Carpool Information and Permits

In light of recent changes brought about by COVID-19, affiliates who are currently telecommuting, and do not expect to be routinely driving to either Coastal Science Campus, residential (“main”) campus, or Westside Research Park (2300 Delaware) should not apply for a carpool permit.

A variety of carpool permits are available based on eligibility. Join the hundreds of others who have already discovered the convenience and savings of carpooling to campus. Whether you are a UCSC student, faculty, or staff, carpooling can equal less expensive commuting and lower parking fees!

How To Find a Carpool Partner
Sign up at mycruz511.org. You can choose whether you share your commute only with UCSC's private network, or open up the possibilities and choose to be part of the regional network. Just enter your commute and select which network you'd like to share with to get started. To learn more about how to share your commute on Cruz511, check out their FAQ's.

Carpool Permits

  • To be eligible for a carpool permit each participant will need to show a current vehicle registration. The vehicle must be registered to the student or employee, or an immediate family member who is not an affiliate of UCSC. TAPS will need to see the current vehicle registration each time a carpool permit is renewed, if the registration has expired since the last renewal.
  • May be purchased by up to four people that routinely ride together.
  • Eligibility for a carpool permit requires two to four affiliates who live off-campus, in non-university housing. Each participant must have a vehicle registered to them or an immediate family member who is not an affiliate of UCSC.
  • All members of a carpool must be affiliates whose primary work or study location is, and who routinely commute via private vehicle to either Coastal Science Campus, residential (“main”) campus, or Westside Research Park (2300 Delaware).
  • All members of a carpool must complete a separate application, being sure to list who they wish to carpool with.
  • The cost of the permit is split between participants.
  • Only one permit is issued, with each participant's license plate(s) on the permit.
  • Carpool permits are available on a quarterly, academic year or annual basis, based on eligibility.
  • If any members of the carpool go on leave or furlough for longer than one month, and this results in only one member remaining in the carpool, the carpool permit must be returned to the TAPS Sales Office.

R Remote Carpool Permits
R Carpool permits are valid in all of the remote lots. A limited number of R Carpool permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students have the option of charging their share of the cost of an R Carpool permit to their student billing account.

Faculty and staff that participate in the R Carpool program and are eligible for payroll deduction may purchase their share of the cost of the permit through payroll deduction. When faculty or staff carpool with a graduate or undergraduate student, only a Quarterly R Carpool permit may be purchased and payroll deduction is not available.

B Carpool Permits
B Carpool permits are sold on a quarterly basis only and allow close-in parking. At least one participant needs to be a graduate student. B Carpool permits are valid in all B lots and the remote lots. B Carpool permit holders (eligible graduate students) may purchase one or two 25 packs of Daily A scratch off permits per fiscal year. Only vehicles registered to the participant will be included on any scratch off permit.

A Carpool Permits
A Carpool permits allow close-in parking and require at least one participant to be a faculty or staff person. A Carpool permits are valid in all A lots and the remote lots. Annual A Carpool permits must be purchased by payroll deduction when all carpool members are eligible for payroll deduction. Employees not eligible for payroll deduction may purchase a Quarterly A Carpool permit. When faculty or staff carpool with a graduate or undergraduate student only a Quarterly A Carpool permit may be purchased. A Carpool permit holders (eligible Faculty and Staff only) may purchase one or two 25 packs of Daily A scratch off permits per fiscal year. Only vehicles registered to the participant will be included on any scratch off permit.