I am interested in carpooling

The new downtown Albany parking system makes it easier than ever for state employees to start or join a carpool. All you need is a minimum of 2 people (maximum of 4) to apply. Under the new system, there is a single carpool program. All existing carpool permits are grandfathered and will be allowed to continue parking in their current location, or can compete for a new carpool location. Current carpools are subject to the revised carpool rate structure. 

More Information: Carpool Program Specifics

Here are the steps to create a carpool for those seeking a new carpool permit or those individual permit holders looking to carpool.  You must identify other State employees to carpool with (minimum of 2, maximum of 4)

  1. Designate a CARPOOL LEADER, generally the patron with the most time in state service.
  2. The CARPOOL LEADER and MEMBERS must create an Employee Parking Profile (Please remember that the LEADER and MEMBER(s) must choose the CARPOOL selection when creating the profile).
  3. Once the LEADER and MEMBER(s) have chosen their preferred lot (this must match), you will need to add your leader/member(s) using their N Number, First Name, and Last Name.
  4. Please monitor our website for our next announcement date.  Carpool Permits will be issued at the same time as Individual Permits.  All carpool leaders/members should monitor their email for a Carpool Offer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.
    What are the parking fees for each lot?
    A.

    Parking fees are assigned based on the type of lot and are collected via payroll deduction. Please click here for specific rate information.

  • Q.
    How many people do I need to have in a carpool?
    A.

    A minimum of two people are required for a carpool. Carpools cannot exceed four members.

  • Q.
    What is the carpool rate?
    A.

    The rate for the carpool program is the prevailing lot rate, found here, (covered, surface, etc.) divided by the number of carpoolers. 

  • Q.
    What if my carpooler is sick or on vacation, am I allowed to drive myself?
    A.

    Yes, but there are limits. Each carpool is assigned 20 misses per car pooler based on one calendar year. For example, a carpool of 3 members will have 60 misses for their car pool. Every time any member of the carpool is not present, a ‘miss’ is recorded. Outside the ‘miss’ process, OGS also offers vouchers for those who need to drive alone on certain days and will accommodate carpoolers who are going on long term leave if OGS is notified properly in advance.

  • Q.
    As an hourly worker, am I eligible for OGS Parking ?
    A.

    YES.  If you work in one of the Downtown Buildings listed under work location in the EPP, you are eligible for parking based on your parking service date.

  • Q.
    I’m a 110 carpooler or I want to be in a carpool for 110 State Street.
    A.

    Please contact OSC parking management directly for assistance. Please note that only OSC employees may compete for 110 carpool permits.