Vice Presidential Debate commuter impact

As the Vice Presidential Debate rapidly approaches on Oct. 7, 2020, university commuter travel near the Presidents Circle area can expect road impacts, parking restrictions and transit detours. Many of these impacts are needed to accommodate staging equipment, work trailers and satellite trucks vital to making the debate a worldwide success. With safety and security at the forefront of this monumental event, we ask all motorists, transit passengers, cyclists and pedestrians to plan accordingly when traveling to campus between Sept. 28-Oct. 8.

Road closures

University Street

The University Street roadway will be closed between 100 South to 300 South from Monday, Sept. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 8. During this time, southbound access will remain open for University Street residents with driveway access only. Street parking is strictly prohibited during this time, and violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.

The University Street roadway will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 8.

100 South impacts

The 100 South roadway will be closed to all eastbound and westbound traffic starting Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 7. All vehicles parked on the street between University Street and Wolcott Street should relocate no later than 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. All vehicles still parked on 100 South the morning of Oct. 2 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

The 100 South roadway will reopen to normal traffic patterns on the morning of Oct. 8.


Several parking lots surrounding Presidents Circle will be inaccessible as early as Monday, Sept. 28. Other lots on campus will be reserved for UPD, event staff, attendees, and authorized personnel. Parking closures and restrictions are subject to change. Please read the posted signage carefully to avoid a citation or towed vehicle.

The following lots will be closed or reserved:

  • The President Circle Lot (Lot 35) will have limited access beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16, and will be closed from Monday, Sept. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 8.
  • The Law Lot (Lot 2) and the Guardsman Lot (Lot 40) are reserved on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
  • The Stadium Lot (Lot 1) is reserved from Thursday Oct. 1 to Thursday Oct. 8.
  • The Student Service Lot (Lot 33) will be closed from Tuesday, Oct. 6 to Wednesday, Oct. 7.
  • The Northwest Garage (Lot 38) is reserved from Friday, Oct. 2 to Thursday, Oct. 8.
  • The Navel Science Lot (Lot 34) will be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 28 to Thursday, Oct. 8.

Other university affiliates for coming to campus for reasons unrelated to the debate may park in the Merrill Engineering Lot (Lot 39) as an alternative.


The Circulator and Blue routes will not stop at Presidents Circle from Wednesday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Oct. 9.

Sept. 16 – 25

Shuttle passengers will be picked up and dropped off at the UTA bus stops on University Street from Wednesday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Sept. 25.


Sept. 28 – Oct. 9

From Monday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Oct. 9., the Circulator Route will detour through 1300 East, turn right on South Temple and Wolcott Street, and proceed to a designated shuttle stop (#76) on 100 South. During this time, the Circulator Route will not stop between the College of Law and Browning stops.

The Blue Route will not operate from Monday, Sept. 28 to Thursday, Oct. 9. Additionally, the Hospital BSB Route will not operate from Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Thursday, Oct. 8.



Due to these restrictions, SafeRide will not be able serve locations surrounding President Circles on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 8. The TapRide app will not allow passengers to select their pick up or drop off location anywhere within the restricted area during these days. We recommend students to request a ride from the Marriott Library as an alternative. Passengers may experience longer wait times, as the road closures may cause delays.


UTA bus routes that stop or travel through University Street and 100 South may experience detours or service modifications. Sign up for UTA service alerts to receive emails or text messages about bus detours and service disruptions.