What Can You Do?
Explore each category:
Take Public Transit
A train or bus requires much less energy per person than a single-occupancy automobile. Check the DOTS Green Commuting
page and the RideSmart Commuter Solutions
site for resources and ideas.
Try a new view. Google Maps now includes public transportation. Enter your commute or common routes and select “by public transit” in the dropdown menu to find a greener way to travel.
Take baby steps. Take public transportation one or two days a week. As you get more comfortable with the buses and trains you may find that you can switch to a bundle pack permit or eliminate your parking permit altogether.
Carpool. Sharing a ride with a friend or classmate saves gas and money. Post your ride on Zimride to find carpool buddies in your area, for regular commutes or one-time trips. You can even get half off your UMD parking permit.
Zipcar. If you only sometimes need access to a car Zipcar is a great resource. Zipcar is available for students, faculty and staff and there are five locations on campus.
- Take the MARC. Take the Camden line to the College Park stop (7202 Bowdoin Avenue
College Park, MD 20740) and hop the Connect-A-Ride G Route to the College Park Metro shuttle stop. Find a MARC station near you.
- Ride the Metro The DC subway connects our campus to Washington, DC. Our campus is located at the “College Park/U of Md” stop. You can transfer to an Amtrak train at Union Station.
- Take the bus.
- The Laurel Connect-A-Ride G-line bus runs weekdays to Laurel Mall, Laurel Lakes, US Rte 1 & Contee Rd, FDA Gate & Muirkirk Rd, Muirkirk Rd & MARC Station, Kenilworth Ave & Cherrywood Lane, and the College Park/University of MD Metrorail Station.
- The Ride-On bus in Montgomery County runs to and between many metro stations
- “The Bus” in PG County runs to and between many metro stations. Route 14 runs to the University of Maryland campus.
- Shuttle-UM has both commuter and evening routes and is free with valid student ID. Route 104 runs to the College Park Metro station every 8 minutes during peak hours and every 12-20 minutes the rest of the day
Ride a Bike
The bicycle remains the most efficient form of personal transportation every invented and, of course, it uses no fossil fuels!
- The bikeUMD page includes info on registering your bike, keeping yourself and your bike safe, taking a bike on public transit, bike path maps, cycling events, and the free, on-campus bike repair shop. Much of this information also applies to electric scooters!
- If You Drive, Drive Less. Even if you get 60mpg, you still burn gas by driving. Plan trips and errands to make each trip in your car most productive.
- Accelerate Gently. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to rapidly accelerate 2000 lbs of steel, glass, and rubber. Save gas and reduce harmful emissions by accelerating gently.
- Drive the Speed Limit. Most vehicles get the best gas mileage around 55mph. Every mile per hour above 55 requires increasingly more fuel since wind resistance becomes the limiting factor.
- Inflate Your Tires. Very important to fuel economy is tire pressure. Inflate your tires to the maximum PSI listed on the sidewall of the tire instead of what is listed by your auto manufacturer. The ride might be a bit stiffer than before, but you will have much less rolling resistance.
- Maintain Your Vehicle. Changing your oil, replacing the air filter, and doing all the other recommended maintenance will keep your car running efficiently and help it last longer. Washing and waxing even helps cut down wind resistance, but do not wash your car during drought conditions.
- Buy Green. When it’s time to buy a vehicle, look for a more efficient ride. Small, compact cars use less gasoline. If you drive a hybrid, Prius, Honda Civic, Honda Insight, or Lexus HS you may qualify for the DOTS Green Permit.
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