This is an initiative to try to promote the conservation of resources—and parking spaces—by providing a specially-reserved parking area for people willing to double-up.
Enrollees get access to preferred parking in Lot C, in the campus core right next to the MUB. (Almost always ample space with no searching!*)
A carpool may consist of two or more holders of valid UNH Commuter or Faculty/Staff parking permits.
It’s easy. First, find someone to carpool with. Qualified carpoolers pair up on their own. There is no ride-matching program available through the Parking Office. Then, there are two simple rules for using the carpool parking area. The first rule is that vehicles must be carrying two or more occupants. The second rule is that the vehicle must be properly permitted.
At least two of the occupants must hold a traditional Faculty/Staff or Commuter parking permit. For Faculty/Staff, you simply need to display your two permits in plain view in the front windshield (both on dash). For commuters, who have sticker permits, there is an extra step. You and your carpooling partner(s) need to come to the Parking Office (at the Visitor Information Center), present your IDs, and request a special one-semester Carpooling Permit. The staff at the Parking Office will verify that at least two in your carpool are eligible, and have purchased and hold a valid commuter permit. If everything checks out, you will be issued a carpool pass to hang from your rearview mirror. A Fac/Staff permit holder carpooling in a commuter permit holder's car would display his/her hang-tag in the car bearing the commuter sticker. A commuter permit holder carpooling in a Fac/Staff permit holder's car would need to get obtain the carpool pass and display that in the car also displaying the fac/staff permit.
Transportation Services personnel will be monitoring the lot to make sure that vehicles are arriving with at least two people, and the proper permits are displayed.
The idea is to reduce the number of cars that would otherwise park on campus. There must be at least two people in a carpool who are eligible for and have purchased a traditional parking permit. A third or fourth person in a carpool need not purchase a permit.
Individually, you are paying the same as you would have if two of you had each bought a permit. Unlike with standard permits, you have a dedicated reserved section in the heart of campus, close to Campus Connector stops saved for you as a reward for carpooling. (Having separate permits also allows carpool participants to travel separately when needed.)
Call or visit the Parking Office, 295 Mast Road (at the Visitor Information Center, adjacent to Lot A), 862-1010.
There are several programs and initiatives designed to relieve congestion and be more environmentally friendly. To learn more about “Transportation Demand Management”, and related topics, check out the Office of Sustainability's web page at http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu.
*Lot C is also a designated "special events" lot, so on
infrequent occasions large-scale events may limit or preclude