In anticipation of the surge, U-Md. officials chose to reroute some shuttle buses to provide a connection between campus to Prince George’s Plaza station, where students and faculty can connect with the Green Line. McLaughlin said about 600 people rode the shuttle between 7 a.m. and noon Monday — lower numbers than typical weekday morning ridership on the shuttle that usually runs from campus to College Park station.
According to Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly, Metro’s own shuttle buses carried about 1,600 people during the Monday morning peak period.
Metro opted to shut down the northern stretch of the Green Line in an effort to maximize productivity for repair crews, as well as limit delays and disruptions to the rest of the line. The transit agency also canceled Yellow line “Rush-Plus” service for the duration of the surge — a move that has drawn frustration from some riders.