January 2022

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you’re a faculty or staff member who bikes, carpools, vanpools, uses mass transit (e.g. bus, Metro) or walks to work at least two times per week, Parking and Transportation wants you to know that you always have a ride backup with Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH). Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), it’s free to sign up and free to use.

Once you register, you can use GRH up to four times per year. If a qualifying emergency arises, call Commuter Connections, and they will arrange transportation for you (e.g. taxi, car rental, transit). It’s a good idea to sign up before you need it. Conditions apply; visit here for details and to register.

Nominations Open: Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award

The Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award honors Rick, “the Mason bike dude,” who passionately advocated for and encouraged active transportation at Mason and beyond. Nominations are open for this new award, and the recipient will be recognized at the Outstanding Achievement Awards in April.

If you know a faculty or staff member who embodies Rick’s enthusiasm and commitment, we encourage you to submit a nomination.

Love to Bike? Winter Bike to Mason Day on February 11

Winter Bike to Work Day is the Friday before Valentine’s Day! Join us on February 11 for a little bike love. Stop by the Merten Hall Lawn between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. with your bike for a beverage and some biking-related giveaways.

Reminder: Mason Shuttles Spring Service

Spring service began on Monday, January 24, for all routes except the On-Demand shuttle. On-Demand has moved to a weekend-only service. Fixed route service has been added to help address the reduction in On-Demand service. The West Campus shuttle will operate from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. (Monday–Friday), and the Student Townhouses has been added as a stop on the Sandy Creek to Metro shuttle for spring 2022.

The Arlington/Fairfax route has one bus (down from two) with service every two hours, and a stop has been added at Rappahannock River Lane. Both Sandy Creek to Metro and Gunston Mason are starting one hour later at 7 a.m. and 7:15 a.m., respectively.

A complete list of changes and the spring 2022 individual route schedules are available at If you have any questions, reach out to us at or by phone at 703-993-2828.