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Buses Replacing Light Rail Trains For March 24 Weekend

Posted: 3/23/17

The first of several scheduled partial light rail shutdowns that will allow for track maintenance and repairs will take place this weekend.

Buses will replace light rail trains between the METRO Green Line’s Stadium Village and Snelling Avenue stations from 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, through 3 a.m. on Monday, March 27.

Replacement buses will operate on a similar schedule as trains but customers are encouraged to make extra time for their trips.

Light rail service will continue as scheduled on the Blue Line and on portions of the Green Line not impacted by the shutdown. 

This weekend's shutdown will allow for track repairs near Prior and University avenues. Additional track maintenance and improvements will require additional partial light rail shutdowns in the coming months.

Metro Transit staff will be at stations throughout the shutdowns to direct customers to replacement bus service. More information can also be found at

Customers can stay informed about planned service changes by signing up for email or text Rider Alerts at

For Trip Planning assistance call the Transit Information Center at 612-373-3333

Lowry Tunnel, Other Ramps Impacted by I-94 Mpls to Brooklyn Center Project

Posted: 3/21/17

The I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center project includes these upcoming lane reductions and ramp closures you will want to make note of:

  • Wed, March 22: Eastbound I-94 in the Lowry Tunnel will begin to be reduced to two lanes lane daily at 8 p.m. and then by 10 p.m. reduced to one lane until 6 a.m. for up to three weeks for concrete removal.
    Note: The ramp from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 will be closed from  10 p.m. to 5 a.m. during tunnel work
  • Mon, March 27: Eastbound I-94 will be reduced by one lane from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to Seventh St. in Minneapolis until fall
  • Mon, April 3: The ramp from Hennepin Ave/Lyndale Ave. to eastbound I-94 will be closed for two weeks
  • Tue, April 4: The Shingle Creek Prkwy ramps to and from eastbound I-94/I-694 will be closed for two weeks

Learn more about this project at the MNDot Website.

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.

University Paratransit Service Begins New Offering

Posted: 3/9/17

Starting Monday, March 20, 2017, a paratransit van will provide rides for individuals with disabilities from East River Road Garage at 7:30 a.m. from Level C area. 

This service for paratransit riders is in the morning only (Monday through Friday) and only to other East Bank destinations. 

Riders should continue to register online for this trip. As always, reservations can be made online or by phone.

Learn more about the University Paratransit Service.

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. 

Specific Church Street Garage Spaces Signed for Short-Term Parking

Posted: 12/14/16

Effective Friday, December 16, 2016, Parking & Transportation Services will post 2-hour parking spaces on the entry level of Church Street Garage. 

These spaces will be intended for guest/visitor use, ideal for short periods of time on campus. 

This initiative will support the University's sustainability efforts by decreasing vehicle emissions through lowering the amount of time that visitors spend driving around this particular garage. 

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos

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