Alternate Transportation Options and Information

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You've got choices when it comes to your campus commute! Alternatives to driving alone include busing, biking, walking, utilizing the Zipcar Rental service, and carpooling. With any of these options, you are eligible for 5 FREE daily permits (valid in Silver 17, Green 1 or Blue 1 zones) for those days alternate transportation is just not possible. All you need to do is register with Parking Services as an alternate transportation user. For more information on this or any of the programs listed, please call our office at (775) 784-4654. We are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

U-Pass - New Program Effective July 1, 2019

Your University of Nevada, Reno ID, the WolfCard, is now your key to free transportation! The U-Pass program is a partnership with RTC of Washoe County. Beginning July 1, 2019, University of Nevada, Reno students, faculty and staff can use their WolfCard to ride any route for free. Travel to Midtown, Downtown and around town with the U-Pass.

Visit for complete route and schedule information.

UNR-Midtown Direct Bus Service  

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The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County is launching a new, temporary route that will connect Midtown Reno to the University of Nevada, Reno campus and Downtown Reno. This new route, UNR-Midtown Direct, will start on Saturday, August 25, 2019. Rides on the UNR-Midtown Direct will be free through the U-Pass Program for University of Nevada, Reno faculty, staff and students. You just need to show your WolfCard ID to the driver.

Please visit the UNR-Midtown Direct website for additional information.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Charging Station

The University of Nevada, Reno main campus offers two electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are located on the third floor in the northeast corner of both the Brian Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex. To use the stations, you must have a valid university parking permit for the zone where the charging station is located (Silver 11 or Silver 17) and an active ChargePoint card. To register and obtain a ChargePoint card, please visit the ChargePoint website.Electric vehicle spaces are reserved for actively charging electric vehicles. Vehicles which are non-electric or are not charging will be cited.

Bicycling to Campus

Give Bicycles 3 feet when passing in Nevada. It's the law.

Thank you for biking to campus! We appreciate your efforts to use alternative modes of transportation. In order to provide sufficient parking for bicycles, all bicycles must display an annual bicycle parking permit. These permits are free and may be obtained on our website or at the Parking and Transportation Services office located off of 16th Street. To request a bicycle parking permit via email, contact us at Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and bicycle identification number.

Take a look at our Bicycle Parking Map to find a location most convenient for you. When parking your bicycle on campus, please be sure to use a campus bike rack or bike locker. It is necessary to enforce this policy to abide by campus safety and ADA regulations. Bicycles may not be parked in pedestrian access routes or chained to any object other than a bike rack. For your convenience, bicycle lockers are available on campus for a fee of $30 per year as well as a $40 refundable deposit on a locker key. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Services office to ask about bike locker availability and to obtain an application. Bicycle tire pumping stations are located on campus for your use, free of charge. In addition, when you register your bike with the Parking and Transportation Services Department, you may obtain 5 free daily parking permits for those days when riding your bike is not an option.

For more information and to view the Bicycling on Campus, please visit

Bicycle Theft Prevention

In order to prevent bicycle theft, be sure to use bicycle parking racks or bicycle lockers at all times. Also, secure your bike using a sturdy lock: U-bolt type locks are typically best. Always lock the frame and not the wheel, and when riding at night, secure your bike at well-lit rack. Record your bicycle's serial number and register it Free of Charge with the Parking and Transportation Services Department. If your bicycle is lost or stolen, please report it to the University of Nevada, Reno Police Department.

Campus Cycling Coalition

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Are you interested in learning more about cycling? Check out the Campus Cycling Coalition (CCC). The CCC is a student run bicycle advocacy club with the goal of shaping the future of bicycling on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The coalition looks to educate and encourage students to incorporate bicycling into their daily lives. Started in fall 2011, the CCC is a recognized organization under the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). For more information, visit the CCC Facebook page:

Walking / Drop Off

Get your feet on the street!

Walking is a simple, cost-effective and stress free way to get to school with a smile on your face. Each step saves you money, contributes to your health and eliminates the stress of trying to find a parking space. Say good-bye to the woes of traffic and searching for parking, and say hello to your new favorite time of day.

Zipcar - Rental Car Service

Wheels with no strings attached!Zipcar U

Need a car? Reserve a Zipcar! The University of Nevada, Reno has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or on your phone, use your Zipcard to scan into the car, and drive away. When you're done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.  Cars are located in the parking lot on the corner of North Virginia Street and 11th Street, just East of Peavine Hall.

  As a member you get:

  •  Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  •  Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older.
  •  Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
  •  To learn more and get started today, visit

Need more information? Find out more about Zipcar      What is car sharing?      Is car sharing for me?   Zipcar on Facebook


Beat the drive alone blues and use those extra seats in your car! Your car and wallet will thank you for saving money on fuel, maintenance and repair bills. Relax and enjoy the ride while you chat with your new carpool buddies, have some coffee or let someone else do the driving while you work on a crossword puzzle.

Designated carpool spaces are in the Green 1, Silver 17 and Silver 11 zones. Please contact our office to ask about carpool permit availability.

Can't find a carpool partner? Go to Alternate Rides to find your perfect match!

Visit our applications page to download an application and the Carpool Program Guidelines. 

University Administrative Manual Updates - Summer 2016

Several sections of the University's Administrative Manual have recently been updated.  The amended sections with links are as follows:

5,101 - Use of Motorized Vehicles on University Property

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE:  A policy was created to address the use of motorized vehicles on university property. Please review the Campus Cart, Bike and Skateboard Access Map for the approved path and dismount zones. The dismount zones will be in effect Spring 2017.

5,450 - Use of Bicycles on University Property

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE:  This policy is being revised and updated into three separate sections (5,450, 5,451, and 5,455) to provide more specific language. Revisions in this policy will provide more specific language and address the use of bicycles on university property. Please review the Campus Cart, Bike and Skateboard Access Map for the approved path and dismount zones. The dismount zones will be in effect Spring 2017.

5,451 - Use of Skateboards and Other Wheeled Equipment, Excluding Bicycles, on University Property

RATIONALE FOR CHANGE:  The existing policy, located in 5,450, was revised and updated to provide more specific language and address skateboards and other wheeled equipment in greater detail. Please review the Campus Cart, Bike and Skateboard Access Map for the approved path and dismount zones. The dismount zones will be in effect Spring 2017.