University of California, Riverside

Transportation & Parking Services

Carpool Program

AT Carpoolers

Carpooling is a great way to get to and from work. It saves money by reducing your gasoline, car maintenance and parking costs.  Based on 2015 estimates of driving costs, a 40-mile round-trip commute costs approximately $35 each day, not including tolls or parking.  Carpooling can also lower drive time.  Carpoolers utilizing the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes typically cut travel time by a third.  And we all know that Carpooling helps keep the air we breathe cleaner, lowers greenhouse gas emissions and reduces both traffic and parking congestion.

A carpool consists of two or more people sharing a ride together in a common vehicle. Rather than commuting in their individual cars, co-workers or students from the same community share the ride and drive in together.

UC Riverside has partnered with Zimride.  Zimride can help you share the seats in your car or catch a ride into work.  If you're interesting in exploring Carpool and Rideshare options visit UC Riverside's rideshare network on Zimride.


Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Faculty and staff with a minimum 50% appointment or full-time graduate students are eligible to participate in the Carpool program. Applicants must travel together a minimum of three days a week for more than 50% of their total commute to campus.

You must enroll in the Alternative Transportation Program to receive incentives. Eligibility of incentives is subject to verification using University electronic records.

Carpool Permit

  • One parking permit is issued to a carpool. A carpool can consist of any combination of eligible participants (faculty/staff/graduate students).
  • All Carpool participants are responsible for a portion of the parking permit cost. The monthly parking permit fee is processed through payroll deduction or a student business services account. 
  • Parking lot assignments are based on space availability. Wait lists are maintained for high demand locations.
  • Carpool parking permits are discounted at 1/2 the cost of the Blue or Red parking permit rate.

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Complimentary Parking Privileges

Registered Carpools are eligible to receive a complimentary parking allotment for days they cannot commute together. The primary carpool permit holder does not receive complimentary parking.  Secondary members receive a prorated permit allotment, based on 2 permits per month.  Actual allotments provided are dependent on enrollment dates and are issued on a quarterly basis.  Parking allotments are easily accessible on the Web through our A/T Daily Web Permit application.  The complimentary parking permit will be assigned to the carpool participants carpool lot.

In lieu of receiving complimentary daily permits, a participant may choose a Night parking permit as their complimentary parking incentive. Night permits are only valid after 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.

Faculty and Staff

Emergency Ride Home Program

The Emergency Ride Home program is available to faculty or staff carpool participants in unforeseen emergency situations. The program is intended for personal and family emergencies or unscheduled overtime at the request of your supervisor. It is not available for rides to work, scheduled appointments or planned overtime. Program details can be found on the Emergency Ride Home page.


More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Transportation & Parking Services
683 Linden Street
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tel: (951) 827-8277
Fax: (951) 827-2178