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Satellite Parking Areas Are Available for MIT Commuters

In an effort to help MIT commuters conserve energy and deal with the high cost of fuel, the Institute has arranged to provide parking space at five off campus sites. These spaces offer the option of leaving your car and taking a shuttle bus or ride sharing, depending on the location you choose.

Park and Take a Shuttle

The parking spaces at Lincoln Laboratory and Wellesley College are for individuals who want to drive to these locations, park their cars, and take a shuttle bus to campus. There is no additional charge to park at Lincoln Labs or Wellesley College. An MIT commuter may have both an MIT Parking Permit and a Permit for Lincoln Lab or Wellesley College.

Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

Lincoln Lab is located on a US Air Force Installation. Parkers are subject to US Air Force parking and traffic rules and regulations. Please read and understand the Vehicle Parking and Access Requirements document before applying for a Lincoln Lab parking decal.

A limited number of decals are available and will be issued on a first come/first served basis.

Lincoln Lab Parking Permit

Print and complete the Lincoln Lab Parking Application. Send or bring the completed application to the Parking and Transportation Office, W20-022, with a copy of your driver’s license, vehicle registration, MIT ID and insurance certificate for vehicles registered in New Hampshire.

To Obtain a Decal

You will be notified by the Parking and Transportation Office when your decal is ready to be picked up at Lincoln Lab. Enter Lincoln Labs at Gate 3 on Wood Street in Lexington. A Security Officer will provide a visitor pass and direct you to the Main Entrance. Present your MIT ID at the Security Desk to pick up your parking decal. Place the parking decal on your vehicle and proceed to designated parking area.

Decal Placement

You will be issued a Lincoln Lab Parking decal which must be affixed to the outside of the front windshield on the driver’s side lower corner.

Designated Parking Area

Enter Lincoln Lab at Gate 3 on Wood Street in Lexington. A Security Officer will view the parking decal and allow entrance. Proceed up the hill and take the first left and follow signs to overflow parking. Turn left into the second parking area located before the Balloon House. Campus parking is located in the rear of the lot against the wooden guard rail.

Lincoln Lab Shuttle

The Lincoln Laboratory Travel Office operates a free shuttle service between the MIT campus in Cambridge and the main Laboratory site. Departures from MIT originate at the MIT Medical Department on the even hours between 8 AM and 6 PM, and the shuttle departs from the Laboratory on the odd hours between 7 AM and 5 PM. The shuttle stop location at Lincoln Lab is in front of the parking garage at Lincoln Lab. To find the shuttle bus stop from the parking lot, follow the path toward the Main Entrance.

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Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley-MIT Bus

A Wellesley-MIT Exchange Bus provides transportation between Wellesley and MIT on weekdays for Wellesley and MIT students, faculty and staff only. Wellesley and MIT cross-registered students have boarding priority on the Exchange Bus. To ride the Exchange Bus, a Wellesley College or MIT ID card is required.

Current faculty and staff of MIT must purchase a ticket (each way) in order to ride the Exchange Bus. Tickets can be purchased at the MIT Parking & Transportation Office in Building W20-022. Faculty and staff also need to show the bus driver their current MIT ID.

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Ride Sharing from Satellite Locations

Three other locations are available for those interested in ride sharing: two or three people meet and one drives his/her car to campus while the other(s) leave his/her car. MIT commuters using these locations should have an MIT Parking Permit and may apply for a carpool permit.


The MIT-Bates Linear Accelerator Center is part of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science at MIT. The center is located in Middleton, MA.

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Endicott House

Endicott House is a 1934 mansion that offers state of the art meeting facilities. It is located on 25 acres in Dedham, MA.

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The Haystack Observatory is a center within MIT's overall research structure. Its director reports to the MIT Vice President for Research. The observatory is located 40 miles northwest of the MIT campus in Groton, MA.

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Department Directory

Parking & Transportation Office

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Building: W20-022
Fax: 617-258-6357

parking services

Tel: 617-258-6510

t-pass services

Tel: 617-253-9701

other commuter connections


Larry Brutti
Operations Manager

Robynn Cruz-Walker
Commuter Program Administrator

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