Michigan's Carpool Lot History

MDOT carpool parking sign in Marquette County.
The Michigan Carpool Parking Lot Program was initiated during the energy crisis of the early 1970's. At that time, the scarcity of fuel accompanied by rising transportation costs encouraged many motorists to begin carpooling on a wide-scale basis. Lacking adequate and convenient parking facilities, motorists parked alongside roads, on private property or in commercial parking lots.

Potential safety problems associated with roadside parking prompted the development of the Michigan Carpool Parking Lot Program, an effort to provide safe and convenient parking locations. With the establishment of this program the department made a commitment to the conservation of limited energy resources while responding to the needs of Michigan's motorists. Continued concern with air quality and congestion has led to program expansion and the improvement of existing carpool lots.