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Why do I have to register my vehicle?
Where can I park?
What do I do if I forgot my hangtag?
Should I keep my hangtag up at all times?
What should I do if my vehicle has been booted or towed?
Why did I get a ticket when I parked in a lot with plenty of open parking spaces?
Why did I get a ticket when I left a note in the window explaining my situation?

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Carpools
Do I have to carpool every day?
What if there is an emergency and I have to go home early?
How do we split the costs of carpooling?
If I sign up for the carpool service, where exactly is my information going and how long does it last?
Do I have to give up my parking permit?
What if carpooling doesn’t work out?
What are the advantages of carpooling?


Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Bike Registration
Why register my bike?
What if my bike is already registered?
A friend gave me his/her bike, which is already registered. Do I have to re-register?
My old decal is worn; do I need to get a new one?
What happens to my registration after five years?



TP ICONParking
Why do I have to register my vehicle?
Parking is limited at Princeton University. To ensure there are enough parking spaces for faculty, staff and students we require that all vehicles be registered.

Where can I park?
Based on your parking permit, as well as the zone assignment on your hangtag, there are standard parking areas where you may park at designated times. Click here for a detailed list of available lots for each assignment.

What do I do if I forgot my hangtag?
If you forget your hangtag, please visit our office on the A Floor of New South, and we will provide you a hangtag for the day. Your current lot assignment and parking permit number will printed on the one-day hangtag replacement which will help you avoid parking citations.

Should I keep my hangtag up at all times?
Hangtags, with decals, are only needed when the vehicle is parked. After significant consultation, it has been determined that NJ traffic law does not specifically list parking hangtags as obstructions to normal view. However, to totally avoid any potential issue, we encourage you to remove the hangtag while driving.

What should I do if my vehicle has been booted or towed?
During business hours, call Transportation & Parking Services at (609) 258-3157. After hours, weekends and University holidays, call Public Safety at (609) 258-1000.

Why did I get a ticket when I parked in a lot with plenty of open parking spaces?
Parking rules and regulations are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. See Rules and Regulations for the lots and times available to you.

Why did I get a ticket when I left a note in the window explaining my situation?
Notes placed on vehicle dashboards (or anywhere else on vehicles) will not be recognized as valid parking permits. Call T&PS at 609-258-3157, or send email in advance to parking@princeton.edu, to obtain information for special parking needs.


TP ICONTransportation Demand Management (TDM) Carpools
Do I have to carpool every day?
No. You and your partner can work out a schedule that works best for both of you. For instance, you and your partner can agree to carpool Monday through Thursday because Fridays tend to vary based on weekend activities. Or, you and your partner could lay out the weekdays which tend to have early or late meetings and set a carpool schedule around those days.

Having a set schedule increases the reliability and trust a carpool needs in order to survive.

Carpooling can start at the individual’s house or members of a carpool could meet at a Park and Ride location.

What if there is an emergency and I have to go home early?
Princeton University has developed a Guaranteed Ride Home program, which allows for carpool participants to receive a ride home if necessary. Participants are allowed two free trips per academic year. A small fee is required for any additional trips needed.

The Office of Transportation & Parking Services is working with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to loan a number of rental cars to the Princeton campus for the Guaranteed Ride Home program.

For more information please contact Kim Jackson at kimj@princeton.edu, (609) 258-1656, or visit the Transportation & Parking Services Office between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

How do we split the cost of carpooling?
There are many ways to divide the costs of a carpool between you and your partner. Examples:
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spacer2. Participants alternate driving every other week, paying for their own fuel.
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You can use NJ DOT’s Commuting Cost Calculator to figure out the true of cost of commuting a single occupancy vehicle or go to NJ DOT’s New Jersey 511 Travel Information to get the most up-to-date information on congestion, accidents and construction on New Jersey’s roads.

If I sign up for the carpool service, where exactly is my information going and how long does it last?
Your information is linked to a ride matching system managed by Transportation & Parking Services at Princeton University. We only ask for the necessary information to connect you with a potential candidate for carpooling. Our role is to notify individuals of a good match; therefore, it is up to the individuals to further communication once a match has been determined.

This method ensures that the information provided by Princeton’s faculty, staff and students is minimal and secure. Also, this allows individuals to make their own decisions about carpooling.

Your information will be removed by the end of the current academic school year if a match is not found. If a match is found, you have the option of either deleting your information from the system, or retaining it if the two individuals desire to have another participant join their carpool.

Do I have to give up my parking permit?
Yes, each individual is required to give up their parking permit if he/she joins the carpool or vanpool.

What if carpooling doesn’t work out?
Obviously, this is not a restrictive program, it is primarily autonomous. Notify current participant of the difficulties which you are experiencing and that you wish to discontinue the carpool. If you would like to continue to search for another individual, re-enter your information and make note of your situation in the questions and comments box.

What are the advantages of carpooling?
Carpooling splits the cost of operating a vehicle in half. Not only do you save on fuel costs, but the maintenance and wear-and-tear which a vehicle experiences will also be reduced. Carpooling is also recognized by state DOTs.

Besides fiscal advantage, carpooling reduces the amount of cars on the road, leading to less congestion and air pollution. Carpooling also allows for a more pleasant commute. For example, on the days you don’t drive, you can read, sleep, or relax. Also, having a person to communicate with can make your commute more enjoyable.


TP ICONTransportation Demand Management (TDM) Bike Registration
Why register my bike?
• Aids Public Safety in locating the owner of a lost or stolen bike.
• Provides a record of ownership
• Free lock cutting service for registered bikes
• Registration is free.
• Helps the University better manage the need for bike-related infrastructure on campus (i.e. bike racks, pathways, and signage)

What if my bike is already registered?
In September 2009, Princeton University created a new online bicycle registration database. Therefore, we ask all previous registered owners to re-register their bike. Please write the existing decal number in the Comments Box .

A friend gave me his/her bike, which is already registered. Do I have to re-register?
Yes. Since the owner has changed, we ask that you re-register the bike and use the existing decal number.

My old decal is worn; do I need to get a new one?
If your decal is not legible, please re-register your bicycle and receive a new decal.

What happens to my registration after five years?
Your information in the system will become invalid and your bike will be subject to confiscation.

 

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Location/Mailing Address
A Floor, New South Building
Princeton, NJ 08544
(609) 258-3157
Fax: (609) 258-7655

Email
parking@princeton.edu
transportation@princeton.edu

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

 
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