Local & Regional Transit

Several local and regional transit providers connect campus and the surrounding communities.

The Smart Commute trip planner can show you the most convenient transit options for your daily trips to campus all in one place. 

We recommend you review each transit provider's COVID-19 service announcements while planning your trip. 

Shuttle-UM 104 passenger


The Department of Transportation Services runs one of the nation’s largest university transit services with 19 fixed routes that traverse campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Shuttle service is based on the academic calendar with reduced service when classes are not in session. View our schedules and routes before planning your next commute.  


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operates the regional MetroRail and MetroBus transit systems to connect students to the region for internships, work, fun and enrichment. Students can take the Shuttle-UM 104 to the College Park Metro Station and from there, it’s a quick ride to Downtown Washington, D.C. and Reagan National Airport. During the week, students can also take the Shuttle-UM 111 Silver Spring to the Silver Spring Metro station or the Shuttle-UM 126 New Carrollton to the New Carrollton Metro station. Learn more about Metro schedules and trip planning at wmata.com.


In addition to the MetroRail system, WMATA also operates a number of MetroBuses in the area. Routes that run near and through campus include:

Metro Lift

Metro Lift is a reduced fare program designed to make metro more affordable for income-qualified customers across the region.  Learn more at wmata.com

The Bus (Route 1 RIDE)

The Route 1 Ride is an enhanced bus service that serves the Route 1 Corridor in Northern Prince George’s County. The Bus Route 17 services from IKEA, University of Maryland, College Park Metro Station, County Service Building and the Mount Rainier Terminal.

MTA Commuter Bus

The MTA Commuter Bus provides express transit service from far reaching suburbs in Maryland to DC, Baltimore and College Park. Maryland Transit Administration operates 27 commuter bus routes. Route 204 provides service between Frederick and College Park. There is no weekend service on this route.

MARC Train

The MARC Train is a commuter rail system whose service areas include Harford County, Maryland; Baltimore City; Washington D.C.; Brunswick, Maryland; Frederick, Maryland and Martinsburg, West Virginia. MARC Train Service operates Monday through Friday with limited weekend service on the Penn Line. The MARC train offers a quick and convenient way to get to Downtown Washington, D.C., Baltimore and BWI.

The MARC’s Camden Line connects Baltimore (Camden Station) to Washington, DC (Union Station) via the College Park Metro Station. There is no weekend service on this line.