UMD May Restrict Access to Main Transit Artery

Part of a plan to create pedestrian-friendly zone

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 4:14 PM EDT
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UMD May Restrict Access to Main Transit Artery

Restrictions would apply the roadway infront of Stamp Student Union.

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The University of Maryland in College Park is considering a plan to restrict access to one of the main transit arteries on campus. It would essentially shut off vehicle traffic starting at the top of the big "M" circle to Union Lane, near Stamp Student Union.

Currently the stretch is a highly traveled roadway used by students and visitors. It's also the main pick-up and drop-off location for Shuttle-UM, Metrobus and The Bus.

According to school spokesman Milree Williams, the university has made no final plans.

"It's part of an overall strategic plan to create a more pedestrian friendly zone, and it's something we've talked about for years but haven't been able to test out yet," he said.

Williams said officials have identified some dates during the summer that would "minimize impact and produce the least amount of hardship" to test it out. He says before they can make any final decisions they need to examine first hand what challenges it would present.

"There would be a signage for the few weeks while it's restricted, but Campus Drive would remain open to emergency transport, pedestrians and bicycles," said Williams. "We would also find a way to re-route buses."

The student government claims the plan had no student input. They are hosting a public forum May 4 at 4 p.m. in the student union to discuss the matter.

Williams said the school will likely decide in the next couple weeks how and when to implement it.

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