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Occasional Use Parking Contract Sales Begin October 2

Posted: 09/20/17

Due to October 1 falling on a Sunday this year, Occasional Use parking contract sales are delayed until the following work day, Monday, October 2, 2017.

The Parking & Transportation Services office is located at 511 Washington Avenue SE in the Transportation & Safety Building.  It is open from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Learn more about the Occasional Use parking contract.

I-35W/Lake Street Reconstruction Project Starts Monday, August 21

Posted: 08/18/17

The reconstruction project of I-35W between 43rd Street and downtown Minneapolis  is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 21 with work beginning on the Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 and the Franklin Avenue bridge over I-35W.

 The entire project is estimated to take four and a half years and includes the following improvements:

  • Repairing and replacing bridges and pavement on I-35W
  • Constructing a new southbound ramp to Lake Street, and a new northbound ramp to 28th Street. 
  • Reconstructing Lake Street (Co. Rd 3) between Blaisdell Avenue and 5th Avenue.
  • Building a multi-level enclosed transit station with a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Midtown Greenway north of Lake Street and 31st Street south of Lake Street. This station will be served by Orange Line Bus Rapid transit, express and local bus service.

This multi-year project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the corridor as well as provide better access to the Lake Street Business District and transit service on I-35W and Lake Street. 

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4th Street Ramp Early Bird Discounted Parking Program Ends August 15

Posted: 07/10/17

University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) will discontinue the discounted Early Bird parking rate in the 4th Street Ramp, effective Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

The Early Bird program offers parking for $6 in select University parking locations when drivers arrive before 7 a.m. and exit before midnight.  The program continues to be available on the East Bank campus at East River Road Garage and Oak Street Ramp; on the West Bank campus at 21st Avenue Ramp; and on the St. Paul campus at the Gortner Avenue Ramp.

This change is due to increased parking demand in the northwest corner of the East Bank campus.  “The 4th Street Ramp has consistently filled early in the day,” said Ross Allanson, PTS director.  “The University relies on this parking ramp to serve new short-term visitors and students.  This change will allow us to better serve our community.”

For anyone looking for a nearby alternative for the discounted $6 Early Bird rate, PTS recommends using the $4 daily lot option at Lot 37 behind Mariucci Arena (one block from the 4th Street Ramp).  The East Bank Circulator, one of the University’s free campus shuttle routes, includes a new bus stop at the southwest corner of Lot 37.

No parking rates are changing during peak 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.  Public parking rates are subject to change during special events.

Find more information on public parking discount programs online.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is a large traffic generator in the Twin Cities metro area.  University buses transport more than three million riders each year around the campus and the University offers more than 19,000 campus parking spaces.  The mission of University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles.  For more information, e-mail or call 612-626-PARK.

Announcement: New East Bank Circulator Provides Improved Campus Access

Posted: 7/6/17

To provide greater access to the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus, a new circulator bus route will debut on August 15.

Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) announced details of the new route today.  The new East Bank Circulator route will replace the Stadium Superblock Circulator, but will keep the same route number (Route 120). It will have an earlier start time.  Campus maps will be updated online at the beginning of August.

“This new route will provide better access to the core of the East Bank campus from parking lots in the northeast area of campus,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking & Transportation Services. 

The new East Bank Circulator will travel west around TCF Bank Stadium on 6th Street, south on 17th Avenue, east on Pillsbury, south on Harvard Street, east on Fulton, north on Huron, east on Delaware, north on 25th Avenue, west on the Transitway and north on 23rd Avenue back to 6th Street.  See map

The East Bank Circulator will run Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  During peak times (6-9 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.), it will run every 10 minutes.  Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., it will run every 20 minutes.

The East Bank Circulator will serve six bus stops:

  • Thompson Center for Environmental Management
  • Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
  • Lot 37 (NEW bus stop)
  • Rapson Hall (NEW bus stop)
  • Masonic Memorial Building
  • Clinic & Surgery Center

The McNamara Alumni Center bus stop will no longer be served by this bus route.  The only campus shuttle bus that will stop in front of McNamara is the University Avenue Circulator.

Other campus shuttle bus routes will continue to run with no changes. 

  • The Campus Connector operates every 5-20 minutes (depending on the time of day) between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses seven days a week. Hours vary by day: from 7 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.
  • The University Avenue Circulator runs every 10-15 minutes between the East and West Banks. Hours vary by day: from 7 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. on Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday.
  • The 4th Street Circulator runs every 10 minutes between the East and West Banks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The St. Paul Circulator runs every 15 minutes on the St. Paul Campus from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is a large traffic generator in the Twin Cities metro area.  University buses transport more than three million riders each year around the campus and the University offers more than 19,000 campus parking spaces.  The mission of University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles.

GopherTrip Replaces NextBus For Campus Bus Tracking

Posted: 6/30/17

This summer, University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty will see a change in campus bus tracking services.

NextBus will be replaced with GopherTrip.  Many features will be similiar, 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.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos

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State rolls out first fully electric Bolts

KARE-11 / June 29, 2017

The first fully electric Chevrolet Bolts introduced in this region are now part of the State of Minnesota's fleet of vehicles. In fact several government agencies purchased a total 22 of the cars, some of which were on display Thursday at the State Capitol.  READ MORE

MSU bans moped parking at bike racks beginning fall 2017

The State News / April 26, 2017

Signs across campus were posted to inform students moped parking changes are taking place this week. Parking at bike racks will no longer be permitted come fall 2017.  READ MORE

Possible cuts to Twin Cities bus routes cause unease for UMN students

Minnesota Daily / April 25, 2017

Metro-area bus routes could be greatly reduced and fares increased by cuts to state funding.  READ MORE

UMN plan will cut rates for campus night parking

Minnesota Daily / April 17, 2017

After a push from the Student Senate, the University will reduce overnight parking costs.  READ MORE

15 years on, the bike and the Minneapolis rider endure

Star Tribune / April 6, 2017

This is one in an occasional series of profiles in brief of random cyclists encountered on the streets of the Twin Cities.  READ MORE

Norton: We need to promote, prepare for electric vehicles

Post Bulletin / February 26, 2017

Things are getting interesting -- and exciting -- in the transportation industry. Rochester can and should be a leader in supporting the infrastructure that is needed, especially with state Destination Medical Center funding coming our way.  READ MORE

Remembering Minnesota’s Freedom Riders

MinnPost / February 13, 2017

The Freedom Rides of 1961 began with thirteen riders traveling on two buses through the South.  READ MORE

UMN is nearly halfway toward its goal of cutting campus carbon emissions

Minnesota Daily / February 9, 2017

The University of Minnesota is halfway to meeting its goal of reducing campus carbon emissions 50 percent by 2020 — a benchmark the school first outlined in 2008.  READ MORE

Gopher Chauffeur adds wheelchair-accessible van

Minnesota Daily / January 24, 2017

After a year of planning and collaboration, a wheelchair accessible Gopher Chauffeur van made its debut Thursday night.  READ MORE

A bus in Rochester’s future / January 10, 2017

It usually carries around college students and staff but on Tuesday it served a different purpose in our area.  READ MORE

Student project benefits bicyclists

The Daily Illini / October 18, 2016

Whereas most freshman entering college are concerned about getting lost on campus, making friends and learning how to do laundry, Samantha Walter, Sarah Conroy, Mardy Hillengas and Karolina Urban had a bigger challenge on their plate. READ MORE

On a roll - Transforming Minneapolis into a bike-friendly city has been a bumpy but satisfying ride

Winnipeg Free Press / Sept. 3, 2016

Close to the midpoint of the Stone Arch Bridge, Robin Garwood crooks his arm to signal a stop and pulls his bike to a halt near the railing. READ MORE

What happens when a bicycle is left behind?

MinnPost / June 16, 2016

In college 20 years ago, I abandoned a bicycle. I was young, and on occasional pensive moments I look back with regret.READ MORE

You're Seeing Double and Sometimes Triple When It Comes to Goldy the Gopher, the University of Minnesota Mascot!

PR Newswire / June 7, 2016

University of Minnesota students, visitors, and staff are seeing more of their beloved mascot popping up throughout the campus during sporting and special events. READ MORE

How bad weather might impact tonight's Beyoncé concert

Star Tribune / May 23, 2016

She’s the Queen Bey, but she’s not the god of thunder. READ MORE

Beyonce will bring extra traffic to U of M campus Monday afternoon

Star Tribune / May 23, 2016

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyonce will draw a crowd of more than 40,000 to the University of Minnesota Monday afternoon, and that will put extra pressure on the traffic grid just as the afternoon commute gets underway. READ MORE

How Cities Clear Snow From Protected Bike Lanes: A Starter Guide

StreetsBlog USA / February 11, 2016

As protected bike lanes have spread from city to city across North America, a problem has followed: snow. READ MORE

Winter Cycling Congress comes to Twin Cities

MN Daily / February 02, 2016

A group of cold-weather cyclists will pedal into the Twin Cities just in time to sample Minnesota snow at their gathering this week. READ MORE

Ridership continues unabated

MN Daily / February 02, 2016

Despite a decrease in bus ridership, more people than ever are using Metro Transit as a means to commute between work, school and home, according to a Metro Transit press release. READ MORE