What is the Carpool Program?
UCSB Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) defines a carpool as two or more
UCSB employees commuting together and sharing ONE Faculty or Staff
Carpool parking permit. Carpools are an ideal cost-saving arrangement, particularly
for those individuals who commute long distances to and from work each day, have
limited access to public transit, or have few transportation options available to
TAP Carpool Program Features
How the Program Works
- Carpool discount permits are available to carpools that include at least TWO persons
employed by UCSB at least 45% of time. A qualified carpool may include any combination
of faculty and staff, post-docs and graduate students. Employment at UCSB must extend beyond
May of the fiscal year beginning in July.
- All carpool members must be enrolled in TAP. However,
just ONE member of the carpool applies for the Carpool discount parking permit.
- All vehicles used with the Carpool parking permit must be associated with the permit
in the Transportation & Parking
- The permit has an adhesive face and may be transferred between vehicles at will.
- Besides the Carpool discount permit, a participating carpool is entitled to 57 hours of
complimentary parking per quarter.
An In-Vehicle Parking Meter (IVPM) provided by TAP will time your carpool’s usage of the complimentary hours.
- Follow the instructions on our Carpool Application form
to enroll in the Carpool Program.
Sample Carpool Logistics
- An annual Carpool discount permit costs $225, which is half the price
of a $450 regular permit.
- Permits purchased after the start of the permit period are prorated and
the appropriate fee charged for the remainder of the period. July 1 is the starting date for an annual permit.
If you purchase a Carpool permit in November, the cost to you is
$150. In January, you pay $112.50, and in March $75.
- Permits that are not being used must be returned to
to qualify for a refund. See here
for more information about our permit return policy.
A carpool is typically organized as a Designated Driver Carpool or as an Alternating Carpool.
- In a Designated Driver Carpool, the driver provides the vehicle, and passengers pay
a daily, weekly or monthly fare based on expenses such as fuel, maintenance, and
- In an Alternating Carpool, the driving alternates among carpool participants by
the day, week or month. Your expenses are incurred only when you
do the driving.
Carpool matching services can be of assistance to those who want to form or expand
a carpool. Traffic Solutions, a division of Santa Barbara County Association of
Government (SBCAG), offers a carpool matching service to students and employees
of UCSB at trafficsolutionsonline.info.
Zimride is another resource for finding potential carpool partners. You can sign
up online for Zimride at zimride.com/ucsb.
Please be advised that Traffic Solutions and Zimride are not affiliated with UC
Santa Barbara. Participants are solely responsible for determining whether or when
it is appropriate to meet with or share personal information with a potential carpool
If you are not yet a member, join TAP today. It’s your first step to enrolling in the Carpool Program.