Parking & Transportation

New Commuter Rail Flex Pass and 90-day Expired Ticket Waiver:

  • Starting July 1st, the MBTA will offer a five-day Flex Pass on the Commuter Rail. The pass is part of a pilot program, running between July 1st and September 30th, to address changing travel patterns due to the gradual reopening from COVID-19.
  • The Flex Pass is good for five round trip tickets that don’t have to be used on consecutive days. It is only available on the mTicket app, and will be 10% cheaper than buying five round trip tickets on separate days. The pass is good for thirty days after purchase.
  • Along with this, the MBTA announced a one-time extension of its Commuter Rail ticket expiration policy. On June 22nd, Commuter Rail riders will be allowed to used expired tickets that were valid on March 10th for the next 90 days. For mTicket users, the tickets will be automatically pushed to the app.
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  • Update on MBTA Bus Services Serving the LMA:

  • The MBTA returned to normal service levels for most buses, trains and rapid transit.  Bus Route CT3 – will remain on the ‘modified schedule’ or Sunday service schedule until ridership increases.  They will continue to monitor service on this route and deploy additional buses if needed.  Please let us know your experience on these and other routes by completing this comment card https://www.masco.org/moving-around-the-lma/mbta-service-feedback.
  • MASCO shuttles have been operating at a reduced frequency, but will increase as ridership grows. Supplementary service to accommodate shift changes will be added.
  • Please refer to the MASCO website for details on mask wearing, cleaning and disinfecting protocols, physical distancing measures and other advisories.
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  • Parking

  • Effective on July 7, non-monthly parkers may park at the rate of $18 per day (reduced from $25 per day), or will have the option to park from 2 p.m. until midnight for $10.
  • Monthly parking options are as follows:
    • Monthly Permit: $319.00 per month  (24/7 monthly permit holders can access their assigned garage or space 24 hours per day, 7 days per week)
    • 3-day Permit: $191.40 per month (3 days of parking per week)
    • 2-day Permit: $127.60 per month (2 days of parking per week)
    • Note: 2-day and 3-day parking options are programmed for specific days of the week on parkers’ IDs. Please contact the HMS Commuter Service and Parking Office to discuss alternative days.
    • If you select one of these monthly options, we strongly recommend using payroll deduction either quarterly, semi-annually or annually. This will allow you to reduce the cost of your permit by up to 35 percent because the cost will be subtracted from your gross earnings before taxes are applied. The pre-tax limit for 2021 is $270.00 per month.
  • Daily parking options are as follows:
    • Online daily parking permit (1 full-day of parking, weekdays, purchased online via debit or credit card): $18.00/day
    • Reserved daily parking pass (1 day of parking, reserved online and billed internally via 33-digit code): $18.00/day
    • Discounted $10 On-campus Afternoon Parking (Weekdays from 2 p.m. until midnight) in the NRB or Quad garage
      • Prior to coming to campus, parkers must go online to the HU Daily Parking Permit System to purchase their daily permit.
      • Choose the location noting HU NRB or Quad Garage option specific to after 2:00 p.m., $10.00 weekday rate.
      • Follow the instructions to make your reservation and process your debit or credit card payment.
      • Print the parking permit and present it to the garage attendant upon arrival at the garage.
      • Parkers using this option must arrive after 2 p.m. and before 7 p.m. (so the attendant can provide the parking card). All daily parking cards expire at midnight. 
  • After-hour parking permits are available to HLC employees at the cost of $170 per fiscal year.
    • The after-hour parker’s Harvard ID is valid at an assigned garage between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends and Harvard holidays.
  • Daily Parking at Van Ness Garage
    • A $10 per day discounted parking rate (normally $38 per day) has been arranged for HMS/HSDM/HSPH faculty, staff and students through April 2021 at the Van Ness Parking Garage.
    • The Van Ness Parking Garage is easily accessible to and from the HLC campus. Parkers will have the option of walking or taking one of three MASCO-operated shuttles. The Landmark, Fenway and M2 shuttles make frequent stops along Brookline Avenue on their return (Southbound) to the Longwood Medical Area. For shuttle stops and schedules, please visit the MASCO Shuttle website and use the TransLoc for real-time shuttle locations.
    • Details about accessing the Van Ness Garage:
      • The entrance to the garage is located at 61 Richard B Ross Way.
      • Pull a ticket from the ticket dispenser upon entering the garage. 
      • Retain the dispensed parking ticket and bring it to campus.
      • Upon checking in with HMS Security (located at G/E link, C/E link, or the NRB Security Desk), show the security officer your Van Ness Garage parking ticket.
      • The security officer will then issue a Van Ness Garage chaser ticket.
      • When returning to the garage, use the pedestrian accesses located on Kilmarnock or on Boylston Street (via Target when store open).
      • When driving up to the exit gate at the garage, insert the dispensed parking ticket, then scan the chaser ticket. The rate will automatically reduce to $10.
      • The chaser ticket expires after 12 hours. Normal rates will apply after 12 hours.  
      • Present your method of payment for the $10 parking fee.
    • Possible extension of this reduced rate beyond April is dependent on capacity demands in the garage. Any possible extension will be communicated. 
  • Additional parking options may be available through your departments. Please contact your department administrator for more information.
  • For parking related questions please contact the HMS Commuter Services and Parking Office