A Park & Ride is a place where people can park to ride the bus, carpool or vanpool. “Local” Park & Rides, served by Chapel Hill Transit, require a permit to help pay for the free transit system, whereas “Regional” Park & Rides, served by GoTriangle, are free to park.

Local Park & Rides

Chapel Hill Transit serves local Park & Ride lots, which are owned by either UNC or the Town of Chapel Hill. Only UNC employees and students may purchase a UNC permit, but anyone may purchase a Town permit. UNC permits are honored in all Park & Ride lots; Town permits are only valid in Town Park & Ride lots. UNC permits are available for the day, week, semester or year. Annual UNC permits may only be purchased upon joining the Commuter Alternative Program (CAP).

  • See permit prices
  • To obtain a UNC permit for the day, week or year:
    • Register online and permit will be mailed, or day/week permits can be printed online.
    • Students and University employees may go to the Public Safety building at 285 Manning Drive.
    • UNC Healthcare employees may go to the Hospital parking offices in front of NC Children’s Hospital.
  • To add or change the vehicle associated with the permit, log in online and click “Manage Your Vehicles.”

UNC Park & Ride permits are valid in all Park & Ride lots on a first-come, first-served basis. UNC Park & Ride lots may only be used by commuters (not living on campus) who are taking transit to access their work site or classroom. UNC Park & Ride lots are not intended for prime parking to access adjacent buildings or to store vehicles overnight. UNC Park & Ride permit eligibility is verified and any ineligible registrants will be notified to return their permit to the parking office.

Regional Park & Rides

GoTriangle provides free Park & Ride lots along their bus routes for all riders! Some lots are shared with businesses, so make sure you park in the designated area. Commuters coming from the Pittsboro area can also park for free at Lowe’s, just off US 15-501 South, to catch Chatham Transit’s Pittsboro Express (PX).

Commuting employees and students (living outside of the Chapel Hill Transit service area) may qualify for a free GoPass to ride Triangle Transit or a free PX Annual Pass for use only on the PX route.