Some University of Maryland students are upset about a new light rail line that will run through the campus. The new purple line will be a part of the Washington area transit system and will connect two suburban Maryland counties, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

Unlike the other train lines in the area, the purple line will run above ground and have a stop in the center of the University of Maryland. To accommodate this, an additional lane will have to be added to the university’s main thoroughfare, Campus Drive.

"I just want a quiet campus," says junior Brionna Lomax in an interview with WTOP.com. "To have Campus Drive cut off is super inconvenient."

University president Wallace Loh approved the $2.2 billion project, which has been lauded because it will help combat global warming by reducing traffic. It will also connect more people to jobs, and make the University of Maryland more accessible.

"With the light rail, taking transit to UMD events will be more attractive, especially with the Purple Line traveling along Campus Drive, said Paul Shepard, deputy chief public information officer of the Maryland Transit Administration, to WTOP.com.Some University of Maryland students are upset about a new light rail line that will run through the campus. The new purple line will be a part of the Washington area transit system and will connect two suburban Maryland counties, Montgomery and Prince George’s.

Unlike the other train lines in the area, the purple line will run above ground and have a stop in the center of the University of Maryland. To accommodate this, an additional lane will have to be added to the university’s main thoroughfare, Campus Drive.

"I just want a quiet campus," says junior Brionna Lomax in an interview with WTOP.com. "To have Campus Drive cut off is super inconvenient."

University president Wallace Loh approved the $2.2 billion project, which has been lauded because it will help combat global warming by reducing traffic. It will also connect more people to jobs, and make the University of Maryland more accessible.

"With the light rail, taking transit to UMD events will be more attractive, especially with the Purple Line traveling along Campus Drive, said Paul Shepard, deputy chief public information officer of the Maryland Transit Administration, to WTOP.com.