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Carpool Lots

Carpool lot on M-50 north of I -96 in Kent County.
Department of Transportation

Carpool Lots

Green public carpool parking sign.

The Michigan Carpool Parking Lot Program began as a pilot program in 1974 with 11 carpool parking lots. Today there are 247 MDOT-owned/partnered carpool lots and an additional 21 located at Meijer stores across Michigan - providing nearly 9,000 parking spaces. Approximately 3,900 vehicles park in these lots every day. 

Questions? Contact or 517-335-0002.

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Carpool Lot Use

MDOT carpool parking lots are provided for daily carpool/vanpool commuter parking and are not intended for residential, commercial, or long-term parking exceeding 72 hours.

Daily commuter parking at MDOT carpool parking lots is free of charge, and no permits are required.

MDOT carpool parking lots are not campgrounds, truck stops, or rest areas. Violators will be asked to leave and/or escorted out of the lot.


  • No commercial trucks, buses, semi-trucks, tractors, trailers, fifth wheels, campers, or recreational vehicles (RVs).
  • No littering, loitering, soliciting, camping, or squatting.
  • No trailers or vehicles longer than 24 feet (unless specific signage indicating otherwise).
  • No parking for more than 72 hours.
  • Vehicles in violation of rules will be towed and/or cited at owner’s expense.
  • Vehicles blocking parking lot access or occupying more than one parking space will be towed at owner’s expense.


Use MDOT carpool parking lots at your own risk. Local law enforcement and MSP enforce guidelines at MDOT carpool parking lots. However, there is no full time security or security cameras at the parking lots. MDOT is not responsible for any stolen or damaged property. Patrons are strongly encouraged to lock their vehicle, remove all valuables from their vehicle, and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Contact the nearest MDOT office if you have further questions or concerns.

Meijer-MDOT Carpool Lots

There are several Meijer-MDOT partnered carpool parking lots across Michigan which have provided signed and marked carpool areas. There are trailblazing signs on major roads and highways near the Meijer locations which assist motorists in locating these spaces. Meijer is a privately owned and operated organization and may not have the same Use and Restrictions as MDOT-owned carpool parking lots. It is recommended that you contact your participating Meijer store for their carpool parking lot policy, use and restrictions before leaving your vehicle for more than 24-hours.

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