File this under “Who Knew?” The City of College Park and the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) have a pilot program underway that allows city residents to utilize the FREE Shuttle-UM service. This program is funded via a $5000 payment to DOTS each semester. So far only 135 residents have registered for the free service. In order to take advantage of this pilot program residents must fill out and submit this Application to city hall. Since this is a pilot program DOTS is tracking riders and therefore residents are encouraged to notify bus drivers of their presence and have them call it in to dispatch. There has been some press lately in the Diamondback about the number of riders so it is important that each rider is counted.
So if you are a City Resident please take advantage of this service. Shuttle-UM routes go pretty far and wide so ditch the gas guzzler and save a buck or two. Did we mention that the service is FREE? Who doesn’t like free?