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.