The Department of Administrative Services offers the Smart Commuter Program to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation in their commute. The goal is to reduce traffic volume and parking demand, improve air quality, and reward the efforts of state employees who leave their cars at home. To qualify, an employee must commute to work by public transit, rail, vanpool, commuter bus, bicycle or walk from home or from a park and ride lot more than half of their workdays each month. Permanent, temporary and contracted state employees may participate in the program.
Employees who lease parking in a private or public lot or who are participants in a carpool or participate in a carpool with assigned parking in a City of Salem carpool area are not eligible for the Smart Commuter program.
- Occasional parking permits - Participants who work in the Salem Capitol Mall Parking Area or at the Portland State Office Building receive parking permits valid for two days each month issued by Parking and Commuting Services. The permits allow all-day parking in Salem at Capitol Mall Parking Structure two hour parking meters, Green, Red, Yellow and Ferry Street Structure Rooftop unreserved spaces, and the Portland State Office Building Park and Pay spaces. Valid location maps for Smart Commuter permits (pdf)
- Guaranteed ride home – (Salem participants only) Salem-Keizer Transit, Cherriots Rideshare office offers an emergency ride home to a wide geographic area, available through many state agencies. Contact Cherriots Rideshare for details at 503-371-7665, or outside Salem, 888-323-7665.