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 an estimated completion date of 2022.


Rendering of the interior of the Purple Line light rail vehicle (Courtesy MDOT MTA and PLTP)


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