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Parking & Transportation Overview Fall 2021

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As the start of the Fall 2021 semester rapidly approaches, Mason students, faculty and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus greatly increases, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. The following campus parking and transportation guide will help minimize potential parking and traffic delays.

A valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas. Semester and short-term permits may be purchased online at parking.gmu.edu.

During the first few weeks of the semester, we suggest allowing an extra 30-45 minutes to arrive on campus. Though some parking spaces are more convenient to your destination than others, the Fairfax Campus has more than enough spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many General parking permit areas fill at peak class times.

At times during the morning, late afternoon and early evenings, campus police cadets will be directing traffic around campus. Please be alert and follow the cadet’s direction.

Below is information about parking, shuttles, alternative transportation options, construction, and finding parking and transportation information.                                                                                           


Parking
Arriving on campus between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
:

  • General permit parking in Lots L and K is recommended as most other parking lots on the East Campus, including Lot A, tend to fill early.
  • If “Lot Full” signs are posted at Lot K, please proceed directly to the Field House (see below). Please note that Lots I and J require a reserved permit except in the designated Faculty/Staff General spaces on the perimeter.
  • The General permit parking area of the Rappahannock Parking Deck (Level 1 and Level 2 spaces not designated as visitor parking) generally fills to capacity between 9-10 a.m.
    • The ramps from Levels 2 to 3 and the non-reserved spaces on Level 3 in Rappahannock Deck are restricted to Faculty/Staff General permit parking.

Arriving on campus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (especially Tuesdays and Thursdays):

  • The best option for General permit parking is Lot L, the back of Lot K, the PV Lot (behind the RAC) and the General permit lots by the Field House on the west side of Ox Road.
  • At peak times, General permit traffic may be directed from East Campus to the West Campus lot, via Campus Drive or Braddock Road.
  • It is highly recommended to use the West Campus Lot or the unrestricted parking spaces along Rapidan River Road as a primary option to save time.

The West Campus shuttle provides service from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday, with stops at Rapidan River Road, the Field House, the RAC, Mason Pond Drive (EagleBank Arena side), Presidents Park, Masonvale (Patriot Circle at Staffordshire Lane) and Rappahannock River Lane (Shelter 1), and ends back at West Campus. West Campus is always a stop for the new Mason Shuttle On-Demand during all of its service hours.  The On-Demand shuttle must be used to and from West Campus Monday-Friday after 8 p.m., when the West Campus shuttle is not operating and during its service hours on Saturday-Sunday. View the West Campus shuttle schedule at: https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/west-campus/

Note: The average walk time from the Field House to the Johnson Center is about 12 to 15 minutes and 20 minutes from West Campus, taking the pathway parallel to Campus Drive.

Visitor Parking: The Mason Pond, Shenandoah and Rappahannock River parking decks provide most of the campus’ visitor parking spaces. Garage parking is $3/hour with a $15 daily maximum. MasterCard and Visa are accepted.

  • The visitor sections of the Mason Pond and Shenandoah parking decks fill in the mornings and early evenings during the first few weeks of the semester.
  • Additional visitor parking is available in the first level visitor parking area of the Rappahannock Parking Deck (a separate visitor entrance is located off Patriot Circle).
    • At the Rappahannock deck, pay in advance utilizing our new Pay machines that requires your license plate to verify payment or ParkMobile, which allows payment by cell phone. Sign up at https://parkmobile.io/ or by downloading their mobile app.

Daily Parking Options
Purchase a printable permit online at parking.gmu.edu or by using the ParkMobile app.

Daily Lots L and K: $9.

Lots M, O, and P (Field House Daily): $5. (Pay station is located in Lot O in front of the Field House)

Daily Evening General (valid after 4 p.m., valid in Student General areas): $6

Science and Technology Campus Daily: $6

West Campus Daily: $3.

A complimentary Saturday/Sunday permit for Lot K is also available online.

Shuttles

  • Check the Mason Shuttles website at http://shuttle.gmu.edu/ for Fall 2021 semester schedules.
  • Click on the route name at the top and select the schedule.
  • Some routes may have weekday and weekend schedules.
  • Shuttles are free to students and employees. Mason IDs are required
  • Every bus is outfitted with a bike rack and Wi-Fi.
  • Masks are required at all times on Mason Shuttles

Mason Shuttles is using a real-time transit service called RideSystems.  Download the RideSystems app, or visit http://www.mason.ridesystems.net/default.aspx to see when the next shuttle is arriving. The real-time arrival info for shuttles and local public transportation can also be viewed in the Mobile Mason app.

Sandy Creek – Vienna Metro shuttle

  • Operates from Fairfax Campus to the Vienna Metro station and runs continuously with buses every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday. Last departure from Sandy Creek at 10:30pm; last departure from Vienna Metro at 11pm.
  • There are no rush hour departures at 15 and 45 after the hour.
  • There is no weekend service for the fall semester.
  • On-Demand shuttle serves Vienna Metro Mon-Fri 9 p.m.-1 a.m. only and during all its service hours Saturday-Sunday.
  • For more information go to: https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/mason-to-metro/
  • Global Center to Vienna Metro route will not operate in Fall 2021.

Fairfax-Science and Technology Campus shuttle

  • Provides service between the Fairfax Campus and the Science and Technology Campus (Prince William).
  • Shuttle service Monday-Friday between 6:00 a.m.-11:35 p.m., with departures every 40 minutes for most of the day. Last departure from Sandy Creek (Fairfax) at 10:15pm; last departure from Colgan (SciTech) at 11:35pm.
  • Weekend service every two hours is also available for the Fairfax-Science and Technology (SciTech)
  • Please note that all scheduled departure times have changed from past semesters on the Fairfax-Science and Technology route.
  • Manassas Mall shuttle stop is located outside the At Home Store. Park’n’ride parking is available at the Mall in designated areas only.
  • Commuters also have the option to park at the Science and Technology Campus with a valid parking permit or use Pay-by-Space visitor parking and ride the shuttle.
  • Check https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/fairfax-scitech/ for information and schedules.

Burke Centre VRE shuttle

  • Provides a connection between the VRE and Fairfax Campus.
  • Free parking is located at the Burke Centre VRE garage and may be used as a park’n’ride lot. Students and employees that live in the Burke area can walk or bike to catch the shuttle.
  • No midday service for Fall 2021 semester. May use On-Demand shuttle to access Burke Centre VRE.
  • For schedule information and mapping, go to: https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/burke-ctr-vre-express/

Gunston Go-Bus

  • Provides service between the RAC, Rappahannock River Lane, Masonvale, Sandy Creek Transit Center, Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Corner, Ridge Top Road, and Whole Foods.
  • Only Gunston Mason route operating for Fall 2021 semester.
  • On-Demand shuttle serves Gunston Go-Bus stops

Go to https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/gunston-go-bus/ for schedules and more information.

Arlington/Fairfax

  • Provides non-stop service between Sandy Creek (Fairfax) and Van Metre Hall (Arlington).
  • Operates Monday-Friday only – first departure from each campus at 8am and last departure from each campus at 10:15pm
  • Go to https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/arlington-pilot/ for schedules and more information.

On-Demand Shuttles

Mason Shuttles offers an on-demand shuttle service.  This is a shared ride service with designated pick-up and drop-off locations on the Fairfax Campus and at nearby locations off-campus. Does not serve the Arlington or Science and Technology campuses.

How it works:

  • Download the Transloc  app
  • Click View On Demand Services and choose Mason Shuttles on Demand
    • Create your account using your Mason email address
    • Enter a textable phone number; it’s how the app will contact you if needed.
    • Scroll down to see some screen shots of the app.
  • On the app, select from a range of pick-up and drop-off locations to request your ride.
  • The app will provide an estimated pick-up time and will adjust the time if conditions change.
  • For more information, go to: https://transportation.gmu.edu/shuttles/on-demand-shuttle/
  • Important notes:  On-Demand service runs until 1am 7 days a week.  Rides must be requested by midnight for pick-ups between 12am and 1am. 

Alternative Transportation Options
CUE Bus:

  • Students and employees can ride any of the four Fairfax City CUE buses to and from the Rappahannock River Lane stop throughout Fairfax City and to the Vienna Metro stop for free simply by presenting their Mason ID.

Bicycling:

  • Recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University, there are more than 1,400 bicycle parking spaces around campus.
  • Covered bike parking is available under shelters around campus and on Levels 1 and 2 of the Rappahannock River Deck.
  • A bicycle registration program offers registrants free bike locks and bike lights.
  • A bike check-out program called Patriot Bikes is available at the RAC.
  • Go to http://bike.gmu.edu/ for more information.

 Carpooling options:

  • Coming Monday, September 13: The Carpool Zone in Lot A, accessed off Mattaponi River Lane, and the Carpool Zone on the first level of the Rappahannock River Deck General permit area.
    • To park in a carpool zone, show up between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., Monday-Friday with two or more people in your car, a General student or faculty/staff parking permit.
      • A West Campus or Lot M/P permit is valid in the Carpool Zone with 3 or more people in your car.
    • No special permit is required, as a parking officer will screen vehicles. It’s first come, first served.
    • Visit https://transportation.gmu.edu/carpoolvanpool/zone/ for more info.
  • Available now: Students and employees may qualify for a 20-40 percent rebate on their reserved parking permits by carpooling.

Zipcar

 Motorcycle Parking:

Motorcycle parking spaces are available in various locations around campus,

  • In front of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, by the Northeast Modules, Lot J, Lot C, on the first level of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck inside the General permit area, and in the Finley Lot (motorcycle permit required in all locations).
  • Additional reserved deck parking for motorcycles is also available in the Mason Pond, Shenandoah and Rappahannock River parking decks (motorcycle reserved permit required).

 Moped Parking:

  • Scooters and mopeds are required to purchase motorcycle permits and use motorcycle parking areas.
  • Mopeds and scooters may not park at bike racks or in other areas around campus.

Shared Mobility Devices (e-scooters)

Mason is collaborating with the City of Fairfax in their pilot shared mobility program. If using an e-scooter from one of the participating vendors be aware of your personal responsibility as outlined in your agreement with the vendor.

Please Note: Use shared mobility e-scooters in the pilot area only, on Mason’s Fairfax Campus and in the City of Fairfax.

For information on how to access, where to park, and safety rules, go to: https://transportation.gmu.edu/shared-mobility/

Science and Technology (SciTech) Campus Parking

  • Fairfax-SciTech General permits, Lot I, Lot J, Lot R, and reserved parking deck permits are valid in the Occoquan, King, Discovery, Hylton, and Tower parking lots at the SciTech Campus.
    • Please follow signage in these lots as parking spaces may be designated for various uses or permits.
  • Beacon Hall resident parking permit holders may only park in the Beacon Hall resident lot or the Tower Lot.
    • The southeast side (left side facing the building) of the Shops parking lot at Beacon Hall is for retail parking only.
  • Visitor parking is available in the Occoquan, Discovery and Tower parking lots utilizing ParkMobile.
    • Visitor rates are $2 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour, with a $6 daily maximum.
  • Printable daily permits for the SciTech Campus may be purchased.
  • For more information, go to https://transportation.gmu.edu/scitech/

Arlington Campus Parking
One must work or be attending class at the Arlington Campus to be eligible to purchase an Arlington Campus parking permit.

  • Fairfax-SciTech Campus permits are not valid at the Arlington Campus without authorization from Parking Services.
  • Arlington Campus General permit parking is located in the Vernon Smith Hall Garage located at 3434 N. Washington Blvd.
    • Faculty/Staff and student parking is available on levels B3-P1 and on level B4 after 6 p.m.
    • There is no guarantee of space in the General permit parking area.
    • Please pay careful attention to signage as some spaces are designated for retail use only.
  • Reserved and visitor parking is available in the Van Metre Hall Garage, including discounted daytime only permits (5AM–6PM) and evening only permits (2PM-2AM).
    • Permit parking in the Van Metre Garage guarantees one a parking space.
  • For more information, go to https://transportation.gmu.edu/arlington/

Parking & Transportation Information

For more information on parking, shuttles, biking, and other transportation options, go to the new Transportation website at http://transportation.gmu.edu/.

Email Parking & Transportation  at transpo@gmu.edu, parking@gmu.edu for parking specific questions, and  shuttle@gmu.edu for shuttle specific questions.

You can also follow Parking & Transportation on Twitter and Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/MasonParkingTransportation, @MasonParking, and @MasonShuttles

Construction and traffic advisories are posted at  https://building.gmu.edu/

 

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Faculty/Staff Transportation for the New Academic Year

While some faculty and staff have been on campus throughout the pandemic, many of you might be planning your transition back to campus in August.  Parking and Transportation has put together some information to assist you as you plan your return.  We hope you will consider commuting using a new mode for some or all of your journey!  If you have any questions, reach out to us at 3-2828 or via email at transpo@gmu.edu.

Car and Vanpool

Are you looking for some insight on how you will commute to and from campus during the fall semester? Ridesharing is a great option for those looking to potentially save at least $1000 a year, shave time from their commute, help reduce traffic for their community, and shrink their carbon footprint. For some background information, visit Is Ridesharing a Commuting Option for You?

When choosing to vanpool you can also utilize Mason’s Commuter Choice subsidy that provides up to $270/month for your vanpool monthly costs.

Carpool/Vanpool Q&A Session: July 27
If you have questions about ridesharing, join Katie Thompson, Transit Consultant with Commute 66, James Davenport, TDM Employer Outreach Coordinator with Transform 66, Holly Morello, TDM Program Manager with OmniRide as well as Josh Cantor and Janet Walker of Mason Parking and Transportation at a casual, drop in session on Tuesday, July 27 from 10-11:30am.  Drop by to ask questions on commuting and learn about the resources that are available in the region.  No need to register, just join them on July 27 at https://gmu.zoom.us/j/94993575101?pwd=d1RQbTVRTzRFY1kwUkJHbmxDR1N4UT09

Recruiting Vanpool Riders from the Fredericksburg, VA Area
Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, VA area?  Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $270/month, tax-free, not have to do all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions?  If so, consider vanpooling.  Parking and Transportation is starting with the Fredericksburg area and has developed a short vanpool match survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FredVanpool.  We’ll be recruiting for other vanpools in the future.

Biking

Do you live within a few miles of a Mason campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being?  All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program.  The program now has four tiers of support.  The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive.  The new introductory tier is just 5 rides per quarter. For details, please visit http://bike.gmu.edu and scroll to the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program.  Need help planning your route?  Visit Community Biking Resources and scroll to the bottom.

Mason Shuttles

For those faculty/staff planning a return to campus in August, a reminder that Mason Shuttles is operating on a summer schedule for most of August.  There are two routes operating this summer – Fairfax to SciTech (on a COVID-19/Summer reduced operating schedule) and the On-Demand Shuttle which serves stops in and around the Fairfax Campus.  The CUE bus is operating on its regular schedule with service to Vienna Metro.  For details on the Mason Shuttles summer schedule, please see http://shuttle.gmu.edu.   Schedules for fall will be posted in early August.  Although service will be much more robust than last year, it will not be at pre-pandemic levels.  Fall service is scheduled to begin on Friday, August 20 or Monday, August 23 depending upon the route.

 COVID Response on Mason Shuttles

  • A reminder that a valid Mason ID is required to ride Mason Shuttles.
  • Masks continue to be required to ride Mason Shuttles by all passengers – regardless of vaccination status.
  • Mason and CUE follow the CDC Order regarding buses.
  • Due to COVID-19, guests are not permitted to ride on Mason Shuttles until further notice.

On-Demand Shuttle
Mason Shuttles is offering an on-demand shuttle service on and around the Fairfax campus.  This is a shared ride service with designated pick-up and drop-off locations on the Fairfax campus and at nearby locations off-campus. Waits to be picked up vary depending upon how many people have requested the service.  For details, please visit http://shuttle.gmu.edu and select the On-Demand Shuttle.

Commuter Choice

If you’re a full-time faculty or staff member who uses public transportation to come to and from work, you can use the Commuter Choice program which covers qualified transportation expenses (not parking) up to the IRS limit of $270/month based upon your actual commuting costs.  For details, please visit Commuter Choice. The deadline to request September benefits (the deadline for August has passed) is Tuesday, August 10.

SmarTrip Cards and WMATA Improvements
Metro (WMATA) is installing new fare gates at their Metro stops over the next year.  The new faregates will not accept older SmarTrip cards (purchased before 2012).  If you are a current or future participant in Mason’s Commuter Choice program, please visit Commuter Choice and Metro Fare Gates Update for information on how to check your SmarTrip card and replace it if needed.

Parking

Fall 2021 parking passes go on sale online on Monday, August 2.  Hang tags will be returning but annual permits will not be sold for academic year, 2021-22.  The longest duration is a semester pass.  There are also daily, weekly, and monthly options.  Visit http://parking.gmu.edu and select “Faculty and Staff Parking.”

Payroll Deduction Permits
Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who is planning to return to campus and wants to reinstate your payroll deduction permit?  If so, please complete a Payroll Deduction form located at http://transportation.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021-22-Payroll-Parking-Permit-Application.pdf (Fairfax/SciTech) or http://transportation.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021-22-Arlington-Payroll-Deduction-Application.pdf (Arlington).   Questions?  Please call Parking Services at 3-2710 (Fairfax), 3-8007 (Arlington), or 703-582-4698 (SciTech).

ParkMobile at Mason
If you’re coming to campus and looking for a convenient way to park, some areas of the Fairfax and SciTech campuses are linked to the ParkMobile app.  For locations and codes, please visit Quick Links on https://transportation.gmu.edu/parking-services/ or directly at http://transportation.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Mason-ParkMobile-Information-Sheet.pdf.  If you have questions, please call 3-2710 or email parking@gmu.edu.

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Mason Recognized as a Best University for Commuters for 2021

We are delighted to share that Mason has been named one of the 2021 Best Universities for Commuters by Best Workplaces for Commuters. Mason made the list for our commuter options including such opportunities as telework, compressed schedules, Commuter Choice, carpool/vanpool programs, bike incentives, and access to an Emergency Ride Home program.  Please click on the logo above for a complete list of 2021 recipients.

For information on Mason’s commuting programs, please visit:

*Flexible work options: flexwork.gmu.edu
*Transportation Programs: Carpool, Vanpool, Commuter Choice, and more

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Operating Golf Carts on the Fairfax Campus

In accordance with Mason’s Policy 1131, there are a number of rules and procedures for operating a golf cart on campus. Due to construction and the resulting density of people on campus, Parking and Transportation will enforce the policy starting with the fall 2019 semester. This means that golf carts must be driven on roads, the shared use path on Campus Drive, and bike lanes when available at all times. Carts cannot be driven on sidewalks or ramps. Golf carts must be parked in a general, service/repair, admin or a designated golf cart parking space. A summary of the rules is below; the complete policy is available at https://universitypolicy.gmu.edu/policies/motorized-utility-vehicles/.

Summary:

  • Drivers must be authorized to operate golf carts following approval from their supervisors.
  • Risk Management’s Golf Cart Training is optional but recommended for all drivers.
  • Golf carts cannot be driven on sidewalks or ramps.
    • Golf carts cannot enter the Dismount Zone (between East Building and Enterprise Hall) or be operated in any other areas where dismount signs may be posted.
  • Golf carts must be operated on George Mason Campus roads only.
    • Should use bike lanes when available.
    • Do not operate a cart on a public roadway.
  • All traffic regulations must be obeyed – including stop signs, one-way areas, etc.
  • Golf carts must be parked in a general, service & repair, admin or a designated golf cart parking space.
    • Cannot be parked on sidewalks or at the entrance/exit of buildings.
  • Pedestrians are afforded the right-of-way at all times.
  • Drivers should not wear headphones, use cell phones, or operate any other device that may cause a distraction or disrupt their ability
    to hear when driving.

Parking and Transportation will administer the rules and procedures above. Please be advised that golf carts will be cited and/or impounded when in violation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Parking and Transportation Department at (703) 993-2828 or transpo@gmu.edu.