2016 Transportation News Archive

One Block of Westbound Washington Avenue Closed Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Posted: 09/29/16

One block of westbound Washington Ave SE between Walnut and Harvard Streets (the emergency vehicle and bicycle lane) will be closed beginning at 9 a.m on Friday, September 30 through Saturday, October 1 due to utility work.

Bus and train traffic will continue as usual. Bicycles will be re-routed north to Beacon Street.

September is Safety Month for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Transit Riders

Posted: 09/02/16

Parking & Transportation Services at the University is promoting transportation safety awareness with several events this month. 

The primary goal of these events is to engage people in discussions about transportation safety and to hand out informational literature.  The PTS prize wheel will reward attendees who supply correct answers to basic safety questions with promotional giveaways and treats. Drawings will be for a free U-Pass and one-year bike locker contracts.

On Tuesday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Behind the Big Wheel will take place at the intersection of the Transitway and 25th Avenue SE.  See various large vehicles, including a campus shuttle bus, so bicyclists can experience what the view is like from the driver's seat.  PTS staff will be on hand to explain the challenges faced by bus drivers encountering distracted cyclists on the Transitway. The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will participate as well. Free lunch for the first 100 people on-site.

Open Streets - University of Minnesota will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The route changed from last year's inaugural event; this year, it will go from Dinkytown, through East Bank, West Bank, and the Cedar-Riverside area.   The Open Streets event will have a mini Big Wheel event with a University shuttle bus, and the PTS prize wheel will reward attendees who supply correct answers to basic safety questions with promotional giveaways and treats.

See the complete list of events below:

Tuesday, September 6
Transportation Fair 
Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7
Farmers Market
McNamara Alumni Center Plaza
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 8
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ University & Oak
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 13
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ CSOM
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 14
Farmers Market
McNamara Alumni Center Plaza
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 15
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ SP Student Ctr.
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 20
Donuts with the Cops
West Bank Bridgehead
8 – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 21
Donuts with the Cops
Union Street Plaza (East Bank)
8 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 22
Donuts with the Cops
St. Paul Student Center bus stop
8 – 10 a.m.

Tuesday, September 27
Behind the Big Wheel
Corner of Transitway and 25th Ave. SE
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
Open Streets
Dinkytown/East Bank/West Bank/Cedar-Riverside area
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PTS hopes to see you at one of more of these activities.

Open Streets Event Takes Place on Campus October 1

Posted: 8/23/16

Open Streets - University of Minnesota will take place on Saturday, October 1from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The route changed from last year's inaugural event; it goes from Dinkytown, through East Bank, West Bank, and the Cedar-Riverside area.  

The Campus Connector and University Avenue Circulator will run on a modified route during the event. Watch for signs at the bus stops.

ABOUT THE EVENT 

Open Streets Minneapolis gives local residents a chance to experience their streets in a whole new way – by bike, skateboard, rollerblade, or on foot. Open Streets closes major thoroughfares to motor vehicle traffic and opens it up for programming and fun from local businesses, residents, and community groups. The family-friendly events are free for all to attend and are a great way to better get to know your community.

Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has turned Minneapolis streets into car-free, community-filled fun for a weekend afternoon. Open Streets University of Minnesota is one of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Find full details: www.openstreetsmpls.org.

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition inspires people to bicycle and advocates for a city where everyone feels comfortable riding. Through Open Streets,Bikeways for Everyone and Minneapolis Bike Week, we enjoy engaging and empowering more people to ride comfortably in the City of Minneapolis. 

Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall

Posted: 08/04/16

The City of St. Paul has scheduled reconstruction for the Raymond Avenue Phase III Paving Project this fall.

This work will be done in two stages. The first stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Standish Street and Como Avenue.

Starting on Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, November 23, the roadway will be closed to through traffic. Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Vehicles will be detoured on Highway 280.

Access for pedestrians, bicycle traffic and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.

The second stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Energy Park Drive and Standish. This will occur in spring of 2017. 

Project Inspector Mike Vanbeusekom from the City of Saint Paul will oversee this project.  Mike’s contact information is 651-266-6083. Note that Mike’s phone does not accept emails or text messages.  Please call and leave a voicemail message if necessary.

Updates will be made available by calling 651-266-ROAD (651-266-7623) or visiting the City’s website at http://www.stpaul.gov/construction.  

Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned

Posted: 03/23/16

In April, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin work on the Highway 36 project to replace the Highway 36 bridge with two new bridges to carry eastbound and westbound Hwy 36 traffic.

MnDOT will also reconstruct and resurface the ramps at Lexington Avenue and the westbound ramps at Hamline Avenue; resurface Highway 36 between Hamline Avenue and Victoria Street; and replace the two signal systems at the Lexington Avenue ramps.

Lexington Avenue will be closed at Highway 36 and detoured for up to five months during the project. Other ramps in the area also will close during a portion of the work.

When complete in November, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility; lessen congestion, provide smoother road surfaces, and extend the service life of Highway 36 and the bridges at Lexington Avenue.

For more information about the Highway 36 project along with closures and detours, please visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy36roseville/ or for other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov.

Campus Travel Affected By Minnesota State Fair

Posted 8/10/16

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 25 and runs through Monday, September 5.

The only way to access the fair on foot from University property is at theBuford and Randall Avenue entrance. The Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate will be CLOSED to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic during the State Fair.

Traffic around campus will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. BE SURE TO CARRY YOUR U CARD. You will need it to receive the lower University rate at public parking facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Learn more about Gopher football Thursday during the fair, contract reciprocal parking changes, public parking details, campus shuttle schedules and more.

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 07/26/16

Welcome Week kicks off the official introduction to the U for approximately 6,000 new freshmen coming to campus.

The week-long event starts Wednesday, August 31 and goes through Monday, September 5. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

As a reminder - the bus stop at the transitway and Commonwealth and the stop at Buford and Gortner are BOTH CLOSED for the Minnesota State Fair (see map of route and stops).

The schedule is outlined below:

Campus Connectors

Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, August 31
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Thursday, September 1
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes
5:45 p.m. - 1 a.m. every 15 minutes (gameday shuttle/different stops)

Friday, September 2
7 - 9 a.m., every 15 minutes
9 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 5 minutes
6 p.m.- 1 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 3:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes

Sunday, September 4:
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., every 20 minutes
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., every 15 minutes
4 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 5
9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 20 minutes

Campus Circulators

The University Avenue Circulator will run Wednesday, August 31 - Monday, September 5 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The Stadium Superblock Circulator will run Wednesday, August 31 through Friday, September 2 from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5.

St. Paul Circulators and 4th Street Circulators will not run during this time period.

Franklin Avenue Bridge Closure Starts May 8

Posted: 04/26/16 
Updated: 9/2/16 -- The Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) opened 9/1/16. Motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists are now able to cross the bridge in both directions. Two-way pedestrian and bike traffic is contained to the northern lanes while crews continue work on the southern lanes. There will be a community event celebrating the restoration and improvement in October.

At 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, the Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) in Minneapolis will completely close to all traffic (motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians). The bridge is expected to reopen Labor Day weekend. 

This closure is needed to allow for removal of the existing bridge deck and to place new deck panels. More than 360 deck panels were constructed last year and are ready for placement. These panels will be floated down the river and hoisted up to the bridge deck.

Motorists will be directed to a route that uses I-94 to cross the river.

Pedestrians and bicyclists have two options: south to Lake Street/Marshall Avenue or north to Washington Avenue.

Please note, the West River Parkway detour due to the mudslide near the University of Minnesota is still in effect.

Full detour maps can be found on the project website.

Find out more project specifics at www.hennepin.us/franklinbridge.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 5/09/16

The majority of students leave campus for the summer, but for those taking summer classes (and for staff and faculty still working), it’s important to keep the reduced campus shuttle schedule in mind!

Campus Connector 
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday every 15 minutesfrom Monday, May 16 through Friday, June 10 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus is out of Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 30 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 9:30 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 9:35 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 30, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m. There is no service on weekends.

NOTE: The Welcome Week service schedule will be posted later this summer.

University Avenue Circulators
University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutesfrom Monday, May 16 through Friday, June 10. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 30 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. every 15 minutesfrom Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday.There is no service on weekends.

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutesfrom Monday, August 8 through Tuesday, August 30. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

There is no service on weekends.

Stadium Superblock Circulators

Stadium Superblock Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 16 through Tuesday, August 30. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 30 or Monday, July 4 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

There is no Circulator service on weekends.

St. Paul Campus Circulator 
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 16 – Friday, June 10 (no service on Monday, May 30).

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. resumes Monday, June 13 (no service on Monday, July 4) and ends again onFriday, August 5.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 6 through Monday, September 5.

Intersection at Washington Avenue, Ontario Street Closed For August 27 Weekend

Posted 8/23/16

The westbound lanes of the Washington and Ontario intersection will be closed for the weekend of August 27, due to construction of a fiber optic line underneath the road.

Westbound vehicles will be detoured via Ontario to Beacon to Oak and back to Washington Avenue.

The west sidewalk one block north and south will be temporarily moved in the roadway.

All other traffic including the light rail will be unaffected. 

Possible Traffic Delay at I-94 at Lyndale Tunnel

Posted: 08/18/16 - 2:10 pm

A broken gas main had shut down I-94 in both directions at the Lyndale Tunnel. If traveling in this area, check on the current traffic condition before leaving campus in case of any major traffic delays.

St. Paul's Lot SC101 Closed For First Two Weekends in August

Posted: 08/01/16

Lot SC101 (at the corner of Commonwealth and Cleveland Avenues) will be closed for the first two weekends in August as milling and overlaying is completed.

The lot will be closed for milling on Saturday, August 6 for the entire day. It will re-open for weekday use.

The lot will close again on Saturday, August 13 for overlay work and will remain closed on Sunday, August 14 for curing. It will be re-striped and open by the morning on Monday, August 15.

As always, this maintenance work is dependent on the weather.

PTS, Fleet Services Host Utility Vehicle Expo on July 20

Posted: 07/08/16

University department staff are invited to attend the Utility Vehicle Expo at the Fleet Services Building from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. 

A variety of manufacturers and vendors will be on hand to demonstrate the latest options in utility vehicles, both light and heavy duty.  Learn more about utility vehicle capabilities, configurations and add-on equipment and costs.

See more details on the Utility Vehicle Expo 2016!

Washington Avenue Bridge Closes To Traffic/Trains For July 8 Weekend

Posted: 07/05/16

A variety of construction and repair projects on Washington Avenue will cause road and bridge closures, detours, and rail/​bus rerouting the weekend of July 8.

On FRIDAY, July 8:

  • Eastbound lanes on the Washington Avenue Bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 4:00 a.m. Eastbound lanes will reopen at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11.
  • Green Line trains will shut down service in both directions at 7:00 p.m. Buses will replace trains between Raymond Avenue and Target Field stations. Green Line service will resume at 3:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11.
  • Westbound lanes on the Washington Avenue Bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 8:00 p.m. Westbound lanes will reopen at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11.
  • The Washington Avenue Transit Mall will close to all transit from Walnut Street and Church Street at 9:00 p.m. The Transit Mall will reopen to transit vehicles at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11.
  • The Washington Avenue Transit Mall will close to bicycle traffic from Union Street to Walnut Street at 9:00 p.m. Bicycle lanes will reopen on Saturday, July 9 in the afternoon.

The best advice is to follow the detour and route change signs that will be in place and plan accordingly. Find train details and where to catch the replacement buses at the Metro Transit website.

Work Begins on Tunnel Connection Between Tate, Rapson Halls

Posted: 07/05/16

Work on the Tate Lab of Physics has made Church Street between University Avenue and Washington Avenue a congested mix of trucks, heavy equipment, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Church Street will get even busier next week as construction begins on a tunnel connection between Tate and Rapson Hall. Tunnel excavation and construction will be done in phases so Church Street won’t close entirely, but pedestrian walkways and vehicle access will shift and narrow considerably.

The walkway through the construction area is now and will continue to be a bicycle dismount area, so please be considerate and walk your bike.

As always, be aware of the activity around you; look and listen for equipment on the move.

Highway 280/I-35W Interchange Closed Until July

Posted: 5/02/16

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will close the interchange at Hwy 280 and I-35W in Roseville at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 2.

During the six-week closure north of Broadway Street to I-35W, the interchange will be re-built to improve safety and reduce congestion by improving the layout of the ramp from northbound Hwy 280 to northbound I-35W (and giving drivers a smoother ride with new pavement).

While the interchange is closed, the detour will be on Broadway Street, Industrial Boulevard and I-35W.

When the interchange opens in mid-July, the final stages of the project will begin to resurface the highway between Broadway Street and Como Avenue. This part of the project will be completed by late July.

For more information about the Hwy 280 project, visitmndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy280/. Real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota is available at www.511mn.org.

Portion of Gortner Avenue Closed May 23 Until June 17

Posted: 5/11/16 
Updated: 5/18/16
 This road closure has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. It now begins MondayMay 23rd and ends June 17.
Update: Weather delays changed the road re-opening to Friday, July 1.

Beginning on Monday, May 16 Monday, May 23 until Friday, June 10 Friday, June 17, Gortner Avenue will be closed between Folwell Avenue and the Field roads, due to the installation of a new sanitary sewer line for the Bee Lab Project.

There will be no road access on that portion of Gortner Avenue during this time. A temporary pedestrian path will be provided.

See detour map.

If you have any questions, please email Pete Nickel, CPPM Project Manager, at nicke017@umn.edu.

Athletes Village Update: Lane Closed on 15th Avenue Between 6th, 8th Street

--- Update 6/10/16: 15th Avenue will re-open fully by end of next week, if weather allows. The west side of 8th Street will remain a no-parking zone during working hours (vehicles will be ticketed and towed). Moped parking area has already been re-opened.

Posted: 04/20/16

The northbound traffic lane on 15th Avenue between 6th St and 8th Street closed about one week ago for roughly one month. 

Both north- and south-bound traffic share the southbound lane.  The bike lane on the southbound side of 15th Avenue is temporarily closed. 

Work started on the corner of 8th Street and 15th Avenue and moves south toward 6th Street. 

See map of area and suggested alternative route for travel.

When in the area, please slow down, use extra caution, and plan for additional travel time.

Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 4/27/16

During Finals Week (Monday, May 9 - Saturday, May 14), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays, but Finals Saturday service on the Campus Connector will be more frequent than usual.

On Saturday, May 14, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. to 2 a..m., service will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. University Avenue Circulators will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m . until 10 p.m.. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. service will run every 20 minutes.

As a reminder, the 4th Street Circulators, Stadium Superblock Circulators and St. Paul Circulators do NOT run on Saturdays.

There will be no campus shuttle service on Sunday, May 15.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

Take Action to Stop Distracted Driving During April's Awareness Month

Posted: 04/21/16

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month as observed by the National Safety Council.

Each year in Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries, according to the Office of Traffic Safetya division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Distracted or inattentive driving is when a driver engages in any activity that might distract them from the primary task of driving — and increases their risk of crashing.

Read Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Watch the "Body Bag" TV public service announcements

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

The Office of Traffic Safety designs and implements public education and traffic-law enforcement programs with the goal of reducing crashes, deaths and injuries on Minnesota roads by improving driver behavior.

Northwest Stair Tower in Oak Street Ramp Closed Until August

Posted: 03/25/16

Starting Monday, March 28, 2016, the northwest stair tower inside the Oak Street Ramp will be closed until early August 2016 for repair work.

The stair tower will not be available for use.

Drive lanes will remain open, but construction workers will be in that area.  Temporary vertical supports will be in place during this repair work.  Up to 20 parking spaces (a few on each level) may be affected.  Please slow down and use caution while driving through the ramp.

DO NOT park in blocked-off areas.  Please drive and walk safely in the ramp, especially near the construction area.

Facilities Management has posted signs in the stairwells.

As with all construction projects, this is weather dependent (plans may be delayed or extended if necessary).

Thank you in advance.

Highway 280 Work Begins This Spring

Posted: 03/23/16

MnDOT will repair and resurface northbound and southbound Hwy 280 and shoulders between Como Avenue and I-35W and rebuild the ramps between Hwy 280 and I-35W during the 2016 construction season.

Traffic impacts

  • The ramps between Hwy 280 and I-35W will be closed and detoured for a portion of the project. This will require closing Hwy 280 north of Broadway Street (6 weeks). Hwy 280 will be detoured.
  • Hwy 280 will remain open to a single lane of traffic in each direction south of Broadway Street.
  • The ramp from northbound Hwy 280 to northbound I-35W will be open during Rondo Days in St. Paul on July 16.
  • Ramps at Como Ave and Larpenteur Ave will close and be detoured during nearby work on Hwy 280.

Signed detours will direct motorists during construction.

The work includes a new concrete median barrier, new guardrail north of Larpenteur Avenue and improvements.to the storm sewer system and ponds along Hwy 280.

This work will improve safety and reduce congestion by improving the layout of the ramp from northbound Hwy 280 to northbound I-35W; increase safety by replacing guardrail and adding concrete median barrier; provide a smoother ride; improve drainage; and extend service life of roadway, bridges and drainage system.

For more information, visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy280/

To sign up for email updates, contact Kent Barnard, MnDOT Public Affairs via email at kent.barnard@state.mn.us.

Construction Begins on New Athletes Village In March

Posted: 03/15/16

Beginning the week of March 14, the University of Minnesota starts construction on Athletes Village, including new facilities on the interior of the Bierman Field block on the east side of 15th Avenue SE between 5th and 8th Streets.  The project will also include the addition of a new pedestrian entrance to the complex facing 15th Avenue SE. 

Construction trucks will access the site primarily from 8th Street SE (east of 15th Avenue SE). The route for trucks coming to and from the site will be from 8th Street SE, north on 15th Avenue SE, to Rollins/Elm/Kasota, which is the truck route to the regional transportation network.  As trucks move through the intersection of 8th Street and 15th Avenue SE (particularly during the initial period when there will be earth-moving), flag people will be at that location to facilitate safe movements.  A reduced construction speed limit on 8th Street SE (east of 15th Avenue SE) will be posted during the construction period.  The safety of all on and around the site is paramount.

The project will also include underground utility improvements along the east edge of 15th Avenue SE that will require a temporary relocation of the bike lane.  The bike lane will be restored as part of the project. 

A segment of 8th Street SE east of 15th Avenue SE and north of vacated 6th Street that is owned by the University will be paved as part of this project.

If you are interested in receiving periodic construction updates on the various stages of the Athletes Village project, please email Joe Bjorklund at Mortenson Construction.

The new facilities will add space for training and academic support for student athletes.  The new facilities will not include competition venues.  General information about the project is at https://cppm.umn.edu/athletes-village

The entire Athletes Village project is scheduled for completion in January 2018.  The 2016 construction season is when you the greatest intensity of activity will be around the site.  The City of Minneapolis is planning a reconstruction of the segment of 8th Street SE between 15th Avenue and vacated 6th Street SE that is scheduled for the 2018 construction season.

Thank you for your patience and consideration during this construction period.

Avoid the Tow! Minneapolis Street Sweeping Starts April 13

Posted: 03/09/16

From Wednesday, April 13 through Monday, May 9, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb. 

From 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day that your street is swept, your car must NOT be parking on the street or it will be towed.  If your car is towed, it will be taken to the City impound lot and you will be charged a fine and towing fees (generally $200+) to retrieve it.

Approximately 24 hours before a street is to be swept, the city will post temporary "No Parking" signs on the street. Don't wait to see those signs; look up the schedule online BEFORE April 13 so you will be prepared to move your car before the day that the sweepers arrive on your street.

Look up when your street is scheduled for sweeping. Schedules will be posted in early April. 

The City generally sweeps the streets twice each year--starting in mid-April for the spring and in mid-October for the fall.  Mark these times on your calendar, and check information on the City's street sweeping web page when the time is near. Share this message with roommates and friends who may have cars on the street.

Here's a video about what to look for during street sweeping.

Metro Transit’s First Rapid Bus Line Opens June 11

Posted: 03/07/16

The A Line is a new kind of bus service for the Twin Cities’ busiest urban streets.

Bus Rapid Transit – or BRT – is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. This is the first line in Metro Transit’s new rapid bus network. Find out more at metrotransit.org/A-line.

MSA Pilots Grocery Shuttle On Sundays

Posted: 03/01/16

Minnesota Student Association and Boynton Health Service are starting a free bus service to bring students from around campus to stores in the Quarry.

The shuttle will run on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Check z.umn.edu/groceryshuttle for schedules and more information.

Oak Street Ramp Fills Earlier Now; Plan Ahead is Best Advice

Posted: 02/26/16

With the recent opening of the new M Health Clinics and Surgery Center on Ontario and Fulton Streets, the Oak Street Parking Ramp has been filling earlier in the weekday mornings.

The University has a lease with M Health and specific parking spaces in the Oak Street Ramp are now signed for  patient and valet use (these spaces are paid for by M Health).

Oak Street Ramp contract holders are guaranteed a parking space in the parking ramp. If a contract holder has a problem finding a spot, he or she should call 612-626-PARK and a customer service representative will work out a solution at that moment. Contract holders do not need to find street parking or to pay another fee to park.

Public parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a driver finds any parking facility full, he or she should proceed to another parking location. 

Some alternatives are:

  • Maroon Lot north of TCF Bank Stadium - $4 a day
  • Victory Lot east of TCF Bank Stadium - $4 a day or $2.50 for carpools

Maroon and Victory Lots are served by the free Stadium Superblock Shuttle that operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with stops at the Masonic Building, M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, and by both lots.  Anyone can ride.  View our campus map with shuttle routes.

NextBus System Unavailable Two Hours on Sunday, April 24

Posted: 04/21/16

On Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 8-10 a.m., the NextBus system will be unavailable due to maintenance work. There will be no predictions during this two-hour window. Thank you for your understanding.

Parts of Transitway, Commonwealth/West Dan Patch Closed April 21

Posted: 04/21/16 (Updated: Delayed due to weather)

Commonwealth/West Dan Patch and the Transitway will be closed on Thursday, April 21 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. to asphalt the area. 

This work will NOT impact the Campus Connector.  The St. Paul Circulator is impacted ( the stop on Gortner Avenue by the Vet Hospital is closed).

The Transitway will be open for right turns on West Dan Patch to Randall Ave.  Randall Ave  to Buford, and Buford to the U of M St. Paul campus.  To get to the U of M East Bank campus, the route will be Commonwealth to Gortner, Gortner to Buford, right on Buford to Randall Ave, and right on West Dan Patch to the Transitway.  

Watch for "Road Closed" signs and barricades in the area.

MnDOT Joins Forces With National Effort For Work Zone Safety

Posted: 04/11/16

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will observe National Work Zone Awareness Week April 11-15, in cooperation with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration and the American Traffic Safety Services Foundation. Theme for the week is “Don’t Be That Driver!” reinforcing the message that motorists should be constantly alert and prepared for unexpected changes in and around work zones. 

The week is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through work zones. In Minnesota, MnDOT will officially kick off the construction season April 14, although many construction projects are already underway.

About 200 active work zones are scheduled throughout the state this construction season. A work zone is defined as an area where highway construction, maintenance or utility work is being done. Work zones are identified by warning signs, signals, barriers, pavement markings and flaggers.

Last year, 10 fatalities and 1,684 crashes happened in Minnesota work zones.

“All of the fatalities were motorists and their passengers, although in previous years there have been maintenance crew workers who have lost their lives, been injured or had close calls,” said Jay Hietpas, director for the Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology. “Most of these fatalities and crashes were the result of driver inattention and speeding, both behaviors we can change.”

Hietpas said MnDOT works to alert motorists of the work zone and sets speeds that are safe for navigating through it. He said when entering work zones, motorists should obey the posted speed limits, pay attention to signs and flaggers, be patient and not drive distracted.

“These work zones exist because we’re making roads better and safer. We’re just asking that people look for the work zones, slow down and put down their cellphones and other distractions,” Hietpas said.

View the 2016 public service announcement by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Don't Get Caught Without Your Green Line Pass or Fare!

Posted: 10/30/15

The next time you ride the Green Line, make sure you are a legal rider! Which one of these four applies to you? Do you:

  1. Pay with cash or credit card at the rail station fare machine
  2. Use a Go-To card with stored value
  3. Possess a U-Pass or Metropass for unlimited rides on bus and light rail
  4. Have the Campus Zone Pass
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If you are a Campus Zone Pass user, do you have the new 2015-16 card? Take your U Card to Coffman Memorial Union, Transportation & Safety Building or the St. Paul Student Center and pick up your free Campus Zone Pass (replacements for lost or stolen passes cost extra). Learn more!

Note: expired Campus Zone Passes from last year are NOT valid and may be confiscated by transit police officers.

NEW this year, the Campus Zone Pass should be tapped at the card reader EVERY TIME a rider uses the Green Line. The card reader is on the platform (not the ticket vending machine). See photo.

If a transit police officer asks to see proof of payment, you should be prepared to show your Campus Zone Pass and U Card.

Transit officers will issue $180 fines for attempting to ride without a valid fare.

Follow the rules and avoid the ticket!

Blue, Green Line Back in Service at Target Field Station

Posted: 04/11/16

Green & Blue Line trains will serve Target Field Station now following disruption. Thanks for your patience as trains get back on schedule.

Blue, Green Line Temporarily Blocked at Target Field Station

Posted: 04/11/16

Due to blocked tracks on the METRO Blue and Green lines, trains are currently unable to serve Target Field Station.

Customers can continue to board and exit at Warehouse District Station, and rail service continues at all other stations.

Northstar Commuter Rail trains will continue to depart Target Field Station on schedule.

Goldy’s Run Impacts Campus Traffic/Parking On Saturday, April 9

Posted: 04/07/16

On Saturday, April 9, there will be some access challenges for those coming to campus between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. due to Goldy's Run.

University Avenue will have lane restrictions and will be closed between Huron Boulevard and Oak Street SE.  Traffic will be detoured around the stadium.  Expect delays.

Find the course map.

--- PARKING SPECIFICS ---

Access to the Washington Avenue Ramp will be available from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

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It will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp for approximately one hour between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m.  If you need to arrive during this time, please choose a reciprocal facility (Washington Avenue Ramp or 4th Street Ramp are good options). For those already parked, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street (police will be directing) to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.

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Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49

These parking contracts are RE-LOCATED on Saturday morning if you need to park prior to 10:30 a.m.

If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9,please park in the 4th Street Ramp located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 17th Avenue SE.  Find more directions online:http://www1.umn.edu/pts/maps/facilities/forthstramp.html

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

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Lot C7/C16/C19

These parking contracts are RE-LOCATED on Saturday morning if you need to park prior to 10:30 a.m.

If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, please park in the East River Road Garage.  Find directions online:http://www.umn.edu/pts/park/facilities/errramp.html.

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

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The University Avenue Circulator will not run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The following stops will be affected:

Eddy Hall stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to catch the bus by McDonald's.
Bruininks stop will be closed and riders are asked to catch the bus eastbound by Coffman.  No westbound service.
Oak Street & Washington Avenue stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to Transitway and 23rd Avenue.

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Goldy’s Run at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus includes a 10 mile run, a 5K and a kid’s 1K run.  The various race courses will take participants through campus and the surrounding streets with all events finishing inside TCF Bank Stadium by 10:30 a.m.  For more information on this event, please visit the website: http://www.goldysrun.com/.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please emailparking@umn.edu.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation

Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains Weekend of April 8

Posted: 04/04/16

Buses will replace trains this weekend during a partial shutdown of the METRO Blue and Green lines to allow for scheduled construction and maintenance.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Monday, buses will replace Blue Line trains between Franklin Avenue and Target Field stations and Green Line trains between Stadium Village and Target Field stations.

During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station.

See maps for boarding locations 

Buses will operate on a similar schedule as trains but may take more time. Customers are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Washington Ave. Ramp Has Scheduled Power Outage March 31 April 8

Posted: 03/25/16

Updated: Due to circumstances outside of control, this work was RE-SCHEDULED for Friday, April 8 from 3-5 a.m.

On Thursday, March 31 from 3-5 a.m., On Friday, April 8 from 3 - 5 a.m., there will be no power in the Washington Avenue Ramp and the Transportation & Safety Building.

During this time, gate arms will be raised for vehicle exiting.  PTS will have staff in vehicles with lights on to drive individuals to their vehicle inside the ramp. These PTS staff members will be by the attendant booth near the ramp exit on Harvard Street SE.

This work is tied to a major electrical hook-up change and code upgrade as required for the current elevator upgrade (west side of ramp).

Facilities Management (FM) will handle communication notices to departments, per its protocol procedures.  As a reminder, signs will be posted on doors inside the ramp by FM.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this work.

Participate in Highway 169 Mobility Study

Posted: 03/07/16

Do you travel along Highway 169? Metro Transit wants to hear from you!

Complete their short online survey to provide input on travel along Highway 169. Your feedback will help determine the best options for reducing congestion, providing reliable trip times, and improving transit along Highway 169.

Please take the online survey here.

Initiated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), Scott County and the Metropolitan Council, the purpose of the study is to evaluate cost-effective options for improving transit and reducing congestion on Highway 169 between Shakopee and Golden Valley.

To learn more about the Highway 169 Mobility Study, please visit:www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy169study/

Tate Tower Crane Installed Week of March 28; Church Street Affected

Posted: 03/24/16

The next phase of the Tate Lab Renovation is scheduled to start Monday, March 28 as crews install a very large tower crane on the Church Street side of the project. The work will last through the week. During crane installation, pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Church Street will be limited to the sidewalk from Rapson Hall to the Scholar’s Walk.

Installing the tower crane will involve a second crane parked on Church Street through the week, and more than three dozen semi-truck loads of crane materials delivered to the site. The trucks delivering the crane materials are large and will require police traffic control at key intersections.

The Church Street Garage and surrounding streets will remain open, but traffic may be stopped for short periods of time as the trucks enter and exit.

Please be safe as you travel through the area:

  • Drivers: Be patient and drive defensively
  • Pedestrians: Take out your ear-buds and pay attention to your surroundings
  • Bicyclists: Walk your bikes through the area

Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Transitway Affected by Sewer Repairs Week of March 21

Posted: 03/21/16
Update 3/21/16 p.m.: This work is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 24. As with all construction projects, this is weather dependent (plans may be delayed or extended if necessary). 

During the week of March 21, travel will be affected due to repairs of the storm sewer located at the Transitway and West Dan Patch/Commonwealth Avenue.  

Gate 15 at West Dan Patch/Commonwealth will be CLOSED to all vehicle traffic.  The pedestrian gate will remain open. 

All incoming Transitway traffic will have to turn right on West Dan Patch to Randall Ave and continue to the St. Paul campus.  

Free Transit Rides on St. Patrick's Day

Posted: 03/07/16

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and get a free ride on Metro Transit onThursday, March 17.

On St. Patrick’s Day, customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on all Metro Transit routes – buses, METRO lines and Northstar.  Simply hop on and take a seat for free.

If you’re celebrating that night – or want to avoid driving alongside those who are – riding the bus or train is a worry-free and safe alternative.

Watch for Metro Transit in the St. Patrick’s Day parades in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul on March 17.

Miller Lite Free Rides is a community service program made possible through a partnership with Metro Transit, MillerCoors and J.J. Taylor Distributing Company.

Free rides are also available on MVTA, SouthWest Transit and Anoka County Transit.

Visit millerlitefreerides.com.

Construction Affects East River Parkway Starting Feb. 29

Posted: 02/25/16
2/26/16 Update: Work will NOT begin on Monday, Feb. 29, due to predicted wind/weather.

3/1/16 Update: Weather-permitting, this project will start at 7 am onWednesday 3-02-16 through Friday 3-04-16.

Beginning on Monday, February 29, East River Parkway may be closed for the installation of cooling towers on the roof of the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

The start date and timeframe is tentative and largely depends on the weather. Wind is a major factor for this project and may delay it.

If the weather cooperates, this closure should be for two to three days.

Two-way traffic will be closed on East River Parkway just west of Harvard Street.

The loading dock, East River Road Garage, and Art Museum Garage will be accessible at all times from the north part of campus.

A detour route through campus will be signed for visitors (using Harvard to Church/17th to 4th Street to 15th/Pleasant to Arlington to East River Road), but our campus community is encouraged to take advantage of their familiarity with the area and use a variety of available options. See alternate route map.

A University-wide email with additional information will be sent on Friday, February 26.

Scheduled Elevator Replacement in Washington Ave. Ramp

Posted: 01/08/16

Please know that the three elevators in the southwest corner of the Washington Avenue Ramp (those are the elevators that face Union Street SE) are being replaced with new energy-efficient models.  This project began earlier this week and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2016.

Only one elevator will be replaced at a time to minimize any inconvenience for users.

If you have any questions, please email parking@umn.edu.

Tate Renovations Narrow Church Street, Affect Travel in Area

The renovation and construction work surrounding the Tate Lab of Physics brings access challenges to that area of campus.

Significant changes will begin on Monday, November 30 and will affect vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.

  • During the work-day, pedestrians and bicycles will be limited to sidewalks in the area
  • A portion of Church Street will be designated as a bicycle dismount zone
  • The Church Street Garage will be open and accessible, but all non-construction related traffic such as private vehicles or delivery vehicles will not be allowed past the Garage entrance

This project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Green Line Temporarily Delayed Feb. 25 ~ 4 p.m.

Posted: 02/25/16

4:25 p.m. UPDATE! The car has been cleared and train service is resuming to all stops. There may be residual delays as trains work to return to schedule, according to Metro Transit.

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The METRO Green Line is temporarily stopped westbound at the East Bank Station. A car is stuck on the tracks on the Washington Avenue Bridge.

Expect delays.

If the disruption is extended, replacement buses will work to transport passengers between stops.

East River Road Reduced to One Lane for Weekend of February 12

Posted: 02/12/16

East River Road west of Harvard Street will be converted to one lane eastbound beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 12 until 4 a.m. on Monday, February 15, due to a crane setup for the hospital.

Traffic signs will be posted and UMPD will be on site to assist traffic.

Considering a Career Move? Join First Transit as a Bus Driver!

Posted: 12/11/15 

Editor's Note: this is a message brought to you by First Transit.

FIRST TRANSIT IS A PART OF AN INDUSTRY LEADING, WORLDWIDE PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION COMPANY!

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First Transit provides individuals with opportunities for personal and professional growth and upward mobility. Our commitment to internal promotion has allowed a great number of employees to achieve and exceed their career goals. First Transit employs people who are committed to providing our customers with the highest levels of quality and customer service. We deliver what we promise!

We are a local, well established, private transportation contractor in the Twin Cities; and currently operate buses for:

·        The Metropolitan Council

·        The University of Minnesota

·        The City of Plymouth

·        Shuttle service for a MAJOR airline at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport

WHY:
First Transit is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for each and every employee. We strive to create a workplace based on mutual trust and respect, where the customs and traditions of each individual are valued.

We believe that it is in the best interest of the company, and ALL who work in it, to attract, retain and develop a diverse pool of talent that is representative of the communities in which we serve. We believe that it is essential to the company’s productivity and profitability to enable employees of all backgrounds to reach their full potential by encouraging a working environment that is inclusive to all.

What we offer:

  • Paid training for your CDL license
  • Starting rate - $13.00/hr., $15.00 for split shift driver
  • Part-Time and Full-Time schedules available!!!!
  • Paid Holidays and Personal Time Off
  • Permanent, year-round work
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Uniforms provided
  • $1,000 HIRING BONUS!

Apply at: mpls.drivefirsttransit.com.

Feb. 2 Snow Emergencies Declared in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Posted: 02/02/16

Both the City of Minneapolis an City of Saint Paul have declared snow emergencies, starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2.  

For information on City of Minneapolis snow emergencies, visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/

Visit www.stpaul.gov/snow for more information and subscribe to snow alerts at stpaul.gov/snowalert to receive an email and/or text whenever an emergency is declared. Get the app, so you don’t get towed! Download the new FREE Saint Paul Winter Parking App at: www.stpaul.gov/snowapp

Parking Lots To Be Plowed Overnight Tuesday, February 2

Posted: 02/02/16

Special provisions have been arranged for residence hall parking lot contract patrons, allowing for alternate overnight parking when snow plowing occurs.

Vehicles not moved during official snow removal will be plowed in place.

All vehicles need to be out of their respective lots before 8 pm on Tuesday, February 2. Vehicles should be moved back to their lot as soon as possible after that lot is plowed, but no later than 9 am on Wednesday, February 3.

  • Lot C42, C43, C44 and C45 parkers should move their vehicles to the 4th Street Ramp
  • Lot C75 and C78 parkers should move their vehicles to the Oak Street Ramp
  • Lot C5 (north of Territorial) and Lot C6 (south of Frontier) parkers should move their vehicles to Oak Street Ramp
  • Lot C7 (Comstock) parkers should move vehicles to the East River Road Garage
  • Lot C85 and C90 (Middlebrook) parkers should move vehicles to the 21st Avenue Ramp
  • Lot SC175 (St. Paul) should move their vehicles to the Gortner Avenue Ramp

Drivers should follow these instructions. Pull a ticket from the dispenser to enter. To exit, push the silver help button on the Automated Pay Machine for assistance.

Any vehicles remaining in the ramps after 9 am on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 will be charged the posted rates upon exiting.

If you have questions, please call us at 612-626-PARK during customer service business hours (7am-5pm, M-F).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this snow removal project.

Fire Causes Delays Around Washington Avenue Bridge

Posted: 01/27/16

A fire under the Washington Avenue Bridge caused disruptions for a short period of time this morning.

Vehicle traffic was stopped, campus shuttle buses were detoured and METRO Green Line substituted buses for the trains.

By 8:40 a.m., campus buses were back on their regular route. Metro trains are expected to be back in service shortly.

Washington Avenue Ramp Expands Interior Skyway Connection

Posted: 8/27/15

Update: The skyway link project is scheduled to restart on Monday, November 9, 2015, with an anticipated completion date of January 8, 2016. We apologize for the delay.
Update 1/11/16 Completion is now estimated at January 22.

Beginning on Monday, August 31 through the end of October, the Washington Avenue Ramp will have construction activities due to the skyway link project located on the east end of level 3.

The skyway link project will create an enclosed skyway from the Transportation & Safety Building to the Commons Hotel through the Washington Avenue Ramp.

The project will permanently eliminate nine parking spaces (including four disability parking spaces). Five new disability parking spaces have already been added north of the east side center stair/elevator tower.

As always, please drive and walk safely especially in construction zones.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Warehouse Fire Affects Campus Bus Route

Posted: 01/19/16

Before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19, fire trucks responded to a warehouse fire at 30th Avenue SE and the U of M transitway.

The transitway is blocked and campus buses are on a detour route until the fire trucks clear out of the area and the roads re-open.

UPDATE 01/19/16 @ 10:30 a.m.: The transitway is open now.

Expect Campus Congestion/Delays on Sunday, January 10

Posted: 01/06/16

Please be aware that there may be congestion with traffic and parking on the University of Minnesota campus, due to multiple sporting events on Sunday, January 10:

  • Foxjets Winter Classic swim meet - 8:30 a.m. throughout day
  • NFL Playoff Game - Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks - 12 p.m.
  • Women's Basketball vs. Michigan – 2 p.m.
  • Women's Hockey vs. Ohio State – 2 p.m.

These events will affect travel and access to parking on campus. Expect traffic delays. Please allow extra time to arrive and park.

As a great alternative to needing parking, the Metro Transit Green Line runs through the University of Minnesota campus. Click here for more information on the Metro Transit Green Line.

U COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Remember, faculty, staff and commuter students with a 24-hour EAST BANK KEYCARD parking contract will NOT be able to park in their regular contract location on Sunday, January 10.  Contract holders are required to park in the East River Road Garage. See the right-hand column for more parking and transportation information.

GOPHER SPORTS FANS

Women's Basketball season ticket holders who have a season parking pass in the University Avenue Ramp will still be able to access the ramp using their pass.

The following parking locations will have spaces reserved for Gopher event parking:

  • Lot C-58
  • University Avenue Ramp
  • 4th Street Ramp
  • Lot 37

VIKINGS FANS

Sunday is expected to be a cold day, so dress warmly, but remember to abide by the stadium/NFL bag policy that's been in place all year.

Campus Shuttle Service Changes Slightly For Winter Break

Last updated: 12/15/15

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Monday, December 28 through Monday, January 18. 

During winter break, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.  The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 6:05.  Campus connectors will not run during the evening hours.  There is no weekend or holiday Campus Connector service during the break.

The University Avenue Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The Stadium Superblock Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The St. Paul and 4th Street Circulators WILL NOT RUN during the winter break.

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays.  Shuttle buses WILL run on a special schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 17 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 20 minutes AND Monday, January 18 from 9 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. every 20 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

Homecoming Parade Closes University Ave on Friday Oct 21

Posted: 10/13/16

The 2016 Homecoming Parade is on Friday, October 21.  With the closure of University Avenue and other pre-parade staging activities, this annual event will have an effect on access around campus.

It will NOT be possible to cross University Avenue during the parade. It will be necessary to detour around the event. One recommendation is to take Pillsbury to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94 or to take Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35.

Between 6 and 8 p.m., it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp.  During this time, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.

Note: there will be additional traffic in the area due to an 8 p.m. men's hockey game at Mariucci Arena.

View the parade route.

View an East Bank campus map.

Individuals with parking contracts will be emailed if their parking location is directly affected by this event.

If you have any questions, please call PTS customer service at 612-626-PARK.

Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains October 16

Posted: 10/07/16

Buses will replace trains on Sunday, Oct. 16 during a partial shutdown on the METRO Blue and Green lines to allow for scheduled maintenance.

From 3:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, buses will replace Blue Line trains between Lake Street/Midtown and Target Field stations and Green Line trains between Stadium Village and Target Field stations.

During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station.

See maps for boarding locations

Don't Get Towed! Fall Street Sweeping Starts October 18 in Minneapolis

Posted: 10/17/16

On Tuesday, October 18 through the middle of November, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb.

On or after October 14, you will be able to look up the specific date when your street is scheduled for sweeping.

From 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day that your street is swept, your car MUST NOT be parked on the street or it will be towed. If your car is towed, it will be taken to the City impound lot and you will be charged a fine and towing fees (generally, $200+) to retrieve it.

Here's a video about what to look for during street sweeping, and how to MAKE SURE YOUR CAR DOES NOT GET TOWED.

24 hours before your street is to be swept, the city will post temporary "No Parking" signs on the street, but don't wait to see those signs. Look up the schedule online, after October 14 but BEFORE October 18 so that you will be prepared to move your car before the day the sweepers arrive on your street.

The City generally sweeps the streets twice each year--starting in mid-October in the Fall and in mid-April in the Spring. Mark these times on your calendar, and check the information on the City's street sweeping web page when the time is near.

PTS Wants Your Input! (Biking Survey)

Posted: 11/3/16

PTS would like to ask campus bicyclists a few questions to help improve campus secure bike parking options.  

Please take a minute to complete our confidential electronic customer survey

If you have a second minute, we have a four-question survey about vertical bike racks.  We'd love to get your feedback on this style of free bike parking.

Here's a video on how to use vertical bike racks.

Thank you for your time and input!

Reduced Transit Service on Day after Thanksgiving

Posted: 11/7/16

Due to decreased demand on the day after Thanksgiving, Metro Transit and regional transit providers will reduce service on Friday, Nov. 25. Saturday fares will be charged (except where noted). Northstar will follow a reduced schedule on Nov. 25.

The Transit Information Center will be open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25. The Minneapolis Service Center will be open 7:30-10:30 a.m. (the St. Paul Service Center will be closed). Customer Relations and Lost & Found will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Get a list of revised service for Metro Transit and regional transit providers.

                                        

Potential Campus Transit Disruption on West Bank - Nov. 10, 2016

Posted: 11/10/16

There is a possibility of a disruption for campus shuttle service on the West Bank campus in the evening of Thursday, November 10.  The estimated hours are between 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Find specifics on the potential impacts to bus stops.

If you are a transit rider, please watch for signs at your bus stop location.

Campus Traffic Advisory for November 18 Weekend

Posted: 11/15/16

The University of Minnesota campus will be a particularly busy place this weekend, with multiple events on both Friday and Saturday. Visitors to campus on either or both of these days are advised to plan ahead and arrive early to avoid any potential delays on surface streets or locating parking.

Please be aware of potential for weather this weekend that would affect those coming to campus. Most weather models predict the Twin Cities to likely get snow on Friday night (an inch or two).  Heavy rain on Friday with a switch-over to snow late Friday evening or early Saturday morning is most likely. Between a warm and wet ground and the temperatures on Friday night struggling to go below freezing, it will be difficult for snow to accumulate on the ground.

Friday

There are six notable events on campus Friday afternoon and evening, including both college and high school athletic events. At the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center, the Minnesota state high school girls’ swimming tournament will be taking place from Noon until approximately 9 p.m. Across University Avenue, at Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion, Gopher women’s basketball (starting at 4 p.m.), volleyball (starting at 7 p.m.) and men’s basketball (starting at 8 p.m.) will all be in action. Nearby events at McNamara Alumni Center (Fashion Fest) and Northrup Auditorium (Indian New Year concert) are also expected to attract large crowds.

There will not be any changes to the normal flow of traffic nor parking on campus on Friday. Those coming to campus on Friday night are advised to allow for extra travel time when planning their evening.

Saturday

With football kicking off against Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. and both men’s hockey and wrestling in action down the street starting at 8 p.m., Saturday will be another busy day on campus. The close proximity of the start times of these contests and the venues that will host them will create unique traffic and parking conditions for a short time on Saturday evening.

Traffic patterns and parking for those arriving for the football game will remain the same as they have been all season for Saturday home games.

The football game is expected to end at approximately 6 p.m. Normal egress traffic controls for football post-game will be in effect for about one hour after the game ends (until approximately 7 p.m.). Exact times will depend on the end time of the football game. These controls alter traffic flow on several campus surface streets, where traffic levels are heavier than usual as football fans depart from campus.

Most notable to Mariucci Arena traffic, until these controls are lifted, they will limit entry into Lot 33, Lot 37 and the Maroon Lot. Fans arriving to park in these lots prior to the removal of traffic controls will only be able to reach them by traveling north on 15th Ave. SE and then turning right to head east on 5th St. SE. Again, once the traffic controls are lifted, all routes to these lots will be available.

Though it is unlikely, if any of these parking facilities are at physical capacity when a pass-holder arrives that evening, they will be relocated to the 4th St. Ramp or the nearest parking lot with available space for that night.

For those seeking single-day, cash parking for Saturday night for either men’s hockey or wrestling, potential options include: Oak St. Ramp, Washington Ave. Ramp, and University Ave. Ramp. Provided there are open spaces in these facilities, they will be available for men’s hockey and wrestling traffic beginning at 5 p.m.

View a campus parking map.

Fans may also avoid or minimize the impact of these unique circumstances by utilizing public transportation (bus or light rail), carpooling with other ticketholders, walking or biking to on-campus events.

Car2Go Suspends Twin Cities Service

Posted: 11/18/16

The car-sharing service, Car2Go, announced that it will suspend service in the Twin Cities at the end of the year.  See Star Tribune news story

The University of Minnesota encourages car-sharing with HOURCAR, a local car-sharing operator in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Its fleet comprises a range of fuel-efficient hatchbacks, sedans, utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.

Learn more about HOURCAR.  

Metro Transit Service Changes for Year-End Holiday

Posted: 12/5/16

Metro Transit buses and METRO Blue and Green lines will follow holiday schedules on Christmas Day (Sunday, December 25) and on New Year’s Day (Sunday, January 1).  For details on Red Line service, service center hours and more, go to Metro Transit’s website.

To accommodate the natural decrease in demand, Metro Transit and suburban transit providers will reduce service on Monday, December 26. or will not have service. Metro Transit will operate regular service on Monday, January 2 while some suburban systems and Maple Grove Transit, will either have no service or reduced service.

Routes will follow SATURDAY schedules unless noted. Some routes will follow Saturday schedules with additional trips. If your route does not have a schedule for Saturday service and is not listed, it will not operate on Monday, December 26.

Click here to see service details

 

Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 12/07/16

During Finals Week (Friday, December 16 - Thursday, December 22), University campus shuttles run a bit differently than usual.

Finals Weekdays through Thursday, December 22

  • Campus Connectors run every 10 minutes from 7-7:30 a.m. Connectors run every 5 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. These buses run every 15 minutes from 6:30 - 10 p.m.  From Monday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 21, buses run every 20 minutes from 10 p.m. until 12:15 a.m.  On Friday, December 16 and Thursday, December 22, buses run every 20 minutes from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
  • The University Avenue Circulator runs every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. On Friday, December 16 and Thursday, December 22, these buses run until 2 a.m.
  • The St. Paul Circulator runs the same as usual - every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 5 p.m.
  • The Fourth Street Circulator runs every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last bus leaves the 19th Avenue Ramp at 6 p.m.
  • The Stadium Superblock Circulator runs the same as usual - every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Last bus leaves the Faye Thompson stop at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17

  • On Saturday, December 17, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m., the Connector will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 2 a.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 2 a.m.
  • The University Avenue Circulator will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. Last bus leaves Carlson School at 2 a.m.
  • The St. Paul Circulators; Fourth Street Circulators and Stadium Superblock Circulators do NOT run on Saturday of finals week.

Sunday, December 18

  • On Sunday, December 18, Campus Connectors will run every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. Last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 12:15 a.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 12:15 a.m.
  • The St. Paul Circulators; Fourth Street Circulators and Stadium Superblock Circulators do NOT run on Sunday of finals week.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

Campus Shuttle Service Changes Slightly For Winter Break

Last updated: 12/08/16

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 16. 

During winter break, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.  The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 6:05.  Campus connectors will not run during the evening hours.  There is no weekend or holiday Campus Connector service during the break.

The University Avenue Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The Stadium Superblock Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. every 15 minutes.

The St. Paul and 4th Street Circulators WILL NOT RUN during the winter break.

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays.  Shuttle buses WILL run on a special schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 15 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 20 minutes AND Monday, January 16 from 9 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. every 20 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

Campus Buses Affected by January 20 Rally

Posted: 01/19/17

Due to the 1 p.m. planned rally near the Humphrey Center on Friday, January 20, campus buses will be affected beginning at 12:30 p.m. until the event has left campus.  This change only affects the University Avenue and 4th Street Circulators. 

Campus Connectors are not affected by this event.

Campus Circulators will not stop at the West Bank's Carlson/19th Avenue Ramp bus stops or Mondale stop.  Riders should catch these buses at 19th Avenue and 2nd Street.

Watch for signs at bus stops.  Changes will be posted to NextBus digital screens as well as sent to NextBus subscribers.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos
612-624-4161

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