Carpools

The University of Texas at Austin carpool program strongly supports efforts to reduce traffic congestion and curb vehicle pollution in the Austin area. Carpool members are provided numerous incentives to share the commute with a fellow co-worker or student.

Why Carpool?

Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) provides the following benefits to registered carpools:

Reserved Carpool Spaces

Reserved carpool parking spaces are available throughout the campus. These spaces are reserved for registered carpools with the proper permit on a first-come, first-served basis weekdays until 10 a.m.

Location Spaces
Lot 53 6 spaces along the west curb near Speedway entrance
2400 San Jacinto Blvd 17 spaces on the east curb
2000 San Jacinto Blvd 4 spaces on the west curb, 9 spaces on the east curb
Lot 37 10 spaces along the west curb of the lot

Reduced Permit Fees

The permit cost is reduced by $50 for each registered university employee and student carpool rider (excluding the driver) up to the pro-rated cost of the permit at the time of carpool registration. You share any remaining permit cost with your carpool members.

  • Permits paid in full receive a rebate in the form of a check or direct deposit.
  • Permits paid with payroll deduction, cash, or What I Owe Refund will be processed after six consecutive months of being in the carpool on a post-tax basis only. Payroll monthly deductions are no longer an option.
  • Semester Permits (student garage permits): Refunds will be processed after the permit has expired. The carpool must be active during the entire semester in order to receive a refund.

Free Garage Parking

Each carpool member receives Green On the Go pass. In the event you need to drive your own vehicle to work instead of riding with your registered carpool, you can use your Green on the Go pass to park in a university parking garage. Green on the Go passes are valid in all university garages except the Conference Center Garage (CCG), Nueces Garage (NUG), and Rowling Hall Garage (RHG).

To receive a pass, you must list your own alternate vehicle. If an alternate vehicle is not listed, you opt out of receiving a pass as one of your benefits. Pass usage will be monitored. If you deplete your credits and unenroll from your current carpool within six months of your initial carpool approval, you will be responsible for the repayment of any used carpool credits.

The Green on the Go pass issued to each carpool member will have a balance adjusted to the term of the permit. Pass credits issued to carpoolers will be pro-rated based on the month of application approval:

Permit Type Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug
A, AN, C, C+, F, S (annual) 16 14 12 10 10 10 10 8 6 4 2 2
S (fall) 8 6 4 2                
S (spring)         8 8 6 4 2      
S (summer)                   6 4 2
The number values listed in the chart are the maximum number of uses allotted per Green On the Go pass.

Guaranteed Rides Home

All carpoolers are automatically enrolled in the Guaranteed Ride Home program, providing a safety net for emergency situations. If you need to leave the university before the carpool is ready because of an emergency, a ride can be provided by mass transit or taxi.

If you live outside the Capital Metro service area, a ride by taxi will be arranged. Under this program each carpool member will be eligible for up to two cab rides home per semester (or six times per academic year). PTS will pay for up to $49.50 per cab ride, and the rider is responsible for any additional charge and driver gratuity.

To arrange a ride, please contact PTS:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: 512-471-7275
  • All other times: 512-232-8314 (Conference Center Garage)

    Guidelines & Eligibility

    • All members of the carpool must be employed or registered at The University of Texas at Austin. One of the participants must be a University of Texas at Austin employee or student who has a current and valid UT parking permit. All carpool members must reside in the same commute area.
    • The permit issued to the carpool will be the Class of Permit that the holder is currently eligible to purchase. ("A""C""F""S"). Class "O" Permit holders may receive all benefits except the reduction in the parking costs. On campus residents and "R" permit holders are not eligible carpool members. Carpools must park in the lot that they are assigned or eligible. N and N+ permits are not eligible for the carpool program.
    • Green on the Go passes are valid in all university garages except the Conference Center Garage (CCG), Nueces Garage (NUG), and Rowling Hall Garage (RHG). Access may be restricted during special events.
    • Membership in Class "F" Permit carpools is restricted to faculty or staff members only. Class "F" Permit carpools will be assigned to a specific "F" lot; however, no specific spaces will be set aside for Class "F" Permit carpools.
    • Only one University parking permit is issued per carpool, and only one of the registered vehicles may be parked in the designated lot at any time.
    • The permit holder and all riders will be connected to the carpool permit and thus not eligible for another permit. Carpool members are ineligible to obtain additional permits of any type (including Class "M" Permits).
    • Motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds are excluded from the carpool program.
    • Individuals are only eligible to receive benefits once per academic year.
    • If the permit is returned for a refund, the $50 per member permit discount benefit will be prorated and will be adjusted with the refund based on the usage of the permit.
    • All refunds are processed on a post-tax basis in order to facilitate the refund process. Federal Regulations guidelines prevent the university from issuing refunds for permits purchased on pre-tax payroll deductions. To prevent the necessity of a refund, all returned permits must be turned into PTS no later than the 15th of the month prior to departure.
    • A maximum of four members (including the permit holder) is allowed per group.

    Vehicle Registration

    Please ensure all vehicles being driven on campus are registered on My Parking Profile before submitting your carpool application. To check your license plate registrations through My Parking Profile:

    1. Go to the Cars section/tab.
    2. Scroll down to License Plate [license plate #].
    3. Edit or remove the car as necessary.
    4. To add a car, click the + Register a new car button at the top.

    You may register up to three vehicles. Failure to register your license plate may result in citations.