Updated: July 20, 2020
Please check the CU Boulder COVID-19 Information page for the latest information on campus impacts. This page includes important information and impacts related specifically to Parking & Transportation on campus due to evolving campus operations.
Faculty/Staff Parking Permits
If you have placed your parking permit on hold and need to reactivate it, you will need to complete/submit the “Take My Parking Permit Off Hold” form. If you request to take your permit off of hold during the fall semester, your preferred lot may not be available. If you prefer to leave your permit on hold, you may do so. Occasional parking during the fall semester may be accommodated by purchasing a short term temporary permit or paying in one of the hourly pay-to-park lots on a space available basis. Please refer to the campus interactive map’s visitor parking page which displays locations for all CU Boulder hourly parking lots.
Student Parking Permits
The Fall Semester parking permit online sale will open to students based on their completed credit hours beginning Monday, Aug. 3 through Wednesday, Aug. 12.
ParkMobile allows you to pay for parking in short term parking areas by phone or smartphone app (contactless payment options). To begin using this service, create your account with ParkMobile today.
Impacts to Transportation Services on campus will continue to evolve as fall semester approaches. Check back for updates as information contained on this page is subject to change.
Buff Buses (campus shuttles):
Face coverings are mandatory when riding on the Buff Bus.
- Summer schedule - Service has been significantly reduced for the summer as there are fewer students and employees on campus.
- Fall schedule - Information and details on modified schedules and routes can be found on the Buff Bus webpage. Campus is actively analyzing class schedules, housing densities and social distancing protocols to determine service levels and routes for the fall. More details on fall routes is forthcoming.
Safety on Buff Buses
Our Buff Bus drivers and technicians are taking measures to keep our riders healthy and our vehicles clean for you. Buff Bus employees are maintaining daily onboard cleaning and sanitation protocols in compliance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Ridership will be monitored closely to ensure that riders are able to practice physical distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Real-time transit information is available by downloading the Transit App on your smartphone. You can use the app to identify when the next bus is arriving. This works for the Buff Bus, RTD, FLEX, the HOP, Uber, Lyft and more.
Other Local/Regional Transit
Face coverings are mandatory when riding on public transportation. RTD and HOP continue to operate many routes on reduced schedules.
Effective July 1, fare collection and front-door boarding is reinstated on RTD buses. Students: if you need a CollegePass for the summer visit the ecenter bus pass page for details.
Transfort (Flex service from Fort Collins to Boulder).
CU Vanpools are temporarily suspended while leadership explores the safest way to restart.
When CU vans restart, cleaning supplies for regular cleaning will be provided.
Vanpool members will be required to follow university health tracking guidelines.
Both local car share services, eGo and Zipcar, have updated their cleaning protocols and programs in response to the pandemic. Supported by the CU Environmental Center, they offer subsidized membership fees and ride credits. For more information on available carsharing programs for the CU Boulder community, visit the Parking & Transportation carsharing page.
All CU Boulder students, faculty and staff are eligible for free memberships. Claim your free Boulder B-cycle membership.
The bikes and stations are being disinfected regularly, and the free ride time per trip has been increased to 90 minutes for annual pass holders. Boulder B-cycle fleet technicians are wearing face coverings and gloves while they continue to disinfect all user touch points at the stations and on the bikes.
Protect yourself and others when using bikeshare:
For contactless transactions, use the B-cycle App to check out a bike.
Wear a face cover and also gloves as a precaution during set-up and riding a bike.
Wipe down the bike as you would any public surface you come in contact with.
Use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands before and after riding.
CU Bike Stations (UMC and Folsom locations)
The CU Bike Stations are closed until campus operations resume in August. The Environmental Center is offering free bike maintenance and repair on campus while the CU Bike Stations are closed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any bike maintenance or bike questions you have. Review the Bike Repair Request form for more details. They can also help you fix your own bike through email, phone or zoom.