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 (maximumof 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. If you are a potential carpool applicant and would like more information on the carpool program, click here

Here are the steps to create a carpool for those seeking a new carpool permit after you’ve identified other State employees to carpool with (minimum of 2, maximum of 4)

  1. Designate a CARPOOL LEADER, generally the person with the most time in state service.
  2. The CARPOOL LEADER must complete the new carpool application found below. The carpool leader will need the names, phone number, email address and NYS Employee IDs for carpool members to complete the form.
  3. Once the application has been processed, OGS Parking Management will contact the CARPOOL LEADER.
  4. Once the CARPOOL LEADER  has been contacted by OGS, the CARPOOL LEADER may log on to their Employee Parking Profile. The carpool leader will see the members of their carpool already populated, and simply be asked to choose their preferred carpool lot.

For current carpoolers:

  1. Log on to your Employee Parking Profile. Your current carpool members will be displayed in the carpool member section.
  2. If you want to compete for either an individual permit or another carpool location, simply pick that preferred location as your preference.  All carpools are grandfathered, so you will not lose your current permit, unless you are awarded the new permit from your preferred choice. If you would like to stay in your current location, choose the ‘I choose to stay in my current parking’ selection on the lot preference dropdown list.

Application for a New Carpool Permit. 

For more detailed program specifics for current carpoolers, click here

For more information regarding read through the FAQs below:

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.
    Does OGS have any carpool programs available?
    A.

    Yes, please click on this link for more 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.
    How do I get a carpool permit?
    A.

    Simply fill out the ‘New Carpool Form’ on the OGS Parking website and OGS will assist with the rest. It’s a similar process to an individual permit but OGS will only use the Carpool Leader Parking service date to determine service.

  • 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 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.

  • Q.
    How do I apply for a new carpool?
    A.

    It’s easy! If you are the carpool leader, fill out the New Carpool Permit Application. In order to complete this form you will need to know your NYS Employee ID. You will also need the following information for your carpool members:  name , NYS Employee ID, phone number, and email address. Once we receive this information, OGS will contact the carpool leader to give instructions on the final steps for the new carpool application process. For more information please go here.