GHG emissions from transportation arise from burning fossil fuel primarily for cars, trucks, buses, and commercial aircraft. Transportation generated over 44% of UMBC’s GHG emissions, making it the second leading contributor to the university’s GHG emissions.
In FY 2018, UMBC generated an estimated 31,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTeCO2) from transportation sources. The largest contributor to these GHG emissions at 68% was commuting by faculty, staff, and students. Air travel contributed another 30%. The university fleet contributed less than 3% of transportation’s GHG emissions. Learn more about UMBC’s plan to tackle transportation emissions.
Try UMBC’s free shuttle system with environmentally conscious features including a low-emissions fleet, easy-load bike racks, and solar-powered bus shelters! UMBC Transit Shuttles connect UMBC with train stations, satellite parking, BWI airport, and the shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations in the neighborhoods surrounding campus. All UMBC Transit vehicles are wheelchair accessible.
Zip Cars @ UMBC
No car on campus? No problem! Any UMBC community member, 18 and older, has access to the campus Zip Car Share Progam. This program allows users to rent a hybrid car for as little as an hour or as much as a day – and this includes gas and insurance!
- Zip cars at UMBC are located on Center Road by Student Success Center
- Visit http://zipcar.com/umbc to get started, and get $10 as a bonus!
Local Mass Transit Options
Visit the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to find ways to travel to and from campus, with tips including:
- Save: Save $25 on your monthly fare with the MTA college pass, available through Off-Campus Student Services
- Bus: CityLink Yellow (YW) & Purple (PR), LocalLink 37, 76 & 77 connect UMBC with the surrounding area and Baltimore City.
- Train: Many trains serve the area, including the MARC, a commuter train connecting the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Areas with student-friendly fares.
- The closest station to campus: the newly renovated Halethorpe station, only 1.5 miles from campus.
- Includes bike lockers and a 5 to 10-minute bike route, downhill from UMBC.
- Light Rail & Metro: Connecting Baltimore County & City, the metro travels east and west while the light rail north to south
- MTA Mobility Link: MobilityLink service is for individuals with disabilities who are unable to use the MTA fixed route system, which includes CityLink, LocalLink, Metro SubwayLink or Light RailLink service.
Carpooling @ UMBC
UMBC helps to match faculty, staff, or students with ride-shares to and from campus:
- ZimRide is a free UMBC sponsored program to help you match up with carpools!!
- Learn more about carpooling with Off-Campus Student Services
- Join the myUMBC Group to find carpooling tips, link up for rides, and learn about carpooling events!
- By carpooling daily, you may qualify for a preferred parking space in a lot reserved for registered carpoolers.
Bikes On Campus
- Bicycles should be parked at racks or in lockers, and registered with the campus police to protect against theft.
- The UMBC Cycling club organizes casual rides, road rides and mountain bike rides: long and short, near and far.
- Catonsville Rails to Trails offers bike maps and trails in the area
- Patapsco State Park offers a safe route to Ellicott City, and the nearby Gwynn’s Falls Trail and Jones Falls Trail offer scenic and safe routes to access Baltimore city. Learn more about biking in Maryland.
Borrow a Bike
- Students can check out a bike for free for daily use at the Retriever Activity Center
- UMBC’s first Bike Share began in October 2013 with 6 hybrid road bicycles. They are available to sign out for free at the RAC (Retriever Activity Center) using your UMBC ID Card
- The bike share was made possible by the SGA, the Climate Change Task Force, the Hub in Catonsville, UMBC Cycling Club and the RAC
Fix your Bike
The Fix-It station is a repair stand with tools and can be used for:
- Cleaning and lubricating the chain
- Inflating or changing a flat tire
- Adjusting gears and brakes, and more
Electric Vehicle Charging
UMBC is home to 18 charging stations located around campus. The stations are free for use with any form of a campus parking permit and do not require additional registrations.