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Traffic Tips

Info to help you tackle the traffic at the beginning of the semester.

Posted in: Facilities, Parking and Shuttle

Local roads will be congested. Allow for extra travel time to and from campus.

It’s going to be wonderful to have everyone back! We’re all excited for the new academic year, which brings new opportunities for achievement.

To successfully tackle the usual first-month traffic volume that we all face, Parking Services offers the following traffic tips and parking pointers:

It’s Crowded, Out There!

Remember, many people are returning to the roads in the first weeks of September. Our local roads will experience back-to-school congestion after summer recess. Allow for extra time to travel to campus and to successfully navigate campus roads as everyone gets back into the rhythm.

Notch Road Bridge Closure, 9/6

Even our local roads are packed. If you travel to/from campus via Route 46 here is some important information:

Due to construction work on Route 46, near the Route 3 interchange, you will need to leave extra time to travel to and from campus. This includes the closure of the Notch Road Bridge on Route 46, on/about Wednesday, September 6 for approximately four months. Read details about the upcoming closure of the Notch Road Bridge in Little Falls.

This Too Shall Pass

Please note that this congestion is not consistent throughout the year, traffic and parking settle into a routine after the initial few weeks of the semester. Keep note of the trends on the road so that you may plan a better route for your schedule.

We understand that parking may pose a challenge during the first few weeks of the semester, but by utilizing the tools available and planning ahead, your commute can be a seamless one! We thank you for your patience during this high-volume period.

Get to Know The Map

Some things have changed! Become familiar with the University’s Parking Map. Understanding what the campus looks like and where you are eligible to park can greatly reduce the amount of time spent on the road.

Changes include:

  • Commuters and Residents
    • Lot 26 has been added to include 90 spaces!
  • Faculty and Staff
    • Lot 17 has been repaved and repainted to include 25 additional spaces and improved traffic flow.
    • Lot 31 is now designated as reserved spaces only

Beat the Traffic. Come Early. Get Free Breakfast!

Come in early! Parking Services and Commuter Student Programs and Services will be hosting a Traffic Jamz event in Lot 60 near the shuttle stop.

Traffic Jamz

  • When: September 6 from 8-10 a.m.
  • Where: Lot 60
  • Details: Come grab some breakfast and coffee! Games and raffles!

Check out the HawkSync Calendar for Traffic Jamz!

Get The Tweet

Follow us on Twitter @MSUParking. We provide regular updates to provide you with the most accurate reporting.

We’ve Got The Apps To Help

In the words of News12: “Know before you go!”  The Parker App helps you know where the parking spaces are and Nextbus tells you when the next shuttle will arrive at your shuttle stop.

Mass Transit!

Consider leaving your car at home and try using public transit. Montclair State is situated between two train stations and is served by multiple bus lines; this makes public transit an easy and environmentally-friendly choice. As an added incentive, full-time students are eligible for a 25% discount on NJ Transit monthly passes! View details.

Not sure which bus or train to take? We can help! Try carpooling. Use Montclair State’s Carpool Directory to connect with other members of the community who can share rides to and from campus.

Did You Get Your Permit?

To park any vehicle on campus, a permit must be associated to the vehicle. You may purchase your permit online or in office and register up to four vehicles! Be certain that your vehicles are registered so we know that they belong to you and remember… only one vehicle on campus with any one permit. View more details about getting your permit.