There are several options, both short-term and long-term. With 60 percent of DCBS employees working at the L&I Building in Salem, and several more visiting daily, the following information is for the L&I Building. If you are not located in the L&I Building, call Employee Services at 503-378-3200 for help.
If you are scheduled to be at the Labor and Industries (L&I) Building in Salem for your first day, or for orientation, you will receive a parking pass to use in the Yellow Lot. The Yellow Lot is located just north of the L&I Building. You can park in any available spot.
The yellow lot is a state-owned parking lot located on the block to the north of the L&I Building. The cost to park is $6 a day. A ticket kiosk is located in the lot, and accepts only credit/debit cards.
Both the state and City of Salem own metered parking spaces. City-owned metered spaces closest to the building are located on the Winter Street side of the L&I Building. These meters accept credit and debit cards as well as coins. State-owned metered spaces closest to the building are located in the Underground Parking Structure and take coins only. Both city and state meters cost approximately $1.50 an hour.
Note: Access to the L&I Building is located in the northwest quadrant and parking areas are coded purple. Stay on the top level for parking meters. You will be at basement level with the building and can find a tunnel that leads from the parking structure into the building. Once in the building, take a right and then a left to access the elevators and stairway.
Monthly parking for employees
Wait lists are maintained for those interested in renting a parking space. Vacancies are filled from the waiting list according to the priority level of the person or agency requesting parking and the date of the request. Contact the Parking Office to be added to the waiting list, check your progress, or change your request. The Parking Office can be reached at 503-378-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of Salem has limited on-street parking options, also with a current waiting list. To be placed on the list, contact the City of Salem at 503-588-6256. Private lots are also an option for long-term parking. Click here for a list of these locations.
Carpools and vanpools
These are great choices for many commuters; they are cost effective and good for the environment. If you do not know of anyone to carpool or vanpool with, log on to www.DriveLessConnect.com, create a commuter profile, and get a list of people with a similar schedule and commute. There is also a bulletin board located in the basement of the L&I Building for commuters to connect. Some field offices may have something similar.
Once you have found a carpool partner, you may be eligible for a discounted parking permit. For inquiries about carpool spaces in state-owned and managed parking lots, call 503-378-5090. For on-street carpool parking, visit the City of Salem Permit Application Center at City Hall, Room 320, or call 503-588-6211.
Cherriots (Salem-Keizer Transit) serves the Salem-Keizer area with commuter service to Wilsonville and Grand Ronde. There are also connections to several rural areas via CARTS. For information about bus routes and schedules, go to www.cherriots.org or call 503-588-2877.
Inexpensive and secure bike lockers are available in the Capitol Mall area and downtown Salem. For Capitol Mall bike lockers, call 503-378-5090. For City of Salem bike lockers, call 503-588-6211.
Emergency ride home
To help commuters get home in an emergency, Cherriots Rideshare offers a free Emergency Ride Home program. You must meet eligibility requirements and register at www.DriveLessConnect.com.
Smart commuter program
When you get to work by riding the bus, walking, bicycling, or riding in a vanpool or commuter bus, you are eligible for the state-sponsored Smart Commuter Program. This program provides you two free parking passes per month for those days when you need to drive. For an application, contact State Parking at 503-378-5090.