Parking &Transportation Update Fall 2016
As the beginning of the fall semester rapidly approaches, Mason students, faculty and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax campus greatly increases, especially during the first few weeks of the semester. The following information is intended to serve as a campus parking and transportation guide and help minimize potential parking and traffic delays. A valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas.
During the first few weeks of the semester, we suggest allowing an extra 30-45 minutes to arrive on campus. The Fairfax Campus has ample parking spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many General parking permit areas are still expected to fill at peak class times.
Below is information about road construction, parking, shuttles, alternative transportation options, and finding parking and transportation information.
Several road improvement projects are planned or are underway that will impact travel approaching, on and around campus.
Academic VII Building-Since last May, there have been several roadway/parking changes:
- Patriot Circle between George Mason Boulevard and Aquia Creek Lane will re-open Aug. 25.
- George Mason Boulevard between University Drive and Patriot Circle will re-open Aug. 25 in a limited manner, with one lane entering campus and two lanes exiting campus, with temporary lane markings, as construction continues on the road and at the University Drive intersection.
- Finley Lot re-opens Aug. 25, with several dozen complimentary 30 minute parking spaces, as well as service/repair and disabled parking spaces. The metered visitor parking has been removed. This is a great place to park if picking up or dropping off someone.
- New Finley Lot shuttle stop opens Aug. 25, replacing the Chesapeake Lane and Hampton Roads shuttle stops for the Fairfax-SciTech and Burke VRE shuttles.
Sandy Creek Transit Center
Sandy Creek shuttle stop remains closed and will not open until at least November.
- All shuttle routes have been changed with new stops and schedules with Sandy Creek not open. Please check shuttle.gmu.edu for the most up-to-date schedules, routes and stops.
- All short-term, service/repair, motorcycle and disabled parking around Parking Services has been closed.
- Visitor parking is available on the 1st Level of the Shenandoah Deck, with the first 30 minutes complimentary. When parked over 30 minutes the complimentary 30 minutes no longer applies and the rate reverts to the posted hourly rates.
- Disabled parking in front of Enterprise Hall and across from Research Hall will close. Permit holders with disabled parking access needs can be provided access to disabled parking in the Shenandoah Deck. Permit holders should bring their disabled placard and DMV disabled registration to the Parking Services office, which is open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 22-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. See http://parking.gmu.edu/hours.html for more details.
- Disabled access is also available through the Patriot Lift program, which allows students and employees with mobility impairments to schedule point-to-point golf cart rides in advance. See for details or call 703-993-2828.
- York River Road between Patriot Circle and the disabled parking lot beside the Nguyen Engineering Building will be open to two-way traffic during construction.
E-mail updates will be sent periodically but check the Building Patriot Pride website at building.gmu.edu and Parking and Transportations Facebook and Twitter pages for updates (see links below).
Arriving on campus between 10-11 a.m. on a normal basis:
- General permit parking in Lots L and K is recommended as most other parking lots on the east campus tend to fill, including Lot A. If Lot Full signs are posted at the entrance(s) to Lot K please proceed directly to Field House Lots O & P (see below).
- The General permit parking area of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck (all of Level 2 and the 2/3 of Level 1 not designated as visitor parking) is expected to fill to capacity between 9-10 a.m. on a regular basis. The ramps from levels 2 to 3 and the non-reserved spaces on level 3 in Rappahannock River Deck are now faculty/staff general permit parking.
- Note that all of Lot J requires a reserved Lot J permit except the designated Faculty/Staff general spaces on the perimeter.
Arriving to campus between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays):
- The best option for General permit parking is to head directly to the back of Lot K, the PV Lot or the General permit parking lots by the Field House (Lots O & P) on the west side of Ox Road.
- The Patriots Village (PV) Lot behind the RAC located off Mason Pond Drive is now open to General permit parking.
- At peak times, General permit traffic may be directed from East Campus to the West Campus lot, via Campus Drive or Braddock Road. Motorists are encouraged to consider using the West Campus Lot as a primary option to save time.
The West Campus shuttle provides service from the Field House and West Campus from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday Friday with stops at Rappahannock River Lane, Presidents Park and the RAC on east campus. Please see shuttle.gmu.edu and click on West Campus for details. Note: The average walk time from the Field House to the Johnson Center is about 12 to 15 minutes, using the new pathway parallel to Campus Drive.
Visitor Parking: The Mason Pond, Shenandoah and Rappahannock River Parking Decks provide most of the campus visitor parking spaces. The visitor sections of the Mason Pond and Shenandoah Parking Decks tend to fill in the mornings and early evenings during the first few weeks of the semester. Additional visitor parking is available in the expanded 1st level Visitor parking area of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck (a separate visitor entrance is located off Patriot Circle.) Pay in advance using our Pay by Space machines or by using the ParkMobile pay-by-cell service. You can sign up at or by downloading the mobile app.
Additional visitor parking is available at Field House Lots O and P utilizing the Pay & Display machine located across from the front door of the Field House. Lots O and P are the most economical for visitor/daily parking at only $4 a day with the shuttle service mentioned above to help get back and forth to east campus or by a short walk along Campus Drive. ParkMobile pay-by-cell service is also available here. If the parking spaces in Lots O and P are full, please park in the West Campus lot utilizing these $4 a day payment options.
Printable Visitor Permits-Low Cost Options
You may now purchase a daily, weekly, or monthly General permit online at parking.gmu.edu and printing it out. At times, this option may only be available for the Field House parking lots for $4/day, $15/week, or $45/month. Daily printable permits for West Campus lot are now available for $2/day, $8/week, or $30/month. A separate permit allowing parking after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday in East Campus general lots such as Lot K is available for $8/day, $25/week, or $60/month.
Visitor Payment Methods
- The Mason Pond Parking Deck accepts Mason Money, MasterCard, Visa, prepaid validations and cash. For a quicker exit there, there are also three pay-on-foot machines on Levels 3, 2 & 1 which accept MasterCard, Visa and prepaid validations only.
- The Shenandoah Parking Deck accepts MasterCard, Visa, prepaid validations and cash. For a quicker exit there are also two pay-on-foot machines on Level 1 which accept MasterCard, Visa, prepaid validations and cash.
- The Rappahannock River Parking Deck Pay-by-Space machines are located next to the elevators and accept MasterCard, Visa, prepaid validation codes and exact parking fee cash (these machines do not provide change). ParkMobile payments are also accepted.
- For Field House Lots O and P the Pay & Display machine accepts MasterCard, Visa and coins. ParkMobile payments are also accepted.
- For Printable Permits pay online using MasterCard, Visa or from your checking account.
Check the Mason Shuttles website at for the new fall semester shuttle schedules. There are significant changes due to the closure of the Sandy Creek shuttle stop for the fall semester, the opening of the Finley Lot shuttle stop,and shuttle stop location changes at Vienna Metro and Manassas Mall. An overview of Fall service can be found be found at http://shuttle.gmu.edu/pdfs/2016_2017/At-a-glance_fall_16.pdf. All shuttles are free with Mason ID and every bus is outfitted with a bike rack and Wi-Fi. An overview of shuttle stops and associated routes with Sandy Creek closed can be found at: http://shuttle.gmu.edu/pdfs/2016_2017/SHUTTLE_STOPS_FALL16.pdf.
Mason Shuttles uses real-time transit service called RideSystems. Download the RideSystems app or visit to see when the next shuttle is arriving. The real-time arrival info for shuttles and local public transportation can be viewed in the Mobile Mason app as well.
The Mason to Metro shuttle from the Fairfax campus to the Vienna Metro station runs continuously with buses every 15 to 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. With Metro not operating after midnight, there is no late night service on Fridays and Saturdays. Saturday and Sunday service begins at 8 a.m. with weekend stops at the Mason Townhouses on Chain Bridge Road and by Fairfax Circle on Lee Highway. A Mason ID card is required to board the shuttle from the Rappahannock River Lane, Commerce Building and Fairfax Circle stops. With Sandy Creek closed, service will now stop at Presidents Park.
At Vienna Metro, the Metro to Mason shuttle will now stop at Bay C instead of Bay A. http://www.wmata.com/rail/evacuation/75.103.pdf
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The Metro Express shuttleprovides direct service between the Rappahannock River Lane stop and Vienna Metro Monday-Thursday and limited hours on Friday. Departures will now be twice an hour, departing at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour. To see the new schedule, go to: http://shuttle.gmu.edu/pdfs/2016_2017/Metro%20Express_Fall%202016_final.pdf.
At Vienna Metro, the Metro Express shuttle will now stop at Bay B instead of Bay A. http://www.wmata.com/rail/evacuation/75.103.pdf
For those who use Metrorail, make sure to allow plenty of extra time in September and October when the SafeTrack maintenance impacts Vienna Metro and the Orange Line:
Surge #9 Vienna - West Falls Church
- Date change: This surge will now begin on Thursday, Sept. 15, and continues through the end of the day Wednesday, Oct. 26. On weekdays, Orange Line trains will single track at all times between Vienna and West Falls Church.
- Weekend shutdowns: Surge #9 will include four consecutive weekend shutdowns where free shuttle buses replace trains along segments of the Orange Line to complete necessary switch rehabilitation work:
- Sept. 24-25 - Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations will be closed.
- Oct. 1-2 - Buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations will be closed.
- Oct. 8-9 - Buses replace trains between Vienna and West Falls Church. Vienna and Dunn Loring stations will be closed.
- Oct. 15-16 - Buses replace trains between Vienna and West Falls Church. Vienna and Dunn Loring stations will be closed.
Commuters also have the option to park at the Science and Technology Campus (formerly known as Prince William Campus) with a valid parking permit or use the Pay by Space visitor parking and ride the Fairfax-SciTech shuttle to the Fairfax Campus. Shuttles run Monday-Thursday between 6:25 a.m. and 10:25 p.m. with departures every half hour for most of the day. Additional departures have been added in the morning and afternoon rush hour. Each loop begins from the new Finley Lot shuttle stop at Fairfax Campus and from the Occoquan shuttle stop, in front of Colgan Hall. With Sandy Creek closed for the fall semester, the SciTech shuttles will stop at Presidents Park.
Service is every hour on Fridays. An additional departure at 11:10 p.m. from Sandy Creek to SciTech and at 11:45 p.m. from the Occoquan Building to Sandy Creek has been added Monday-Friday. The Fairfax-SciTech shuttle operates every two hours on the weekend. A Mason ID card is required to board the shuttle from the Manassas Mall stop, which has been moved in between Door #3 and Door #4. Check http://shuttle.gmu.edu/fxscitechshuttle.html for information and schedules.
The Burke Center VRE shuttle provides a connection between the VRE and Fairfax Campus. The Burke VRE shuttle will now stop at the new Finley Lot while Sandy Creek is closed. Free parking is available at the Burke Center VRE garage for park and ride. Also, many students and employees who live in the Burke area can walk or ride a bike to catch the shuttle, which now has extended morning hours. For schedule information, go to: http://shuttle.gmu.edu/pdfs/2016_2017/Burke%20Centre%20VRE%20Express_Fall%202016_final.pdf
Gunston's Go-Bus provides service between the Fairfax Campus and Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Corner, Ridge Top Road, and University Mall. With Sandy Creek closed for the fall semester, Gunston's Go-Bus will stop at the Presidents Park and RAC shuttle stops on campus. The Fairfax Connector 605 Route travels between Reston Town Centre and Fair Oaks Mall. The Mason Route on Gunston's Go-Bus was adjusted to allow for easy transfer from the Fairfax Connector bus to our bus. For the updated schedule, go to: http://shuttle.gmu.edu/pdfs/2016_2017/Gunston's%20go-bus_fall%202016_final.pdf
Alternative Transportation Options
Besides the Mason Shuttles, students and employees may ride any of the four Fairfax City CUE buses from and to the Rappahannock River Lane stop throughout the city and to Vienna Metro for free simply by presenting their Mason ID. Check for schedules.
Bicycling: More than 1,400 bicycle parking spaces are available around campus with covered bike parking under shelters around campus and on the 2nd level of Rappahannock River Deck. A bicycle registration program is available with registrants receiving free bike u-locks and free bike lights. Go to for more information! A bike rental program is coming soon!
Carpooling options: The Carpool Zones in Lot A and on the first level of the Rappahannock River Deck general permit area will resume on Monday, Aug. 29. To park in a carpool zone, arrive between 6-11 a.m., Monday-Friday with a total 2 or more people in your vehicle and a general student or faculty/staff permit and you can park in carpool spaces we are setting aside each morning. No special permit as we will have a parking officer screen vehicles. This option is first-come, first-served. Visit for more info.
Students and employees can also receive a 20-40 % rebate in a reserved parking deck or Lot I or Lot J permit for carpooling. Read and for information on the student and employee carpool programs.
Find a carpool partner using Zimride, a ridesharing network that helps match people with similar commutes to and from campus. Sign up with your Mason Net ID and password at http://zimride.com/mason
Zipcar offers wheels when you want them. Two cars located on Mason Pond Drive, one on the first level of the Rappahannock River Deck, and one in Lot R behind Taylor Hall, are available for rental by the hour. For info and to sign up for Mason discounts for Zipcar, go to .
Motorcycle Parking: Motorcycle parking spaces are available around campus, including in front of the Aquatics and Fitness Center, by the Northeast Modules, Lot J, Lot C, on the 1st level of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck inside the General permit area and in the new Finley Lot. The motorcycle parking area by Parking Services building has been removed as part of the Sandy Creek Transit Center construction. Additional reserved deck parking for motorcycles is also available in the Mason Pond, Shenandoah and Rappahannock River Parking Decks (deck motorcycle permit required).
Moped Parking: Please note that scooters and mopeds are now required to have motorcycle permits and use motorcycle parking areas. Mopeds and scooters may not park at bike racks or in other areas around campus.
At times during the morning, late afternoon and early evenings, campus police cadets will be directing traffic around campus. Please be alert and follow the cadet's direction.
To assist you in planning your commute, information regarding construction updates and changes to parking and traffic patterns on and round campus will be emailed to you periodically throughout the semester.
Science and Technology (SciTech) Campus, formerly known as Prince William Campus
Fairfax-SciTech General area, Lot I, Lot J, Lot R, and reserved parking deck parking permits are valid in the Occoquan, King, Discovery, Hylton, and Tower Lot parking lots at the SciTech Campus. Please follow signage in these parking lots as parking spaces may be designated for various uses or permits. Beacon Hall resident parking permit holders may park only in the Beacon Hall resident lot or the Tower Lot. The Shops parking lot in front of Beacon Hall has faculty/staff and event permit and 30 minute parking on the northwest side of the lot. The southeast side (left side facing the building) of the lot is for retail parking only.
Visitor parking is available in the Occoquan and Discovery parking lots using the pay-by-space machine in the kiosk at the front of the Occoquan lot. Visitor parking is also available in the Tower lot utilizing a pay-by-space machine located at the entrance. The Pay-by-Space machines accept MasterCard, Visa and dollar coins. Visitor rates are $2 for the first hour, $1/hour for each additional hour, with a $6 maximum for the day. Printable daily permits for the SciTech Campus may be purchased online or in the SciTech Parking Services office for $6/day. For more information, go to
Arlington Campus Parking
One must work or be attending class at the Arlington Campus to be eligible to purchase an Arlington Campus parking permit. Fairfax-SciTech Campus permits are not valid at the Arlington Campus without authorization from Parking Services. All the General permit parking is in the Metropolitan Building Garage (formerly known as the GMU Foundation garage) at 3434 N. Washington Blvd. Faculty/Staff and Student parking is available on levels B3-P1 and on level B-4 after 6 p.m. There is no guarantee of space in the General permit parking area. Please pay careful attention to signage as some spaces are designated for retail use only. Reserved and visitor parking is available in the Founders Hall garage, including discounted daytime only (5 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and evening only (2 p.m. to 2 a.m.) For more information, go to
Parking & Transportation Information
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For information on Mason Shuttles and the different routes and schedules, go to: http://shuttle.gmu.edu/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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