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Available at Aurora Village, Bear Creek, Bothell, Eastgate, Green Lake, Issaquah Highlands, Kenmore, Kingsgate, Northgate, Redmond, South Kirkland, South Renton, and Tukwila.

We know it can be a challenge to find parking at popular park & ride lots. To make your commute easier, Metro Transit has set aside priority spaces for travelers who carpool to park & ride lots. Spaces are reserved for permit holders arriving before 8:30am weekdays at park & rides around the county. Apply now for a free carpool permit.

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Metro is expanding our parking program to include an option for paid solo driver parking permits at many of our busiest park & rides.

We gathered public input in early 2019 on the draft public rule that will regulate the pricing, enforcement of permit parking, and requirements for permit renewals.

The feedback has been reviewed by Metro staff and the King County Council will receive a report for review this spring. The final public rule and program updates will be posted online in mid-2019.

How it works

Groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to participating park & rides to catch transit, meet a vanpool, or another carpool are eligible to apply for carpool parking permits. Permits are free and allow permit holders to park in reserved parking areas on weekdays during the morning rush hour.

To get a permit, each carpooler must provide a name, contact information and an ORCA card number, Vanpool ID or email account. Travelers don’t have to have a history of carpooling to qualify for a permit, but must carpool together at least 12 days per month (or an average of 3 days per week) to qualify for monthly permit renewal. 

Follow the link below to start an application. A follow-up email will be sent with an account number and instructions about how to complete the two-step application process and receive a free permit.


If you have questions about permit eligibility, applications and payments call Republic Parking NW 206-783-4144, extension 0.

To find out about Metro's parking policies and planning call Metro Customer Service at 206- 553-3000 or send an email

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