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Plan Would Let City Residents Ride University Buses

City council member pushes plan to allow Hyattsville residents to ride Shuttle-UM.

The Hyattsville City Council is considering a measure which would allow city residents to use the University of Maryland bus service, Shuttle-UM.

Under the proposal, put forward by Councilor Tim Hunt (Ward 3), the city would pay the university $5,000 for an agreement which would allow city staff to distribute Shuttle-UM bus passes to Hyattsville residents.

"Implementing a ridership agreement would allow Hyattsville residents to have a public transit option that links areas not previously connected via public transportation," wrote Hunt in a memo outlining the measure, which was discussed at last week's city council meeting. 

The cities of College Park and Greenbelt already have similar agreements allowing their residents to use Shuttle-UM.  

Currently, Hyattsville is served by Shuttle-UM's 113 route, which connects the Adelphi Road corridor, University Town Center, Prince George's Plaza Metro Station, central Hyattsville and the Hyattsville Arts District with the university's College Park campus. The route runs 15 buses per day, Monday through Thursday, and runs 13 buses on Fridays. It takes a roughly an hour to complete a circuit on the route. 

Shuttle-UM is run by the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services, which runs buses Monday through Friday when the university is in session.

The measure, which was discussed at the last city council meeting, is expected to return before the council for further consideration in the near future. 

Michael Theis January 30, 2013 at 08:56 PM
It's still to be determined how "free" the passes will be to the residents who take advantage of them. I believe Greenbelt charges a $10 annual fee for a pass, while College Park gives them away for free. To be fair, I've never had any problems riding Shuttle-UM (the few times that I have) without a UMD student ID. The drivers seem to never check passes too closely, if at all.
HyattsvilleCouldBeBetter January 30, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I'd use it.
s January 31, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I might use it too. At $10 a person that is 500 people to buy passes to break even. I guess it's a good idea. But if I were to invest in public transportation I'd invest in the Purple Line. Mike can we get an update on the Purple Line. This year will make or break it and in large part it will come down to the gas tax. Can we see an article about how those two are linked? I work for a civil infrastructure firm and Maryland has some big decisions to make this year.
Alexis J. February 01, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Hi, I'm a UMD journalism student. I'm writing a story about the potential Shuttle UM ridership agreement. I saw that you have a few qualms with it. Could you email me your opinion to (a.jinx29@gmail.com) with your name and occupation that would be greatly appreciated! Would it be cost beneficial for the city? Are there potential problems? Would you use it? Do you ride the metro buses or similar forms of transportation now?
Alexis J. February 01, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Hi, I'm a UMD journalism student. I'm writing a story about the potential Shuttle UM ridership agreement. Could you email me your opinion to (a.jinx29@gmail.com) with your name and occupation that would be greatly appreciated! Would it be cost beneficial for the city? Are there potential problems? Would you use it? Do you ride the metro buses or similar forms of transportation now?

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