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Changes to Commuter and Parking Programs

November 15, 2019

To: The Campus Community
From: John Onderdonk, Chief Sustainability Officer
Date: November 14, 2019
Re: Changes to Commuter and Parking Programs

As part of Caltech's ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, we will be implementing a series of changes to the Institute's commuter and parking programs that will roll out beginning January 1, 2020.

Effective January 1, the financial incentives offered to vanpool and public-transit riders will increase. Vanpool subsidies will be increasing from $50 to $100 per rider per month. Public-transit riders will be able to get Metro transit passes for free at the Caltech Parking and Commuter Services office or at the bookstore, and a $100 subsidy will be provided on monthly Metrolink passes. (Metrolink passes are only available at Metrolink stations.) All other incentives will remain the same.

Also occurring on January 1, 2020, will be the first of three annual increases in monthly parking fees. As of January 1, the fee for non-reserved parking will increase to $60 per month, while the reserved fee will increase to $120 per month. The non-reserved fee will increase by $10 in each of the two following years (to $70 per month on January 1, 2021, and $80 per month on January 1, 2022), while the reserved rate will increase by $20 per year (to $140 per month on January 1, 2021, and $160 per month on January 1, 2022). Carpool rates will remain the same in 2020, but will increase to $35 per month on January 1, 2021, and to $40 per month on January 1, 2022.

These rates are increasing in order to offset the costs of improved commuter services and increased commuter subsidies.

Undergraduate students will also be receiving a separate parking permit, which limits their permitted parking options to the California and North Wilson garages during weekday peak hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For details on the various incentives and more information about the upcoming changes and how to enroll in the Institute's carpool, vanpool, or public-transit programs, please visit