Visit MTA, the Maryland Transportation Authority to find how to travel to and from campus, with tips including:

  • Save: Students can purchase an MTA Bus pass for $55.00  availImage result for maryland mta bus logo imageable through Off Campus Student Services
  • Bus: CityLink Yellow (YW) & Purple (PR), ​LocalLink 37, 76 & 77 connect UMBC with surrounding area and Baltimore City
  • Train: Many trains serve the area, including MARC, a commuter train connecting the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Areas with student-friendly fares
  • Light Rail & Metro: Connecting Baltimore County & City, the metro travels east and west while the light rail north to south

Locate routes and schedules for all MTA transit options


Get where you need to go with MTA’s discounted monthly bus pass – just $55 dollars (regularly $77).

Download the free Charm Pass mobile ticketing app via Apple Store or GooglePlay and enter your UMBC email to get your discount.


Beginning August 1, 2023 stickers will no longer be accepted and all regular-status faculty and staff who wish to use the free ridership benefit must obtain a state ID. Steps to do this:

  1. Employees must fill out and electronically submit to their institution’s ID coordinator (UMBC ID Coordinator is Wendi Myers) the following:
    1.  ID application
    2.  State Security Card Acknowledgement
    3. A copy of their government-issued photo ID
    4. Jpeg photograph of the application

Please read the  Directions for more specific information and photo restrictions.

  1. The ID coordinator then must verify all necessary criteria have been met and then email the package to SCPC at
  2. SCPC will process the application the ID coordinator will get a “received” response. After 48 business hours, the employee may go to the location indicated on their application to obtain their ID Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 8 am – 2 pm.

The ID is available to all Regular Full-Time Staff/Faculty ONLY and entitles you to free services on MTA buses, light rail and subway. Adjuncts, CI and CII employees are NOT eligible at this time.

This sticker also applies to the following commuter routes:

210: Kent Island/Annapolis-Baltimore

215: Baltimore-Annapolis

310: Columbia-Baltimore/Johns Hopkins

320: Baltimore-Jessup/Columbia

410: Churchville/Bel Air-Baltimore/State Center

411: Hickory/Bel Air-Baltimore/Johns Hopkins

420: Havre de Grace-Baltimore/Johns Hopkins