The Carpool Program encourages eligible University of Florida and UFHealth faculty and staff members to share the ride to and from campus.
Each two-person Carpool group is assigned to a reserved carpool area for parking. It should be noted that unless otherwise indicated, carpool spaces are reserved until 9:30 am Monday through Friday. After 9:30 am, the area remains open for carpool parking if space is available, however, after that time other appropriate decal holders may park in the carpool spaces. Carpoolers arriving after 9:30 am are permitted to park in other non-carpool decal areas if space is available.
Carpool Decal Pricing And Application
- $198/year per Carpool member
The first step of the Carpool decal process is to fill out and print the Carpool decal application and bring it to the Transportation and Parking Services Customer Relations Office. Both primary members of the prospective carpool group must come to the office in order to purchase their decals.
Carpool Program Eligibility and Rules
Carpool groups consist of two (2) registered members (additional riders are welcome and strongly encouraged, but only two will be registered members). Both registered members must be full time, benefits-eligible UF or UFHealth employees. Both are required to work compatible day-shift schedules on the main campus and live along a reasonable commuting path. The primary, registered carpool members must commit to riding together on a majority of days during the decal year.
Carpool decals are not transferable among carpool members. Participants must display both decals issued for their carpool only. If a carpool group disbands, both decals must be returned before a new carpool group can be formed.
Emergencies And Occasions When Unable To Carpool
The Emergency Ride Home Program allows participants in the Carpool Program to leave campus in the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency. A member of the TAPS or UFPD staff will drive you home in an official vehicle, or TAPS will reimburse you for cab fare home upon submission of a valid receipt, as approved by TAPS (please obtain cab fare approval prior to 4:00 PM).
Registered Carpool members may purchase up to six (6) one-day permits per semester at half price for use in (non-Carpool) decal-restricted parking areas.
On an occasional basis when one member of the group is unable to carpool, the other member still may use the Carpool zone, provided that their vehicle displays both Carpool decals. The non-carpooling member’s vehicle may not use the Carpool zone, but may use a one-day permit and park in the appropriate decal-restricted lot. It is important to note that a one-day permit may not be used in a Carpool zone.
Only one Carpool member’s vehicle may park in any of the Carpool zones on campus at any time. If more than one Carpool member parks in any of the Carpool areas at the same time, both vehicles are subject to receiving parking citations. Remember: a single Carpool decal by itself is not valid for parking anywhere on campus.
Penalties For Misuse
Individuals falsely participating in the carpool program shall be subject to a $150 fine, plus the cost of the equivalent parking decal for False Registration, vehicle impoundment and loss of carpool parking privileges for the remainder of the current decal year and the following decal year. Creating a carpool group which does not result in members actually riding together on a majority of days during the decal year will result in a citation for False Registration upon discovery.
TAPS welcomes participation in the Carpool Program by individuals who comply with the spirit and the intent of the program. If you are unable to observe the rules, please explore other commuting alternatives and avoid fines and penalties.