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To and From Baltimore City

The IMDA program is divided between the UMBC campus in Catonsville suburb and the graduate studios in downtown Baltimore. IMDA students use a combination of bikes, cars and mass transit as their source of transportation.

UMBC shares a free shuttle bus with the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) in downtown Baltimore. This bus is the primary exchange for IMDA grads to travel between the main campus and their MFA studios near the Bromo Arts and Entertainment District as of January 2017. IMDA students further benefit with the connecting Charm City Circulator service open to all citizens and visitors of Baltimore. The Orange and Purple line of the Charm City Circulator have stops within a few minutes walk from the Downtown service [MLK and Pratt St] to UMBC. Therefore IMDA graduate students have free access to mass transit as far East as the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore and as far north as the Station North Arts & Entertainment District and Penn Station Railway during business hours and weekday evenings.

College students may receive an unlimited MTA transit pass at a reduced rate and catch the MTA Light Rail, all bus routes, including the 35 Bus that goes from UMBC to various points in downtown Baltimore.

Students with bikes may use a combination of riding and transporting bikes on public transportation.

UMB/UMBC Downtown Shuttle
Maryland Transit Authority [MTA]
Baltimore Bike Map [pdf]
Bike Route for Studios

UMB campus map
MTA schedules
MTA students passes
MTA Light Rail
Charm City Circulator


Baltimore has many options for inexpensive travel throughout the region to Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and beyond. The Bolt Bus is an inexpensive option, but there are many other. The Marc Train is a commuter that primarily travels between Baltimore and DC and Amtrak is national. UMBC is conveniently located near BWI airport and with its location on the southwest of Baltimore it’s convenient to Washington DC (a 20 minute drive to the DC Beltway). The trains are available in Catonsville, BWI airport, downtown Baltimore, including Penn Station in the center of Baltimore. The Bolt Bus is also available from Penn Station.

The Light Rail will go to BWI and Penn Station, and the Charm City Circulator Purple Line travels to Penn Station.

Bolt Bus
Marc Train
Baltimore Bike Map


Campus parking is free in marked lots after 4pm for events. For other times, there are coin lots near administration, and there is a new code in place for temporary parking permits. Please contact: in order for departments to purchase temporary parking vouchers for guests and researchers.

Directions and Campus Parking
UMBC Zip Cars

UMB Student Parking
UMBC Zip Cars
Baltimore Zip Cars
Zip Van
Baltimore Carpools
iRide Baltimore
MTA Trip Planner


Marc Train, Light Rail, Subway and Bus Baltimore/DC
MTA Trip Planner
Bolt Bus