Carlo Colella, vice president and chief administrative officer, sent the following email to the campus community on Monday:
As we prepare for the start of the spring semester, I am sharing changes on campus related to construction of the Purple Line light rail. Below is important rail safety information for pedestrians, bicycle and micromobility riders and vehicles.
Your safety is important to us. We are continuously monitoring conditions on campus and adjusting as necessary.
Bicycle and Micromobility Riders
Campus Drive, in the core of campus, now contains light-rail tracks embedded in the roadway. We urge caution for cyclists, e-scooter riders and wheelchair users when traveling near the tracks due to gaps in the rails.
This week, a new temporary bike path will open on the north side of Campus Drive between Regents Drive and the Stamp Student Union. Bikes and micromobility vehicles should use this path instead of the roadway. The temporary bike path will be in place until the construction of a permanent path is completed as part of the Purple Line project.
Road closures will be similar to the fall semester.
We remind you to use caution and follow all posted signs and flaggers when traveling near construction areas. As always, we appreciate your flexibility as this important project for our campus and entire region continues to make progress.
For accessible pedestrian routes, go to the online UMD Campus Map, select the "Directions" tab, then click the "Accessible Pathways" checkbox to see accessible campus routes.
To subscribe to text alerts when a significant sidewalk or roadway closure is scheduled by the Purple Line, use your mobile phone to text the keyword “UMDPURPLE” (not case-sensitive) to 888777.
If you have questions or encounter issues while traveling around campus, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.405.2222.
Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
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