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Frequently Asked Questions About Parking



Allocation of Parking Spaces
Apply for Parking
Cancel Parking
Changing Permit Type/Parking Area
Employees
Evening Parking
Hands-Free Parking
Handicapped Parking
Motorcycles
New, Additional or Rental Cars
Occasional Parking
Overnight, Weekend, or Extended Parking
  Parking Coordinators
Parking Fees and Payment
Parking for Medical Reasons
Parking Lots
Payment Options
Permit Types and Costs
Renew Parking
Replace a Sticker
Spouse Authorization
Students
Summer Parking
Violations
Visitor Parking

Allocation of Parking Spaces

How are parking spaces assigned?

Parking permits are issued on a first come, first-served basis. When a parking area is filled to capacity, the applicant is provided options for available parking spaces and can also opt to be put on the wait list for a specific area.

Within MIT's parking inventory are a few spaces that are leased in conjunction with rental property. Employees who are given access to these leased spaces must also annually apply for an MIT parking permit and pay the same fee as individuals parking in campus facilities.

Can I change the parking area that I'm assigned to?

Employees may change their assigned parking area if space is available on campus. To request a new area, log in to your parking account and select your permit number. Click on the "Change Permit Location" tab and the system will display your available options. If no parking is available, you can choose to join a waiting list.

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Apply for Parking

What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?

MIT faculty, staff, and affiliates can find their permit options in the Employees section of the parking site; students can find their options in the Students section of the site. See the Special Permits section of the site if you are not a student or employee, or if you have special needs.

How can I find out the status of my application?

You can check the status of your parking application via your parking account.

What happens after I submit my application?

Your submitted application goes into a queue in the Parking and Transportation Office. If you have no outstanding violations, the Parking and Transportation Office will issue a permit.

In all cases, the Parking and Transportation Office sends permits to the Parking Coordinators, who in turn distribute them to the parkers for whom they are responsible.

I just submitted my application and now I need to change some information. What should I do?

Once you have submitted your application, you can edit the vehicle information via your parking account.

Cancel Parking

I’m leaving the Institute and don’t need parking anymore. What should I do?

Log in to your parking account, select the permit to be canceled and click the “Request Expiration” button. Remove the parking permit from your vehicle window, and return it to the Parking and Transportation Office at W20-022. Your account will be canceled when the Parking Office receives the removed permit.

I don't want a parking permit after all. How can I cancel it?

If you have just completed an online parking application and have decided you don't want parking, log into your parking account, select the permit to be cancelled and click the “Request Expiration” button. Your application will be cancelled.

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Change Permit Type, Parking Area

Log into your parking account, select the permit to be changed and click the “Change Permit Type” button.

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Employees

I am a new MIT employee and will need parking. What should I do?

Even though you may be eligible for a parking permit, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get a permit. Sign up via your Commuting Benefits on Atlas. Click on "MIT Parking Permits" to view your account. Click on “order a permit”. The system will display your available options. If no parking is available you can choose to join a waiting list.

I used to park in a garage with hands-free parking, but my current parking area doesn't have it. What should I do with the transponder?

Return the transponder to the Parking and Transportation Office in W20-022, and we will refund you the deposit you paid when you signed up for hands-free parking.

Can I get permits for more than two vehicles?

Employees may purchase an extra sticker for a vehicle that will be parked in an MIT parking lot. There is a charge for an additional sticker. All vehicles must be registered to the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family. No more than one vehicle may be parked in the MIT facilities at the same time.

You may obtain the second sticker through the regular annual application process, or by applying any time via your parking account. The parking office will notify you when the permit is ready to be picked up in W20-022.

I’m a temporary employee. Am I eligible for a parking permit?

Yes. You may apply via MIT's parking permit system. (An MIT web certificate is required to access this account.)

I’m a temporary employee and have an occasional permit, but I don’t understand the billing.

Temporary employees must pay a fee for the permit and make an additional deposit at the time they apply for the permit. Since the temporary payroll is not designed to handle payroll deductions, when the deposit is used up, the Parking and Transportation Office bills the temporary employee periodically for accumulated charges.

Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?

The temporary payroll system is not designed to accommodate payroll deductions beyond the standard federal and state taxes.

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Evening Parking

I work the evening or night shift. What are my parking options?

Employees or students who require campus parking outside of regular business hours (between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM) should apply online for the Occasional / Evening Parking permit.

This permit also accommodates for when evening parkers need to occasionally park during regular business hours. When the evening parker needs to park between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, the current day rate of will be deducted from their payroll check. Students may have their parking fees deducted from their Bursar’s accounts.

For evening parking fees and payment options, please visit the Occasional / Evening Parking permit page.

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Hands-Free Parking (AVI)

I've heard about hands-free parking and would like to know where it's available.

A transponder for hands-free parking may currently be used in the East Garage, Stata Garage (Northeast Area), Main Lot, West Garage, and E62 Garage. If you park in one of these areas and want to apply for hands-free parking, log in to your parking account, click “Order a Permit,” and choose permit type AVI.

I have a hands-free transponder that I wish to turn back in. Where do I return the unit?

Please return it to the Parking and Transportation Office in Building W20-022.

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Handicap Visitor Parking

We have a visitor coming to campus. She has handicap license plates and would like to know where she can park that’s close to our building.

Call the Parking and Transportation Office (617-258-6510) or email your request to mitparking@mit.edu to arrange for convenient handicap parking.

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Motorcycles

Do I need a permit for my motorcycle?

Yes. There is an annual fee for motorcycle parking. Motorcycle permits may be purchased for a period of six months or one year. If you have a regular commuter permit for a car, the motorcycle is considered a second vehicle and is charged the second vehicle rate. Motorcycles are not considered second vehicles for occasional parkers and campus residents and are subject to the full fee. Request a motorcycle permit via your parking account.

Where can I park my motorcycle?

Motorcycles may be parked in the Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, Kendall Lot, outside W34, NW86 Lot, W91 Lot or in the lower level of the West Garage, as well as designated motorcycle spaces in various facilities.

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New, Additional or Rental Cars

I've just submitted my application for parking, and now I want to add a second vehicle. How do I do this?

You may obtain a second parking sticker through the regular annual application process or by applying any time via your parking account. The parking office will notify you when the permit is ready to be picked up in W20-022.

There is a charge for an additional sticker. All vehicles must be registered to the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family. No more than one vehicle may be parked in MIT facilities at the same time.

How do I get a sticker for my rental car?

If you already have a regular parking sticker for a vehicle but for some reason you are not using that vehicle (for example, you are using a rental car), you can get a two-day temporary sticker by submitting a request via your parking account.  Please visit the Parking Office if you need a long-term temporary permit.

I have a new car. How do I get a sticker for it?

Replacement stickers for new vehicles may be obtained from the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022. To request a replacement sticker, log in to your parking account, select the old sticker number, and click on the “Vehicle Change Request” tab. You may then fill in the new vehicle information.

A small replacement fee is charged when your request is accompanied by the old sticker (or its pieces) or new vehicle's registration. A higher fee is charged for sticker replacement requests that are not accompanied by the old sticker.

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Occasional Parking

I want to park just a few times each month. Can I get a sticker, and how much will it cost?

The Occasional Parking permit is an annual permit that allows a student or an employee to park at MIT for a daily rate. Additional information can be found on the Occasional / Evening Parking page.

I am a (visitor, contractor, affiliate, retired employee, alumnus/a, volunteer, other). How do I get parking?

There are different permit types depending on the nature of your association with MIT. Go to Special Permits to view your permit options.

What is the difference between a Regular Commuter permit and an Occasional permit?

A regular permit, which you purchase for an annual fee, is valid any time during the parking year with no limit on the number of days or evenings that you park.

An occasional permit, which you purchase for a smaller annual fee, is also valid any time during the parking year. The main difference is that you pay another small fee for each day you park.

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Overnight, Weekend and Extended parking

I have to go on a business trip. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?

If you have a valid MIT parking permit and need to be out of town on Institute business, you may leave your car in your assigned parking facility for up to two weeks. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.

Is it OK if I leave my car in the parking lot overnight?

A permit holder may leave a vehicle overnight in any MIT parking area. If you do not have a specific permit for the area where you leave the vehicle, the vehicle must be removed by 7 AM the following morning.

I’m going out of town on Friday and returning on Monday morning. May I leave my car in the parking lot while I’m gone?

You may leave your vehicle in the parking lot for which it has a permit. Before leaving, send or fax a completed Extended Parking Notification form (PDF) to the Parking and Transportation Office. You must name a contact person on the form and leave keys to your car with that person.

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Parking Coordinators

What are Parking Coordinators?

Each department has a Parking Coordinator who is the subject matter expert on all commuting programs available to the department and is responsible for coordinating the distribution of parking permits at the start of the “parking year.”

How do I find out who my Parking Coordinator is?

Faculty, staff, and affiliates: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of employee Parking Coordinators.

Students: You may locate your Parking Coordinator on the list of student Parking Coordinators.

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Parking Fees and Payment

When I signed up for parking, I opted to pay by check. Now I want payroll deduction. What should I do?

To change payment option, you must go to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, and sign up for payroll deduction.

What are the parking fees?

Consult the Rate Tables for employee, student and visitor parking.

Why does parking cost so much?

It is very expensive to maintain parking facilities. The cost of parking at MIT is much less than the cost of public parking in the Kendall Square area. The market rate for a parking space in the area is $300 per month.

Why can’t a temporary employee pay for parking by payroll deduction?

The temporary payroll system is not designed to handle deductions beyond those required by the federal and state governments.

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Parking for Medical Reasons

I have a medical disability, and now I need parking. How do I get it?

The Parking and Transportation Office issues a Temporary Parking Permit for members of the MIT community with medical conditions that impair their mobility. You may request this permit through your account. Such permits are provided on a temporary basis for up to three months. These permits allow parking in an area convenient to your place of work or study.

Requests for an MIT Special Parking Permit on a medical basis are reviewed by the MIT Medical Department at E23-171.

For any disability that is permanent, or expected to last longer than three months, you should apply for a handicap plate or placard through the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

I already have a parking permit, but I've been sick / injured / had an operation and now I need to park closer to my office. How can I do that?

Please see the information above regarding medical disability. You will need to request a Temporary Parking Permit, and your request will be reviewed by the MIT Medical Department at E23-171. If your request is approved, the Parking and Transportation Office will provide you with a closer parking location depending upon space availability.

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Parking Lots

What parking lots are available on weekends?

If you have a permit of any kind, you can park in any lot on weekends and after hours (between 5:30 PM and 7:30 AM) MIT-affiliated people without a permit may park their vehicles in Hayward Lot, Windsor Lot, 65 Waverly Lot and Tang Center Lot (E51).

What parking lots can I use with an occasional sticker?

Occasional parkers must park in gated lots in their assigned parking area.

What parking lots can I use with a scratch visitor pass?

Scratch Visitor Passes can be used at any non-attended, non-gated lot; such as, W91, Windsor Lot, and the 65 Waverly Street Lot.

What am I supposed to do when the gate won’t go up and I’m stuck in the parking lot?

Every gated lot has a speakerphone attached to the gate. During the day, the black button connects to the Parking and Transportation Office. After office hours, you’ll speak with the MIT Police. In either case, someone can raise the gate from their remote location.

I pay for full-time parking, but sometimes there are no spaces left. What should I do?

The issuance of an MIT Parking Permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available for the permit holder at the assigned area or lot. If there are no spaces left in the lot where you usually park, go to another lot in your zone or call the Parking and Transportation Office for assistance at 8-6510. To find out what other lots are in your zones, visit the Locations page.

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Payment Options

If I choose Payroll Deduction (employee) or Student Account (student), is the fee deducted all at once?

Employees: When you choose Payroll Deduction, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your paycheck over 11 months, beginning in October.

Students: When you choose Student Account, assuming you apply for parking for the full year, the fee is deducted from your bursar’s account over nine months, with the first payment in September and the last in April.

If I pay by check, who do I send the check to and when do I send it?

Employees: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check (made out to MIT) to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

Students: As soon as you submit your application, attach your check, (made out to MIT) to a printout of the final screen in the application process and send both to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022.

Don't you need my signature to authorize payroll deduction?

Your MIT personal certificate that you used to fill out the online application is your electronic signature.

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Permit Types and Costs

What permit types am I eligible for, and how much do they cost?

MIT faculty and staff can find their permit options on the Employees section; students can find their options in the Students section. Special situation permit options are explained in the Special Permits page.

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Renew Parking

I won’t be around when it comes time to renew parking. How can I be sure I’m signed up?

You can renew your permit through your parking account.

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Replace a Sticker

How do I replace a sticker?

Give the Parking and Transportation Office a Replacement Sticker form (PDF) and the previous permit (or its pieces). If you are requesting a replacement sticker because you have a new vehicle, please provide the new vehicle registration.

A small replacement fee is charged when your request is accompanied by the old sticker (or its pieces) or new vehicle's registration. A higher fee is charged for sticker replacement requests that are not accompanied by the old sticker or by the new vehicle’s registration.

This fee is waived if a copy of a stolen vehicle report, filed with a police department, accompanies the request. The license plate number on the police report must match that of the vehicle to which the permit was assigned.

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Spouse Authorization

I park in a gated lot, but sometimes my spouse/partner/friend needs to park the car. Is there some way we can both get access?

If your spouse has an MIT ID card, you can have it activated for parking. Submit the Additional Parker Authorization form (PDF). This does not allow you to park two vehicles; it only makes it possible for both you and your spouse to open the parking gate.

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Students

I am an incoming student, and I don't know yet where I'll be living. What should I do?

If you are a graduate student and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Graduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2404 for housing and parking information.

If you are an undergraduate, and don't know yet where you'll be living in September, contact the Undergraduate Housing Office, W59-200, 617-253-2811 for housing and parking information.

Where do commuting students park?

Student commuters are assigned parking in the Westgate Lot.

Where do resident students park?

If you live in East Campus, you park in the Eastgate Residents Parking Area.

If you live in West Campus, you park in the Westgate lots.

If you live in Northwest Campus, you park in the Pacific lot, the NW86 lot, or the NW86 Garage.

If you live in North Campus, you park in the North Area.

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Summer Parking

Is there some way I can get parking just for the summer?

If you don’t already have a current parking permit, and if you have no outstanding violations, you may fill out an application at the Parking and Transportation Office beginning on the Monday after Commencement. Available parking facilities are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Summer permits are valid for June, July, and August and may be purchased by cash or check. See the Special Permits page for the cost of summer parking.

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Violations

I received a parking violation citation that I don’t agree with. What can I do about it?

If you believe you’ve received a violation in error, you must appeal via your parking account.

Where do I pay my violations?

Pay your violations via your parking account or at the Parking and Transportation Office in W20-022.

If I have outstanding violations, can I still get a parking permit?

You must pay your violations first. As soon as the Parking and Transportation Office receives payment, they will issue a parking permit to you. Read the Regulations and Penalties page for more information.

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Visitor Parking

We have a visitor (temporary employee) coming to our department. How can I get parking for this person?

Invited Visitor Parking Passes are available to MIT departments from the Parking and Transportation Office. Visitor passes can be purchased online via Atlas. Consult the Visitor Parking page for more information.

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