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Frequently Asked Questions

Permits

  • When are parking permits required?

    Paid parking is required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when parking on campus with the exception of gold lots 26, 30, 32 and 50 which are free after 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on the weekends.

  • Do I need a parking permit if I have a handicap placard?

    Yes. To utilize disabled parking spaces faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to display a valid UCR parking permit along with either a Disabled Person Parking Placard or DP license plate issued to them by the DMV. Permits and/or placards must be clearly visible to parking enforcement officers or your vehicle will be cited.

  • Can Gold parking permit holders park in any red or blue lot after 6:00 PM?

    No. It must be in a NON-RESERVED Blue parking area in Lots 1, 6, 9, 13, 23, and 24. A NON-RESERVED BLUE LOT will have an entrance sign that states Gold parking permits are permitted after 6:00 PM in an unmarked/unreserved space.

    Reminder to Gold permit holders: The Lot 13 overflow to BSPS (top floor) is only available to Lot 13 permit holders after the Lot 13 Blue spaces have filled. Gold permits holders cannot park in the BSPS structure at any time. Gold permit holders will need to park in Lots 1, 6, 9, 23 & 24 if Lot 13 Blue spaces are full after 6:00 PM and on weekends.

  • Do I need a permit for Lot 25 to access the Rec Center?

    Yes, a valid permit is required. Valid permits (Gold, Gold Plus, Red or Blue) are allowed to parking in lot 25 once a day for a max of 90 minutes in Non-Reserved spaces. Night permits are valid only after 4:00 PM. Orange, Housing and Campus Apartment permits are valid only after 6:00 PM.

  • Does UCR have free visitor on campus parking?

    You must have a valid UCR permit to park in the majority of lots on campus at all times. The exception to this are gold lots 26, 30, 32 and 50 which are free after 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on the weekends.

    • Visitor permits may be purchased at our Campus Kiosk located on University Avenue entrance and West Campus Drive, and at the Canyon Crest Kiosk, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive.
    • Daily and hourly permits are available from Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display dispensers located in designated parking lots.
    • ParkMobile may also be used to pay for short term parking in visitor parking areas on campus that utilize numbered Pay-By-Space parking. Longer term visitor parking permits may be purchased online or at the Parking Services office located at 683 Linden St.
  • Is a permit required on the weekends?

    Permits are not required on the weekends in Gold lots 26, 30, 32 and 50.

    Permits are required in all other lots on the weekends.

  • Do I have to let Transportation Services know I purchased a new vehicle?

    Yes. We are in the early stages of implementing license plate recognition which requires license plates to be associated with a valid permit. You can access your parking account  using your NetID login information and add the vehicle to your permit. Permit must be properly displayed at all times.

  • Do I have to have a permit to charge my electric vehicle?

    Yes. Vehicles parked at UC Riverside must display a valid permit at all times.

  • I forgot my parking permit and need to park on campus. What do I do?

    You can obtain a temporary daily parking permit with your picture ID from our office or at a Campus Kiosk. Permit holders are limited to 7 temporary permits per academic year.

  • If I leave the university, how do I cancel my permit and will I get a refund?

    Parking permit payroll deductions are charged in arrears.  Meaning, for those who are paid monthly, the deduction on the 1st of the month is for the previous month’s parking.  For those paid bi-weekly, the parking deductions are for the previous month’s parking.  If you return your permit within the first 5 working days of a month,  you will be charged for the week, anything longer you will be charged for the entire month.   

  • I pay for my permit by payroll deduction. How do I cancel my permit and payroll deduction?

    If you no longer need a monthly permit, you can cancel your permit by cutting it in half and emailing the picture of the cut permit, along with your employee id, to parking@ucr.edu and we will cancel the permit and your payroll deduction. 

    As an alternative to payroll deduction, parking permits are available in daily, weekly and monthly increments via the Parkmobile  app for the following parking lots as space is available:  Lot 1, Lot 5, Lot 6 Blue, Lot 7, Lot 9, Lot 13 Blue, Lot 19, Lot 20, Lot 23, Lot 24, Lot 26, Lot 30, and Lot 50.  

  • What are my parking options if I do not visit the campus frequently?

    For those that visit the campus infrequently, you can choose to purchase a daily permit for the days you do come to campus. Daily, weekly and monthly parking passes are available via the Parkmobile app for the following parking lots as space is available:  Lot 1, Lot 5, Lot 6 Blue, Lot 7, Lot 9, Lot 13 Blue, Lot 19, Lot 20, Lot 23, Lot 24, Lot 26, Lot 30, and Lot 50.

  • Why are you still deducting my paycheck for my permit when I’m telecommuting and not coming to campus?

    If you are telecommuting and no longer need a your monthly permit, you can cancel your permit by cutting it in half and emailing the picture of the cut permit, along with your employee id, to parking@ucr.edu and we will cancel the permit and your payroll deduction.

    As an alternative to payroll deduction, parking permits are available in daily, weekly and monthly increments via the Parkmobile app for the following parking lots as space is available:  Lot 1, Lot 5, Lot 6 Blue, Lot 7, Lot 9, Lot 13 Blue, Lot 19, Lot 20, Lot 23, Lot 24, Lot 26, Lot 30, and Lot 50.  

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Faculty/Staff

Visitors

  • Where can I find visitor parking?

    Visitor parking is available in various lots across the campus. Please visit our Visitor Parking webpage for more information.

  • Does UCR have free visitor parking on campus?

    No, you must have a valid UCR permit to park on campus at all times.

    • Visitor permits may be purchased at our Campus Kiosk located on University Avenue entrance and West Campus Drive, and at the Canyon Crest Kiosk, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive.
    • Daily and hourly permits are available from Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display dispensers located in designated parking lots.
    • ParkMobile may also be used to pay for short term parking in visitor parking areas on campus that utilize numbered Pay-By-Space parking. Longer term visitor parking permits may be purchased online or at the Parking Services office located at 683 Linden St.

      No, you must have a valid UCR permit to park on campus at all times.

      Visitor permits may be purchased at our Campus Kiosk located on University Avenue entrance and West Campus Drive, and at the Canyon Crest Kiosk, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive.

      Daily and hourly permits are available from Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display dispensers located in designated parking lots.

      ParkMobile may also be used to pay for short term parking in visitor parking areas on campus that utilize numbered Pay-By-Space parking. Longer term visitor parking permits may be purchased online or at the Parking Services office located at 683 Linden St.

    No, you must have a valid UCR permit to park on campus at all times.

    • Visitor permits may be purchased at our Campus Kiosk located on University Avenue entrance and West Campus Drive, and at the Canyon Crest Kiosk, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive.
    • Daily and hourly permits are available from Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display dispensers located in designated parking lots.
    • ParkMobile may also be used to pay for short term parking in visitor parking areas on campus that utilize numbered Pay-By-Space parking. Longer term visitor parking permits may be purchased online or at the Parking Services office located at 683 Linden St.

    You must have a valid UCR permit to park in the majority of lots on campus at all times. The exception to this are gold lots 26, 30, 32 and 50 which are free after 6:00 PM Monday-Friday and all day on the weekends.

    • Visitor permits may be purchased at our Campus Kiosk located on University Avenue entrance and West Campus Drive, and at the Canyon Crest Kiosk, located on Martin Luther King Blvd. and Canyon Crest Drive.
    • Daily and hourly permits are available from Pay-by-Space and Pay-and-Display dispensers located in designated parking lots.
    • ParkMobile may also be used to pay for short term parking in visitor parking areas on campus that utilize numbered Pay-By-Space parking. Longer term visitor parking permits may be purchased online or at the Parking Services office located at 683 Linden St.
  • How can I access the inner campus?

    Inner Campus consists of the pedestrian walkways and service roadways within the gates around campus. You are required to have authorization from Transportation Services to travel by vehicle inside Inner Campus.  The campus kiosk provides one time Inner Campus access for your convenience. If you require Inner Campus access for several days, please visit or contact the Parking Services Office.  Parking Services is located on campus at 683 Linden Street.  The phone number is 951-827-1294 .

    • Inner Campus access is restricted between 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • We advise that you arrive as early as 7:00 AM, as there is a high demand for Inner Campus access on weekday mornings.
    • A valid UCR Parking Permit is required.  If you do not have a permit, you will be required to purchase one.
    • Inner Campus Access is generally limited to 15 minutes.  You can request a longer time allotment based on your purpose. The time limit is ultimately up to the discretion of the parking officer on duty.

Bike/Walk

  • Do I need to register my bicycle for on campus use?
    • We recommend that all bikes are registered. Transportation Services provides free registration and issues California bike licenses at no cost to enrolled students and employees.  Your bike information is stored in our database and then accessible in the event your bike is lost, stolen, recovered or impounded.
  • Where can I register my bike on campus?

    Take your bike to Transportation Services anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Our office is located at 683 Linden Street, across the street from the Pentland Hills parking lot (Lot 21).

  • My bike has a flat, where can I get it fixed?
    • UCR has several bike fix-it stations that have tools and air pumps for do-it-yourself minor repairs. 
    • Pedals Bike Shop is also on campus every Wednesday during the school year between 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Lot 19 offering repairs, parts, and accessories.

Carpool

  • Who is eligible for a carpool permit?

    Faculty, staff and graduate students are able to purchase a carpool permit. 

    1. You must first apply for the Alternative Transportation (AT) Program as a carpooler. 
    2. Once approved, all carpool partners must come to Transportation Services in person to return their old parking permits and set-up billing for the carpool permit.  Carpool permits are sold at a 50% discount, then the cost is split amongst the number of people in the group.  One hang-tag permit is issued per carpool.
  • How can I find a carpool partner?
    • UCR partners with Zimride, a private rideshare network to help you find other carpoolers within the UCR community.
    • Zimride is available to all students, faculty and staff. 
    • Use it to find a carpool partner for your everyday commute as well as for one-time trips. 
    • The service is free of charge.  Just use your UCR NetID to log-in.

Metrolink

  • Does Metrolink offer any student discounts?

Bus

  • What is the RTA UPASS Program?
    • The UPASS Program provides free, unlimited bus rides on any RTA fixed bus route.  Just swipe your UCR R’Card (ID Card) on board and ride!  This includes service on RTA’s CommuterLink and RapidLink Gold Line routes.
    • As a UCR affiliate, we subsidize 100% of your Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) pass through our partnership with RTA! 
  • Can I ride RTA for free on weekends too?

    Yes! Use your R'card to use the RTA on weekdays, weekends, and even during holiday hours of operation.

  • Are employees eligible for the RTA UPASS Program?
    • All students, staff and faculty can take advantage of the UPASS Program with a valid UCR R’Card to swipe onboard the bus. 
    • If you don’t have a R’Card, you can purchase one at the Highlander Service Station, in front of Pierce Hall. 
    • Employees should first ask their department head if they will cover the cost of their R’Card.
  • I've seen FlixBus stop on campus. What service is this?

     FlixBus is an independent long-distance transit provider that has a bus stop located in parking lot 30. Their buses travel to cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix. For schedules and pricing, go to the FlixBus website or call them directly at (855) 626-8585.

Student Employment

General

  • Are there any car rentals available on campus?

    Zipcar is a carsharing provider on campus which offers low hourly and daily rates that include gas and insurance. 

    • Drivers must be at least 18 years old and have a credit card and valid driver’s license (international licenses are accepted).  Cars are located on campus and can be reserved online or by using your mobile device. 
    • Once you apply for a membership, Zipcar will mail you a membership card.  Just tap your card on the card reader located on the windshield to unlock the car.

  • Can I ride electric scooters on campus such as Bird and Lime scooters?
    • UCR currently prohibits the use of riding electric scooters on campus sidewalks and pathways. 
    • If you are renting scooters stationed around the university, it is recommended that you drop them off outside of campus in order to avoid being cited. 

  • Are there any incentives for me to rideshare?
    • Faculty, staff and graduate students can register for UCR’s Alternative Transportation (AT) Program to receive rideshare incentives. 
    • AT members are eligible to receive an allotment of free daily parking permits. 
    • Carpoolers and vanpoolers are also eligible for a free “Guaranteed Ride Home” in case of an emergency or unexpected overtime. 
    • Transit riders that take Riverside Transit Agency get to ride for free. 
    • Walkers and Bicyclists are able to use the lockers and showers free of charge at the Student Recreation Center.

    Contact Transportation Services for further details.

  • How are all of the transportation services paid for?

    Transportation Services is an Auxiliary unit which means that it is funded solely by customer fees and fines paid by issued citations. No state, federal, or student funds are used in normal day-to-day operations of the department. Alternative transportation is funded through citation and parking permit revenue.

  • Is a front license plate required?

    Vehicles registered in California must display two license plates -- one plate on the front of the car and one plate on the back of the car.

  • Can I pull through or back into a parking space?

    You must park head into a space with the flow of traffic between two painted lines or you may be given a citation.

  • How will service and other authorized vehicles open the gate arm and bollards?

    Transportation Services will issue access cards or unlock bollards to authorized service providers. Contact parking@ucr.edu  if you require access past these points.  For immediate need call (951) 827-4133.

  • Will more gates and bollards be installed in and around the campus?

    Yes. As the campus grows, more secured access gates may be installed to mitigate campus traffic. Bollards continue to be added throughout the campus core with access restricted to emergency vehicle use only.

Parking Structure #1

  • What is PS1?

    The Parking Structure 1 (PS1) project consists of new construction of a parking structure, associated site improvements, and reconfiguration of the existing surface parking in Parking Lot 13, located off of Big Springs Road.  The project will bring a minimum capacity of 1287 (800 net new) parking spaces and will be used by UCR faculty, staff, students, and visitors, primarily serving the eastern half of the academic campus.

    Construction will start in late January 2020 and continue for twelve months. Portions of Lot 13 will be closed for construction during this 12-month period beginning with the full closure of the eastern half of lot 13 at the start of construction.