Parking and Traffic Advisory: Fall 2017 Semester Update

Posted: August 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm, Last Updated: September 26, 2018 at 9:53 am

As the fall semester begins, Mason students, faculty, and staff are reminded that traffic on and around the Fairfax Campus greatly increases during the first few weeks of the semester. The following information serves as a guide to help minimize potential parking and traffic delays.

Please note, a valid parking permit is required to park outside of visitor areas.

During the first few weeks of the semester, allow an extra 30–45 minutes to arrive on campus. Though some parking spaces are more convenient to your destination than others, the Fairfax Campus has more than enough total parking spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many General parking permit areas are still expected to fill at peak class times.

Read the full announcement for information about road construction, parking, shuttles, alternative transportation options (such as Zipcar, carpooling, and bicycling), and parking information for other Mason campuses.

Some highlighted information is below.


Arriving to campus between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on a normal basis: 

  • The General permit parking in Lots L and K is recommended, as most other parking lots tend to fill up earlier. If “Lot Full” signs are posted at the entrance to Lot K, proceed directly to Field House Lots O and P.
  • The General permit parking area of the Rappahannock River Parking Deck is expected to fill to capacity between 9 a.m. and 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 restricted to faculty/staff General permit parking.

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 and P) on the west side of Ox Road. At peak times, General permit traffic may be directed from East Campus to the West Campus lot, via Campus Drive or Braddock Road. It is highly recommended to consider using the West Campus Lot as a primary option to save time.


  • Check the Mason Shuttles website at for fall semester shuttle schedules. All shuttles are free with Mason ID, and every bus is outfitted with a bike rack and Wi-Fi.
  • Mason Shuttles is using a real-time transit service called RideSystems. Download the RideSystems app, or visit to see when the next shuttle is arriving. The real-time arrival information for shuttles and local public transportation can be viewed in the Mobile Mason app as well.

Alternative Transportation Options:

  • To avoid the worries of parking and traffic, consider the many alternatives to driving. Besides the Mason Shuttles, students and employees may ride any Fairfax City CUE Bus for free simply by presenting their Mason ID.


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