Transportation Throughout the University of Maryland Campus

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As a renowned research institution, the University of Maryland College Park prides itself on having a vibrant, diverse population, boasting a student body that consists of tens of thousands of in-state, out-of-state, and international students. However, as a public state university, the percentage of in-state students is significantly higher, reaching 76% as of 2010 (University of Maryland). Because the vast majority of students lives in surrounding counties of the state of Maryland, many residents leave campus on the weekends through various methods of transportation. Some travel by private automobiles, while others utilize public transportation such as the Metro. As for out-of-state students, more extensive modes of public transportation provide interstate routes that span the east coast. Common methods of travel include the Amtrak and Megabus in addition to the continued use of private cars. College Park is also ideally located for access to international students since there are two large airports located close to campus. At the University of Maryland, a myriad of transportation methods are utilized by both students and faculty members to traverse all fifteen hundred acres of the campus. During all days of the week and at all hours, there are students and faculty members walking, biking, driving, and riding the Shuttle-UM. Taking the size and population of the campus into consideration, this observation is not surprising. Currently, private transportation primarily serves the role of allowing professors and commuter students to travel to work and school. Due to a lack of available parking for a population of over 37,000 students, only a small percentage of the student body (mostly upperclassmen) are permitted to have... ... middle of paper ... ...will have on the Shuttle UM and parking systems already established on campus. Furthermore, two primary reports from differing perspectives, one authored by the Maryland Transit Administration and the other by the University of Maryland, will be evaluated for their presumptions on the roles of private and public transportation in relation to the Purple Line. Fortuitously, approximately a month ago, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh hosted a towns meeting to gauge public concern over the effects of the new Light Rail system on campus issues such as traffic and route plans. Moreover, DOTS has created PowerPoint presentations more specific to private transportation like biking and safe pedestrian walking routes. These can be used to appraise the potential shifts from private to public transportation and changes between prioritized routes throughout campus.

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