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Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 4/19/17

During Finals Week (Monday, May 8 - Saturday, May 13), 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 13, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 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  2 a.m.

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 14.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

Night Owl Parking Program Changes May 1

Posted: 04/14/17

University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) announces that campus public parking rates during evening and weekend hours are changing effective Monday, May 1. 

This change will reduce parking costs during off peak times for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who use public parking on campus.  Public parking rates are subject to change during special events.

Currently, the Night Owl rate is $6 for ten parking locations on campus when drivers park after 5 p.m. and leave before 7 a.m.  The ten locations are: East River Road Garage; 4th Street Ramp; Gopher Lot; Oak Street Ramp; 21st Avenue Ramp; 19th Avenue Ramp; Lot 86; Lot 98 (top of West Bank Office Building); Gortner Avenue Ramp; and Lot 106.

Starting May 1, parking rates at designated parking locations will be $1 per hour between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a maximum charge of $6.  This new rate will be at the ten current Night Owl parking locations as well as University Avenue Ramp.  Additionally, the five daily lots (Lot 37; Maroon Lot; Victory Lot; Lot 94; and Lot 101) will charge $1 per hour up to a maximum of $4 between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m.

During these hours, most University parking meters will also be re-programmed to charge $1 per hour with a two-hour maximum.

As an example, if a student goes to Wilson Library on Thursday nights to meet with a study group and arrives at the 21st Avenue Ramp at 5 p.m. and stays until 8 pm., that student would have paid $6 under the old Night Owl parking program.  Now, that student will pay $3 under the new rate.

The purpose of this rate change is to provide lower cost options for parking during non-peak demand hours and to address safety concerns brought to PTS by student groups on campus.

“PTS worked closely with the Student Senate on this initiative,” said Ross Allanson, PTS director. “We feel that this solution works well for everyone.”

“I have really enjoyed working with Parking & Transportation Services,” said Trish Palermo, Student Senate Chair.  “Many students look forward to seeing this project implemented.”

No parking rates are changing during daytime hours.  Public parking facilities will continue to charge $3 per hour for the first 2 hours and $1 per hour after that up to the posted maximum of $12 per day.

For more information on public parking discount programs, visit

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.  For more information, visit us online at, e-mail or call 612-626-PARK.

Avoid the Tow! Minneapolis Street Sweeping Starts April 11

Posted: 04/10/17

From Tuesday, April 11 through Friday, May 5, 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 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. 

If you think your vehicle has been towed, you can view the City's impound page to input your license number and see if your car is in the impound lot.

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 11 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.

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.

Raymond Avenue Between Standish, Energy Park Drive Closed April 10

Posted 4/4/2017

The City of St. Paul scheduled reconstruction for the Raymond Avenue Phase III Paving Project will continue between Standish Street and Energy Park Drive beginning Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, June 30. 

The roadway will be closed to through-traffic; vehicles will be detoured on Highway 280 between the Como Avenue and Energy Park Drive exits. Local access to homes/businesses and access for pedestrians, bicycle traffic and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.  

Access updates will be made available by calling 651-266-ROAD (651-266-7623) or visiting the City’s website.

If you have any questions, please email Mike Vanbeusekom, Project Inspector - City of Saint Paul.

I-94 Roadwork Begins March 20 Between Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center

Posted: 03/15/17

On Monday, March 20, MNDot will begin construction activities on I-94 between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center.

Work will start under bridges. Also, lane restrictions are planned on eastbound I-94 from just west of Shingle Creek Pkwy toward Hwy 252. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes.

The $46.3 million maintenance and preservation project includes work on 50 bridges, including the Lowry Tunnel, and resurfaces nine miles of the interstate.  

Motorists will see lane restrictions for much of the spring, summer and fall. Traffic restrictions and ramp and road closures will regularly change throughout the project. Motorists should plan ahead, prepare for delays and pay attention to work zones.

Visit the project website for updates on traffic impacts.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Expanded on Campus

Posted: 2/21/17

For those who have noticed the installation of additional electric vehicle charging stations on campus, the wait is over.  Last week, the equipment was given the green light to be opened for public use.

With this program expansion completed, the University now has three types of charging stations on campus – the fast-charger, the half-day, and the all-day.

In December 2014, the U launched one fast-charger and six half-day electric vehicle charging stations.  The fast-charger was installed near the corner of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street.  The six half-day stations were installed inside parking facilities.  Three stations were located on East Bank in the Washington Avenue Ramp, Oak Street Ramp and Lot 37.  Two were on West Bank in the 21st Avenue Ramp and Lot 86.  The last station was in St. Paul at the Gortner Avenue Ramp.

Last week, new half-day charging stations opened in these locations:

  • 4th Street Ramp
  • Church Street Garage
  • East River Road Garage
  • University Avenue Ramp
  • Maroon Lot
  • 19th Avenue Ramp (West Bank)

Additonally, new all-day charging stations opened in these locations:

  • 4th Street Ramp
  • East River Road Garage
  • Oak Street Ramp
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp (St. Paul)

As before, use of the charging station is free, but the regular parking fee to go into the parking facility must be paid. 

“Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular,” said Steve Sanders, PTS alternative transportation manager. “For our customers who own these vehicles, many park for more than eight hours.  These re-charging stations give them one less thing to worry about when they are away from home.” 

Learn more about the U's electric vehicle charging stations.

Electric vehicles support a clean environment, reduce dependence on oil and operate at a lower cost than gasoline-powered vehicles. 

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos

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