Fairfax Campus Transportation Options Increase

Posted: August 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

At the start of every academic year, Mason offers improved services, whether it be upgraded fitness facilities or new dining options. And transportation services are no exception.

One new feature on the Fairfax Campus is a 900-space gravel lot off Braddock Road on the west side of campus, where incoming freshmen will be required to park. The parking lot will open and a free shuttle will run between the east and west sides of the campus beginning Sunday, Aug. 26.

“The campus is growing. As more buildings are built, there is a greater demand for parking,” says Anne Whitley, Mason transportation coordinator. “We built this lot so freshmen can bring their cars to campus.”

The shuttle stop for the new lot is off Rapidan River Lane, near the Mason Softball Complex. The shuttle will operate from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday, though hours are subject to change.

The shuttle will have stops at the Field House, the CUE Bus stop, Presidents Park circle and the Sandy Creek Parking Deck.

In other transportations news:

  • A Transportation Fair will be held Monday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza, with representatives from the Mason Transportation Office, the Mason Cyclist Club, Reston Limousine, Metro, Fairfax Connector, Fairfax City CUE Bus and others.
  • The Mason-to-Metro shuttle, which began in January, will expand its services during the fall semester. The shuttle will run between the Sandy Creek shuttle stop to the Vienna Metro station from 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The shuttle will run from 6:15 a.m. Friday to 3:45 a.m. Saturday, and from 8:45 p.m. Saturday to 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

“We have had an amazing response [to the shuttle],” says Whitley, who adds that 4,500 riders used the shuttle in June, while as many as 5,500 riders rode the shuttle in both April and May.

“The Mason-to-Metro shuttle has not taken away riders from the CUE Bus. The CUE Bus ridership has actually grown as it continues to provide bus service to areas within the City of Fairfax. That is why we started the Mason-to-Metro shuttle — it provides direct service to the Metro and complements the CUE Bus service.”

Whitley says Mason students and employees accounted for 368,000 trips on the CUE Bus, which is free for riders with a Mason ID, in the past year.

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