*** Although our office does not deal directly with transportation issues, here is some helpful information! Please direct inquiries to The Department of Transportation Services at http://www.dots.umd.edu ***
Looking for convenient ways to get to and from the University of Maryland? Check out the following links based on your transportation needs.
- Area and Local Transportation
Shuttle-UM is a student-run transit system supported by student fees. The mission of Shuttle-UM is to provide safe and dependable transportation to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff, and to foster learning and involvement for student success. Shuttle-UM provides commuter, security, paratransit and charter service.
Shuttle-UM also provides convenient access to local points of interest including shopping centers, grocery stores, libraries, and post offices. For more information about Shuttle UM, including routes and timetables, please visit the Department of Transportation Services website at http://www.dots.umd.edu
Metrobus & Metrorail
The Washington area is served by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates the region's subway system, Metrorail as well as Metrobus. The bus and rail systems serve both Washington and the immediate closest counties.
Metrobuses serving campus:
The C2, C8, J4, and F6 Metrobuses provide service to the University of Maryland campus. Schedules are available at the Stamp Student Union information bay at the main entrance of the Union, and in Off-Campus Student Life, 0110 Stamp Student Union. You can also search for schedules and download them online at http://www.wmata.com/bus/.
Metrorail stations served by Shuttle-UM:
Shuttle-UM serves the green line at College Park, West Hyattsville, and PG Plaza, and the red line at Silver Spring. For more information about metrorail, visit http://www.wmata.com/rail/.
MARC Train is one of several transportation services offered by the Maryland Transit Administration(MTA). Along with the MARC, take advantage of additional services by the MTA such as the local buses, Metro Subway, and Light Rail. In addition, there is a paratransit service through MTA for individuals with disabilities.
There are three specific lines of the MARC: the Camden line, with service from downtown Baltimore to Washington, D.C.; the Penn Line, with service from Perryville, MD (Cecil County) to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; and the Brunswick Line, with service from Martinsburg, WV and Frederick, MD. to Washington, D.C.
MARC's Camden Line stops in College Park at the Metro station providing campus access for those living along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. For those as far north as Perryville, MARC's Penn Line serves the New Carrollton Metro station where you can catch Shuttle-UM to campus. MARC's Brunswick Line runs between Martinsburg, West Virginia and Union Station where you can take Metrorail to College Park and from there the Shuttle-UM to campus. Students can also receive a 15% discount for MARC train tickets by participating in the Student Advantage Card Program. For specific route information and fares, visit MARC's website. You can also call 1-800-325-RAIL. All MARC fares are based on distance. You can buy one-way, roundtrip, weekly, and monthly passes.
Virginia Railway Express (http://www.vre.org) offers commuter train service on the Manassas and Fredericksburg lines to Union Station where you can take the Metrorail to the College Park station.
Local Bus Systems
The Bus offers bus service between local Prince George's County communities and nearby Metrorail stations including Addison Road, Capitol Heights, and West Hyattsville.
Montgomery County Ride-On provides bus service throughout Montgomery County and connects with Shuttle-UM routes at the Silver Spring Metrorail station.
Connect-A-Ride Route G Laurel/College Park provides service between the Laurel Mall and the College Park Metrorail station as well as stopping on campus at Campus and Regents Drives.
A number of taxi companies provide service to the College Park area. To search the Yahoo Yellow Pages for taxi information, click here.
- Long Distance Transportation
Amtrak provides train service throughout the United States. The closest stations from the University of Maryland are located at the New Carrolton Metro station and the Union Station Metro. There are also stations in the Baltimore area, which are on the BWI Rail Station and Penn Station of the MARC. There are student discounts with Amtrak through the Student Advantage card.
Greyhound Bus Lines offers long distance bus travel throughout the United States. Just as with Amtrak, there are student discounts with Student Advantage card holders.
Washington Deluxe provides direct bus service to and from DC and New York City.
Apex Bus offers direct bus service between DC, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Richmond, Virginia.
There are three international airports serving the area: Baltimore/Washington International Airport(Airport Code:BWI), Washington Dulles International Airport (Airport Code: IAD), and Ronald Reagan National Airport(Airport Code: DCA).
Check out the information below for transportation options and information for all three airports
Baltimore/Washington International Airport (1-800-IFLYBWI)
You can access the BWI Airport in a variety of ways. You can take the B30 Metrobus from Metrorail's Greenbelt station on the green line. The easiest way to access the B30 Metrobus from campus is by taking the College Park Park Metro Shuttle bus.
There is also rail transportation with Amtrak and Marc between BWI Airport and the Union Station on Metrorail's red line. You can take to Metrorail to the red line and get off at Union Station. From there, board and transfer to the Marc train and get off at the BWI Rail Station. There is a FREE shuttle from the Marc station to access the airport. The Union Station Ticket Office number is (202) 906-3104 and the BWI Rail Station number is (410) 672-6169.
If you live in or near Howard County, Howard County Transit has the red express route that provides bus service to BWI Airport via the Marc/Amtrak station and the airport terminals.
If you already live in the Baltimore area, you can get to BWI by taking the Penn Station Marc train.
Washington Dulles International Airport (1-703-572-2700)
To access Dulles Airport from Metrorail, you can take the West Fall Church-VT/UVA station on the orange line and transfer to the Washington Flyer bus service. You can also call (888) WASHFLY.
Metrobus 5A serves Dulles Airport, operating between Metrorail's L'Enfant Plaza Station on the yellow line and Dulles. There are stops at Metrorail's Rosslyn station on the orange line and the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride.
Ronald Reagan National Airport (1-703-417-8000)
Metrorail goes directly to National Airport. There is a Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station on the yellow line.
All three airports provide shuttle service. Contact the airport you plan to use for further information.
- Location of University of Maryland
- Driving and Parking on Campus
Carpooling and Ridesharing
Forming a Carpool
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) (800-492-3757) and Commuter Connections at 800-745-RIDE also provide information on carpooling and can assist in matching people interested in carpooling.
Regional Park and Ride Lots
If you are looking for a convenient place to meet others for a carpool or canpool, you may want to locate a nearby Park and Ride lot. For a list of lots and locations, visit the Commuter Connections web site.
Guaranteed Ride Home
For those who utilize ridesharing programs or public transportation, the Guaranteed Ride Home program through Commuter Connections can provide you with a reliable ride home when an unexpected emergency arises. Through this program, commuters can get home for unexpected personal emergencies or unscheduled overtime up to four times per year. Best of all, the ride home by taxi, rental car, bus, or train is FREE. Participants register in advance and must reside and work within the designated regions of the program.
Student Parking Appeals
If you receive a campus parking ticket, you have the opportunity to appeal it with either Prince George’s District Court (oral review) or the University of Maryland (written appeal). By marking “University of Maryland, College Park” on your ticket, your appeal will be heard by the Student Parking Appeals Office, a part of the Office of Student Conduct staffed by graduate and undergraduate students and is not a part of the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS).
your appeal must be filed with DOTS within 15 days of the violation. Do not send appeals directly to the Student Parking Appeals Office. You may mail your appeal in the envelope provided with your ticket or drop it off in the DOTS lobby on the first level of the Regents Drive Parking Garage.
Out-of-State Vehicle Registration
Commuter students residing in Maryland and are from out of state with vehicles must do one of two things to comply with Maryland motor vehicle law:
Register their vehicles with the State of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) OR Obtain a non-resident permit.
To register a motor vehicle in Maryland: one must go to any full-service MVA branch and ask for a title application. The applicant must have the following vehicle documentation: (1) a certificate of title from the state that the vehicle is currently registered in, (2) a certificate of inspection, (3) insurance information from a Maryland licensed insurance company, (4) title fee of $23, (5) lien fee of $20, (6) registration fee that varies depending on type and weight of vehicle, and (7) excise tax that also varies.
To obtain a non-resident permit: Students may obtain an application for a non-resident permit by visiting any full-service MVA branch office or by calling 1-800-950-1682. The following items are necessary to obtain a non-resident permit: copy of student ID or student registration to prove student status, vehicle insurance information, and a copy of the current vehicle registration. The fee for obtaining a non-resident permit is $20. Students may also purchase a permit from the College Park Municipal Center for $31.
For further information and location of MVA offices, call 1-800-950-1682 or visit MVA.
For more information on Maryland Vehicle Registration please visit:
For information on Washington, DC Vehicle Registration please visit:
For information on Virginia Vehicle Registration please visit:
Motor Assistance Vehicle
The Motor Assistance Vehicle is a free service offered by the Department of Transportation Services for current students, faculty, staff, or visitor on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park experiencing automobile difficulties. Services which include jump starts, lockouts, tire changes, inflations, and gas transports are available for cars located on University property only.
For service, call 301-314-4CAR. Be ready to give the dispatcher your exact location within the lot on campus, a detailed description of your car including make, model, color, license plate number, and type of problem experienced. Raise your hood if possible and stay with your vehicle until the Motor Assistance Vehicle arrives.