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  • Become a TerpRider
  • TerpRider Benefits
  • TerpRider Parking

Steps to become a TerpRider

The goal of the TerpRider Carpool program is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles that park on campus. To get the discount at least two active permits/registrations must be presented and exchanged for a TerpRider carpool permit.


1. Find a Carpool partner(s) Note*** employees must match with employees and students with students.

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2. Come to our offices in person

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3. Turn in at least two permits in exchange for a carpool permit.

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Eligibility and Registration


Participants in the TerpRider Carpool Program will receive 50% off the cost of their parking registration. The TerpRider program has several benefits over forming an independent carpool.

TerpRiders are eligible for preferred parking in great locations. TerpRiders may park in all of the lots that are assigned to each member. For example, if one rider is assigned to lot 1 and the other is assigned to lot 5, you may park in either lot.

  • TerpRiders can participate in the Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • If the carpool dissolves, you will still have your original parking lot assignment.
  • Payment is managed though DOTS so if the carpool dissolves before the end of the year, you go back to your original rate. No worries about paying for someone else’s permit and then having them leave campus.
  • You significantly reduce your carbon footprint without depending on a fixed bus route.

Preferred Parking

Every parking garage and the Paint Branch visitor lot also have designated carpool permit parking spots. You must have a carpool permit to park in these spaces. Spaces are located in the following garages:

Location Spaces Location
Terrapin Trail Garage 2 On the right as you enter
Regents Drive Garage 2 3 level by bridge to Plant Sciences
Mowatt Lane Garage 2 West and lower level by bike cage
Regents Drive Garage 2
Regents Drive Garage 2
Union Lane Garage 5 Top level

TerpRider Permit must be hanging and parking is first come, first served.

Zimride Ridematching

Want to carpool but don’t have a partner? Use the UMD Zimride Ride-matching system. Zimride makes it easy to be green!

This is a closed system and you need your UID and Password to enter. Registration is free. You are not required to create a ride when you enter your login credentials.

  • Post a ride as a driver
  • Post a ride as a passenger
  • Arrange payment
  • Create an event
  • Connect with Facebook
  • Use a Zipcar to post a ride

Zimride and Zipcar

Zimride and Zipcar can be used together! Just set your zipcar as the car when you create a new ride. Never fight over spilled drinks, gas or insurance again. Take the risk and worry out of car sharing. Join Zipcar and Zimride today!

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