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Parking Services

The Parking Services Office is more than just the place where you buy your permit. We're also here to help when you've locked your keys in your car or left your lights on. When you don't feel like driving, we can help you find the right shuttle or a carpool that suits your schedule.


Arrival Information

For all your arrival information, please visit Arrival Survival

Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)

Need a jump start? Are you locked out of your car? Don't panic—the Motorist Assistance Program is at your service. We can also refer you to a local provider who can change tires or perform other emergency services for a reasonable fee. Call MAP at 412-624-4034 during Parking Services Office hours or campus police at 412-624-2121 at all other times.

Special Event Parking

During athletic or other special events, we'll make every effort to let you know how your parking is affected. Generally speaking, the University uses Lots E, F, OC, OH, SC, SO, and TV for special event parking, so they may be temporarily unavailable for permits or hourly rates. Check the Parking Services Office home page for updates that may affect your parking or give us a call at 412-624-4034.

Graduation Parking

Visit the Commencement website, at for all your graduation parking needs.

Basketball Parking

The Athletics Department offers parking information for Men's Basketball. Visit the athletic department Web site for more information.

Petersen Events Center Parking

For information on parking for events at the Petersen Events Center, please visit their Web site.

Handicap Parking

Students and employees of the University of Pittsburgh who desire designated handicap parking on campus must obtain an HP permit by application through the commonwealth. HP permits will be assigned to parking lots and garages campus wide based on need and availability, and their cost will be the same as the regular monthly permit. HP plates/permits will be honored as long as a valid University permit for that lot is also displayed. Contact the Parking Services Office at 412-624-4034 to arrange for handicap parking.

Handicap license plates, handicap permits, and disabled veteran license plates issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and by other states shall be honored in posted handicap parking areas of the public/transient lots and garages.

Additionally, the University operates a van with a wheelchair lift between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Contact the Office of disABILITY Resources at 412-648-7890 or visit this page for information regarding the use of the disABILITY Shuttle.

disABILITY Shuttle

Whether you have a temporary or permanent disABILITY, you may consider using the disABILITY Shuttle for your transportation needs. To schedule your ride, contact Pitt's Office of disABILITY Resources & Services at 412-648-7890.


If you’re a commuter student or Pitt employee who is tired of fighting traffic, consider using our ridesharing service. This free, computerized matching service helps you locate carpool partners. To learn more, visit our Commuting website.


If you're riding a bike around campus, be sure to check out our free Bicycle Registration Program offered through the Parking Office. This service will help you identify your bike if it becomes lost or stolen, and will help us better serve you by improving Pitt's bicycle facilities. We also offer bike lockers for a nominal fee. Please visit the Commuting Alternatives website for more information on bicycle racks and locker locations. Call the program at 412-624-4034 or e-mail us at

Buses & Shuttles

No matter where you need to go, chances are, there's a bus or a shuttle that can take you there. In addition to the shuttles operated by the University, students, faculty and staff also enjoy complimentary access aboard all Port Authority of Allegheny County buses when they present a valid University ID card. Visit Buses & Shuttles for routes and schedules.

SafeRider Shuttle

If you find yourself off the beaten path after dark, we want to make sure you can safely get where you need to go. SafeRider will get you there. Contact SafeRider at 412-648-CALL (2255) to set up your ride.

Buses Home for the Holidays

Need a ride home for a little R&R? The Buses Home for the Holidays program is the way to go. The program operates during the University's three major recesses: Thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break.

Emergency Call Boxes

The University of Pittsburgh maintains more than 500 exterior/garage emergency phones around campus. You can't miss them—they all have a blue light on the top. The campus police department monitors these phones around the clock using a centralized computer system.

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