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UMD Smart Commute: Transit


The Department of Transportation Services runs one of the nation’s largest University transit services with 23 free fixed routes to help make getting around campus and the community easy. Shuttle service is based on the academic calendar with reduced service when classes are not in session. A list of shuttle routes and schedules can be found online at


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 our Shuttle 104 to the College Park Metro Station and from there, it’s a quick ride to Downtown Washington, D.C. and Reagan National Airport. Pre-loaded $10 SmarTrip cards can be purchased at The Stamp Ticket Office. Learn more about Metro schedules and trip planning at


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

Find a comprehensive map of the WMATA buses that run through Prince George’s County and choose the best route for your trip.

The Bus (Route 1 Bus)

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

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 to 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.