This monthly fee, as defined in the municipal code, funds the maintenance and repair of roadways, signs, signals and markings, sidewalks and urban trails. This includes annual street resurfacing and other maintenance activities necessary for keeping Austin connected and our infrastructure in good condition. 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.
As part of the annual budget process, Austin City Council reviews and adjusts the fee based on current needs. Residents can expect to see the new rate go into effect during the November billing cycle. For residential customers, the fee is a variable monthly rate. As of Nov. 1 the residential rates are:
Residential Transportation User Fee Rates as of Nov. 1, 2016
Five or more units
For commercial customers the rate is $57.64 per developed acre and then multiplied by the usage category of the type of business.
For additional billing information, please call 3-1-1 or Austin Energy Customer Care at 512-494-9400
Transportation User Fee Exemptions
Residential customers may be eligible for an exemption if the person who is responsible for paying the utility bill meets one of the following criteria:
Age 65 or older; or
Does not own or regularly use a private motor vehicle