The purpose of this program is to promote carpooling as an attractive alternative to individual commuting. Carpools reduce traffic congestion, which contributes to higher ground-level ozone ratings. Better ratings mean more industry and business for our city, as well as federal funds to complete road construction projects.
In order to participate in a carpool, you must meet the following criteria:
  • A carpool must consist of at least two commuting students.
  • Participants must share a ride on a regular basis (at least two days a week)
  • Participants must be full-time or part-time students currently enrolled in the semester.
To apply for a carpool, click here.
Description of Services
Reserved Parking Space
Parking & Transportation Services will accommodate students with a reserved carpool space on a semester basis. The reserved spaces will be designated with a sign and controlled for carpool permits during enforcement hours.

Emergency Passes
Each participant in a carpool will be given up to four scratch-off passes per semester to be used on days he/she is not riding in the carpool. The scratch-off pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror. The passes are valid for any commuter student lot.

Emergency Ride Home

Commutesmart offers an emergency ride home program for those who register for the service.  For details, see their website at

Computer Matching Services
Computer matching services are provided to students that fill out the form online at  
General Information
  • Each participant must complete a parking application. Each participant has to come to the office to pick up the necessary parking permit and emergency passes.
  • Each carpool will be issued one hangtag for the group. It is the responsibility of the group to ensure that the permit is properly displayed from the rearview mirror.
  • The semester parking rate will be divided equally among the carpool participants and charged to their student account.
  • Misuse of a carpool permit will result in cancellation of parking privileges.
  • Scratch off permits will only be given if multiple vehicles are registered
  • If the carpool is dissolved, the carpool permit and any unused scratch-off passes must be returned to Parking & Transportation Services. Participants can then purchase their own permits.
Other Incentives
For a list of other incentives provided by Commutesmart, click here.
Questions? Please call us at 205-934-3513 if you require more information.