New Configuration for Mason Pond Parking Deck Taking Shape
Posted: July 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Dave Andrews
Drivers heading to the Mason Pond Parking Deck on the Fairfax Campus last week may have noticed significant changes taking place, as well as some unexpected, temporary closures.
The deck is getting outfitted with new gates, pay stations and signs. Drivers will also see new traffic patterns once all of the changes are in place.
Parking Services is segregating the permit parking from visitor parking to create a much-improved traffic flow when entering and exiting the deck.
Once the changes are in effect at the beginning of the fall semester, all permit holders must use the third-level entrance/exit off George Mason Boulevard. All spaces on or above the third level will be permit parking only during the day. Visitor parking will be on the bottom two levels, and the entrance/exit off of Mason Pond Drive will be for visitors only.
With a fully automated permit section, the third-level entrance will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new gates can also be programmed to allow visitor access to the permit levels during those hours of increased demand.
When entering the deck from George Mason Boulevard, permit holders will go to the right and up the ramp instead of turning left. Arrows and signs have already been changed, and additional signs will soon be in place.
The gates will operate with new proximity access cards, much like Metro SmarTrip cards. The cards are more reliable than the current magnetic stripe swipe access cards. The visitor levels will feature new credit card pay stations in the deck, as well as pay-by-credit pay stations at the exit gate.
Until the “Reserved” signs are placed in their new locations, drivers with reserved passes may park anywhere in the deck.