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August 10, 2018

Dear students, faculty and staff,

I am pleased to announce that the 142 Columbia Park and Ride Shuttle-UM route will return for the Fall 2018 semester on August 20. The bus will run four times per day. You may view this schedule here on the DOTS website.

Following the announcement earlier this spring that the route would be discontinued, a group of passengers approached us with creative funding ideas for retaining the 142. After working with these passengers for several weeks, we created an employee pay-to-ride pass for the 142 that is available through payroll deduction. The 22 faculty and staff who purchased these passes made it possible for us to run the 142 four times per day. In making their commitments to the 142, many of these employees elected to opt out of parking.

Space is still available for employees who wish to ride the 142 regularly. Those who are interested can purchase the pay-to-ride pass through payroll deduction. Occasional employee riders of the 142 may purchase bus bundle packs at the DOTS office in Regents Drive Garage. These bus bundle packs will be available by Monday, August 27. Details and instructions for both options are available at go.umd.edu/142-signup. Students: you will continue to ride without paying additional fees!

We thank our dedicated group of passengers for partnering with us on this innovative funding solution for this coming semester. DOTS remains committed to enriching and expanding our sustainable transportation options through Smart Commute, and is devising long-term plans to maintain the 142 Columbia Park & Ride for the future.

Sincerely,

J. David Allen
Executive Director
UMD Department of Transportation Services