Change your commute route Dec. 8 for commencement

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by Tehreem Khan

As another class of UAB students graduates, UAB Transportation recommends traveling an alternative route to and from work during commencement activities Dec. 8.

Both graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8, at Bartow Arena. The Graduate Commencement will begin at 10 a.m., and the Undergraduate Commencement will begin at 3 p.m. Because of construction around campus, commuters can expect congestion and traffic-flow changes, including temporary one-way streets.

2023 Fall Commencement Traffic Map

“Planning an alternative route is the best way to ensure your commute is less affected by commencement,” said Brian Atkinson, executive director for UAB Transportation. He recommends using traffic maps such as Google MapsApple Maps or Waze, all available for iOS and Android devices, to monitor traffic congestion information during travel time.

UAB Transportation recommends avoiding several general areas on campus where normal commuting routes will be affected by commencement:

  • All lanes of 13th Street South between Sixth Avenue and University Boulevard

Blazer Express routes will not change during commencement days, but the North Green route may experience delays, Atkinson says. Monitor Blazer Express bus locations in real time on the TransLoc Bus Tracking App available for iOS and Android.

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