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Commuters will receive incentive to ride together

By : Katie Ellis

HOV (high occupancy vehicle) permits aren’t just for beltway traffic anymore.

Binghamton University is instituting a pilot carpool program for groups of three or more. HOV permits are being offered to anyone who has been a customer of Parking Services for at least one year, who is a commuter and who travels to and from campus with three or more people, according to Daniel Chambers, deputy chief of University Police.

“Three or more people can sign up for the program,” Chambers said. “In exchange, they will receive one HOV hanging permit for a vehicle that will be assigned a reserved parking space in the Paid Lot or the parking garage.” Permit holders must park in the space assigned to them.

The program has been developed to benefit both the University and HOV permit holders, Chambers said.

“Permit holders are guaranteed a prime parking space on campus and also save on gas money and wear and tear on their cars,” he said. “At the same time, the University lowers its carbon footprint and increases the available parking spaces on campus by having fewer vehicles on campus.”

Each of the riders agrees that they will travel to campus in only one vehicle. All members of the group would be registered for the permit, which may be moved between the participants’ vehicles.

Each rider would also be given five coupons for parking in the  Paid Lot or the garage on occasions when they are not able to ride with their group. Riders who exhaust their five coupons in that year would be required to pay the $5 day rate if additional days are needed. Participants must also agree to remain in the program for the entire year or find a replacement.

The price for a HOV permit is $120 per academic year (September through August) and the permit would technically be owned by all members of the group.
In addition, commuters who already have vehicles registered on campus will need to surrender their campus registration to enter the HOV program.

“The members of the HOV program will also be asked to sign an agreement that they will abide by the program’s regulations during the calendar year covered,” Chambers said.

The program is just getting under way and the number of permits issued during the pilot program is limited. Those interested in registering should contact Parking Services at 777-2279 or

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Last Updated: 10/14/08