What You Need to Know: 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 Monday, July 24 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 to use for up to ten days in the meantime. Students who join Zimride, Mason’s free rideshare network, will be able to buy a parking permit four days early on Thursday, 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 mid-August, there will be some detours and lane closures on various parts of the Fairfax Campus related to several construction and maintenance projects. Click here for an overview of the scheduled impacts.

To keep up with the latest construction and traffic impacts, check or follow @MasonParking on Twitter.

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 a Mason ID and are equipped with a bike rack. Schedules and maps for the shuttles are available at Follow @MasonShuttles on Twitter for more information.

Mason is also a designated bicycle-friendly university with over a 1,400 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 student’s new commute or need more information, please contact or 703.993.2828.

Joshua Cantor
Parking & Transportation