Carpool Parking Permits

 

How does the University's Carpool Program work?

AU's carpool program is a simple and fun way to network, help the environment, and save money. Once you have established a carpool group, please come to the Office of Parking and Traffic Services to sign up. Signing up for a carpool permit has several benefits, including a reduced price for Faculty/Staff parking, access to carpool-only parking spaces, and decreasing your carbon footprint. Our carpool permits are designed to be used by multiple vehicles, allowing one permit to be shared by several individuals. Because the permit can only be displayed on one car at any given time, each member of the car is considered a part-time driver, and so is only charged the part-time rate. A carpool must consist of two to four people and one to four vehicles. Only one university parking permit is issued per carpool, and only one of the registered vehicles may be parked in a designated lot at any time. Participants should coordinate who is driving to campus and who receives and displays the permit on a given day.

 

What is AU Zimride?

Zimride is a rideshare program. It is a fun and easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. With Zimride, you can find AU friends, classmates, and coworkers going the same way you are. You do not have to get a carpool permit to rideshare with your friends, but once you have a rideshare group, you can enroll in the carpool program if you would like. AU Zimride also helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, and popular events, so if you have a car, you can split costs by offering rides and if you don't have a car, you find rides to where you need to go. For more information, please visit the Zimride site.


Notice: the AU Parking Policy must be read before applying for a parking permit.

Frequently Asked Questions



Who can purchase a carpool permit?

Any group of two to four AU students, staff, or faculty members is eligible to purchase a carpool permit.


Is a carpool permit different from Rideshare?

Yes. A rideshare is organized independently between like-minded individuals who would like to travel together. They do not receive a special permit, nor do they receive discounted parking. Any arrangements regarding compensation for parking are made by the rideshare participants.


Who organizes a carpool?

You are responsible for organizing and maintaining your carpool group. Zimride is a service offered by the University to help you find people with whom you can ride.


Can a student, staff, and faculty member all be in the same carpool?

Yes.


I don’t have a car. Can I still join the carpool?

Yes. As a registered member of the carpool, however, you are still required to pay for parking at the established carpool permit rate.


I have outstanding tickets on my vehicle. Can I still join a carpool?

Yes. Please bear in mind, however, that a vehicle is eligible for immobilization once it has 3 outstanding citations or has accrued $300.00 in outstanding fines.


I have multiple vehicles. Can I contribute more than one car to my carpool?

Yes. Please bear in mind, however, that no more than four vehicles can be registered to a single carpool permit.


How much does the permit cost?

Each member of the carpool pays the University’s current part-time rate for Faculty/Staff parking. In the event that a carpool purchases an entire semester of parking, they are billed the part-time Faculty/Staff rate for the 17-week semester.


How do I pay for a carpool permit?

Carpool permits are purchased up front on a month to month basis. Cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or money orders are all acceptable methods of payment. Students may only have their carpool billed to their Student Account if the entire carpool purchases the permit for the semester. In the event that a carpool purchases an entire semester of parking, they are billed the part-time rate for the 17-week semester.


How many months of parking can I purchase in advance?

Carpool participants may purchase their permit for up to three months, or for an entire semester.


I am a faculty /staff member; can I still get payroll deductions?

Unfortunately, no. Payroll deductions are only done for faculty/staff members whose permits do not have an expiration date. As carpool permits have a maximum lifespan of three months to a semester, they are not eligible for payroll deductions.


I am a student. Can the cost of my carpool permit be billed to Student Accounts?

Students may only have their carpool billed to their Student Account if the entire carpool purchases the permit for the semester. In the event that a carpool purchases an entire semester of parking, they are billed the part-time rate for the 17-week semester.


I am an adjunct / emeritus /chaplain who does not pay for parking. Do I still need to pay for a carpool permit?

If you are a member of one of the groups listed above and are contributing a vehicle to the carpool, then you do not have to pay for the carpool permit. However, if you are not contributing a vehicle, then you must pay to participate in the carpool.


I’m a part-time employee and already pay the part-time rate. Am I eligible for additional discounts?

Unfortunately, no. Carpool members are considered part-time drivers. Your status at the University does not affect this.


I already have a permit. Can I keep it when I enroll in the carpool program?

Unfortunately, no. AU community members may only have one active permit application on file. In order to enroll in the carpool program, you must cancel and return your current permit.


I’m a student and I already purchased parking for the semester. Can I get a refund to enroll in the carpool program?

Unfortunately, no. Student permits are refunded based on the University’s refund schedule. As the refund date has passed, you would not be eligible for a refund.


I’m a student and I already purchased parking for the semester. Can I exchange my student permit for a carpool permit so that I may participate in a carpool?

Yes. Your carpool would be required to purchase the permit for the duration of the semester and any member who did not share your status as a student who has already purchased parking would have to pay for the permit up front. All members of the carpool would be required to cancel any previous permits.


How do I apply?

Permit applications are available online. Please have one member of you carpool click on the link below to begin the application process:Open Your Carpool Application

Once the application is opened, links will be sent via email to the other members of the carpool so that they can add their vehicle information.  Once all parties have been added to the application, please come to Public Safety to pick up your permit.


What do I need to pick up my carpool permit?

If you are a new carpool, all members of your carpool must be present to pick up the carpool permit the first time. Each member must bring photo ID and each member who contributes a vehicle must bring his/her vehicle registration.


Where can I park with a carpool permit?

Carpool permits are valid in all Faculty/Staff lots and in any space that is designated for carpool-permits only.


Where are designated carpool-only spaces available?

Carpool-only spaces will be located in the garage beneath the new SIS building. These spaces will become available when the garage opens.


How do I renew my carpool permit?

To renew a carpool permit, if none of the information on the application changes, only one person needs to come in to submit payment and to retrieve the new permit.


I’m in a carpool, but I had to drive my own car today. What do I do?

Please remember that all vehicles in Faculty/Staff spaces must display a valid Faculty/Staff permit at all times. In the event that you cannot ride with your carpool and bring your own vehicle to campus without the carpool permit on it, you may come to the Office of Parking and Traffic Services and get a temporary permit. Each member of the carpool is eligible for up to three complimentary permits a semester.


I have used all three of my complimentary passes. What do I do?

Parking can be purchased at the Pay-As-You-Go machines in the Nebraska Ave Parking Lot, the Katzen Garage, and the SIS Garage for $2.00 per hour or $16.00 for the entire day.


I am in a carpool, but I have access to another permit. Why can’t I just bring my own car and display the other permit on it instead of riding with my carpool?

Displaying a permit not registered to your vehicle is a violation of the University’s parking policies. Vehicles found displaying such permits are cited for Fraudulent Display of Permit and may be immobilized and/or face charges through Human Resources or through Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.


I am leaving my carpool and have purchased multiple months up front. Can I get a refund for my carpool permit?

Permits billed up front are not eligible for a refund. Permits billed to Student Accounts can be refunded according to the University’s refund schedule.  Please bear in mind that if only two people are in the carpool, the carpool permit must be returned before any refund can be processed.


We have lost our carpool permit. What do we do?

Please come to the Office of Parking and Traffic and report the carpool permit lost. A report will be filled out and a new permit will be issued to the carpool. The old permit will be canceled. If the old permit is found, please destroy it. Please do not display it on your vehicle as a canceled permit may not be displayed on a vehicle. In the event that a canceled permit is found on a vehicle, the vehicle is cited for Fraudulent Display of Permit and may be immobilized.