Getting Around the City – Transportation Options in College Park

Parking Meters and Electronic Pay Stations

City parking lots and on-street meters are enforced Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., except on City-observed holidays. The cost of parking in lots with meters or electronic pay stations is $0.75 per hour. Look for Electronic Pay Stations and Remember Your Parking Space Number! Many of the City-enforced parking lots now use electronic payment stations:

  • City Hall Lot
  • College Park Shopping Center Lot
  • Downtown Parking Garage – 7306 Yale Ave (across from City Hall)

Parking spaces are individually numbered, so remember your space number and use the electronic payment stations to pay by the hour with coins, bills, and credit cards. You may increase your time using any of the electronic pay stations without having to return to your vehicle. Long-term parking options are also available.

Seniors Transportation

The Seniors Program provides limited bus transportation to local medical appointments and shopping centers. The bus is available to College Park seniors for nearby shopping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and medical appointments Monday – Friday. Due to demand, we ask that you make any request for either shopping or medical appointment transportation one week in advance. Please call 301-345-8100 to schedule service.

Ride the Shuttle-UM

The City of College Park and the UM Department of Transportation Services have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that allows City residents to ride the Shuttle-UM. Complimentary Shuttle-UM passes are available at the following locations in College Park:

  • City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mon-Fri and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat.
  • Davis Hall/Public Works, 9217 51st Ave: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
  • Youth & Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Rd: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

To apply, residents will need to complete an application, show a photo ID and proof of College Park residency. UM students do not need a resident pass to ride Shuttle-UM. For information on Shuttle-UM routes and schedules, call 301-314-2255 or go to www.transportation.umd.edu.

Route 1 Ride

Offering transportation along the Route 1 corridor from College Park to Mount Rainier, the Route 1 Ride is an enhanced bus service operated by The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation. Previously known as TheBus, Route 17, the Route 1 Ride features a uniquely designed bus wrap that makes it easy to spot as you travel to the College Park Metro Station, IKEA, or any of the great restaurants and shops along the corridor. For more information please visit www.route1ride.org.

It can be frustrating to encounter unexpected delays during your day, whether it is because you are behind a refuse truck, school bus, or Metro bus. However, it is important to remember that there are people in and around these vehicles who expect to arrive home safely at the end of the day. City employees have been injured as a result of distracted drivers. Remember to slow down to get around these vehicles, and that aggressive driving could kill or injure another person.

For private transportation, individuals can call an Uber or rent out limo or buses (check out sites like dreamlimousinesdetroit.com/limo-rental/luxury-limousine-homecoming-prom/ to learn more). And if you are going to transport heavy equipment, make sure that you secure Overweight Permits.

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