How to arrange your transportation to campus or hotels

Arriving by plane

For those of you flying into the DC area, your best option is to arrive at either BWI Thurgood Marshall airport or Reagan National Airport. While it is possible to arrive at Dulles International Airport, it is a considerably farther drive than the other two airports, and the drive can be a traffic nightmare. I would advise against arriving there if possible.

Taking a Bus or Shuttle from the Airport to Campus / Hotel (train information below)
The B30 Metrobus from BWI Airport to Greenbelt Metro Station costs about $5 per person for a one-way fare. It is quick, comfortable, and convenient and has extra space for passenger luggage. The first bus leaves BWI for Greenbelt at 7:00 AM on weekdays and 9:40 AM on weekends and holidays, and the last bus leaves BWI at 10:50 PM seven days a week. The trip to Greenbelt takes approximately 30 minutes. The College Park Metro Station is one stop from Greenbelt on the Metro’s Green line. Printable timetables in PDF or Palm format are available on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website. If you are staying at the Marriott, you can tell the hotel to pick you up at the College Park metro station. If you are staying at the Holiday Inn, you may be able to arrange to have the hotel shuttle pick you up at the metro station.

Super Shuttle is a van service that offers transportation from area airports to locations in and around DC. You must reserve Super Shuttle in advance; to do so online, go to Super Shuttle, Washington, DC for Reagan National and Dulles International Airports, and Super Shuttle, Baltimore, MD for BWI Airport. You may also call 1-800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) toll free for reservations.

Renting a car and driving to campus from area airports

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) — 30–45 minutes driving time, depending on traffic. Follow signs for Airport exit. Take the ramp toward the George Washington Parkway, headed north. Merge onto I-395 north headed towards Washington. After 1. 5 miles, merge onto I-295 (Southeast Freeway) from the left exit. Take the Pennsylvania Ave. exit off the Southeast Freeway. You will cross the John Philip Sousa Bridge, and will need to get into the left lane when you see signs for 295 North. Turn left onto the on-ramp for 295 North. This will become the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. After 9 miles, get off at the exit for the Capital Beltway, I-495 North/I-95 North towards Baltimore/College Park. You will be on the Beltway for only one mile. Take exit 25, which is Baltimore Ave./US-1 south towards College Park. The main entrance to campus (on Campus Drive) is on your right approximately two miles south of the exit on Route 1.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) — 30–40 minutes driving time, depending on traffic. As you leave the airport, look for signs to 295 S (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) heading towards Washington. Travel on the Parkway until you see the exit for the Capital Beltway, I-495 North/I-95 North towards Baltimore/College Park. You will be on the Beltway for only one mile. Take exit 25, which is Baltimore Ave./US-1 south towards College Park. The main entrance to campus (on Campus Drive) is on your right approximately two miles south of the exit on Route 1.

Washington Dulles International Airport — 1 hour, 15 minutes driving time, depending on traffic. From the airport exit, take the Dulles Toll Road (267) east towards Washington. Take the exit for I-495 (Capital Beltway) headed towards Baltimore. Take exit 25, which is Baltimore Ave./US-1 south towards College Park. The main entrance to campus (on Campus Drive) is on your right approximately two miles south of the exit on Route 1.

Directions to Campus by Train (Metrorail, MARC, Amtrak)

Metrorail from Washington, D.C.

  • Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
  • Or take the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station. The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the metrorail station. Hotel shuttles will arrange to meet you at the College Park metro station as well.

MARC from Baltimore (Inner Harbor)

  • Take the Camden Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at the College Park station.
  • The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the Metrorail station. Hotel shuttles will arrange to meet you at the College Park metro station as well.

MARC from Baltimore (Penn Station/West Baltimore/BWI Airport)

  • Take the Penn Line train (toward Washington, D.C.); get off at Union Station.
  • Transfer to the Metrorail system.
  • Take the Red Line train (toward Glenmont); transfer at the Fort Totten station to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt); get off at the College Park/U of MD station.
  • The university’s Shuttle-UM buses pick up university-bound passengers on the EAST side of the Metrorail station. Hotel shuttles will arrange to meet you at the College Park metro station as well.

Amtrak

  • From the north, take Amtrak to the BWI train station, and follow the above directions about arriving at airports. You will be able to arrive from BWI train station by using a bus, Super Shuttle, or MARC train to metro. Or, if you prefer, continue past BWI to Union Station and take the metro or a Super Shuttle. (See above sections for transportation from BWI and for information on Washington metrorail.)
  • From the south, take Amtrak to Union Station, take a Super Shuttle or the metro (follow the above directions about using metro).


MIT Press to Attend!

MIT Press, leading academic publisher of new media scholarship, will have an editor in attendance and a booth (with books for order at a 20% discount).

Hotel Information

Panelists for the symposium are staying at two local hotels, the Marriott Inn and Conference Center (which is located on the U. of Maryland’s campus) and the Holiday Inn — College Park (which is one mile away and has shuttle service). The Marriott is considerably nicer and offers the obvious bonus of being within walking distance; however, it is significantly more expensive ($199 a night for one queen bed; $219 for two queen beds), which is why we are also suggesting the Holiday Inn ($134.10 but if you ask for the University of Maryland rate, then it’s $89 a night). You cannot make a reservation for the Holiday Inn at the U. of MD rate online; you must call. Also, their computer lists the rate as UniversityMaryland — if you tell them not to search with the “of” I can guarantee you it will save you time and trouble. In addition to these two hotels, there are a variety of quite modest motels on Rt. 1; they do not all have shuttles and online reviews are often helpful in terms of knowing what to expect.

It’s best that you make arrangements soon as hotels in the area will book up very quickly. If you have further questions about hotels, please contact helen DeVinney: hdevinney@gmail.com

Marriott Inn & Conference Center at the University of Maryland University College
3501 University Blvd. E
Adelphi, MD 20783
1-301-985-7300

Holiday Inn
10000 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-345-6700

Open Mic/Mouse

There will be an open mic/mouse on the evening of Wednesday, May 2, starting at 6:15 in Art/Soc 2203. Many of the symposium attendees will be reading/performing from their current and favorite works of electronic literature, and everyone will be welcome to take a turn at the mic/mouse. A great way way to encounter this exciting body of writing for the first time. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Who’s Coming?

Confirmed attendees include:

  • Sandy Baldwin (West Virginia University)
  • Bill Bly (Independent Writer and Scholar)
  • Laura Borr s Castanyer (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)
  • helen DeVinney (University of Maryland)
  • Neil Fraistat (University of Maryland)
  • Bertrand Gervais (Université du Québec Montréal, Canada)
  • Belle Gironda (Queensborough Community College)
  • Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver)
  • Juan B. Gutierrez (Florida State University)
  • N. Katherine Hayles (UCLA)
  • Rob Kendall (Independent Writer and Scholar)
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland)
  • Deena Larsen (Independent Writer and Scholar)
  • Mark Marino (University of Southern California)
  • Talan Memmott (California State University Monterey Bay)
  • Nick Montfort (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Susan Schreibman (University of Maryland)
  • Doug Sery (MIT Press)
  • Stepahnie Strickland (Independent Writer and Scholar)
  • Thom Swiss (University of Minnesota)
  • Joseph Tabbi (University of Illinois-Chicago)
  • Kenneth Thibodeau (National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Jill Walker (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Noah Wardrip-Fruin (UCSD)
  • Joshua Weiner (University of Maryland)

The complete Symposium Schedule is now available!

Registration Open!

Registration for the symposium is now open. While FREE for ELO members and University of Maryland students, staff, and faculty, all attendees are required to register.

There is a nominal fee for those who would like lunch included in their registration.