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 three employees or two commuting students. Participants must share a ride on a regular basis (at least two days a week). Participants in employee carpools must be full-time, while students must be full-time or part-time and currently enrolled in the semester.

To apply for a carpool, submit a rideshare application.

Description of Services:

Reserved Parking Space

UAB Transportation will accommodate employees or students with a reserved carpool space for the duration of the permit. The reserved spaces will be designated with a sign and controlled for carpool permits during enforcement hours.

Emergency Passes

Each participant in a carpool, other than the primary driver, will receive scratch-off passes (1 per month or 4 per semester) to be used on days they are not riding in the carpool. The scratch-off pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror. Passes are valid only in the area designated on the scratch-off pass.

Emergency Ride Home

Commutesmart offers an emergency ride home program for those who register for the service. Learn more at

Computer Matching Services

Computer matching services are provided by completing a form online at

General Information

  • Each participant must complete a rideshare application.
  • 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 parking rate will be divided equally among employees and payroll deducted. For students, the semester or academic year rate will be divided equally and charged to student accounts.
  • 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 UAB Transportation. Participants can then purchase their own permits.

Other Incentives

The CommuteSmart program offers a variety of incentives for alternative modes of travel (walking, biking, transit), including carpools of only two individuals.

Questions? Call us at 205-934-3513 if you require more information.