Bicycles Transportation

Love to Bike? Winter Bike to Mason Day on February 11

Winter Bike to Work Day is the Friday before Valentine’s Day! Join us on February 11 for a little bike love.  Stop by the Merten Hall Lawn between 7:30 and 9:30am with your bike for a beverage and some biking related giveaways.

Arlington SciTech Shuttles Transportation

No Mason Shuttle Service on Martin Luther King Day

A reminder that there is no Mason Shuttle service on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  Winter Break service is in effect until Spring Semester service begins on all routes except On-Demand, on Monday, January 24.  On-Demand begins its weekends only spring service on Saturday, January 22.

For details on Winter Break schedules and Spring Semester service, please visit For a summary of major changes to Spring service, please visit the spring service summary.


Is Ridesharing a Commuting Option for You?

Posted 1/7/2022

Upcoming Rideshare Drop-In Meeting
The new year brings a new opportunity to get your rideshare (car/vanpool) questions answers.  At this drop-in session, you can learn about resources that are available in the region as well as Mason programs that support car and vanpooling.

Wednesday, January 19 from noon-12:30pm.  No need to register; just drop by. Zoom details below.

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Time: Jan 19, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Posted 9/3/2021

Rideshare Drop-In Meetings

Thursday, September 9 from 10-10:30am
Zoom Info:
Topic: Ridesharing at Mason Q&A
Time: Sep 9, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Tuesday, September 21 from 1:30-2pm
Zoom Info:
Topic: Ridesharing at Mason Q&A
Time: Sep 21, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Posted 8/17/2021

Rideshare Drop-In meetings continue.  Next session is
Tuesday, August 31 from 1-1:30

September Sessions (Zoom information coming soon)

  • Thursday, September 9 from 10-10:30am
  • Tuesday, September 21 from 1:30-2pm

Posted 8/14/2021

Join us for the next Rideshare Drop-In meeting on Tuesday, August 31 from 1-1:30pm

Parking and Transportation is continuing a series of informal drop-in sessions via Zoom to answer your carpool and vanpool questions.  Learn about resources that are available in the region as well as Mason programs that support car and vanpooling.

Zoom Info:
Topic: Ridesharing at Mason Q&A
Time: Aug 31, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Posted 8/4/2021

Join us for our next Rideshare Drop-In meeting on Thursday, August 12 from 2-2:30pm

Thinking about a new way to get to campus?  Consider Rideshare – carpooling or vanpooling.  Parking and Transportation is holding informal drop-in sessions via Zoom to answer your carpool and vanpool questions.  Learn about resources that are available in the region as well as Mason programs that support car and vanpooling.

Zoom Info:
Topic: Ridesharing at Mason Q&A
Time: Aug 12, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Posted 7/27/2021

A rideshare drop-in event was held on Zoom today, July 27. Mason Parking and Transportation, in collaboration with Commute 66, OmniRide, and Transform 66 were online to answer questions and share information about ridesharing in the region.  If you couldn’t join us, below are some brief PowerPoint presentations for your review.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at or call us at 3-2828.

Posted 7/27/2021

July 19th - Commute Planner

Check out this video:


Mason and Commute66, and Vanpool Connect have teamed together to make sure you are ready for your commute for the fall semester. For many, it may be the first time commuting in over a year and your first thoughts may go to driving by yourself. There are many reasons to consider other modes, especially a ridesharing choice one which we will continue to tell you about leading up to the fall semester.

But why is now the best time for you to consider and choose how you will get to campus? While not a complicated process, especially when working with Mason’s Transportation Services, getting your commute sorted out now will ensure you are choosing the commute option that will optimize your time, save you money, and lower your stress. Let’s be honest, we all know that life can get away from us and you may have more pressing things to attend to, but before you know it, you will be heading back into the office and may be stuck with the expensive, stressful, and pollute and traffic heavy mode: driving alone.

Requesting a Personalized Commute Planner will provide you with which commute options are available to you and how you can utilize your benefits and Mason’s programs to formalize your commute. For instance, Mason’s Transportation team can assist in finding an appropriate carpool option while Commute66 can take one finding you a vanpool route.  Plus, it’s always a good idea to have more than one way to get to and from work.

Reach out to Katie Thompson, your Commute66 rep, and you can have your commute figured out with little to no effort on your part.

Posted 6/29/2021

Mason Parking and Transportation is teaming up with Commute66
to share information on rideshare, i.e. carpool and vanpool, as commute options.  Whether you are on campus or returning to campus, see if rideshare is an option for you!

From Commute 66:

Why Rideshare?
When choosing how you will return to campus, ridesharing is a reliable option that can help save you money. There are many other benefits you can experience when you choose to vanpool or carpool instead of driving alone.

Saving money
When choosing to vanpool or carpool you share the ride – and the cost – with the people you ride with, helping you to save money. At a 12-mile round trip commute you can save $1,000 a year. For those who are vanpooling, the recommended minimum 15-mile one-way commute will save you approximately $2,500. These savings come from a comparison of costs with vanpooling and costs of owning and operating a vehicle (fuel, maintenance, and depreciation).

It is possible to find additional savings through your car insurance. Some insurance companies offer reduced rates when you choose not to use your car to commute. Check with your insurance company to see if this is a possibility for you.

Additionally, full-time faculty and staff members at Mason can take advantage of complimentary parking permits for vanpools and students, faculty and staff can receive rebates for certain carpool programs to lower your parking budget and time spent looking for parking.

Saving time 
When you choose to carpool or vanpool instead of driving alone, you are reducing traffic congestion, saving time not only for yourself but for those sharing the road with you. Several “casual carpooling studies” have reported that the time and money people save plus the convenience of ridesharing are the main reasons they chose to carpool or vanpool to work. As vanpools and carpools can use HOV lanes, they are able to save an average of 19 minutes for each one-way trip according to 2019 State of the Commute Report on the DC Metro Region.

Lowering carbon footprint
When you choose to carpool or vanpool, you split the fuel consumed thus reducing each person’s total consumption. Numerous studies have found that individual and community greenhouse gas emissions are reduced when people choose to rideshare:

  • “individually carpoolers reduce personal commuter GHG emission by approximately 4% to 5% after joining an employer trip reduction program.” **
  • “[approximately] 7.2 million tons of GHG emissions annually in the US, if one additional passenger were added to every 100 vehicles.” **
  • “68 million tons of GHG emissions [reduced] in the US if one passenger were added to every 10 vehicles).” **


Which option is best for you? 
But which one is the right option for you? The biggest difference in determining if you should choose to vanpool or carpool comes down to the distance of your commute. If your commute is 15 miles or more one-way, vanpooling is more viable option for you. That means if your commute one-way is less than 15 miles you should consider carpooling. And the only difference in benefit usage between carpooling and vanpooling is that full-time faculty and staff only can use  Mason’s Commuter Choice Subsidy of up to $270/month on vanpooling only.

Besides these differences, vanpooling and carpooling both help to lower your carbon footprint and maintain a better work-life fit while saving you time and money.

Posted 5/28/2021

Whether it’s carpool or vanpool, see if ridesharing is a good commuting option for you using the infographic below.  For more information on carpool and vanpool please visit Carpooling and Vanpooling

Sharing the ride reduces your commuting costs, the amount of time you have to be in the driver’s seat, and greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a win-win-win for everyone.

Questions?  Reach out to us at


Arlington SciTech Shuttles Transportation

Spring 2022 Mason Shuttles Service

Spring service will begin on Monday, January 24 for all routes except the On-Demand shuttle.

On-Demand is moving to a weekend only service and will begin service on Saturday, January 22.  Fixed route service has been added to help address the reduction in On-Demand service. The West Campus shuttle will be operating from 7am until 11pm, Monday-Friday and the Student Townhouses has been added as a stop on the Sandy Creek to Metro shuttle for Spring 2022.

The Arlington/Fairfax route will have one bus, down from two, with service every two hours; a stop will be added at Rappahannock River Lane. Both Sandy Creek to Metro and Gunston Mason are starting one hour later, at 7am and 7:15am respectively.

A complete list of changes is available at Spring 2022 Service Changes. Individual schedules for each route for spring will be available soon at If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or by phone at 3-2828.


Parking Transportation

Spring 2022 Permit Sales Email

Spring 2022 semester parking permits will go on sale Thursday, January 6, 2022.  Daily, weekly, monthly, and semester-based options will be available.  Permits will be available ONLINE ONLY and can be purchased at  For more details and rates please visit one of the following links:

Student Parking Permits

Faculty & Staff Parking Permits

As a reminder, Fall semester permits for students are now valid until January 23rd.  Faculty & Staff permits are valid until January 31st.  Faculty & Staff with a payroll deduction permit DO NOT need to renew their current permit.  Spring permits will be valid until August 15 or August 31, 2022.  Separate summer permits will be available for sale if one doesn’t have a spring permit.

Only one vehicle may be attached to a daily, weekly, or monthly permit (all printable).  If multiple vehicles will be used or if you need to switch vehicles, please contact Parking Services.

All semester permits will be mailed out (except printable permits).  Please make sure to use the correct mailing address when purchasing a permit.  Please print out your 14-day temporary permit during the purchasing process.  You can use this temporary permit until your hangtag arrives in the mail.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Parking Services at or call (703) 993-2710.

Arlington Bicycles SciTech Shuttles Transportation

Nominations Open: Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award

Nominations are open for the Rick Holt ActivePhoto of Rick Holt Transportation Advocate Award, named for Rick Holt, “the Mason bike dude” who was a trainer in Human Resources and Payroll for 14 years, retiring in 2021.

If you know a Mason faculty or staff member who demonstrates a commitment to the use of active transportation in their own commute, advocates for and/or supports others in using active transportation, and who engages in service at Mason in the promotion of active transportation, we encourage you to nominate them for this new award.

Nominations are due by 2/1/2022.  A recipient will be selected and will be honored at the annual Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony to be held on 4/7/2022.  Important details and the nomination form are available at the Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award page.  If you have any questions, reach out to us at 703-993-2828 or via email at

Arlington SciTech Shuttles Transportation

Winter Break Service Changes on Mason Shuttles

Winter Break brings extensive changes to the Mason Shuttles schedule.  For details, please see the flyers below.

Winter Break Shuttle Schedule 2021.docx



Parking Transportation

General Parking and Winter Break Parking

Valued Permit Owner,

Beginning at 5:00pm on Thursday, December 2, 2021, Student General permit parking areas will be available to any valid Mason Parking permit until 11:00pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022.  During this time you may park in the Student General permit parking areas at all times while displaying a valid Mason parking permit.  This includes the non-restricted parking spaces in Lots A, C, K, L, M, O, P, PV and the General permit area of the Rappahannock Parking Deck (Levels 2 & 2 with the exception of the segregated visitor area).  All faculty/staff and other parking areas designated by signage will still be enforced.

If you are planning on leaving your vehicle on campus during winter break, please park it in the General permit areas of the Rappahannock Parking deck and not on a surface lot in case of inclement weather.

A valid Mason parking permit is still required to park on campus or you may pay for parking in the visitor parking areas.  The expiration date for fall semester permits has been extended through January 23, 2022.

For questions, please contact Parking Services at (703) 993-2710, (703) 993-2828 or email us at

Thank you,

Mason Parking Services

Parking Transportation

Spring 2022 Permit Sales Begin 1/6/2022 Online


Commuter Choice Benefit Increasing in 2022

Beginning in January 2022, the maximum Commonwealth Commuter Choice benefit at Mason will increase by $10 to $280 per month. Currently, an Executive Order gives full-time state employees in Northern Virginia up to $270 per month to commute by public transit or vanpool. This is a tax-free benefit paid by the University. To take advantage of this increase beginning with the January benefit, be sure to submit your “Commuter Choice Monthly Benefit Request” by Friday, December 10. If you are new to the program, please also submit an Enrollment Form. For more information and the forms, please visit