Share a ride
If you're interested in commuting with others to and from campus, IU Bloomington offers three ride share programs—carpool, vanpool, and Zimride.
IU offers a carpool program for employees who want to commute to work with others and save money on parking costs when using a Carpool permit.
Why should I join the carpool program?
Participants in the carpool program enjoy the following benefits:
Each member of a three-person carpool (and the non-EMP permit-holding member of a two-person carpool) receives 10, one-day parking permits per year at no charge.
Individual evening permits
Each member (and the non-EMP permit-holding member of a two-person carpool) will receive an evening permit, which is valid from 5 p.m.–7 a.m. in any non-24 hour EM-P, EM-S, or ST space (including parking garages).
Hoosier Commuter Club Benefits
Carpool members are automatically enrolled into the Hoosier Commuter Club and receive additional benefits including the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, Zipcar membership and credit, Zimride benefits, prizes, and more. Members can receive rides in unplanned, emergency situations through the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. The service may be used up to three times each semester (or six times each academic year).
Reserved parking (3+members only)
If your carpool has three or more members, Parking Operations will provide a Carpool permit and one free, reserved parking space at a lot or garage of your choice.
How much does a Carpool permit cost?
A Carpool permit is the same price as an EM-S permit, which varies each year.
If you're an IU Bloomington employee who lives outside Monroe County, consider participating in a vanpool commute option. Vanpools with 5–15 members will receive a van or SUV for a shared monthly fee, and IU Bloomington provides free parking and special use permits for all vanpool members.
Zimride is a private carpool community that helps you offer or request rides for commutes, road trips, or popular events. The Zimride service is free for any IU Bloomington student or employee.