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NIH Parking Policy Reminder and Transhare Update

NIH Parking Policy Reminder

Even though the NIH is still determining when more employees will be returning to the physical workplace, eventually the current surplus of available parking spots will quickly diminish in some areas, especially those with high employee densities such as in and around Building 10.

Please ensure that your vehicle is parked in the appropriate spot (i.e. general, red, carpool, etc.) that matches the permit prominently displayed. Vehicles not displaying the proper parking permit and/or parked in unauthorized areas will be subject to penalties outlined in the NIH Parking Policy contained in Manual Chapter 1410 (https://policymanual.nih.gov/1410).

Transhare Update

On May 1, we expect to discontinue the monthly parking placards for Transhare members. Employees should use their included Transhare benefits when commuting to work. Members should understand their responsibility as outlined in Manual Chapter 1470 (https://policymanual.nih.gov/1470), specifically concerning accurate commuting cost declarations. It is the responsibility of each Transhare member to ensure their individual benefit costs reflect any days of telework days, and the cost declarations are accurate to include their actual commuting needs. The Parking Office will re-start their auditing and quality assurance program to ensure compliance.

However, for the foreseeable future, even after May 1, we will continue to provide flexibilities for our Transhare members. The number of temporary permits allowed for each member will be increased from six (6) permits per quarter to twelve (12), but eventually this option will also disappear as more staff start coming back to the physical workplace. We will make that announcement once NIH leadership makes the decision to bring additional staff back to campus.

Transhare participants are able to print a one-day permit by logging into https://commuter.ors.od.nih.gov/. This allows the driver to park in a General parking space. Please do not park in Red, Carpool, Handicapped, or other Reserved spaces unless your permit authorizes you to do so. Additionally, if employees are on a fulltime telework schedule or do not feel safe commuting by Metro or bus, and prefer to drive, they should terminate their participation in the NIH Transhare program and request a parking permit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Research Services, Employee Transportation Services Office at nihparkingoffice@ors.od.nih.gov or (301) 496-5050.

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