Parking and Transportation Update: Spring 2020

Posted: January 17, 2020 at 10:23 am

As the spring 2020 semester begins, 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 campus parking and transportation guide will 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. Though some parking spaces are more convenient to your destination than others, the Fairfax Campus has more than enough spaces to accommodate all vehicles. However, many General parking permit areas fill at peak class times.

At times during the morning, late afternoon, and early evening, campus police cadets will direct traffic around campus. Please be alert and follow the cadets’ directions.

Event advisory (Jan. 23-24): To accommodate a special event at EagleBank Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, Lot L and the back of Lot K will be closed beginning Wednesday night, Jan. 22, at 11 p.m. Lot L will be open to General parking from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 23.

All vehicles in Lot L after 3 p.m. will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Expect heavy traffic on Jan. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., and again on Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., especially around Lots L and K. Avoid the Roanoke River Road entrance to campus from Braddock Road and use Campus Drive, Nottoway River Road, Mason Pond Drive, Roberts Road, or University Drive.

Reminder: There is a dismount zone through the construction area from the East Building south to Enterprise Hall. Golf carts are not permitted in the dismount zone, and those using bikes, scooters, skateboards, or skates must dismount and walk. This is for the safety of all.


Effective Jan. 21, Mason IDs are required on all routes at all stops except the West Campus route. Daily visitor bus passes for the Metro shuttle routes only will be available for sale online.

Check out the Spring 2020 Parking and Transportation Update for full details and guidance on:

  • Parking
  • Shuttles
  • Alternative transportation options
  • Construction
  • Where to find parking and transportation information

For more information on parking, shuttles, biking, and other transportation options, check out

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