LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Maryland’s Purple Line project, which President Barack Obama recommended giving a $100 million grant in his proposed budget this week, will force changes on the University of Maryland, College Park’s iconic entrance from Route 1.
The Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail extending from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. State transportation officials hope that construction can begin by 2015 and that the line will be operational by 2020.
Facilities Management at the university have two proposed options for dealing with the line’s movement through the campus.
One would transform what is now a traffic circle on Campus Drive into three separate intersections built around the famous grassy area marked with an “M.”
Another option, the “preferred” choice according to the Facilities department, would remove the “M” as the central point of the intersection altogether. The “M” would become part of the nearby grassy area and the intersection would come to a point beyond it.