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Lexington Street Garage Renovations

Beginning Monday, July 31, the basement, level one, and level two of Lexington Garage will be closed to parkers due to renovations. Spaces reserved for Ronald McDonald parkers will be temporarily moved to level three and clearly marked with wall signage. Spaces for all other Lexington Garage parkers will be available in designated areas above level three.

This renovation project is expected to continue until the end of August. Once these renovations are complete, all affected parkers will be notified. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brian Simmons or Stacy Holmes in the PTS office at 410-706-6603.

Dana Rampolla University LifeJuly 28, 20170 comments
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UMB vRide

Make your UMB commute the best part of your day and save money, too!

Start sharing your commute with other UMB faculty and staff in your neighborhood with vRide, UMB’s rideshare partner.
University partner vRide provides an economical way to get to work. Commuters can ride together, sharing a customized van with colleagues who have a similar route to work.
vRiders can save up to $5,000 every year and do not have to deal with leases and the high costs of insurance. Instead of dealing with gridlock, you are able to sleep, read, or relax on your daily commute. Try a vanpool for a month, and you will never ride solo again.
• Vanpool at least five times per week.
• Share one parking permit with a designated primary and secondary driver (participants may share driving responsibilities).
• Vanpools should be comprised of six or more riders.
All participants in the vanpool must return their parking permits to the Cashiers Office at the SMC Campus Center, Lower Level, Room 002D in order for the designated driver to receive the carpool permit and access card(s) for the group.
Please note, your Vanpool application must be completed, signed, and delivered to Parking and Transportation Services (622 W. Fayette Street).
For eligibility and benefits information, visit vRide on the Parking and Transportation page of the UMB website!

Dana Rampolla University LifeJuly 6, 20170 comments
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Penn Street Garage Parkers – Garage Hours are Changing

Due to demand-usage and reducing facility expenditures, the Parking and Transportation Services Office is changing the hours of operation for the Penn Street Garage. Effective July 31, the new hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to midnight. Garage closings for Orioles, Ravens, and stadium events will continue as posted.

If you are a parker who enters Penn Garage before 5 a.m., contact your parking liaison regarding the new operational hours.

As a note, the Pratt Street Garage located directly across the street from Penn Street garage is a 24/7 facility that you have access to after 4 p.m. and prior to 9 a.m.. Note: failure to exit the garage before 9 a.m. will result in you being charged the visitor rate for your length of stay.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the PTS office at 410-706-0712 or 410-706-6603 and ask for Stacy Holmes.

Dana Rampolla University LifeJuly 6, 20170 comments
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Attention Lexington Garage Parkers

This facility will close for maintenance starting Thursday, July 6, at 10 p.m. and will reopen Monday, July 10, at 6 a.m.

Beginning Wednesday, July 5, parkers can relocate to the Saratoga Street Garage on Arch Street. During this maintenance period, you will have access 24/7 to the Saratoga Garage.

Vehicles left in the Lexington Garage after 10 p.m. on July 6 will not be accessible until Monday, July 10.

Brian Simmons Bulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeJune 23, 20170 comments
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Saratoga Garage Pay Daily Staff Parkers

Attention Saratoga Garage Pay Daily Staff Parkers!

If you would like to continue to receive the staff pay daily parking rate of $7, your UMB OneCard must be linked to PTS by June 30, 2017.

Starting July 1, pay daily staff without a linked UMB OneCard will pay the full visitor rate. No refunds will be issued.

If you haven’t linked your UMB OneCard, meet the PTS team in the Saratoga Building’s first level conference room for assistance.

We’ll be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28.

If you have questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services at 6-6603 or 6-5518.

Angela HallPeople, University Administration, University LifeJune 21, 20170 comments
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Street Closures Announced for Mid-July

Pine Street will be blocked off Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16. The road will be closed between Saratoga and Lexington streets. No parking will be allowed in this area or in adjacent parking lots.

Pine Street between Lexington and Fayette streets will have no parking on either side of the street but will be open to vehicle traffic.

Vehicles in the way after 5 p.m. on July 14 will be towed.


This will restrict parking for the police station and the parking lots between the stations. Pedestrian traffic will be able to access the police station on the west sidewalk of Pine Street.

Josephine Street will be closed July 14 through 16 as well. Signs and movable barricades will be appropriately placed to notify the community of street closures. The Josephine street closure sign will be placed near the Arch Street side.

Clare BanksBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, For B'more, People, University AdministrationJune 19, 20170 comments
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Notice for Pearl Street Garage Parkers

Pearl Street Garage parkers, please be aware that the ongoing demolition of the Walter P. Carter Center has moved into the next phase.

From June 12 to July 8, there will be garage parking modifications: the area closest to the garage will be demolished which will require additional spaces to be taken out of service.

Note: This could cause the Pearl Street Garage to become full more frequently.

Temporary Parking Garage Reassignments

Parking and Transportation Services is offering a limited number of permit holders the opportunity to relocate temporarily to the Penn, Saratoga, or Grand Garages. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to Request a Relocation

  1. Please email your parking liaison your first and last name, permit number, and garage selection (Penn, Saratoga, or Grand).
  2. Pick up a temporary permit from the Cashiers’ Office located at the SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard St., lower level.
  3. When the construction no longer affects the Pearl Street Garage parking capacity, your liaison will let you know when you can return to your home garage.
Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, Bulletin Board, People, University Administration, University LifeJune 13, 20170 comments
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Road Closure

Upcoming Traffic Changes Due to HSF III Construction

Starting June 5, vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Fayette, Pine, and Baltimore Streets will be impacted due to ongoing construction of HSF III. These changes are expected to last through the month of June.

Pine Street Closure

Pine Street Closure

What You Need to Know

  • Pine Street will be fully closed to vehicles.
  • The south side of Fayette Street will be open to pedestrians, but the north side will be closed. (Regular entrance to the SOD will be available.)
  • The west side of Pine Street will be open to pedestrians, but the east side will be closed.
  • The south side of Baltimore Street between Arch and Pine Streets will be open to pedestrians, but the north side will be closed.
  • Crosswalks on the impacted corners will be open (for example, you may cross Baltimore Street at Arch Street).

This schedule may change based on weather or unforeseen site conditions.

Dana Rampolla University LifeJune 1, 20170 comments
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UM Shuttle

UM Shuttle — An Easy Commute

If you live in Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, Canton, or Fells Point and want an easier commute, consider taking the UM shuttle to get to campus!

The UM shuttle contributes to a vibrant, dynamic University community by transporting students, faculty, and staff and University of Maryland Medical Center employees to and from the University fare-free.

The UM shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. There is no UM shuttle service on University holidays.

Consult the calendar for shuttle status, especially during the holidays. Be on the look out for new shuttle schedules coming late this summer!

Dana Rampolla Bulletin Board, Community Service, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Life, USGAJune 1, 20170 comments
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Bike Month

National Bike Month

Are You a Biker?

May is National Bike Month. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, it includes an ever-expanding series of events in communities nationwide; but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day.

Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try. Understanding bicycling skills and safety is paramount to having a safe biking experience.

Whether you bike to work or school, to save money or time, preserve your health or the environment, or simply to have fun and explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

National Bike Month Events

  • Bike to Work Week (May 15-19)
  • Bike to School Day (May 10)
  • Bike to Work Day (May 19)

According to the League of American Bicyclists, many who commute to work for the first time during Bike to Work Week become regular riders to their places of employment. The popularity of bicycling to work in the U.S. has grown quickly in recent years, and it has more than doubled in many bicycle friendly communities, such as Washington, D.C.

Tips for planning an event during National Bike Month are available.

Interesting Biking Statistics

  • 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work.
  • With increased interest in healthy, sustainable, and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.

Bicycling Resources

Want more information on biking? Take a look as some of the following resources.

UMB’s Bike Parking Facility

The University’s Parking and Transportation Services provides a secure bike cage in the Pratt Street Garage to encourage bicycle commuting by staff, faculty, and students.

The cage holds up to 44 bikes, is open 24/7, and is monitored by security cameras to keep bikes, and riders, safe. Registration and a small fee are required to utilize the cage. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and users have access to shower facilities at URecFit in the SMC Campus Center.

Carey School of Law Bicycle Club

The Francis King Carey School of Law Cycling Club, also known as UMB Law Bikes, promotes bicycling and other alternative forms of transportation. The group also advocates for the protection and recognition of bicycle commuters at the school, provides education to UMB students about bicycle safety, and organizes group rides.

Background and Statistics Courtesy of:

Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, Bulletin Board, Education, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Life, USGAMay 9, 20170 comments
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Texting and Driving

Don’t Text and Drive

Driving Safety – Put Your Phone Away! Don’t Text and Drive.


When we think of the term “distracted driving” the first thing that comes to mind is cellphone usage in tandem with driving a car. However, distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone to make a call, check email, play a game, etc.
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Eating and drinking
  • Changing clothes
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is considered by far one of the most alarming distractions.

The average time your eyes are off the road while texting is approximately 5 seconds. When traveling at 55mph, which is enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded!

What You Can Do to Help

According to the FCC Consumer Guide there are things you can do to help:

“Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.

Lead by example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and, if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving.

Become informed and be active – Tell family, friends and organizations to which you belong about the importance of driving without distractions. Take information to your kids’ schools and ask that it be shared with students and parents.”


Dana RampollaBikeUMB, For B'more, PeopleMarch 30, 20170 comments
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Flat Tire

Parking Tip of the Month

The UMB Office of Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is committed to providing the University community with a variety of safe and efficient resources for parking and transportation.

Parking Amenities

What happens when you go to the garage to leave for the day and you find you have a flat tire, are locked out, or need a jump? PTS offers lockout services, battery jumps, and flat tire assistance. Call 410-706-4260 for help.

Alternative Transportation

We also offer a variety of alternative transportation options. Shifting away from our country’s reliance on single occupancy vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air and water quality, reduce dependence on foreign oil, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve public health and equity. In doing so, we will improve overall quality of life.

Charter Services

UMB now offers cost-effective and comfortable charter services for faculty, staff, and students traveling for University business. Charter services promote community outreach by assisting with transportation for University-related research and service projects. Services are provided by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Department of Transportation Services.

Garages, Maps, and Feedback

And on days you drive yourself, there are numerous garages on campus for your comfort and convenience; maps are easily accessible on the UMB Parking and Transportation website; and there is a way to voice your praise and/or concern via an online Parking and Transportation survey.

For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services.

Dana Rampolla BikeUMB, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University LifeMarch 30, 20170 comments
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Temporary Sidewalk Closure

The demolition of the Carter Center Gymnasium south wall will require a temporary closure of the north sidewalk of Fayette Street between Arch and Pine streets from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 2.

During this period there will be flagmen at the intersection of Pine and Fayette streets  and the Arch and Fayette intersection stopping pedestrian and traffic flow for brief moments periodically as a safety measure, as large sections of the wall are pulled down and inward onto the construction site. The south sidewalk along Fayette Street will be open for pedestrian flow during this time period.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, For B'more, University LifeFebruary 1, 20170 comments
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