it easy for members of the campus community to park on the Main campus and the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) to be tested.
PTS Assistant Director Dennis Delaney explained that PTS collaborated with University Health Services to validate parking in ways that would work at various locations. On the Main campus, PTS provided validation machines at some PCT locations for on-site validation when individuals are tested. Parking passes with a QR code work in any of the university garages and with validation machines. Employees and students being tested at PRC can use a dashboard permit for the day they are being tested.
"Both the PCT and vaccination contacts send us a request for the number of QR code or dashboard permits they need," Delaney said. "We create these and place them in a UT Box for them to retrieve and print as they need them for the month the permits are valid."
According to the UT Austin Proactive Community Testing (PCT) Summary available on the UT Austin COVID-19 Dashboard, between June 1, 2020 and Oct. 15, 2021, almost 156,300 tests were administered to students and more than 26,170 tests were administered to staff and faculty members.
"PTS has been a great supporter of PCT since we began during the summer of 2020," said Jessica Klima, director of the Proactive Community Testing Program. "By helping eliminate the barrier of parking near our flagship testing site at the Student Services Building, we believe we have had more individuals test since we are able to validate parking while they participate in PCT."
PTS has also supported COVID-19 vaccination efforts. PTS Associate Director Blanca Gamez noted that from February 8, 2021 to May 28, 2021, PTS worked with Environmental Health and Safety to provide free parking and accommodate shuttle services for vaccinations. Shuttles traveled between the Brazos Garage and Gregory Gym where the vaccinations were administered.
"With the help of garage parking and the shuttles, about 10,000 vaccinations were administered each month," Gamez said. "Now we collaborate with Dell Medical School to provide no charge parking for people getting vaccinated at the Health Discovery Building."