The Commuter Alternatives Program offers to permit programs to meet employee and student commuting needs. All participants must register with the Office of Parking and Transportation. The Commuter Alternatives Program Registration Form is available online; however, all participants must register in person with the Office of Parking and Transportation at 605 Research Center Drive.

Carpooling saves money on parking and gas, and it's the closest option to reserved parking on campus. This program is available to Blacksburg Campus only.

Commuter / Graduate Carpooling

Student Carpool Program

  • Two or more commuter/graduate students who choose to ride together may register to be in a carpool.
  • Carpoolers must register together. Each person in the carpool must complete the Commuter Alternatives Program form with the carpool box checked and present a Hokie Passport.
  • Each carpool applicant must provide proof of separate vehicle ownership.
  • Graduate students with carpool permits will receive a special parking permit allowing them to park on the Drillfield Monday through Friday from 5-8 p.m.
  • Carpool permits may take up to two business days to process.
  • Students must have the majority of their classes held at an on–campus building. On–campus buildings have parking facilities that require a Virginia Tech parking permit.

If approved for a Carpool Permit, participants receive:

  • One Carpool Permit
  • Reserved carpool spaces in the front student areas of most of the large parking lots
  • Five free daily permits per participant per semester (for days carpooling is not feasible)
  • Access to Emergency Ride Home
    • Emergency Ride Home Service is available through Ride Solutions. The program provides registered members with a free ride home in the event of an emergency (up to four a year). The program is offered 24 hours, seven days a week.

Carpool participants are not eligible for any other parking permits, but may purchase extra daily permits. The Carpool Permit may be used to park in a regular commuter parking space if it is more convenient or if all student carpool spaces are taken. Student Carpool Permits are not valid for parking in F/S carpool spaces.

Current permit prices are available.

CP F/S Carpool sign

Faculty/Staff Carpool Program

  • Pre–tax payroll deduction is available for full–time faculty/staff carpoolers.
  • Two or more faculty/staff employees who choose to ride together and share one permit may register for the carpool program.
  • Carpools must register together. Each person in the carpool must complete a Commuter Alternatives Program form with the carpool box checked and present a Faculty/Staff Hokie Passport.
  • Each registrant must provide proof of separate vehicle ownership.
  • Each carpool participant must have an on-campus or CRC office address.

If approved for a Faculty/Staff Carpool Permit, participants will receive:

  • One Faculty/Staff Carpool Permit
  • Identified F/S carpool spaces in the front of the following faculty/staff parking areas:
    • Pamplin
    • Upper Stanger
    • Architecture Annex
    • Engel
    • Price
    • Coliseum
    • Southgate Center
  • Five free daily permits per participant per semester (for days carpooling is not feasible)
  • Access to Emergency Ride Home
    • Emergency Ride Home Service is available through Ride Solutions. The program provides registered members with a free ride home in the event of an emergency (up to four a year). The program is offered 24 hours, seven days a week.

Carpool participants are not eligible for any other parking permit, but may purchase daily permits. The aforementioned parking areas are subject to change. The F/S Carpool permit may also be used to park in the regular F/S spaces or the student carpool spaces if it is more convenient or if all F/S carpool spaces are taken.

Current permit prices are available.

Semester Registration Begins Registration Ends
Fall 2017 July 5 September 29
Spring 2018 December 1 February 23
Summer 2018 Session I April 30 June 15
Summer 2018 Session II July 2 August 3

The Bike, Bus, and Walk program is available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students who use alternative transportation methods as their primary means of commuting to campus including riding Blacksburg Transit or the Smart Way bus, bicycling, and/or walking. Bike, Bus, and Walk semester permits are $30 and year permits are $60. There are no replacements for lost or stolen permits.

  • To register for a Bike, Bus, and Walk permit, complete the Commuter Alternatives Program form.
  • Bike, Bus, and Walk permits are available for the first and second summer sessions. There will be five daily permits per summer session. All rules and regulations apply to the summer Bike, Bus, and Walk program.
  • Bike, Bus, and Walk participants are not eligible for any other parking permits except additional daily parking permits for $5/day.
  • Faculty and staff members must have an on–campus office address to register for the Bike, Bus, and Walk program.

Bike, Bus, and Walk participants will receive:

  • 15 discounted daily parking permits with a Semester permit or 30 discounted daily parking permits with a Year permit.
  • Access to Emergency Ride Home Service
    • Emergency Ride Home Service is available through Ride Solutions. The program provides registered members with a free ride home in the event of an emergency (up to four a year). The program is offered 24 hours, seven days a week.

RIDE Solutions

Looking for a carpool partner? Additional carpool partners can be found by requesting matches from RIDE solutions.