The Carpool program is the smart way for University students, faculty and staff to share rides and expenses. A convenient carpool is your ticket to the Carpool lanes, so you can get where you’re going faster. It’s also a great way to help eliminate traffic congestion, pollution.

Benefits of Carpooling:

  • Gives you a chance to relax
  • Save money on gasoline, parking costs, vehicle maintenance, and insurance
  • Prolong the life of your current vehicle by reducing overall miles
  • Ease traffic
  • Reduce pollution
  • Average commute shortened by 20 minutes by riding Carpool lanes

Carpool Information

  • Operation: Daily or Occasional (i.e. Once or twice a week)
  • May involve rotating driver responsibilities
  • Ownership of your own vehicle is not required – Instead contribute to gas and other expenses
  • Flexibility is key

Find Carpool Partners

Sign up for USC’s private network for ridesharing (http://zimride.usc.edu) and post your commute. The Zimride system will match you up with other staff, faculty and students going the same way you are.

Meet Potential Carpool Partners

Meet over lunch or a work break to discuss each person’s needs and coordinate details of how the carpool will work.

  • Who drives and when
  • How often you want to carpool
  • Arrangements for pickup and drop-off
  • Whether or not eating and smoking will be allowed
  • What to do if you must stay late or leave early

Comply With Our Policies

  • All members of a carpool must commute at least 3 miles and carpool 80% of the distance and time to qualify for a carpool permit
  • The carpool vehicle must be occupied by at least two USC staff/employees/students traveling together between their residence and worksite
  • Click here to read all USC Carpool policies

Download And Fill Out An Application

Download the application here online, fill out and fax / mail / turn in person to USCTransportation. Please also include the following:

  • Photocopies of current registration and insurance for any vehicles that will be used in the carpool. Both items must have the expiration dates printed on them.
  • Photocopies of USC IDs for each member of the carpool
  • Proof of residency for each person in the carpool (i.e. current utility statement, bank or credit card statement)
Gold Parking Permit (On-Campus lots & structures)
CarpoolRegularYou Save
Semester$292.50$396.00$103.50
Monthly$65.00$88.00$23.00
Cardinal Parking Permit (Off-Campus lots & structures)
CarpoolRegularYou Save
Semester$229.50N/AN/A
Monthly$51.00$65.00$14.00

* All rates include the 10% Parking Occupancy tax. Rates are subject to change without notice.

* Includes 3 free parking passes per month to members of the carpool who are not the permit holder and have registered a vehicle in the carpool.

You can also reduce taxable pay by having the fees withdrawn directly from your pay prior to taxes being assessed by submitting this form with your application.