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Major Campus Traffic Pattern Changes Announced

By Maryland Today Staff

With construction of the Purple Line light rail route scheduled to ramp up in January, long-term traffic pattern changes in the core of the University of Maryland campus will begin on Dec. 27, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella said today.

  • Most notably, the traffic circle at the intersection of Campus and Regents drives will be reconfigured as shown on this map.
  • Campus Drive will be one way westbound from Union Lane (near Stamp Student Union) to Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building), and Union Drive will be closed from Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building) to Championship Drive (in Lots 1 and Z). Alumni Drive will remain open. (See map)
  • Along with the traffic pattern changes, pedestrian detours will be required in many places. All pedestrian detours will be ADA-compliant. (See maps)

To prepare for the traffic pattern changes, road closures are scheduled Dec. 27-28 as shown on this map. Emergency vehicle access will be allowed.

  • Campus Drive will be closed from Paint Branch Drive to Union Drive
  • Union Drive will be closed from Campus Drive to Championship Lane
  • Regents Drive will be closed at the traffic circle

When complete, the Purple Line will extend 16 miles from New Carrollton in Prince George's County to Silver Spring and Bethesda in Montgomery County, with five of the 21 stations located on or near the UMD campus. “With direct connections to Metrorail, Amtrak and MARC, the Purple Line will provide more accessible and reliable transportation for students, faculty and staff, and connect our campus to the surrounding region in new ways,” Colella said.

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