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May 2, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

We would like to bring to your attention a situation that could affect our Shuttle-UM passengers. DOTS is anticipating the need to adjust several bus routes in order to meet a significant budget shortfall this coming fall semester. It is our priority to ensure that students can attend class and safely traverse the campus during evening hours, and in determining these route adjustments, we consulted with the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) to determine the best direction forward. However, we understand that every route serves a part of the university community and there is no “good” service reduction option.

There are many transportation alternatives that will soften the impact of the anticipated shuttle modifications. Our new transit navigation guide summarizes the free and low-cost transit choices available for trips to local shopping centers and metro stations. Our Smart Commute digital platform can serve as a trip planner, connecting users with ridesharing, transit, biking and walking options in their area. We have also created a Shuttle-UM Service Reduction FAQ to serve as a resource during this transition.

With this in mind, the following route changes will take effect on July 1, 2018:

WEEKEND SERVICE

  • No service: #133 Mall at Prince George's route.
  • No service: #104 College Park Metro Station route. NITE Ride, which currently only serves the College Park metro station after the #104 stops running, will cover this area from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. on the weekend.
  • No service on the #116 Purple, #117 Blue, #118 Gold and #122 Green routes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening service will begin after 5:30 p.m.

WEEKDAY SERVICE

  • No service: #142 Columbia Park & Ride route.
  • #104 College Park Metro Station bus frequency will decrease from every 7 minutes to every 10 minutes during rush hour.
  • #143 Greenbelt bus circulation time will increase from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 40 minutes during peak hours.
  • #105 Campus Connector bus circulation time will increase from 8 to 10 minutes in the morning and 12 to 16 minutes in the afternoon.

In addition to the above modifications, an additional $188,000 will be cut from our internal operation to offset a portion of this budgetary shortfall.

We are so sorry for the complications that these service changes may cause, and we recognize that some of you will be affected more than others. We encourage you to explore new transportation options by using the transit navigation guide and Smart Commute platform. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at transportation@umd.edu.

Sincerely,

John David Allen
Executive Director
Department of Transportation Services