Share A Ride - Carpool or Vanpool
Commuting in the Washington Metropolitan area can be a very difficult. Traffic congestion and air pollution from vehicle emissions have steadily increased within the last several years. In an effort to help ease traffic congestion, decrease pollution, and reduce the stress associated with the daily trip to and from work, the NIH offers a free Carpool and Vanpool Matching Service, the NIH Rideshare Program, through the Employee Transportation Services Office (ETSO), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, Office of Research Services. This program can be used by all employees of the NIH for finding temporary and permanent ride sharing situations.
Joining the NIH Rideshare Program is easy!
Just log in to your CAPS account with your NIH username and password by clicking on the logo below. The program is open to all employee and contractors with a username and password. After logging in, choose the "Join Rideshare" button and follow the on screen prompts. After joining the program, you can search and send an email to other Rideshare members that live and work near you.
- Close-in carpool parking lots that are easily accessible and reserved parking until 9:30 a.m.
- A reserved parking space for registered vanpools in the lot or their choice
- Use of HOV traffic lanes for carpools and vanpools
- Qualifying for the "Guaranteed Ride Home Program" sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Monetary savings on gas, auto insurance, and vehicle wear and tear
In the event that you must drive to work, carpool and vanpool riders may receive up to 24 temporary one-day parking permits per calendar year. You may obtain these temporary permits from the NIH Parking Office located in Building 31, Room 1A11 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Short-term free parking is available near the "C" wing entrance of Building 31, next to MLP-10.
Obtaining a Carpool Parking Permit
Issued to two or more persons, each of whom is eligible to obtain individual General, Contractor or Red permits; i.e., each person must be the registered owner of a vehicle and possesses a valid NIH identification card and a driver's license. The two employees must also have their worksite listed at a Main Campus location. This permit is valid in areas with "CP Spaces reserved until 9:30 a.m." in designated portions of parking lots throughout the campus. If carpool spaces are full, this permit authorizes parking in "General" parking spaces. Carpool parking permits are valid in RED areas after 3:00 p.m.
To obtain this permit, customers must present themselves in person to the NIH Parking Office, Building 31, Room 1A11, Monday - Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM, excluding federal holidays.