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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 is scheduled to begin carrying passengers in October 2026.

December 2022 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 2020, 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. In November 2021, MTA announced the selection of Maryland Transit Solutions (MTS) as the new design/build contractor. MTS started construction on the alignment in August 2022. Full construction mobilization on the UMD campus is planned for January 2023.

Questions or concerns about the Purple Line on campus? 

Contact UMD Purple Line team:

Note: All pedestrian detours for the Purple Line are required to be ADA accessible. If, due to a permanent or temporary disability, the Purple Line construction presents a barrier to you, please contact You may also contact the UMD ADA/504 Coordinator at:

Contact MTA Purple Line team for construction concerns:

The new "M"
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. 

cars off the road every day
stations on or adjacent to campus
connections to Metrorail
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