Sustainable Transportation

UMD Smart Commute is the sustainable transportation program at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Our goal is to provide the university community with options and incentives that encourage the use of sustainable transportation to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles coming to and parking on campus.

Transit, carpool and vanpool (ridesharing), biking, walking, teleworking and Zipcar carshare are all sustainable modes of transportation. 

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smart commute success story: trading traffic for the train

UMD staff member Olivia Dent was feeling frazzled and exhausted after her daily commute. Her drive between the university and her home in Columbia could take as long as two hours. After rethinking her ride, she began taking the MARC Train to College Park, and then the Shuttle-UM 104 College Park Metro route to campus. Several months of car-free commuting later, Olivia has saved $3,000 and regained her work-life balance. Read on to learn how and why she made the switch. 

Rethink Your Ride, Earn Rewards

Sign up for the Smart Commute digital platform to discover your sustainable transportation options in your area and earn rewards for your sustainable commute. The platform includes a trip planner that introduces users to local transit, bike routes and walking paths. It can also connect you with a carpool partner who's affiliated with the university. 

Taking sustainable commute trips can also be rewarding. By logging your commutes to campus through the platform and participating in Smart Commute challenges, you can earn points that are redeemable for prizes in the Smart Commute store. 

How it works: 

  1. Log your trips on your Smart Commute Dashboard
  2. Earn points for each sustainable commute
  3. Click on "Incentives" to participate in challenges and points programs
  4. Redeem rewards!

the spring 2019 smart commute rewards store is Stocked! 

During the Spring of 2019, the UMD Smart Commute rewards store is featuring a monthly raffle for Bose wireless, noise cancelling headphones. Learn how to enter and view our other inventory. 

Campus Transportation and the Climate Action Plan 

The university, through the Climate Action Plan, is committed to achieving carbon neutrality for all emissions by 2050.

Investing in sustainable transportation is far less expensive than building more parking—it costs $31,500,000 to build and regularly maintain a 900-space parking garage. DOTS provides a variety of incentives to encourage the UMD community to try ridesharing, biking, walking and transit.