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Mason Shuttles 2021 Thanksgiving Service Changes

Please see changes to the Mason Shuttles schedule in observance of the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday.

Mason Shuttles Thanksgiving Holiday 2021 Schedule

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Coming Soon! 2021 Thanksgiving Regional Transportation Schedule

Transportation from Mason to New York City, Richmond, Philadelphia, and other regional cities will soon be available for Thanksgiving break.  Preliminary details including dates and destinations are currently available below and at the link above.

Final information, including pricing and how to reserve a seat is coming soon.

Questions?  Please contact us at shuttle@gmu.edu or by phone at 703-993-2828.

Coming Soon Thanksgiving Break Regional Transportation 2021 10.21

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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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Students Parking Refunds

Student Parking Refunds

Update to Spring Parking Refunds (April 24, 2020)

Dear student parking permit holders,

We want to update you on the way parking refunds are being handled. We detected an error in the initial file upload, so we updated the file with the refund amounts on Monday, April 20.

When you look at your student account, you will see a Parking Permit Credit COVID 19 posted as a negative amount dated April 19, a reversal of that amount, and then a corrected parking credit.

Please remember that refunds for parking, housing, and dining will first be applied to any outstanding student balances. Refunds will begin to be issued at the end of this week and Student Accounts expects refunds to be processed by early May.

For reference, here is the refund table which indicates the refund amount for the permit type you purchased. Annual permit refund amounts include the remainder of the academic year. Although refunds have been issued, all permits are still valid through their original expiration date should students need to park on campus.

Please contact Parking at parking@gmu.edu for credit amount inquiries or Students Accounts for refund inquiries at saccount@gmu.edu.

Thank you.

 

Original Message

Students will begin to receive their refunds in the coming weeks, with all refunds expected to be processed by the end of the semester  Each refund will vary and be based on one’s permit type.  Please refer to the parking charts to understand what you can expect for your specific refund.  Additional information is available in the Student Accounts FAQ.

We will refund a pro-rated amount of each parking permit representing 10 weeks of parking fees for the Spring semester, with an accommodation for necessary fixed costs.  We are suspending our usual procedure of requiring permits to be returned when requesting refunds.  Permits expiring at the end of the spring term will expire on the expected date, while permits that extend to later dates can still be used through their normal expiration dates after campus operations resume.

Credits will be applied automatically to outstanding balances on student accounts, with the remainder refunded by Direct Deposit or check.

Students, please check to make sure your mailing address is current in PatriotWeb or enroll in Direct Deposit to assist us in processing these funds.  You do not need to take any other action to request a refund.

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Faculty/Staff without Payroll Deduction

Faculty/Staff Parking Permit Refund for Purchased Parking Permits

Parking Permit Refund - Summer Semester (posted 5/4/2020)

Valued Permit Owners,

In our continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mason Parking Services will be refunding an additional portion of your faculty/staff annual permit for the summer semester. For your specific refund amount, please refer to this chart. Summer refunds will be processed after spring semester refunds have been completed. We expect all refunds to be processed by the end of June.

We are suspending our usual procedure of requiring permits to be returned when requesting refunds.  Permits remain valid through their normal expiration dates and should be used if you need to return to campus.

Parking permits purchased online by credit card in the past six months will be refunded to that credit card. Purchases made by cash, check, or credit card transactions more than six months ago will be refunded within 4 to 6 weeks by check/ACH via Accounts Payable. To ensure that you receive prompt refunds, please visit Accounts Payable to sign up for direct deposit by May 8, 2020. If you are already enrolled, no action is required.

As you know, our students have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, as “Patriots Helping Patriots,” we have set up a fund to help those most in need. If you are able, please consider giving a portion of your refund towards this cause. You can donate here. Please indicate “University Life Student Emergency Assistance Fund” in the space provided on the form. You can also give at any time through payroll deduction.

For questions please contact Parking Services at parking@gmu.edu.

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

 

Original email

Valued Permit Owners,

Due to the measures that the University has taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mason Parking Services is going to issue a partial refund for your faculty/staff annual, 9-month or spring semester parking permit.  The refund will cover the weeks of March 16, 2020 through May 22, 2020.  We are refunding a pro-rated amount of each parking permit, representing 10 weeks of parking fees for the Spring semester, with an adjustment for necessary fixed costs.

Employee Refund Amount Tables

We are suspending our usual procedure of requiring permits to be returned when requesting refunds.  Permits expiring at the end of the spring term will expire on the expected date, while permits that extend to later dates can still be used through their normal expiration dates after campus operations resume.

Refunds will be processed to your credit card if you purchased your parking permit via that method during the past six months. Purchases made by credit card more than six months ago will be refunded within 4 to 6 weeks by check/ACH via Accounts Payable.

As you know, our students have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, as “Patriots Helping Patriots,” we have set up a fund to help those most in need. If you are able, please consider giving a portion of your refund towards this cause. You can donate here. Please indicate “University Life Student Emergency Assistance Fund” in the space provided on the form. You can also give at any time through payroll deduction.

Summer session permits will be available if and when on-campus activities resume.  More information will be forthcoming on this topic as we know more.

For questions please contact Parking Services at parking@gmu.edu.

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

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Faculty/Staff with Payroll Deduction

Payroll Deduction Permit Fees Suspended

9-Month Faculty - Payroll Deductions for Parking Permits (posted 5/8/2020)

Earlier this week, faculty and staff who have payroll deductions for parking permits received an email announcing that the suspension of these deductions was being extended until the August 14th paycheck for those paid semi-monthly. As part of the double deduction process, 9-month faculty paid over 9 months had two of the summer payroll deductions already taken out prior to this decision being taken. Therefore, Payroll will refund the summer parking deductions on the May 16th paycheck and suspend any further deductions for the summer.

If you have any questions, please email parking@gmu.edu.

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

 

Payroll Deduction Permit Fees Suspended - Summer Semester (posted 5/4/2020)

Valued Permit Owners:

In our continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mason Parking Services will be extending the suspension of all parking payroll deductions through the end of the summer semester.

For semi-monthly employees the suspended payroll deduction will run through the August 14th paycheck. For bi-weekly employees this suspended payroll deduction will run through the August 21st paycheck.  Employees do not need to return their permits and should continue using them if they have to park on campus.

As you know, our students have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, as “Patriots Helping Patriots,” we have set up a fund to help those most in need. If you are able, please consider giving a portion of the money you won’t spend on parking towards this cause. You can donate here. Please indicate “University Life Student Emergency Assistance Fund” in the space provided on the form. You can also give at any time through payroll deduction.

For questions, please contact Parking Services at parking@gmu.edu

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

 

Original message

Valued Permit Owners:

Due to the measures that the University has taken in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mason Parking Services is going to suspend all parking payroll deductions effective with the April 16 paycheck, which covers the March 25 to April 9 pay period; there will be no deductions starting with that period.

Deductions also will be suspended through June 16, with the possibility to extend longer.  Similarly, we will reinstate payroll deductions should on-campus activities resume prior to those dates.

Employees do not need to return their permits and can continue using them if they have to park on campus.

As you know, our students have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, as “Patriots Helping Patriots,” we have set up a fund to help those most in need. If you are able, please consider giving a portion of the money you won’t spend on parking towards this cause. You can donate here. Please indicate “University Life Student Emergency Assistance Fund” in the space provided on the form. You can also give at any time through payroll deduction.

For questions, please contact Parking Services at parking@gmu.edu

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

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Shuttle Charter Service

COVID-19 Impact:

Charter Bus seating will not exceed University-established limits for all Mason charters.

Scheduling a charter shuttle service is as easy as---

  1. Contact Dan Oh, Sales Operations Manager, Reston Limousine at 703-478-0500 ext. 710 or by email at doh@restonlimo.com.
  2. Review, approve and return the signed quote to Reston Limousine.
  3. Enter your reservation in eVA as a "Bill to AP" order using your department's organization code and account code. Include this in the description box: "Contract Number is: VASCUPP UVA1953150." Submit your eVA order as usual.
  4. Reston Limo needs the eVA order submitted to them before your date of service.
  5. After service is provided, Reston Limo will forward the invoice to AP for payment. Invoice from Reston Limousine must have the contract number and your individual eVA order number on it for payment to be processed.
  6. Department credit card (p-card) payment is not authorized for charter shuttle services through Reston Limousine Services. All payments for charter shuttles are made via eVA as a BIll to Pay.

Tips and Shuttle Facts

  1. Food and beverages are allowed on board all of our vehicles
  2. Sedan, SUV, or limo drivers will be in a black suit, white shirt, and tie.
  3. Van and bus drivers will be in a white shirt, tie, and black dress pants.
  4. The hourly rate sheet is the one that will be used most often. It is to be used when there is an excursion for example to DC to several locations or shuttling between two locations on the Mason Campus. Basically when you need the bus or vehicle for an extended period of time.
  5. The transfer rate sheet is for Airport/train station transfers or when a point to point transfer is required (i.e. George Mason Fairfax Campus - George Mason Prince William Campus, end of service). This is also good to use when there is a lot of down time between pickups. For example if the GMU-FX - GMU-PW trip is at 7:00 AM, and a return would not be required until 5:00 PM that day.
  6. There is a 3 hour minimum for sedans, suvs, and limousines.
  7. There is also a 3 hour minimum for minibuses, plus 1 hour of garage time (this is included in the minimum shown on the rate sheet)
  8. There is a 4 hour minimum on coach buses plus 1 hour of garage time (this is included in the minimum shown on the rate sheet)
  9. If you have an event where you will be having any number of charter buses on campus, please coordinate their visit with the Parking Services office. Even one charter bus needs to be accommodated for drop-off, pick-up, and parking. Please remember charter buses should not be advised to pick-up or drop-off at Rappahannock River Lane or the Sandy Creek Transit Center. Both locations are transit hubs and there is not sufficient space to allow charter bus access. Parking Services is happy to work with you to find a location and make arrangements; please include them in your event planning process. They can be reached at separk12@gmu.edu or 703-993-2065.

Contact: Dan Oh, GMU Reservations Manager at 571-323-2507, ext. 507 or via email at doh@restonlimo.com

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