A Green Affair

A Green AffairLooking for alternative modes of transportation to and from campus or even around Baltimor? Want more information about parking on campus?

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)’s first annual Transportation Fair provided just the right resources.

“I came to learn how to get around the city,” says Tanika Williams, a School of Social Work student who just moved to Baltimore.

The fair, held on the School of Nursing lawn on Sept. 6, was sponsored by the Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and Welcome Month.

Here’s some information you may have missed:

Parking and Transportation

Parking permits, Hertz 24/7, carpool program, bike cage, motorcycle program, electric vehicle charging stations and Zimride — PTS offers all of these programs and more!

Jamie Lucas, special events coordinator with PTS, says, “We want to offer the campus more alternative transportation options to be more green and get more cars off the road.” With the high demand of parking spots, alternative transportation is one solution.

Public Safety

Corporal John R. Jones, safety awareness and crime prevention officer, spoke about the success of UMB’s recent National Night Out and wants the campus to know more about safety and crime prevention efforts such as on-campus walking escorts from the University Police Force.

The service runs from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and averages 20 to 30 requests per evening, Jones says. To request an escort, call 410-706-6882.

Charm City Circulator

A fleet of 21 hybrid electric vehicles with four routes across the city, the Charm City Circulator is free and efficient. The Orange Route runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East and has multiple stops across campus.

iRide Baltimore

Sponsored by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, iRide Baltimore promotes alternative forms of transportation such as Guaranteed Ride Home, RideShare, and BikeBaltimore.

“This program helps the environment and increases the livability of Baltimore City by promoting less traffic and less parking issues,” says Tierra Brown, marketing coordinator.

Red Line

Representatives from the Baltimore Red Line answered questions about the proposed East to West Light Rail transit project, which is scheduled for construction from 2015 to 2021. There will be two stops on campus: one near the Light Rail on Howard Street and one near the UM BioPark.

UM shuttle

Looking for a way to get to and from campus and surrounding neighborhoods such as the BioPark, Mount Vernon, and Federal Hill?

The UM shuttle operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to midnight, and 5 p.m. to midnight on weekends, and it’s FREE (for those with a valid University ID).

Mobile App

So how does one navigate the parking and transportation services offered by UMB?

Look for the UMB Mobile App, which will include parking maps, UM shuttle schedules, alternative transportation program information, and more.

Huichun Xu, MD, PhD, from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Medicine, agreed that the mobile app will be a nice addition.

Xu currently uses public transit to get to and from campus and says the Transportation Fair introduced him to the Hertz 24/7 program, which will be convenient and useful for someone like him who may need a car from time to time but doesn’t park on campus.

For more information, visit UMB alternative transportation programs.

— Tracy Gnadinger

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