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, with a scheduled completion date of 2022.

Conceptual rendering of the new landscaped M. The University of Maryland's M Circle is a treasured landmark. As we prepare for the Purple Line, which will offer the UMD community easy access to the surrounding region like never before, our beloved M will find a new home just across the street from where it stands. For more information, refer to the Campus FAQs using the link below. (Rendering prepared by Interface Multimedia)

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17,000 cars
off the road every day
5 stations
on or adjacent to campus
Expected completion date