Parking and Transportation

for the April 24

Presidential Visit to UNC






President Barack Obama will deliver a policy speech on student loans at UNC Tuesday (April 24), the White House has announced. The speech, Obama’s first visit to UNC-Chapel Hill as president, will take place at Carmichael Arena.  The event is free and open to the public. Due to limited event space, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  For further details, visit:


Road / Pedestrian Accessway Closures

For the safety of all concerned, several roads and sidewalks will be re-routed and / or closed during periods of time between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.  Those traveling throughout campus and the surrounding community via bus, car, bicycle, or on foot may experience delays, closures, and detours.  Advance planning and preparation is encouraged and greatly appreciated.


South Road will be closed from the intersection with Raleigh Street east to the Country Club Road intersection beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 24 and ending as late as 4:30 p.m.  Also, due to the President’s planned appearance on a taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” at Memorial Hall on Tuesday, Cameron Avenue will be closed as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 4:30 p.m.  These roads will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles.


Local Transit Detours

Chapel Hill Transit

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) and Triangle Transit bus routes serving these areas will be detoured. All CHT routes may experience schedule delays throughout the day and the following routes will be detoured: A, CCX, DX, FCX, G, NU, PX, RU, S, U and V. 


While CHT will attempt to operate normal published schedules, customers are advised to expect delays and to allow extra travel time. The detours for the A, DX, and NU will start around 12:00 p.m.  The CCX, FCX, G, PX, RU, S, U and V routes will be detoured beginning with the first trip of the day until 4:30 p.m.  For further details on Chapel Hill Transit detours visit:


Triangle Transit

Triangle Transit will be detouring the 400, 405, 800, 805, and CRX routes on Tuesday, April 24. Detours for routes 400 and 405 will last from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Detours for the 800, 805, and CRX routes will begin at 7 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Please expect delays due to increased traffic around the campus.  For further information and a detailed detour map, visit:


Parking for UNC Students and Employees

Due to limited parking availability on the UNC campus, students, staff, and faculty planning on attending President Barack Obama’s policy speech on student loans on April 24 should use their normal weekday parking and transportation arrangements.


All campus parking regulations will remain in effect for April 24, 2012.  Parking on the landscape, on sidewalks, in fire lanes, in reserved spaces or in permitted parking lots without a valid permit is prohibited.


Parking for Campus Visitors

Community patrons planning on attending the speech may wish to explore several parking and transportation options, including using normal weekday public parking in the Town of Chapel Hill parking decks, the University’s Ram’s Head Deck (off Ridge Road, at the eastern end of Kenan Stadium), or park-and-riding from town park –and-ride lots.


Public Parking in the Manning Lot

Limited public parking will be available on the UNC Campus in the Manning Lot near the Dean E. Smith Center (Chapel Hill Transit buses will run their normal weekday routes from the Manning Lot to Franklin Street and north campus).  Special charter buses will operate from Manning Lot to the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and again from approximately 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 


Disability Parking

Free disability parking and shuttle service will be available from the Williamson Lot (across from the Dean E. Smith Center) to the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and again from approximately 2 p.m. to 3 p.m


Any more details regarding campus transportation and parking for the presidential visit will be provided on this site: check back for the most recent information.