Updated: April 6, 2021

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.


Student Permits

Availability is changing each day and space may be available for both commuters and residents. Students can view real time, specific lot availability by logging into their parking accounts to purchase a permit.

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.


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 continue to evolve. Check back for updates as information contained on this page is subject to change.

Buff Buses (campus shuttles):

COVID-19 protocols of physical distancing will reduce Buff Bus capacity to approximately 20 percent of normal operating passenger counts (capacity is posted on each bus). Face coverings are required when riding on the Buff Bus. Several teams have worked to develop recommendations and protocols for Buff Buses. Buff Bus users should plan ahead and expect times where buses will reach passenger capacity. If all available seats are filled, please wait for the next available bus. Students should also explore alternate modes of travel, such as walking and biking.

Our Buff Bus campus shuttle system is an essential service and will continue to operate in support of the campus community. Information and details on modified schedules and routes for the fall are posted on the Buff Bus webpage.

Safety on Buff Buses

Our Transportation Services staff is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and aligning protocols with our Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD-Denver.com/Coronavirus

Buff Bus employees are maintaining daily bus cleaning and sanitation procedures with a combination of hand cleaning and use of electrostatic disinfecting fogging units. Hand sanitizer stations will be available on the buses for our passengers. Signs will be placed on seating that is not available for use. Riders are asked to complete the Daily Health Questionnaire & Illness Reporting Form before riding the bus. There will be no standing on the bus.

Transit App

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. 


CU Vanpools have been reinstated with new protocols for daily cleaning, PPE usage and capacity limits.  If you have questions about the Vanpool program contact clark.rider@colorado.edu.

Car Share

Both local car share services, Colorado CarShare (eGo CarShare is now Colorado CarShare) 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.

Boulder B-cycle

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) 

UMC and Folsom bike stations are open. The Folsom Bike Station opened up at a limited capacity due to adjacent construction. Any repair that typically takes over 15 minutes should take advantage of our new after-hours appointment-based drop off repair service. Fill out the bike repair request form here. We are trying to keep the line moving and serve as many students as possible. 48-hour Buff Bike rentals are currently suspended and we encourage students to instead utilize B-Cycle and get their free student membership.

Email bicycle@colorado.edu with any bike maintenance or bike questions you have. For more information on the bike program, visit the bike program webpage.