The Grand Prix of Baltimore is scheduled to take place again this year over Labor Day weekend, Friday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. Race On LLC is working with the city to finalize a traffic plan. Last year the closing of Russell Street and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) changes caused some traffic backups and delays in getting downtown, especially on the Thursday before the race.
In anticipation of those delays, I am granting liberal leave that will be in effect on Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday, Aug. 31. If you are coming to work during this period, please allow extra time to commute. If you use mass transit, be sure to check with the MTA to learn of route or schedule changes. The University will be open with reduced activity this year. No major University events are being planned for Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3.
Parking garages will be operating on their regular schedules.
Faculty, staff, and students in schools that have clinical services will receive separate notifications from those deans regarding clinical schedules. Please keep in mind that the University of Maryland Medical Center is not subject to this determination. Medical center leadership will communicate plans for medical center clinical services separately.
Leadership at each school will make their own determination about class schedules and cancellations.
Please check the University Grand Prix website, for up-to-date information, or the event website at http://raceonbaltimore.com.
Jay A. Perman, MD