Employee Carpool Program

Carpooling is a great way to get to and from campus. Mason encourages employees to explore multiple ways to get to campus such as carpooling to help the university curb its carbon emissions and decrease traffic on campus.


All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the carpool programs (except Masonvale residents).  A carpool consists of two or more people traveling together for at least ½ their commute, 3 days per week; some conditions apply. Please see individual carpool programs for details.

Find A Carpool

To find a carpool, register at www.zimride.com/mason. Zimride is Mason’s private network for ridesharing that helps people find others who are traveling the same way they are. Use your Mason email address and password to sign up.

Employee Carpool Programs

Please see individual carpool options for details.

  • Carpool ZONE: Faculty and staff with general permit passes can park in designated areas of Lot A and Rappahannock Deck Monday – Friday between 7 and 11am as long as they have 2 people in their car. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the 3-person (or more) carpool with West Campus or Lot M/P permits has been removed from eligibility for the carpool zone until further notice.
  • Carpool PREFERRED: Faculty and staff can park in designated parking spaces that are conveniently located in lots and decks.
  • Carpool PREMIUM:  Faculty and staff with a parking deck or reserved Lot I or reserved Lot J permit can receive 20% off the parking permit for carpooling based upon 2 people in the carpool. The 20% rebate limit reflects the impact of COVID-19.  See the carpool premium page for details.

Carpool Program Comparison

Program Application When Carpool Spaces Rebate
Carpool ZONE No M-F
Designated spaces in Lot A or first level of Rappahannock River Deck No
Anytime Designated throughout campus No
Carpool PREMIUM Yes
(each semester)
Anytime Lot I/Lot J reserved spaces, or  Parking Deck carpool spaces

(Can use other general lot car pool spaces if premium but must be a Lot I, Lot J, or Deck permit holder to be eligible for the rebate)