The Purple Line

The Purple Line is a light rail line that will extend from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Silver Spring and Bethesda in Montgomery County. Five of the twenty-one stations will be located directly on or around 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. The Purple Line officially broke ground in August 2017.

September 2021 Update: In September 2020, due to unresolved project claims, Purple Line Transit Partners (PLTP, the consortium designing, building and operating the Purple Line) terminated its contract with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and demobilized from the project. On November 2020, MTA announced an agreement with PLTP to settle claims, end litigation and provide a way forward for PLTP to complete the project. In December, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the settlement agreement which initiated the process for PLTP to identify a new design/build contractor in coordination with MTA. The new design/build contractor is expected to mobilize in early 2022. In the interim, the MTA is continuing some project work, including utility relocations. Updates will be posted as additional information becomes available.   

Questions or concerns about the Purple Line on campus? 

Photo of the new landscaped M. In preparation the Purple Line, which will offer the UMD community easy access to the surrounding region like never before, our beloved M found a new home just across the street from where it stood. 

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17,000 cars
off the road every day
5 stations
on or adjacent to campus
4 connections
to Metrorail