Parking & Transit

Parking
Pay by Phone App
Pay by Phone Telephone System
AU Shuttle
Public Transportation

Parking

We are very excited about our new OLLI home at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, and we are also very aware that parking is a primary concern for our members.

American University’s GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY states:

In accordance with Washington DC regulations and the University’s “Good Neighbor Policy,” all members of the University community – including students, faculty, staff, visitors and guests – are required to do one of the following while attending class, working, or visiting AU owned property

A.     Park on campus and obtain a parking permit (this option is not currently available to OLLI members),
B.     Purchase hourly/daily parking using the Pay-As-You-Go machines, or
C.     Use public transportation.

Compliance with the Good Neighbor Policy is part of the OLLI lease with American University.

PARKING

Where do I park?

4801 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE NW: There is ample pay-as-you-go parking spaces available for $2/hour. The available spaces will ebb and flow throughout the day. Please keep in mind that these spaces are not dedicated to OLLI and are shared by other visitors to the building. Note: Payment is made at kiosks BEFORE class or a lecture. Each floor of the garage has a kiosk for payment. You must enter your license plate number in the kiosk. The kiosks accept cash ($1 or $5 bills) or credit cards. They do not give change. AU parking staff are scheduled to assist OLLI members during the first two weeks of this semester.

KATZEN ARTS CENTER: There are pay-as-you-go parking spaces available for $2/hour. Free shuttles run to/from Katzen Center and 4801 Massachusetts Avenue on a regular basis. Note: Payment is made at kiosks BEFORE class or a lecture. Two kiosks are located on parking level P1. You must enter your license plate number in the kiosk. The kiosks accept cash ($1 or $5 bills) or credit cards. They do not give change. AU parking staff are scheduled to assist OLLI members the first two weeks of this semester.

ANDERSON COMPUTER LAB: The Anderson Computer Lab is located on AU's main campus. There are pay-as-you-go parking spaces available for $2/hour in the Katzen Center across from the campus. Two kiosks are located on parking level P1. You must enter your license plate number in the kiosk. The kiosks accept cash ($1 or $5 bills) or credit cards. They do not give change. Also, street parking is available on Nebraska Ave. between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm.

parking payment options

In addition to the parking kiosks in the lobby of each parking level, you can pay for parking by phone or by  app.

PayByPhone App

You can download the free "PayByPhone" app from the App Store or Google Play Store to pay for parking via your smartphone (instead of at the kiosk).

The first time you need to enter:
  • your cell phone number
  • create a 4-digit pin number
  • your 16-digit credit card number
  • your 4-digit expiration date
  • the 4-digit location code for Spring Valley Garage: 4889 or
    the 4-digit location code for Katzen: 4882
    AND

  • your license plate number.

Thereafter, when you call from your cell phone, you only need to enter:
  • your pin number or the last 4 digits of your credit card
  • the 4-digit location code for Spring Valley Garage: 4889 or
    the 4-digit location code for Katzen: 4882
  • the number of hours you want to  park.

Pay by Phone Telephone System

Dial 888-450-7275. The first time,  you will be prompted to enter:
  • your cell phone number
  • create a 4-digit pin number
  • your 16-digit credit card number
  • your 4-digit expiration date
  • the 4-digit location code for Spring Valley Garage: 4889 or
    the 4-digit location code for Katzen: 4882
  • your license plate number

Thereafter, when you call 888-450-7275 from your cell phone, you only need to enter:
  • your pin number or the last 4 digits of your credit card
  • the 4-digit location code for Spring Valley Garage: 4889 or
    the 4-digit location code for Katzen: 4882
  • the number of hours you want to  park.

Is there handicap parking?

There are five handicap pay-as-you-go parking spaces available on a first come, first-served basis at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue. There also are handicap spaces available near the elevators on each parking level at Katzen.

May I park at parking meters in the area?

We have been advised by the University that “Parking at the meters does not comport to the spirit and intent of the D.C. Zoning Order nor the Good Neighbor Policy and will result in complaints from neighbors and business owners." AU cannot impose parking tickets on vehicles parked at meters.  Only DC Parking Enforcement can ticket at meters.

Is parking available for study group leaders?

OLLI subsidizes the cost of parking for SGLs.

May I park in the residential area surrounding the school?

Any individual doing business in an American University building, including OLLI members attending study groups and other OLLI offerings, may NOT park in residential areas. This is a District of Columbia regulation, which AU must enforce. AU parking staff routinely monitor the residential areas and will issue citations for vehicles parked in violation of the parking policy. Currently, a $200 ticket will be issued for violating this policy. This policy applies to all members, including those who have DC Zone 3 parking permits.

May I park at surrounding lots in the area?

There are parking lots on the other side of Massachusetts Ave. Rates start at $4/hour. Please note that members may not park in the Super Fresh lot.

What are the consequences of not following the “GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY?”

Members who do not follow AU’s “Good Neighbor Policy” risk getting a citation from American University, but most importantly, they put OLLI at risk of violating its lease agreement with American University.

AU SHUTTLE

The AU shuttle buses are kneeling buses and are handicapped accessible. 

Traveling to and from the Spring Valley Building at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
There are two free, open-to-the-public AU shuttles that run from the Tenley Metro station to the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Both are Red Routes and have "SVB" (Spring Valley Building) listed in the display above the windshield.

  • The Red Route Express shuttle runs only in the early morning and the late afternoon and stops only at the Katzen Center on the way to OLLI. Download a PDF of the Red Route Express schedule.

  • The Red Route Regular shuttle runs throughout the day. It has a longer route, stopping at the Law School and SIS, then driving through campus before heading to SVB. Download a PDF of the Red Route Regular schedule.

View a map of the Red Route.

The shuttles drop riders off behind SVB. To return to the Katzen Center Garage or the Metro, catch the shuttle at 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW at the rear of the building on 48th Street NW.

Traveling to and from Anderson Computer Lab
A free, open-to-the-public AU shuttle bus leaves from the Tenley Metro station and makes stops at the Katzen Center. To return to the Tenley Metro from Anderson Hall, catch the shuttle at Tenley Hall or Hughes Hall inside the main AU gate. For the current shuttle schedule, take the Blue Route. View a map of the Blue Route. You can also visit www.american.edu/finance/facilities/shuttle.cfm.

For further information or questions on the shuttle, call AU Transportation Operations & Maintenance at 202-885-3111 or email shuttle@american.edu.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

What public transportation is available?

The N4 Metro bus runs along Massachusetts Avenue traveling from downtown DC toward Friendship Heights, MD and vice versa, stopping directly across from 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, OLLI's Home site. Refer to wmata.com for the N4 schedule or other public transit information.

Should I carpool?

Save time and money by arranging to carpool with one or more members who may be taking classes at the same time as you.

Should I use a car service?

Car services like UBER and Lyft are reliable and convenient car services to use. Applications for these services can be downloaded to your smartphone. If you live in the area of 4801 Massachusetts Avenue (zone 3), these options can save time and, if shared with other members, can save money.

Should I bike or walk to classes?

Bike racks are located on parking level C1.