July 26, 2013

Fall 2013-2014 Permits Go On Sale – August 1st
Parking permits for the 2013-2014 school year will go on sale starting on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  You must purchase your permit by going online to http://parking.gmu.edu and clicking on “Purchase Your Permit” then logging in using the same username (NetID) and password as your Patriot Pass account.  We will have a limited number of reserved Mason Pond, Shenandoah, Rappahannock River and Founders Hall Parking Deck reserved permits; Lot I, J and R reserved permits; and Arlington General permits available on a first come, first served basis.  Parking Deck permits require a one-time refundable deposit of $25 for an access device that will allow you to enter/exit the reserved areas of the parking deck (if you are purchasing the same Parking Deck parking permit from 2013-2014 your current access device will be reactivated).  You will need to obtain one of these access devices by visiting the appropriate Parking Services Office (Fairfax office is located next to the Shenandoah Parking Deck and is open Monday - Thursday, 8:30am-7pm and Friday from 8:30am-5pm.  Arlington office is located in Room 219 of the Founders Hall Building and is open Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm and Friday from 9am-5pm).

How do I purchase my parking permit?
All parking permits will be sold online and mailed directly to the address that you specify at the beginning of the purchasing process.  Please note that permits are not effective until August 8, 2013 for the Fairfax campus.  Arlington permits will be valid from the moment of purchase.  Upon completing your transaction online, you will be able to print off a temporary permit to place on your dashboard to begin using immediately while you wait for yours to arrive in the mail.  These temporary permits may be printed off at anytime by logging into your parking account, and going to “View Your Permits,” or by following the link sent to you via email following your transaction.  Temporary permits are only valid for up to 10 calendar days from the date of purchase, and are not valid before the permit’s printed effective date.  If you do not receive your permit after 10 days, please visit one of our Parking Services Offices located on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William campuses to obtain a replacement.

Permit Pre-Sale for Zimride Members
If you register for, or are already a current member of Zimride – Mason’s Ridesharing Carpool Network, you will become eligible to purchase your parking permit before sales start on August 1st.  We will send an email out to all Mason Zimride users who registered on or before July 25, 2013 with details on how to purchase your permit early.

** IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PARKING IN 2013-2014 **

Permit Price Changes
The General parking permit and the reserved Lot I and Lot R parking permits will see a nominal price increase for the 2013-2014 school year.  General permits will be priced at $335 per year for off-campus students and $350 per year for resident students.  Resident students will also have the option to purchase a “General Lite” permit for $300 per year which will allow them to park in Lot K and the Field House Lots, M, O, & P.  Lot I and Lot R permits will be priced at $500 per year.  Reserved Lot J permits will be priced the same as they were last year at $450, and Mason Pond and Shenandoah parking deck permits will also stay the same at $600 per year.  The Rappahannock River Parking Deck and Founders Hall Parking Garage (Arlington students only), will see a price decrease, and will each be priced at $500 for the 2013-2014 school year (down from $600 in 2012-2013).  For a complete list of all permit rates, please go to: http://parking.gmu.edu/permitfinerefundrates.html

Parking for Freshmen Residents:
With the closing of the West Campus Parking Lot, freshmen residents will now have the option to purchase a reduced price Lot M & P permit (see below for more details) in addition to the reserved permit options in Lot I, Lot J, and the Rappahannock River Parking Deck.  Please note that freshmen residents are not eligible to purchase a General permit.
Changes to Lot J:
Due to an increase in demand, Lot J is now a reserved lot.  The outer perimeter of Lot J is designated as faculty/staff parking only similar to Lot I.  These spaces are marked with signs and have yellow control lines designating each space. 
Lot M & P Permits (lower cost option):
Lots M & P, located within the Field House parking lots off of University Drive, will now have their own reduced price parking permit.  There will only be a limited number of these permits available.  While Lot M & P permits are intended for use by freshmen resident students, we will also set some aside for off-campus students and faculty/staff members as well.  These permits will be priced at $195 for the entire year.  Lot M & P permits are also valid in all General permit areas from 5PM-11PM, Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.  Please note that there will no longer be any shuttle service from the Field House to the East campus.
Changes to Reserved Parking Permit Rules & Regulations:
The reserved parking deck permits for Mason Pond, Shenandoah, Rappahannock River and the reserved surface lot permits for Lots I, J & R will be required to park in their designated parking area when parking on campus.  These reserved permits will only be valid in the General permit areas between 5PM and 11PM, Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.  Reserved permit holders may also park in the General permit areas of the Prince William Campus at any time.  The only exception to this rule will be Shenandoah and Mason Pond Evening permits (valid in their particular deck from 4PM-2:30AM, M-F and all day on weekends), as they will be valid in the General permit areas of the Fairfax campus at any time.
West Campus & Campus Drive Construction Project:
George Mason University is currently undergoing an exciting and new construction project that will connect Mason’s Fairfax East & West campuses with a road that will cross under Route 123 / Ox Road called Campus Drive.  The road is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.  As a result of this construction, the West Campus parking lot will be closed for the 2013-2014 school year.

Motorcycles, Mopeds, and Motorized Scooters:
Starting on August 26, 2013, all motorcycles, mopeds and motorized scooters will be required to have a permit displayed when parking on any of George Mason University’s campuses.  Motorcycles, mopeds and motorized scooters will no longer be allowed to park at bike racks/shelters.  Parking will only be permitted in dedicated motorcycle parking areas with a motorcycle permit, or in a regular vehicle space with a valid parking permit (lockable permit holders can be purchased at the Fairfax Parking Services Office for $25).  A dedicated motorcycle/moped/scooter permit can be purchased online for $100/year, or $30 as a supplemental permit when purchased with a regular vehicle permit.  If you have a moped or motorized scooter that has not been registered with the DMV (no license plates), then you will need to purchase your permit at the Parking Services Office.

Premium Multi-Deck Reserved Parking Permit:
Students who purchase either a reserved Mason Pond Parking Deck or a reserved Shenandoah Parking Deck permit who would also like access to the Rappahannock River reserved parking area (levels 4 & 5), may add this option for an additional $150.   Parking deck permit holders on the Fairfax campus that are also attending class at the Arlington campus, may also add Founders Hall to their permit for an additional $150 (please provide student schedule when making request for Founders Hall).  Students will need to stop by the Parking Services Office next to the Shenandoah Parking Deck on the Fairfax campus in order to obtain the upgrade for Rappahannock River; Founders Hall upgrades must be done at the Arlington campus Parking Services Office.  Upgrades permitted based upon availability.  Mason Pond reserved permit holders cannot add Shenandoah and Shenandoah reserved permit holders cannot add Mason Pond.  Rappahannock River reserved permit holders cannot add Mason Pond or Shenandoah to their permit. 

Student Carpool Program-Discounts for Reserved Deck and Lots I/J permits
The student carpool program provides a 20%-40% refund on reserved deck and Lot I & J permits. Register your carpool at the Transportation Office (located in Nottoway Annex) by October 1 to receive the discount. ONLY one person in the group will be able to own a permit but the permit can be shared between members of the group. The discount will depend on the number of people in the carpool. For more information on the student carpool program, please go to: http://transportation.gmu.edu/studentspool.html.  For questions, please email transpo@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9530.
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