Park and Ride FAQs
What is a park and ride lot?
A park and ride lot is a parking lot that travelers can use as a meeting point to carpool, vanpool, pedalpool and/or ride transit to their final destinations.
Is there a cost to park at a park and ride lot?
Most park in ride lots in the Sacramento region are free of charge as long as they are being used for rideshare purposes. The park and ride lots in the Sacramento region that charge for parking are:
- Sacramento Valley Station lot located in downtown Sacramento at 5th and I Streets (the Sacramento Regional Transit Light Rail Station lots require that travelers use Regional Transit service in order to park in the lot.);
- Roseville Road light rail station (starting January 2010);
- Watt/I-80 West light rail station (starting January 2010);
- Watt/I-80 light rail station (starting January 2010).
Where can I find a park and ride lot?
View our interactive park and ride map to locate lots near you in the Sacramento region. You can zoom in and out on the map to find the exact locations.
Do I need a permit to park in a park and ride lot? Do I have a reserved space?
No. Permits are not used at park and ride lots. Park and ride lots are on a first come first serve basis. It is wise to have an alternate lot planned with your carpool, vanpool or pedalpool.
If I go to a park and ride lot will there be a ride waiting for me?
No, unless you have made arrangements to meet up with carpool or vanpool partners. Carpools and vanpools in the Sacramento region are prearranged through the worksite or the Commuter Club ridematching database. To register for ridematching services visit theSacramento Region Commuter Club database. Once registered, you will be able to find matches to form/join carpools, vanpools and pedalpools.
Can a vehicle remain parked overnight at a park and ride lot?
Park and ride lots in the Sacramento region are owned and operated my various local entities so hours vary depending upon ownership. Light Rail Station lots do not allow overnight parking. Most other lots follow the California State Vehicle code which prohibits parking in one space for more than 72 hours. For more information regarding parking restrictions view the DMV State Vehicle Code. Before parking overnight, you should verify the laws or rules that apply to the specific lot.
Are there any restrictions on the type of vehicles allowed to park at park and ride lots? Are big rigs allowed to park at park and ride lots?
Most park and ride lots take guidance from the State Vehicle Code restrictions which do not allow vehicles over thirty feet long. For more information view DMV Vehicle Code 22651.
Are all park and ride lots served by public transit?
No, there are some park and ride lots that are not served by public transit and that only serve as meeting points for carpool, vanpool and pedalpool participants. View our interactive park and ride map and see which lots serve as a transit stops by clicking on specific lots.
Who owns and maintains the park and ride lots?
The park and ride lots in the Sacramento region are owned and maintained by various entities including the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), local cities, counties, and transit agencies. For ownership information on a specific park and ride lot see contact information below.
Are park and ride lot owners liable for damages to vehicles?
No. Owners of the park and ride lots are not liable for any theft or damages that occur as a result of parking in the lots.
Who creates the rules and regulations for park and ride lots?
Rules and regulations for each lot are dependent upon which entity owns and operates the lot. State owned park and ride facilities fall under the jurisdiction of the California Vehicle Code while other locally owned lots may have different regulations.
Are the park and ride lots well lit at night?
Most park and ride lots have lighting, but some do not. For more details on lighting at a specific lot see contact information below.
Are there security guards at the park and ride lots?
Light Rail Station lots are the only lots with security guards present on a regular basis. Hours vary but they are typically present during regular commute hours (Monday-Friday 7 am – 6 pm).
How do I get more information on park and ride lots?
Contact Tara Scheiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 916-340-6229.