Commonwealth Commuter Choice Program

New! Commuter Choice Increase in 2020

Beginning January 2020, the maximum Commonwealth Commuter Choice benefit will increase by $5 to $270 per month. Currently, an Executive Order gives full-time state employees in Northern Virginia up to $265 per month to commute by public transit or vanpool. This is a tax-free benefit paid by Mason. To take advantage of this increase beginning in January, be sure to submit your "Commuter Choice Monthly Benefit Request Form" by Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Questions?  Please contact or call us at 3-2828.

Commuter Choice Forms

Full-time eligible employees will be able to receive up to $265 per month for public transportation or vanpooling. This is a tax-free fringe benefit paid for by Mason.

Thank you for using public transportation. We appreciate your commitment to using green modes of transportation and to reducing the impact on Mason's parking infrastructure.

Daily Complimentary Permits

All Commuter Choice participants that do not own a parking permit already are eligible to receive two daily parking passes per month.

The Daily Complimentary Permits (of which participants may request two per month) are only valid for the month indicated in the "Valid Month" box on the permit and the permits do not roll over. To get the maximum benefit from the Daily Complimentary Permits, we advise that you request the permits early in any given month in which you will be using them. Any vehicle with a permit used in a month other than the one indicated in the "Valid Month" box will receive a citation. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

To request the two Daily Complimentary Permits, please email with the subject line "Requesting Daily Complimentary Permits."

In order to participate in the Commonwealth Commuter Choice Program, you must first submit the application to the program. You must average two days a week using alternative methods (other than driving alone) to be eligible for two complimentary daily general lot parking permits per month (if you do not own a permit).

If you have a parking permit, you will be issued two all-day garage validations per month instead. You also have the option of buying up to two (2) half-priced packs of 5 daily passes per semester for $22.50 each or half-priced pack of 5 deck validations for $37.50 each.

Commuter Choice: WMATA Self Service Feature

If you are in the Commuter Choice Program and lost or damaged your SmarTrip card, in the past you would reach out to Parking and Transportation.  Now, you can simply use the WMATA self-service tool from your SmarTrip Card Summary page. To access your summary page, log-in at  For details on how to use WMATA self-service to replace a lost or damaged SmarTrip card, please visit  Please review your options carefully before making a selection.

Parking and Transportation are reviewing additional WMATA self-service functions for future use by Mason's Commuter Choice community.

Questions?  Please contact or call us at 3-2828.

Updated 11/6/19