Campus Circulators

When they run

Scroll down to the listings below to see when the Campus Circulators run.

2018 Service Calendar

NEW! GopherTrip
Now Tracks
U of M Buses!

icon of the gophertrip program

The new GopherTrip has many of similiar features as the previous bus tracking system, but Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) asks for the U community's patience as the new system is launched.

PTS has already begun the process of switching out the bus tracking equipment on the campus shuttle buses.

The new GopherTrip app can be found in the Apple store. for iPhones and iPads as well as on GooglePlay for Android devices.

NEWS!  Effective January 16, 2018, the University Avenue Circulator will include an extended route on the West Bank for weeknight and weekend service with a new bus stop at Middlebrook Hall.  See News/Alert for details and map. 

What they are

Campus Circulators are user-friendly mini-buses that cover a specific area. The U of M has a few different kinds of circulators.

click on map to see larger, printable version

University Avenue Circulator

7:00 am – 6:30 pm every 10 minutes
Mon - Wed 6:30 pm –12:15 am every 15 minutes
Thurs - Fri 6:30 pm – 2 am every 15 minutes
Saturday 9:30 am – 2 am every 20 minutes
Sunday 9:30 am – 12:15 am every 20 minutes
Saturday Finals
7 am – 10 pm every 15 minutes
10 pm – 2 am every 20 minutes
Gopher Gameday Saturdays (route/stops change slightly - see gameday map)
9:30 am – 2 am every 20 minutes
Monday-Friday (no weekend service)
  7 am – 6 pm every 15 minutes
NOTE: limited timeframe = not all summer, see service calendar for specific dates
Monday-Friday (no weekend service)
7:00 am – 9:30 pm every 15 minutes
Shuttle Stops
  • Northrop Mall (East Bank)
  • Willey Hall (West Bank)
  • Carlson School of Management (West Bank) - see note in right column
  • Mondale Hall (West Bank)
  • Sanford Hall on University Avenue (East Bank)
  • University Avenue at 15th Avenue (East Bank)
  • University Avenue at Rec Center (East Bank)
  • McNamara Alumni Center (East Bank)
Extended Stops/Service (Weeknights & Weekends Only)
  • Oak Street at Territorial Hall (East Bank)
  • Fulton Street at Frontier Hall (East Bank)
  • Harvard Street at Washington Avenue (East Bank)
  • Middlebrook Hall (West Bank) - starting Jan. 16, 2018

4th Street Circulator

4th Street Circulator (Route 123)

Monday–Friday (No service during weekends, breaks, intersession or U holidays)
7:00 am – 6:00 pm every 10 minutes
Shuttle Stops
  • Coffman Memorial Union (East Bank)
  • Oak Street at University Avenue (East Bank)
  • Ridder Arena (East Bank)
  • 4th Street at 15th Avenue (East Bank)
  • 10th Avenue at University Avenue (East Bank)
  • Mondale Hall (West Bank)
  • 19th Avenue Ramp (West Bank)
  • Blegen Hall (West Bank)

East Bank Circulator

East Bank Circulator (Route 120)

Monday–Friday (No service during weekends or U holidays)
6:00 am – 9:00 am every 10 minutes
9:00 am – 3:00 pm every 20 minutes
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm every 10 minutes
Shuttle Stops
  • Thompson Center for Environmental Management (East Bank)
  • Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (East Bank)
  • Lot 37 (East Bank)
  • Rapson Hall (East Bank)
  • Masonic Memorial Building (East Bank)
  • Clinic & Surgery Center (East Bank)

St. Paul Circulator

St Paul Circulator (Route 124)

Monday–Friday (No service during weekends, breaks or U holidays.)
7:00 am – 6:00 pm every 15 minutes
Shuttle Stops
  • St. Paul Student Center
  • Dudley & Cleveland Avenues
  • Coffman Street & Folwell Avenue (Rec Sports Soccer Fields)
  • Larpenteur Avenue & Coffman Street
  • Hodson Hall & Folwell Avenue
  • Gortner & Dudley Avenues (Christensen Lab)
  • Buford & Gortner Avenues (Biological Science)
  • Veterinary Medical Center (Gortner & Carter Avenues)
  • Transitway & Commonwealth
  • Como Avenue & Raleigh Street
  • Como & Cleveland Avenues
  • Eckles & Carter Avenues (Food Science and Nutrition)

Lose something on the bus?

Bus drivers turn in all abandoned items at the end of the day. The PTS front desk should have them available to claim the day AFTER the item is lost.

Confused about the bus layover?

Riders will notice certain points on the bus route when the drivers stop for a short period of time (usually, 5-10 minutes). This time, called a bus layover, is a necessary function of transit management to ensure labor compliance, to manage on-time departures, and to give drivers needed restroom breaks. On the University Avenue Circulator, the layover spot is outside the Carlson School of Management. On the 4th Street Circulator, the layover spot is outside the 19th Avenue Ramp (across the street from the Carlson School).

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