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Frequently Asked Questions
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No. Zimride is used only to locate potential carpool partners. It is your responsibility to come to the Cashier's Office at the SMC Campus Center, Lower Level, Room 002D, with all permits and a completed application to register.
Note: All participants in the carpool group must return their permit and access card, at which time the primary participant will receive a carpool permit and access card(s) for the group.
There are many benefits to carpooling. Here are a few:
- Environmentally friendly alternative: Carpooling reduces the number of cars on the road and helps reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
- Economic benefits: Carpool partners split the price of the parking space and the price of gasoline.
- Health benefits: The reduction of stress driving to work or school on a regular basis alone.
- Limited reserved parking: Spaces in selected garages for three or more participants in a carpool group.
- Social benefits: Sharing the driving, engaging in good conversation, and doing your part to improve the campus and the environment.
PTS will not be involved in the financial agreement among any carpool group. The financial responsibility must be worked out among the carpool members.
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During registration, you will receive courtesy vouchers. These vouchers are to be used when a carpool member must drive and park alone. In this instance, you must park at a designated garage (Saratoga, Penn, Baltimore Grand, or Pearl) in an unreserved parking space.
New members can be added to an existing carpool at any time. Keep in mind they must already have a University monthly parking permit.
The purpose of the carpool program is to reduce the number of cars on the road, thereby reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.
An individual may opt out of a carpool program at any time. Individuals opting out must return their unused courtesy vouchers to PTS. Keep in mind that the participant leaving the program will have to return to the department liaison to obtain parking again and might be placed on a waiting list.
Note* An individual opting out can change the carpool level if not replaced within a two-week period. Example: A Level 2 carpool (three or more participants) will become a Level 1 (two participants), resulting in the relinquishment of a reserved carpool space if applicable.
Those organizations that have a reciprocal relationship with the University, such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), and WPPC.