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Parking, Shuttle-UM, Other DOTS Resources Available for Fall 2021

By Maryland Today Staff

UMD students, faculty and staff can prepare their Fall 2021 commuting plans now with newly available parking and revised transportations options.

The Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is offering faculty and staff new two- and three-day-per-week permits, which can be used from Aug. 30 to Dec. 20. These permits are sold at a prorated rate based on salary tiers, and are valid in faculty/staff overflow lots. Payment options will include pre-tax payroll deduction or cash/check/credit upfront.

Also available are:

  • Annual permits that are active starting on Aug. 2 and valid in a primary assigned lot and faculty/staff overflow lots. Contact your department’s transportation coordinator to register and receive a parking assignment. Payment options include pre-tax payroll deduction or cash/check/credit upfront.
  • Daily permits that can be accessed through this request form. New daily permits are valid in faculty/staff overflow lots only this fall.
  • Green vehicle and carpool permit discounts, with annual permit holders whose vehicles qualify as EPA SmartWay Elite receiving 20% off their permit. Instructions are available for activating the green vehicle discount. Registered carpoolers receive a 50% discount on an annual permit, plus other benefits. The carpool discount registration form will go live in early August. Only annual permit holders are eligible for the green vehicle and carpool discounts.

Student parking registration for the 2021-22 academic year will be done through the DOTS website and opens on a rolling basis according to credit level:

Before registration, students are encouraged to view the permit types and fees page.

Bikes and e-scooters brought to campus must be registered through the Bike Index for free. Registration provides proof of ownership, helps authorities locate missing or lost bikes and e-scooters and helps DOTS improve campus bicycle infrastructure. Only registered bicycles and e-scooters are eligible for DOTS’ free lock-cutting service.

Fall 2021 Shuttle-UM schedules and maps are also available. Service has increased since Spring 2021 and all routes are running, but fewer buses will be used; changes to start and end times and bus frequency may affect plans. A new rider guide can assist in planning for a bus trip.

Resources for commute planning, including summaries of options, checklists and other information are also available. For other questions, contact DOTS at 301.314.3687 (DOTS) or transportation@umd.edu. Customer service representatives are available Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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