Transportation Demand Management
In response to increased enrollments and campus growth, UMBC will reduce the potential strain on the existing parking inventory through implementation of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies and policies. A number of TDM options will be employed to reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel onto campus, better utilize existing parking facilities, and improve access to alternative transportation modes.
UMBC has launched its first TDM initiative which focuses on improving utilization of existing surface parking lots that appear to be distant from the core. This sustainable project will improve pedestrian crossings along Hilltop Circle on the east side of the campus to greatly increase utilization of existing lots that are currently underused. Future projects will be needed to enhance linkages to other parking areas.
The University will integrate a variety of TDM strategies into its daily operations and implement sustainable facility projects to improve the campus and reduce its impact on the environment. A number of strategies are being considered to reduce the demand for new parking areas and increase use of alternatives to driving including:
• Improvements to bus routes and stations;
• Installation of bike lanes and bike parking facilities including in new residential communities;
• Introducing a bike rental program;
• Development of ride share programs such as carpooling and vanpooling;
• Increasing use of existing remote parking lots;
• Providing car-sharing services for faculty, staff, and students who elect to use alternative modes of transportation;
• Improving pedestrian pathways; and
• Promoting teleworking for faculty and staff.
Even as UMBC strives to reduce its carbon footprint through implementation of TDM strategies, the University is prepared to respond to additional parking needs as they arise on campus. These new parking facilities are included in this plan:
• New surface lot for approximately 150 cars on a parcel of cleared land between lots 3 and 12 near the Commons Avenue Garage; and
• New parking structures with approximately 1,300 spaces located near campus portals.