Transportation and Parking

We encourage you to explore active transportation options as part of your commute plan.

  • Walking.
  • Biking.
  • Ride-share.
  • Mason Shuttles.

Mason’s Parking and Transportation Services can provide information about these and other options.

The CDC’s Domestic Travel During COVID-19 site offers additional guidance for staying safe when using various forms of transportation.


 

Mason Shuttle

Spring service is operating on all routes except the On-Demand shuttle. Check the Mason Shuttles website for spring 2022 schedules and this overview of shuttle schedule changes from the fall semester 

Reminders about riding Mason Shuttles: 

  • Shuttles are free to students and employees. 
  • Mason IDs are required. 
  • Every bus is outfitted with a bike rack and Wi-Fi. 
  • Masks are optional on Mason Shuttles. 
  • No guest riders permitted until further notice. 

Mason Shuttles use a real-time transit service called RideSystems. Download the RideSystems app, or check the website to find out when the next shuttle is arriving.  

Shuttle Safety Rules

Seating is reduced to 90 percent of maximum capacity, with socially distanced seating available at the front of the shuttle.

The shuttle driver will disinfect high touchpoints several times per shift, and shuttles will be deep cleaned, including electrostatic disinfection, daily.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after exiting the shuttle.

You must have a valid Mason ID to board the shuttle; no guests, including family members, can ride until further notice.

Reach out to Parking and Transportation if you have questions about shuttle service.


Scooters

Mason’s scooter pilot program has been extended through December 31, 2022. Use the scooters in the pilot area, which is Mason’s Fairfax Campus and the City of Fairfax only. Find more information on the scooter pilot program.


State Vehicles

The university uses state vehicles and motorized utility vehicles (golf carts) to conduct university official business. All drivers must follow University Policy 1411 to operate a vehicle licensed for road use and University Policy 1131 to operate motorized utility vehicles.

As a result of a court order, the CDC’s order requiring face coverings on public transportation is no longer in effect. However, travel by public transportation may increase a person’s risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 by placing people in close contact settings and therefore the CDC continues to recommend that people wear face coverings in indoor public transportation settings. 

The Mason community should follow guidance provided in University Policy 1415, COVID- 19 Public Health and Safety Precautions – Face Coverings.


 

Parking

Members of the Mason community and visitors should follow parking guidelines when visiting one of our campuses. 

Spring parking permits go on sale online beginning Thursday, January 6.

Payroll Deduction Permits:  For employees who pay via payroll deduction, permits will not change; no action is required. 

Faculty and staff using the payroll deduction plan for parking permits who want to discontinue this plan should return parking permits (and access card, if applicable) to Parking Services. 

The process to end your parking payroll deduction will be initiated upon our receipt of your parking permit. You'll get a confirmation receipt via e-mail. Permits should be mailed to:

Mason Parking Services

4400 University Drive MSN 1G4

Fairfax, VA 22030

For visitors and those who are only on campus sporadically, there are daily, weekly, and monthly options which can be purchased online, as well as some mobile payment options to reduce the need to use parking pay stations in Rappahannock Deck and at the Field House. Mobile payments are also available for Lots K, L, and the West Campus (Fairfax), and the Occoquan, Discovery and Tower parking lots (SciTech). Customer-facing parking equipment, such as parking pay stations, will be cleaned multiple times daily.

The Transportation website lists semester permit rates, as well as daily, weekly, and monthly rates. 

When purchasing a permit, please print out a temporary permit on the final screen that is valid for 14 days until your hangtag arrives in the mail.

You must have a current and valid parking permit to park on Mason property. 

Office Hours: Mason Parking in Fairfax and Arlington are open to walk-in traffic. SciTech is still by appointment. Everyone is still  encouraged to use online parking resources as much as possible, and the Fairfax office will limit the number of people who can be in the office for social distancing purposes. Check the Arlington Parking and SciTech Parking pages for information on those campuses.

Email our SciTech office to schedule an appointment.

For additional questions, contact Parking Services.

Changes/Continuations

  • Rappahannock Parking Deck: The gates for reserved levels will remain open for the semester, so an access card will not be required. A valid Rappahannock reserved permit is still required to park on reserved levels and will be enforced. 
  • Short-Term Parking: For students, faculty and staff who do not require parking on campus on a regular basis, there are daily, weekly, and monthly options available online.  Hourly visitor parking is available in all parking garages at $3/hour with a $15 daily maximum. At the Field House in Lots M & P, a daily parking permit for $5 can be purchased online or through the ParkMobile app. ParkMobile is also available in Lots K, L, and the West Campus (Fairfax) and the Occoquan, Discovery, and Tower parking lots (SciTech).
  • There are also daily rates in the General permit areas ranging from $5 to 9 per day. Find more information on parking options on the Mason Transportation site.