Satellite parking areas for MIT commuters
In an effort to help MIT commuters conserve energy and cut costs, the Institute has arranged to provide parking at five off-campus sites. These lots give you the option of taking a shuttle bus or sharing a ride to MIT, depending on the location you choose.
Park and take a shuttle
The parking spaces at Wellesley College and Lincoln Lab are for individuals who want to drive to these locations, park their cars, and take a shuttle bus to campus. There is no charge to park at Wellesley College or Lincoln Labs. An MIT commuter may have both an MIT parking permit and a permit for Wellesley College or Lincoln Lab.
The Wellesley-MIT Exchange Bus provides transportation between Wellesley and MIT on weekdays for Wellesley and MIT students, faculty, and staff. To ride the Exchange Bus, a Wellesley College or MIT ID card is required.
- Cross-registered Wellesley and MIT students have boarding priority.
- Current faculty and staff of MIT must purchase a ticket (each way). Tickets can be purchased at the MIT Parking & Transportation Office. Faculty and staff also need to show the bus driver their current MIT ID.
- Shuttle commuters who take the bus from Wellesley College can be dropped off at Wellesley or may obtain a Wellesley College parking permit in order to leave a car at Wellesley.
Please note that MIT has a very limited number of parking spaces (20) for commuters who want to leave their cars at Lincoln Lab. Currently, all of these parking spaces are taken, and only rarely does one become available.
You may apply to park at Lincoln Lab, and we will add you to the waiting list. To apply, please print and complete the application, then bring it to the Parking and Transportation Office with a copy of your driver’s license, vehicle registration, MIT ID, and insurance certificate for vehicles registered in New Hampshire.
Please keep in mind that Lincoln Lab is located on a US Air Force base. Parkers are subject to US Air Force parking and traffic rules and regulations as described in the permit application. In addition, parkers at the Lab must follow specific procedures in terms of how to pick up the parking decal, where to affix it, and where to park. The MIT Parking and Transportation Office will be provide these instructions when a parking space is designated for you.
Lincoln Lab shuttle
The Lincoln Lab Travel Office operates a free shuttle service between the MIT campus in Cambridge and the Lab.
- To ride the free Lincoln Lab shuttle an MIT or Lincoln Lab ID is required.
- The shuttle departs from MIT Medical on the even hours between 8AM and 6PM
- The shuttle departs from the Lab's parking garage on the odd hours between 7AM and 5PM.
- Shuttle commuters can be dropped off at Lincoln Lab
Park and carpool
Three other locations are available for anyone interested in parking and sharing a ride to campus. Two or three people meet at the satellite location, and one person drives everyone to campus while the other(s) leave their car(s). MIT commuters using these locations should have an MIT parking permit and may apply for a carpool permit.
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