What is a carpool?

A carpool is a group of two or more employees that use their personal vehicle to commute to Colorado State University. Typically, a CSU carpool travels from a similar neighborhood of Fort Collins, or city or town to a carpool parking space on campus.parking-icon-carpool-permit

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Carpools also meet the University’s Climate Action Plan by helping reduce parking space demand on campus while relieving vehicle congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Colorado.

Why should I carpool?

Carpoolers save money by sharing the costs of driving, such as gas, and parking at CSU.  Each carpooler reduces the wear and tear on their vehicle because they drive less miles annually.  They save time by parking in a carpool parking space.  They take turns driving and rid themselves of 50 percent or more days per year by relaxing on their commute home.  In case of emergency, we provide registered carpoolers with Emergency Ride Home twice per year should you need a ride home and you don’t have a car available to you.


When can I start carpooling?

A carpool permit can be requested during the first two weeks of each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) to ensure the parking supply for carpool spaces is sufficient across the university.

Complete a carpool permit application:

  • All carpoolers must fill out a carpool agreement and return it to Parking and Transportation Services in the Lake Street Garage.
  • The application must have a minimum of two participants for the permit.
  • All carpoolers will be billed monthly through payroll deduction based on the number of carpoolers (50 percent of the total billed to each carpooler if there are two, 33 percent for three participants, etc.)
  • All vehicles to be driven as part of the carpool should be registered in the Parking and Transportation Services permit database. The vehicles will then be recognized through the license plate permit system as being a carpool vehicle.

Where would I park?

When registering your carpool with Parking and Transportation Services, carpoolers request a parking location on campus.  An approved carpool permit will be designated a parking lot and sign will be placed in the lot selected for the carpool, depending on the capacity of the lot, we will make every attempt to place you in the lot requested.  The carpool parking spaces will be available until _______ daily when it will become available to all parking on campus.

Only one vehicle on a group’s carpool permit can be parked on a campus permit lot at one time.  Multiple carpool vehicles under the same permit parked on campus at the same time will initiate a parking citation for failure to park without a valid parking permit.

How can I find a carpool?

Parking and Transportation Service can help you get started.

  • Our department will host a carpool formation meeting for you. Call Parking and Transportation Services to request a meeting and we’ll contact employees that live near you about carpooling. Call (970) 491-7600 to get started.
  • Ridesharing websites allow you to find carpoolers near your home with similar commutes to Colorado State University.