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The University of Maryland and the Department of Transportation Services is committed to investing in sustainable transportation and encouraging faculty, staff, students and visitors to choose a transportation option other than driving alone to get to and from campus.

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

Investing is sustainable transportation is far less expensive than building more parking. DOTS provides a variety of incentives to encourage the UMD community to try ridesharing, biking, walking and transit.

Cost To Build a Garage with 900 Parking Spaces
$35,000 900 $31,500,000
Cost to build a single garage parking space Parking spaces (750 net) Total cost (Plus financing and annual maintenance)
  • Transit/Vanpool Benefits
  • Low Emission Vehicle Discount
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Carpool/Vanpool Incentives
  • Bundle Packs
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • BikeUMD
  • Smart Commute Parking Lot

Transit/Vanpool Benefits

When you commute by transit or vanpool, the IRS allows employees to withhold up to $255/month of pre-tax income for vanpool or transit commuting costs. This lowers an employee’s taxable income, putting more money in their pocket.

How it Works

These dollars are taken out of your paycheck before income tax is applied to your income. This lowers the amount of tax you pay on your income, saving you money.

Low Emissions Vehicles Discount

The Low Emission Vehicle Permit provides a 20% discount off your parking registration. This program encourages the use of low emission vehicles and recognizes the role that they play in helping the university become more sustainable. Vehicles must qualify as EPA Certified SmartWay Elite to be eligible for this discount.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Charging is free but vehicles parked in EV charging spaces must either have a DOTS parking registration or must pay the meter associated with that space. We recognize and appreciate all efforts to help make the University carbon neutral. All originally equipped plug in vehicles will qualify for the Low Emission Vehicle Discount and receive a 20% reduction in their parking registration.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Map

Carpool & Vanpool Incentives

Information on Carpool and Vanpool incentives can be found on the Smart Commute Rideshare page.

Bundle Packs

Bundle pack permits are the perfect solution for faculty and staff who regularly use sustainable transportation but might have only the occasional need to drive a vehicle to campus. Bundle packs are only eligible to UMD Faculty, staff and students who do not have an active parking registration. Each bundle pack allows a vehicle to park on campus for a total of 10 separate days and costs $75.

Faculty/staff bundle packs are valid in lots B, K, P, U, XX1, Z, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 15, 16 & 19.

Guaranteed Ride Home

Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work with a FREE and reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. This service is provided through Commuter Connections.

Commuters may take advantage of GRH up to four times per year to get home for unexpected emergencies such as a personal illness or a sick child. GRH can also be used for unscheduled overtime when your employer mandates that you must stay late. Knowing there's a guaranteed ride home allows one to use sustainable transportation options with peace of mind and confidence. Best of all, the Guaranteed Ride Home service is FREE!

Sign Up For Guaranteed Ride Home

Some restrictions apply so be sure to read the Participation Guidelines.


BikeUMD offers a Learn to Ride Program for adults who want a refresher on bike riding. You can also ask for a bike ambassador who will meet you where your bike is on campus. You will receive tips on fit, seat position, chain maintenance and lube, safe turning and how to fold clothes in your backpack or pannier so they come out wrinkle-free, and any other question you have about a bicycle commute. For more information, email or visit the bikeUMD home page.

Smart Commute Parking Lot

Located in the center of campus, the Smart Commute Parking Lot contains dedicated parking for carpools and vanpools as well as an mBike station and bike parking. Any faculty, staff or student with a Low Emission Vehicle parking registration or parking with a Bundle Pack may park in this lot.

The following may not park in the Smart Commute Lot: All Campus permits, State Vehicles (unless in designated State Vehicle spaces), Service Vehicles and Medical Permits.

Smart Commute Parking Lot Map