U Md. wants Campus Drive open to cars
The University of Maryland intends to keep Campus Drive open to vehicle traffic, officials said this week, the school's Diamondback newspaper reported.
Administrators used the slow summer months to try out something that has been a goal of campus leaders for decades: Converting the thoroughfare into a more college-friendly promenade for pedestrians and cyclists.
Making the change permanent could also have created a clear path for the Purple Line, which planners envision passing through College Park as it connects Bethesda and New Carrollton.
"We are recommending that Campus Drive remains open," Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management Frank Brewer said at a review of the Facilities Master Plan. "It will remain the status quo."
But the decision will not preclude the Purple Line from being built down the center of campus, Brewer said, according to the Diamondback. "We will make any alignment work. Even Campus Drive."
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