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 them.

TAP Carpool Program Features

How the Program Works

  • Carpool discount permits are available to carpools that include at least TWO people employed by UCSB at least 45% of time. A qualified carpool discount group 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 to qualify for pre-tax payroll deduction... All others may pay with cash, check or charge.
  • All carpool members must maintain eligibility in order to qualify and maintain the reduced rate.
  • All carpool members must be enrolled in TAP and 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 Services permit sales system.
  • The permit is assigned to the permit holder and has an adhesive face and may be transferred between vehicles, listed under the permit holder's account, at will.
  • Besides the Carpool discount permit, the carpool partner without a permit in their name may be 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 for times when botht he permit holder and the carpool not-permit holder need to drive onto campus at the same time.
  • Follow the instructions on our Carpool Application form to enroll in the Carpool Program.

Cost Savings

  • 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 Parking Services to qualify for a refund. See here for more information about our permit return policy.

Sample Carpool Logistics

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 parking.
  • 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

Carpool matching services can be of assistance to those who want to form or expand a carpool.

  • SmartRide, a carpool matching program from Traffic Solutions available to students and employees of UCSB. Traffic Solutions is a division of Santa Barbara County Association of Government (SBCAG)*
  • UCSB Zimride is another resource for finding potential carpool partners. Sign up online for customized UCSB service*
  • sRide UCSB's Rideshare Facebook group for UCSB or smartphone App*
  • Craigslist has quite possibly the most dynamic rideboard in town. Rideboard regulars provide personal information with their travel requests.*

*Please be advised that UC Santa Barbara has no affiliation with carpool matching services. Participants are solely responsible for determining whether or when it’s appropriate to meet with or share personal information with a potential carpool partner.

Join TAP

If you are not yet a member, join TAP today. It’s your first step to enrolling in the Carpool Program.