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Carpool (rideshare)

Ever consider carpooling to UMD? You can save on the cost of gas, parking, and maintenance, help the environment by cutting the number of vehicles on the road, and even make new friends. With these benefits in mind, it will be easier than ever to see why making the switch, even for just a few days a week, can be a good idea for you and your commute.

Join a Carpool:

You can easily find a UMD colleague to carpool with by creating an account with UMD Smart Commute.

Registered carpools are park in preferred locations in all six parking garages on campus. Carpoolers may also park in all of the lots that are assigned to each member. For example, if one rider is assigned to lot 1 and the other is assigned to lot 5, you may park in either lot.

  • Carpoolers are eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.
  • If the carpool dissolves, you will still have your original parking lot assignment.

Additionally, registered carpoolers are eligible for HALF OFF on your parking permit. To receive the carpool parking registration discount:

  • Make an appointment with DOTS for all carpool members. To schedule an appointment, call 301-314-DOTS.
  • All carpool members must be at the appointment.
  • If carpool members have a physical permit, they must bring it to the appointment. Licence plate registrations will be looked up.
  • Complete the Carpool Permit Application Form.
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