Getting Around: Parking & Transportation


Whether your student is arriving on campus this fall for his or her first semester, or for the beginning of senior year, Parking and Transportation would like to share some information to help you and your student plan for a smooth commute to campus.

Parking Permits 
Parking permits will go on sale on Wednesday, July 22 at Once your student has purchased his or her parking permit, the hangtag will be mailed to your student’s home address and he or she can print a temporary pass for use up to ten days in the meantime. Students who join Zimride, Mason’s free rideshare network, will be able to buy a parking permit two days early on Monday, July 20. Student can use Zimride to find or share a ride, or to find a carpool partner. For information on permit choices and rates, click here.

Detours and Lane Closures 
Through approximately August 22 there will be some detours and lane closures on the northwest part of the Fairfax Campus as Patriot Circle is rebuilt to the south of its current location between George Mason Boulevard and Aquia Creek Lane. The George Mason Boulevard entrance to campus is closed as well this summer as part of the construction of the Petersen Family College of Health and Human Services Building. You and your student can keep up with the latest construction and other impacts at

Alternative Transportation: Mason Shuttles and Bicycles
Mason shuttles and bicycles are not only convenient, but are great green transportation options for your student to try this fall. There are currently six Mason shuttle routes with various on- and off-campus destinations including the Vienna Metro, Burke Centre VRE, regional malls, and our Science and Technology Campus (formerly Prince William Campus). All shuttles and the CUE Bus are free with Mason ID and are equipped with a bike rack. Schedules and maps for the shuttles are available at

Through the end of August, the Sandy Creek shuttle stop will be closed as the Transit Center project begins construction. This new transit center, which is financed by Fairfax County, will quadruple bus capacity at the main shuttle hub. For more information, click here. Information about shuttle schedule changes related to this project will be found at and on Twitter.

Mason is also a designated Bicycle Friendly University with over a 1400 bike racks bike pumps, and fix-it stations. Students can register their bike at to receive a free U-lock, bike lights, and maps.

If you have any questions about your new commute or need more information, please contact us at or 703.993.2828.


Joshua Cantor
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