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Carpools & Vanpools
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Where do carpools park?
Permit carpools are issued a hang-tag parking permit with a lot assignment based on employee work location; if your lot is full, park in your overflow lot or stop at a campus gatehouse for reassignment for the day. Occasional carpools park in the Montlake E-1 lot or in several locations on the main campus, on a space available basis. More
What is a carpool?
A carpool is a group of two or more who commute to UW together in a personal vehicle. UW offers two types of carpools—permit carpools (for those who carpool regularly) and occasional carpools. Up to 3 gratis U-PASSes are issued with a permit carpool. Occasional (impromptu) carpooling additionally requires that each participant has a U-PASS and a Husky Card Account.
What is a vanpool?
A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 who live at least 3 miles away who share the commute to the UW Seattle campus in a van owned, maintained and insured by one of the transit agencies. Your U-PASS gives you up to $70.00 credit per month toward the monthly vanpool fare. For more information, see the Carpool and Vanpool pages.
Is carpooling and vanpooling flexible? I’d like to try it, but occasionally need to commute alone.
With either a carpool or a vanpool, you come inbound to the campus together, but, if you wish, can leave campus separately. Permit carpools require a commitement to ride to campus together regularly 3 or more days per week; occasional carpools give you the option to carpool on the spur of the moment, only when you wish. Vanpool participation can be full time (3 or more days per week) or part-time (2 days per week).
Where do vanpools park?
Vanpools may park without charge in any University permit lot, but cannot park in restricted spaces (handicapped spaces, load/unload, university vehicle spaces, etc.) within those lots.
How can I find others to carpool or vanpool with?
Ask around among your fellow students or co-workers, or use the free Regional Ridematch service to find others whose commute needs match your own.