Sustainable Commutes Pay Off Through DOTS Parking Cash Out

Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation

The DOTS Parking Cash Out is closed for the 2019-2020 academic year.

DOTS' Parking Cash Out will open on Monday, August 5, offering $450 to the first 75 eligible employees who give up their parking permit and commit to a sustainable commute for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. New this year, the program will offer a $300 cash incentive to 25 eligible graduate students.

"The Parking Cash Out program was the reason why I started my sustainable commute. Within weeks, I was hooked. I live in Silver Spring and I can take the metro in and catch the 104 or take the 111 to campus. Not driving to work allowed me to get more walking in, take in the sun, relax and not worry about traffic, catch up on my TV shows. In short, it changed my life. I love commuting to work and would not go back to driving." - Kishwar K., UMD staff

the success of last year's cash out cohort, by the numbers

Sign-up Period

Eligible employees and graduate students may sign up at or in person at the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage between Monday, August 5, 2019  at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Participant Eligibility

  • Must be a UMD employee or graduate student. 

  • Must have an active annual faculty/staff or student commuter parking registration for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Carpool permit holders and active vanpool subsidy recipients are not eligible.

  • Not available to employees who work in off-campus offices and do not require a parking registration.

Participants Must Agree To:

  • Cancel their parking registration for one academic year. If a participant purchases a parking registration prior to May 22, 2020, they will receive $0.

  • Primarily commute using sustainable transportation (non-drive alone trips).

  • Log their commute trips in the Smart Commute Platform for the entire academic year.

  • Attend an in-person meeting at DOTS prior to August 23, 2019.

Participants Will Receive:

  • $450 for employees and $300 for graduate students, distributed in June 2020. Recipients are responsible for income reporting and taxes if applicable.

  • One Bundle Pack that allows a vehicle to park on campus for a total of 10 separate days in specific parking lots.

  • Registration in Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides free transportation from work to home in an emergency.

If you have any questions, please email