2015 Transportation News Archive

U of M Named Platinum Bicycle Friendly University by League of American Bicyclists

Posted: 11/06/15

Yesterday, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Minnesota with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) award, joining more than 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country.

“The University of Minnesota is thrilled and honored to receive this award!” said Steve Sanders, Parking and Transportation Services’ alternative transportation manager.  “Moving up from our previous Gold designation to Platinum status is exciting for us.  Our biking community grows annually and we do our best to respond in kind and to serve their needs.  Our population really takes advantage of our amenities, including our on-campus bike center and ZAP! programs.”

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This award program provides a clear roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly University and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool.  The four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for universities to continuously improve.

With the announcement of 49 new and renewing BFUs today from 31 states, the U of M is part of a cutting-edge group of colleges and universities across the United States transforming their campuses and the communities around them. There are now 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

“In its fourth year, we’ve seen the Bicycle Friendly University program reach an exciting level of growth and momentum, as more and more campuses support bicycling in new and innovative ways,” said Amelia Neptune, the League’s Bicycle Friendly University program manager. “From bike storage inside dorm rooms to bicycle-powered music festivals, we applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard of what a bicycle-friendly campus looks like.”

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota.  The U of M’s Parking and Transportation Services department is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.

To learn more about the free BFU program and see the full list of winners, visit the League online at www.bikeleague.org/university.

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program 
The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/BFA

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

Parking Eliminated Along 8th Street SE 

Posted: 10/27/15

All parking on 8th Street (east of 16th Avenue SE and east of the baseball field ticket office) will soon be eliminated, according to the City of Minneapolis. 

This temporary situation will remain in place until after the 2016 street reconstruction is completed.

The City of Minneapolis plans to install one row of portable, concrete jersey-barriers to act like a splash guard in the area.  This guards against the wake of rain water that carries heavier sediment onto sidewalks.  The barrier would be a few feet from the edge of the sidewalk to allow for sidewalk snow storage this winter. 

Some occasional minor maintenance may also occur until the construction project begins. 

Ride Metro Transit Free on New Year’s Eve!

Posted: 12/28/15

Celebrate New Year’s Eve responsibly and get a free ride!

On Dec. 31, customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on all Metro Transit routes – buses, METRO lines and Northstar.

No fare, no coupons – simply hop on and take a seat for free.

Whether you’ll be out celebrating or you’re not interested in driving alongside those who are, riding Metro Transit is an easy, safe alternative.

Free rides will also be available on Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Anoka Transit routes

Miller Free Rides is a community service program in partnership with Metro Transit, J.J. Taylor Distributing Company and Miller Lite. Learn more at 1-800-FREE-RIDES or visit MillerLiteFreeRides.com.

U of M Bike Center Closed for Holiday Week

Posted: 12/15/15

The U of M Bike Center will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, January 3. The center will reopen Monday,January 4 with normal hours.

Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 12/09/15

During Finals Week (Thursday, December 17 - Wednesday, December 23), University campus shuttles run a bit differently than usual.

Finals Weekdays through Wednesday, December 23

  • 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. and 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. Last bus leaves Carlson School at 12:15 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 19

  • On Saturday, December 19, 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 12:15 a.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 12:15 a.m.
  • The University Avenue Circulator will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. Last bus leaves Carlson School at 12:15 a.m.
  • The St. Paul Circulators; Fourth Street Circulators and Stadium Superblock Circulators do NOT run on Saturday of finals week.

Sunday, December 20

  • On Sunday, December 20, 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 Saturday of finals week.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services

Access to Highway 55, I-94 from I-35W Closes Overnight Dec. 7

Posted: 12/07/15

Motorists will be unable to access southbound Highway 55 and westbound Interstate 94 from southbound I-35W in Minneapolis beginning Monday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday Dec. 8.

The ramps from southbound I-35W to Highway 55 and westbound I-94/11th Avenue will be closed while crews work to set beams for the new westbound I-94 bridge/ramp to Seventh Street in downtown Minneapolis.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes during the closures.

The work also will require additional overnight lane and ramp closures on the interstate below the new bridge from Dec. 8-12. Detour signs will be posted.

The work is part of a larger project that includes realigning the existing westbound I-94 exit to Fifth Street by constructing a new section of ramp that will redirect traffic exiting westbound I-94 to Seventh Street instead of Fifth Street. 

Motorists entering downtown Minneapolis from westbound I-94 will continue to use the existing ramp to Fifth Street during construction.

Additional work includes installing a traffic signal system and making accessibility improvements for pedestrians at the intersection of Seventh Street and 13th Avenue.

This project is a collaborative effort of the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Transportation that will:

  • Improve mobility and access to downtown Minneapolis from westbound I-94.
  • Reduce congestion on downtown area streets.
  • Improve pedestrian safety at Seventh Street/13th Avenue intersection

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visitwww.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94minneapolis/.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

To learn more about funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected.

New Bag Policy Implemented at TCF Bank Stadium

Posted: 11/20/15

To ensure the comfort and safety of fans in light of recent world events, the University of Minnesota has implemented a policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into TCF Bank Stadium for Gopher football games.

The policy will be in effect starting with the Saturday, November 21 game against Illinois and is very similar to the one used by the Minnesota Vikings and other NFL teams.

Under the new policy, the only bags now allowed in the stadium are:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon, clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Complete information is available at the Gopher Game Day website.

5K Race Closes Two State Fairgrounds Gates on November 14

Posted: 11/12/15

On Saturday, November 14, the State Fairground's Gate 5 (Snelling Ave.) and Gate 7 (Underwood and Como) will be closed from 9 a.m. until approximately noon, due to a scheduled 5k Race. See map.

Hoyt Gate will be open during this time and will provide an alternative route for access from the University to Snelling Avenue via Randall to Dan Elmer Way to Hoyt Avenue. 

All other gate openings/closing will remain unchanged.  

Signs were posted in advance and officers will be stationed at Randall & Dan Elmer and West Dan Patch and Randall to allow campus bus access

Road, Bike Lane Closure on 15th Avenue Planned For Thursday, Nov. 12

Posted: 11/11/15

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, the southbound bike and vehicle lanes will be closed on 15th Avenue SE between University Avenue and 4th Street due to crane work.

Northbound lanes should remain unaffected.

Police officers will be on-site.

East River Road Garage Lighting Upgrade Begins in October

Posted: 10/22/15

PTS will begin installation of high-efficiency lighting in the East River Road Garage, starting on Monday, October 19. 

Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the project should be completed in about a month.

On Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, the public-only Delaware Street entrance to the East River Road Garage will be closed for this upgrade. Signs are posted in multiple nearby locations. Public parking is available, but must be accessed with the main entrance on East River Parkway.

This project will improve University energy conservation efforts while still keeping our customer’s personal safety and security as our number one concern.  Motion sensors will help direct the lighting in the parking garage.

Minneapolis Fall Street Sweeping Begins October 19

Posted: 10/06/15

On Monday, October 19 through the middle of November, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb. 

In early October, look up when your street is scheduled for sweeping

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.

Approximately 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 BEFORE October 19 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-- in mid-October for Fall and in mid-April for Spring.  Mark these times on your calendar, and check the information on the City's street sweeping web page when the time is near.

Watch a video about what to look for during street sweeping

Take the 2015 Switch My Trip Pledge today!

Posted: 09/04/15


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It’s simple! Replace a drive-by-yourself trip and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool and you can be entered into a variety of prize drawings.

1. Fill out a Switch My Trip pledge today at switchmytrip.org
2. Take a trip by transit, bicycle, sharing the ride, walking and/or teleworking before Oct. 31
3. Let us know that you completed your pledge when we follow up with you

Take the pledge today for a chance to win some great prizes!

Union Street Lane Closure Starts Monday, July 20

Posted: 07/16/15

Beginning on Monday, July 20, drivers will find the right traffic lane closed on southbound Union Street SE (along the public entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp). See East Bank map.

This Keller Hall project includes a crane and construction staging materials in that right drive lane. Workers will be removing and replacing brickwork, repairing windows, and changing joints on the facades.

Completion of phase 1 of the project is expected in mid-October.

The Beacon Street contract-only entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp will remain open and unaffected by this work.

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

Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains 10/8; Replace Green Line 10/9-12

Posted: 10/05/15

Buses will replace trains on Thursday, October 8 at 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 during a partial shutdown of the METRO Blue and Green lines. 

Buses will replace Blue Line trains from Franklin Avenue to Target Field Station and Green Line trains from Stadium Village to Target Field Station. 

During the weekend of October 9-12, buses will also replace trains during a partial shutdown on the METRO Green line to allow for scheduled construction and maintenance.

Starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 9 until 3:30 a.m. on Monday, October 12, buses will replace Green Line trains between Capitol/Rice Street and Union Depot stations.

During the disruptions, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station. See maps for boarding locations.

19th Avenue Ramp Receives Lighting Upgrade in October

Posted: 10/01/15 

Starting on Thursday, October 1, PTS will begin installation of high-efficiency lighting in the 19th Avenue Ramp. 

Work will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and start near the top (not the roof). The project will continue down to the first level and should be completed in October.

Reserved stalls will need to be re-located in the future.  More details will be emailed to those specific individuals closer to the actual date when it is known.

Project dates are approximate. 

This project will improve University energy conservation efforts while still keeping our customer’s personal safety and security as our number one concern.  Motion sensors and daylight-sensing equipment will help direct the lighting in the parking ramp.

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

More Buses Added to New Bus Routes; We Hear Your Feedback

Posted: 09/18/15

Parking and Transportation Services is monitoring shuttle ridership and making adjustments this week. More buses are added onto the morning route, starting Wednesday, September 16. 

We ask for your patience as we fine-tune our new routes.

PTS appreciates customer input and encourages our University community to continue to let us know how we are doing. Email us at pts@umn.edu.

Sept. 14-Oct. 23 Road Work at Energy Park Drive, Raymond Avenue 

Posted: 09/11/15

From Monday, September 14 through Friday, October 23, only westbound traffic on Energy Park Drive will be able to cross Raymond Avenue.

There will be no eastbound traffic crossing Raymond Avenue.

All two-lane traffic, up to Raymond Avenue, will be accessible and open to businesses.

Use Highway 280 or Snelling Avenue for alternate access needs.

See the City of Saint Paul website for more information.

Fulton/Oak Street Intersection Closed for 10/2 Weekend

Posted: 10/01/15

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 2, the intersection of Fulton and Oak Street will be closed through the weekend.

Note: the intersection will be temporarily open during the Medtronic Twin Cities 10-Mile Run while East River Parkway is closed for the race.

This closure is needed to complete the utility tie-in for the Clinics and Surgery Center’s west parking lot.  

Accommodations will be made to grant access to anyone living within the blockade.

The intersection will re-open on Monday morning, October 5 for the morning commute.

Signage has been posted and detours will be marked. See a map showing the detour route.

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

10-Mile Run Affects Campus Travel on Oct. 4

Posted: 10/01/15

The Medtronic Twin Cities 10-Mile Run is this SUNDAY, October 4 and impacts campus from approximately 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. 

The campus portion of the route plan closes only the southern lane of East River Parkway (it does NOT close the entire street). 

Personnel will be stationed outside the garage exits and will send all traffic northbound to Arlington Street.  From there, vehicles can travel to Washington or University Avenues.  There should be no delay for vehicles.

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

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U of M Bus Routes Change August 31 on Twin Cities Campus

Posted: 8/13/15

On Monday, August 31, the University of Minnesota will begin operating new campus shuttle routes on the Minneapolis campus.

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With more than 3.5 million passengers riding annually, the University’s shuttle system is a transportation resource for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

The Campus Connector, the University’s most-used route, connects the West and East Banks of the Minneapolis campus with the St. Paul campus. The Connector remains on the schedule, but is slightly altered in its route path, bus stops and timing. Additionally, the St. Paul Circulator is unchanged.

The new University Avenue and 4th Street Circulators connect Dinkytown, Sanford Hall, West Bank, East Bank and the stadium.

The new Stadium Superblock Circulator connects TCF Bank Stadium and the Biomedical Discovery District to the residence hall quad called the Superblock and the Health Sciences area.

These routes will serve the top campus destinations and are planned to align with the academic day and campus building hours.

Campus maps with the routes, stops and service hours are available online and in printed form at several campus locations, including Coffman Memorial Union and St. Paul Student Center.  Additionally, riders can track campus buses and arrival times through web browsers or mobile devices. A real-time tracking map shows the location of the campus buses; learn more atz.umn.edu/nextbus.

East Bank map

West Bank map

St. Paul map

Last fall’s pilot late-night bus route, named the University Avenue Circulator, will no longer be in service.  The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator, East Bank Circulator and Weekend Circulator will all be replaced with the new routes.

These new routes are a result of a committee review of campus shuttle ridership data and an extensive campus-wide origination and destination study conducted by the Office of Measurement Services and Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) in the fall of 2014.  The committee included representatives from undergraduate and graduate student government, University planning, PTS and public transit agencies.

“The extensive process that we engaged in resulted in routes that should prove to meet our University community’s needs to move about campus quickly and safely,” said PTS director, Ross Allanson.

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 facilitating safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles.

Homecoming Parade Closes University Ave on Friday Sept. 25 

Posted: 09/21/15

The 2015 Homecoming Parade is on Friday, September 25.  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.

View the parade route.

View an East Bank campus map.

Individuals with parking contracts have been 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.

Upgraded Lighting Project Starts in 21st Avenue Ramp

Posted: 09/18/15

Starting on Monday, September 21, PTS will begin installation of high-efficiency lighting in the 21st Avenue Ramp.  Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and start near the top (not the roof). The project will continue down to the first level and should be completed in October.

Approximately 60 spaces will be affected next week.

Reserved stalls will need to be re-located in the future.  More details will be emailed to those specific individuals closer to the actual date when it is known.
Project dates are approximate. 

This project will improve University energy conservation efforts while still keeping our customer’s personal safety and security as our number one concern.  Motion sensors and daylight-sensing equipment will help direct the lighting in the parking ramp.

Learn more about this PTS Lighting Project.

Sunday, Sept. 20 Minneapolis Bike Tour Impacts Campus Traffic

Posted: 09/18/15

On Sunday, September 20, the 2015 Minneapolis Bike Tour may involve some access challenges for those coming to campus between 7-10 a.m.  Expect possible delays around the West Bank campus on this morning.

This event will impact 4th Street South and 21st Avenue South with road closures from West River Parkway during these morning hours. 

The City of Minneapolis will close the eastbound lane from 20th to 26th Ave. but will keep the westbound lane open. This lane will be closed down from approximately 7:15 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. There will be three park police officers in this area that will detour east bound traffic to Franklin Ave. and will stop bikes for emergency vehicle needs.

For more information on this event and a map of the bike route, please visit thewebsite.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please emailparking@umn.edu. Thank you in advance for your patience.

U of M Bike Center Closed Saturday, Sept. 12

Posted: 09/09/15

The University of Minnesota Bike Center will be closed this Saturday, September 12.

The Bike Center will re-open at noon on Sunday, September 13.

Anyone with an active membership can continue to use the showers and secure bike parking as usual.

Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains September 11-14

Posted: 09/04/15

Buses will replace trains the weekend of September 11-14 during a partial shutdown on the METRO Green and Blue lines to allow for scheduled construction and maintenance.

Starting at 7 p.m on Friday, Sept. 11 until 3 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, buses will replace Blue Line trains between Lake Street and Target Field stations and Green Line trains between Raymond Avenue and Target Field stations.

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

See maps for boarding locations.

Participate in 9/12 Open Streets Event, University Avenue Closes Down

Posted: 8/24/15added more parking details 9/9/15

On Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Minnesota area will be host to Open Streets University of Minnesota for the first time!

The event runs along 14th Avenue from 5th Street to University Avenue, then on University Avenue from 14th to Oak Street, and finally on Oak Street from University to East River Parkway.

Major intersections along the route will remain drivable and will be controlled by police.

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

HOW PARKING IS AFFECTED

University Avenue Ramp

It will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp during this time.  Contract parkers should choose a reciprocal facility (Washington Avenue Ramp or 4th Street Ramp are good options).

For anyone already parked, 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.

Oak Street Ramp

It will NOT be possible to use the entrance on Oak Street on this day.  Use the Ontario Street entrance instead. 

717 Delaware Garage, Lot C75 & Lot C78

It will NOT be possible to ENTER OR EXIT these three parking facilities: 717 Delaware Garage, Lot C75 or Lot C78. Contract holders were sent an email with instructions on where to park on this day.

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.

Open Streets University of Minnesota is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), and the University of Minnesota; and is co-sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

About Open Streets Minneapolis
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has turned Minneapolis streets into car-free, community-filled fun for a weekend afternoon. More than 40,000 people participated in 6 Open Streets Minneapolis events in 2014. Open Streets University of Minnesota is one of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Find full details: www.openstreetsmpls.org.

About Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition 
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is a member supported and volunteer driven organization working to inspire people to bicycle and make riding a bike safer and more joyful for everyone in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is the host of Open Streets Minneapolis.

Correction Notice:

The 8/27/15 mass email to University students, staff and faculty titled "Your Transportation To & Around the U" incorrectly stated that the Free Ride Weekend included all students, staff and faculty. It is a Free Ride Weekend for students only. We apologize for the error.

Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer

Posted: 05/04/15

From May 18 – August 28, Pleasant Street from University Avenue to Arlington Street will be closed to all vehicle and bicycle traffic, due to complete reconstruction of Pleasant Street.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street project.

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 08/31/15

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

The week-long event starts Monday, August 31 and goes through Monday, September 7. 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 31 - Tuesday, September 1
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, September 2
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Thursday, September 3
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Friday, September 4
7 - 8:30 a.m., every 15 minutes
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., every 5 minutes
5:30 p.m.- 2 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 5:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes
10 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Sunday, September 6 - Labor Day Monday, September 7
9:30 a.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Campus Circulators

The NEW University Avenue Circulator will run Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 4 from 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. every 15 minutes.

St. Paul Circulators as well as the NEW Stadium Superblock and 4th Street Circulators will not run during this time period.

East River Road Repairs Planned for September 1

Posted: 8/27/15 

East River Road (near the Education Sciences Building and parking meters) will have surface repairs on Tuesday, September 1.

Access routes will change during the day.  It will be necessary to drive via Pleasant Street to Pillsbury Drive. 

During some hours of this day, drivers can wrap around to East River Road. 

During other hours, drivers may need to take a left turn down the one-way road between Shevlin and Pattee Halls and turn right after the Child Development Building to access Lot C49.

Be prepared to show the construction flag person a Lot C49 hangtag for access onto East River Road and into the parking lot.

This project could take most of the day. 

View the East Bank campus map.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Minnesota State Fair Impacts U Traffic and Parking 

Posted: 08/13/15

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 27 and runs through Monday, September 7. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

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Lane Closures on I-394 in Minneapolis, Golden Valley Begin July 10

Posted: 07/10/15

Motorists on westbound Interstate 394 through Minneapolis and Golden Valley will encounter slow moving traffic on July 10.  The closures are necessary so crews can repair the concrete.

Beginning 10 p.m. on Friday, July 10, construction crews will close the mainline lanes on westbound I-394 between Highway 100 and I-94. During the closure, all westbound I-394 traffic between Highway 100 and I-94 will shift to the two HOV/Reversible Lanes. The mainline lanes of westbound I-394 will remain closed for approximately two weeks. 

There are several ramps that will also close, including:

  • Westbound I-394 to Penn Avenue
  • Penn Avenue to westbound I-394 
  • Eastbound I-94 to westbound I-394
  • Westbound I-94 to westbound I-394 (single lane)

During the day, crews will work on north Wayzata Boulevard between Theodore Wirth Parkway and Penn Avenue, and south Wayzata Boulevard between France Avenue and Penn Avenue (independently). The boulevards will remain open for traffic, but motorists should plan for slow moving traffic and periodic traffic stops. Crews will also be working overnight throughout the first weekend. Expect to hear construction noise in the area.  

Additionally on July 13, Lyndale Avenue over Dunwoody Boulevard/Hennepin Avenue will close. Motorists will be detoured to Dunwoody Boulevard, Hennepin Avenue, 12th Street and Linden Avenue to bypass the closure. Lyndale Avenue will be closed through September. 

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email projects updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/i394minneapolis/

Franklin Avenue Bridge Traffic Reduced to One Lane

Posted: 06/08/15

On Monday, June 8, 2015, contractors will extend restoration work to the underside of the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will be routed along a side of the bridge deck.  Bicyclists should use the on-road bike lane behind the concrete barriers that separate traffic from the work zone.   Pedestrians will have a sidewalk for use. Bicyclists and pedestrians will need to follow signage for available access.

Once the bridge restoration is complete in Fall 2016, the new design will continue to provide a single lane in each direction for motorists.

Please direct any questions or comments to the project hotline: 888.474.8929or by email at franklinbridge@hennepin.us.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 5/14/15

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. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 12, 2015 (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 25 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 7 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes 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.

For the summer vacation period, Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, September 1, 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 Willey Hall at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Friday, July 3 for the 4th of July holiday.

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

East Bank Circulator
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, September 1. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 25 or Friday, July 3 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator 
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 18 – Friday, June 12.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 15 (no service on Friday, July 3) and ends again on Friday, August 7.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 8 through Monday, September 7.

I-394 Remains in Reversible Lanes for TCF Bank Stadium Vikings Aug. 15 Game

Posted: 8/14/15

Eastbound I-394 will remain in the reversible lanes this weekend due to construction work.

Expect delays in the area. 

Saturday, August 15 marks the start of the Vikings second season playing in TCF Bank Stadium on the East Bank campus.

Contract parkers received an email earlier in the week with details on how they are affected by the game. More information is online.

Oak Street Bike Lane Project Starts August 5

Posted: 8/6/15

The City of Minneapolis started work yesterday on the Oak Street bike lane between East River Parkway and Washington Ave SE.

Parking meters on the west side were hooded and unavailable for parking.

Workers will work to stripe the lane and continue with other activities through August 14.

Learn more about the project.

If you have any questions or comments, please email Steve Sanders atsande017@umn.edu.

Vehicle Lane Closures on Washington Avenue Bridge Week of August 10

Posted: 8/6/15
Updated 8/11/15 - Washington Ave. bridge eastbound work completed at 2:10 p.m. today. Open to traffic again.
Updated: 8/14/15 - Work completed on Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Road is open.

Vehicle lanes of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed during the week of August 10 due to Hennepin County annual bridge inspections.

Drivers

The bridge will be closed in the eastbound direction from 6 a.m. on Monday, August 10 until noon on Wednesday, August 12. [Completed early at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/11]

It will be closed in the westbound direction from 10 a m. on Wednesday, August 12 until 4 p.m. on Friday, August 14.

Please note the overlap on Wednesday, August 12 when both directions will be closed for approximately two hours.

A marked detour will be provided.

Access to the Walter library loading dock will be maintained at all times.

Bus riders
For transit riders, rider alerts were posted on August 3 at affected bus stops (Blegen, Coffman/Northrop and Oak and Washington stops).

  • For the eastbound closure, buses will travel on Washington westbound to 10th Avenue to University Avenue to get back to St. Paul.
  • For the westbound clusure, buses will use 4th Street to 10th Avenue and use Washington to go back to St. Paul.

See Metro Transit's news update.

Everyone
Please use caution and follow detour signs.

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

New Secure Bike Parking Inside Washington Avenue Ramp

Posted: 05/11/15

New secure bicycle parking is now available inside the Washington Avenue Ramp.  The cost is $85 per year (about $7 a month). 

Learn more, see photos and/or request a contract.

Coffman Memorial Union Incident Affects Bus Routes, Parking Garage

Posted: 8/10/15

8/10/15 updates --

At 4:00 p.m., all roads and parking are in normal operations. Coffman is still closed.

At 12:50 p.m., the westbound bus stops are now re-opened.Coffman is still closed.

At 10:30 a.m., East River Road Garage is now re-opened. Coffman is still closed at this time.

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Coffman Memorial Union and East River Road Garage are temporarily closed due to an incident.

Both eastbound and westbound University buses are on detour and all impacted stops have signs posted. Westbound stops are at Oak St., Coffman Memorial Union, and Wiley Hall.

Metro Transit buses are also on detour. Visit http://www.metrotransit.org/ for route planning. LRT trains are running normally.

Pedestrian access to East River Road Garage is Delaware to Church St.

U of M Receives National Award for Energy Efficiency in Parking Structures

Posted: 07/06/15

 

The University of Minnesota accepted national recognition last week for its energy conservation successes through the Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign.

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The Better Buildings Alliance is a U.S. Department of Energy effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers.

The University of Minnesota Gortner Avenue Ramp won two awards – one for the greatest percent of savings in a single structure (retrofit) and the other for the best use of lighting controls in a single parking facility.

These awards are based on two efficiency initiatives at the U of M.  The first focus is on the substantial lighting energy saved by replacing medium wattage sodium lights with low wattage LED fixtures.  The second is on the development of highly-efficient lighting controls.  Advanced sensor technology helps parking structures save energy by regulating the amount of artificial light emitted at certain times.

 “Thanks to these efforts, the Gortner Avenue Ramp is now nine times more efficient in terms of its energy use,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota. “This project provides better color rendering and user perception with white versus yellow light.”

All 16 University of Minnesota parking structures will be upgraded by the end of 2015.  Compared to the current energy usage, it is estimated that the University will save around 475,000 per year once all the lights in the campus parking structures are updated.   Savings will continue to surface as average lighting maintenance costs decrease, due to the average 23-year life span of LED fixtures. 

Combined, all 18 2015 LEEP award winners along with the 12 2014 LEEP award winners, are saving nearly 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and $3 million per year by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in over 200,000 parking spaces nationwide. 

The LEEP Campaign Awards Recognition event was on June 29 at the BOMA 2015 Every Building Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California.

“It might only take one person to change a light bulb, but it took dedicated efforts by the many thoughtful leaders of LEEP award winners to demonstrate how much can be gained through advanced, cost effective lighting technologies in parking lots and garages,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, David Danielson. “These innovative solutions also enhance safety and improve working conditions for customers, tenants and employees.”

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota.  The U of M’s Parking and Transportation Services department 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 about the University of Minnesota parking lighting project, please visithttp://www.umn.edu/pts/park/lightingproject.html.

ABOUT LEEP & BETTER BUILDINGS ALLIANCE
To date, more than 140 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign and planning or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Another 160 organizations are signed up as LEEP Campaign Supporters. 

Learn more about Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns including the Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) focused on high efficiency indoor troffer lighting solutions and the Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaignsupporting building owners in the replacement or retrofit of the nation’s aging heating and cooling technologies installed on roofs of many of U.S. commercial buildings.

As a cornerstone of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country we are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency and catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency. Read more about Better Buildings partner results, and the innovative solutions being shared with others in the Better Buildings Solution Center.

Eastbound I-94 Between Hwy 280 and I-35E Closes For July 31 Weekend

Posted: 7/30/15

Eastbound I-94 between Hwy 280 and I-35E will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 31 until 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

Eastbound I-94 ramps between Hwy 280 and I-35E also will be closed.

Westbound I-94 between Lexington Avenue and Cretin Avenue will have the left lane closed from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday

These closures are part of the Snelling Avenue bridge project.

Metro Transit Replaces Trains With Buses July 23-24

Posted: 7/21/15

A partial rail shutdown takes place overnight July 23-24 to allow for construction and maintenance.

Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 23 until 2:30 a.m. on Friday, buses will replace trains on portions of the METRO Green and Blue lines.

On the Blue Line, light-rail service will be suspended between Target Field and Franklin Avenue stations; on the Green Line, light-rail service will be suspended between Target Field and Stadium Village stations. 

During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each affected station. Please refer to the boarding maps for more information. Metro Transit staff will also be at each affected station to assist customers until light-rail service resumes.

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

For more information, please call 612-373-3333. 

Thank you for your patience.

Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul Closes July 24-27

Posted: 7/21/15

Motorists will encounter delays and a detour on westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul this weekend. The road closes between I-35E and Highway 280 at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 24.

All westbound I-94 ramps between I-35E and Highway 280 also close at 10 p.m. Friday, July 24.

Motorists should follow the posted detour using I-35E, I-694, I-35W and Highway 280 to bypass the closure.

All westbound lanes and ramps will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 27. 

The closure is necessary so crews can pour the north side of the Highway 51/Snelling Avenue bridge deck spanning I-94.

To view all current closures and detours or to sign up for email updates, visit the project website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/snellingfalconheights/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.

TCF Bank Stadium Hosts One Direction Sunday, July 26

Posted: 7/21/15

One Direction will perform at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, July 26.

Plan your travel route, pre-purchase your parking until noon on July 25, or learn more about your transportation options using our Stadium Concerts Webpage.

As a special consideration for fans being driven to this event, a designated pick-up and drop-off zone has been created for this concert. Read details here.

TRAFFIC ALERT!
* I-94 westbound will be closed at Snelling Avenue
I-394 westbound has lane closures - expect delays

As a reminder, there is NO tailgating in University parking lots, ramps or garages. Alcohol is available for purchase inside the stadium, but is not allowed anywhere else on campus.

Oak St. Ramp May Experience Slow Exiting July 20-26

Posted: 07/16/15

Beginning on Monday, July 20 through Saturday, July 25, drivers exiting the Oak Street Ramp may experience delays, due to concrete warranty repair work at the ramp exit between the street and sidewalk.

Please use caution and drive slowly when exiting the ramp this week.

The area should be back to normal on Sunday, July 26.

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

Metro Transit Replaces Trains With Buses July 17-19

Posted: 07/17/15

Metro Transit will replaces trains on portions of the Blue and Green lines with buses this weekend to allow for maintenance and construction.

Buses will replace trains from 7 p.m. tonight (Friday, July 17) until 3 a.m.Saturday, and from 3 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Buses are replacing trains between the Target Field and Franklin Avenue stations on the Blue Line and between the Target Field and Stadium Village stations on the Green Line.

LRT service will continue as scheduled at all other stations.

Replacement buses will operate on a similar schedule as trains and customers can board near each affected station. Find boarding maps online.

Transitway Closed July 16-19 Between Commonwealth, Como Avenues

Posted: 07/15/15

Starting at noon on Thursday, July 16, the Minnesota State Fair is closing the transitway between Commonwealth Avenue and Como Avenue, due to an event. 

Bus riders and bikers will find the gates locked through the weekend.

On Monday, July 20, campus buses will be back on the normal route.

Franklin Avenue Bridge, East River Trail Summer Closure

Posted: 06/03/15 (see update on 6/8/15)

Crews have been working on concrete removals on Franklin Bridge above West River Parkway trail. A flagperson(s) is on site for intermittent closures through the next few weeks.

Crews plan to close East River trail Thursday, June 4 for tree removals. The trail will be closed until fall 2015 for multiple construction activities. Detour signs will be in place.

Tree removal is necessary to access the underside of the bridge for concrete removal. The crews will remove as few of trees as possible. The contractor will begin removing trees on the west bank today and east bank Thursday. 

See the project website

TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Three Summer Concerts

Posted: 5/14/15

The University of Minnesota will be rocking and rolling this summer!

The Rolling Stones will perform at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, June 3. Luke Bryan is scheduled for June 20, and One Direction is set for July 26.

If you have concert tickets and/or are planning to go to one of these events, plan your travel route, pre-purchase parking, or learn more about your transportation options on our Stadium Concerts Webpage.

Reduced Transit Service on July 3 & Independence Day

Posted: 06/22/15

Due to decreased demand on the Friday before Independence Day, Metro Transit and regional transit providers will reduce service on Friday, July 3. Many routes will follow Saturday schedules. Northstar will follow a reduced schedule on July 3.

Most routes will follow SATURDAY schedules. Some routes will follow Saturday schedules with additional trips. If your route does not have a schedule for Saturday service, it will not operate on July 3.

Metro Transit buses and the METRO Blue and Green lines will follow Holiday schedules on Independence Day (Saturday, July 4).

The Transit Information Center, Metro Transit Service Centers, Customer Relations and Lost & Found are closed on July 4.

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

Northrop Auditorium Garage, Church St Garage Closed for July Holiday Week

Posted: 06/08/15

Northrop Auditorium Garage and Church Street Garage will be closed from Monday, June 29 through Sunday, July 5 due to the replacement of the entry/exit apron.

Northrop Auditorium Garage contract parkers are relocated to the Nolte Center Garage for this Fourth of July holiday week. 

Public parking in Church Street Garage will be re-directed to the Fourth Street Ramp.

Signs will be posted.

We appreciate your understanding during this inconvenience.

Summer Campus Zone Pass Available Now

Posted: 05/11/15

The current 2014-15 Campus Zone Pass expires on Sunday, May 17.  Summer Campus Zone Passes are available for pick-up beginning on Monday, May 11. You may use your summer pass immediately.

Pick up your free Campus Zone Pass at:
- Coffman Memorial Union's Information Desk (East Bank) - hours
- Parking and Transportation Services, 300 Transportation and Safety Building (East Bank) – hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- St. Paul Student Center Information Desk (St. Paul) - hours

No one can pick up this pass for you and it cannot be mailed.  You must show your U Card at the time of pick-up.

The free Campus Zone Pass allows you to ride between the THREE campus light-rail stops on the METRO Green Line – West Bank, East Bank and Stadium Village – without paying a fare.

As a reminder, you are eligible for the Campus Zone Pass if you are a registered Twin Cities student or you are a staff or faculty member on the Twin Cities campus in the University’s PeopleSoft system.  Additionally, if you have a current U-Pass or Metropass, you are not eligible.  Your U-Pass or Metropass covers unlimited rides on the Green Line plus rides on all city buses and other METRO lines.

Transit Police officers will randomly ask to see proof of payment (show your Campus Zone Pass and U Card). There is a $180 fine for attempting to ride without a valid fare.

More information is available here:http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/campuszonepass.html

Enjoy this summer riding the Green Line between the three campus stops with your Summer Campus Zone Pass!

Special Promotions, Deals Mark Green Line's One-Year Anniversary 

Posted: 06/16/15

Join Metro Transit during the week of June 15 as the Twin Cities celebrates the one-year anniversary since the opening of the Green Line!

Pick up a free commemorative button and take advantage of special promotions all along the line!

Learn more: http://www.metrotransit.org/celebrate-green

Bridge 9 Portion of Dinkytown Greenway Closed MONDAY Friday, June 19

Posted: 06/15/15

UPDATE 06/18/15! The Bridge 9 portion of the Dinkytown Greenway will be closed Monday, June 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (re-scheduled from original date of Friday, June 19 -- Bridge 9 will remain open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic on Friday, June 19).

The Bridge 9 portion of the Dinkytown Greenway will be closed on Friday, June 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bridge 9, which carries the Dinkytown Greenway over the Mississippi River, will be closed to all bicycle and pedestrian traffic during this time for work on the bridge.

The 10th Avenue and Washington Avenue bridges over the Mississippi River will remain open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

See the bicycle and pedestrian detour page for bicycle and pedestrian detour information throughout city.

TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Luke Bryan

Posted: 6/19/15

The TCF Bank Stadium is hosting Luke Bryan on Saturday, June 20.

There will be NO tailgating in University parking lots, ramps or garages. Alcohol is available for purchase inside the stadium, but is not allowed anywhere else on campus.

TRAFFIC ALERT! HOV/Carpool lanes on I-394 between Hwy 100 and I-94 are closed on Saturday.

Plan your travel route, pre-purchase your parking until noon on June 20, or learn more about your transportation options using our Stadium Concerts Webpage.

U of M Student Wins Prize in Zimride Sweepstakes

Posted: 5/20/15 

Congratulations to Alexanda M. at the U of M!

As one of 20 winners nationwide, Alexanda won a $25 MasterCard gift card in the Zimride Earth Day Sweepstakes last month.

Out of 1,545 Zimride users who logged their daily commutes in their Commute Calendars, 453,125 miles were reduced off the road, $176,637 in user expenses were saved and the overall carbon footprint was reduced by 226,865 lbs. of CO2.

Zimride is a ride-sharing database and social networking tool that connects drivers and riders. Learn more about Zimride at the U.

METRO Green Line Service Suspended June 12-15

Posted: 06/10/15

Light-rail service will be suspended on portions of the Blue and Green lines beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12, to allow for construction and maintenance.

Replacement buses will serve all affected stations until service resumes earlyMonday morning.

On the Blue Line, light-rail service will be suspended between Target Field and Franklin Avenue stations; on the Green Line, light-rail service will be suspended between Target Field and Stadium Village stations.

For replacement bus boarding maps, please visit metrotransit.org. Information has also been posted at light-rail stations. Metro Transit staff will be at all affected stations throughout the interruption in service to assist customers.

One Block of Washington Avenue Closed Sat. June 13

Posted: 06/09/15

From 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, Washington Avenue will be closed westbound from Oak to Walnut Street, due to City of Minneapolis installation of variable message sign wiring.

Both vehicle and bicycle lanes will be closed for this nine-hour timeframe.

Portion of Parking Lot 37 Under Construction Week of June 8

Posted: 06/03/15

Starting on Tuesday, June 9 through Thursday, June 11, the south half of Lot 37 is scheduled to be milled, overlayed and re-striped. The entrance and exit lanes will also be under construction.  

Traffic and access will be facilitated at all times. The north half of the lot will remain open for parking. Surface conditions may vary and minor delays are possible.

Please abide by posted "no parking" signs.

As always, construction projects are weather-permitting and subject to change. 

Know When Spring Street Sweeping Hits Your Neighborhood

Posted: 04/22/15

Spring street sweeping is now underway in Minneapolis, and it’s easy to find out when the sweepers are coming to your neighborhood.

The sweep lasts through May 8, and during the sweep, crews are doing a comprehensive sweep of all city streets.

Temporary “No Parking” signs are be posted at least 24 hours in advance of a street’s sweeping to make sure it’s clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweep parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed. 

To find out the week a street will be swept, go tominneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping and click on “street sweeping schedule lookup.”

The weekend before the week your street will be swept, revisit the Web site to find out which day of that week the street is scheduled to be swept.

Research Study Looking for Volunteers (Get a Free Rental Car for Weekend)

Posted: 3/24/15

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Carfreelife are looking for people to participate in a market study designed to measure the potential effectiveness of the auto-rental facilities at MSP (Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport) in providing useful services to people living a car-light or car-free lifestyle. 

This study is being administered by University of Minnesota researchers and Carfreelife, a new Minnesota not-for-profit with a mission to promote and facilitate car-light and car-free living in the Twin Cities.

It’s simple to participate:

  1. Sign up
  2. Pick up car at MSP on Friday after work
  3. Bring it back on Sunday afternoon
  4. Tell how it went by completing a short survey on your experience. 

If you are interested, go to carfreelife.org and sign up. 

Participants must be at least 21 years of age; work in downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, University of Minnesota main campus ,or Mall of America area;  commute to work via transit, and are an insured driver of a household car. 

Road Closure on 15th Ave SE Between Rollins Ave., 8th St SE

Posted: 05/11/15
Updated (05/12/15): Road has been re-opened.

15th Avenue SE is closed between Rollins Avenue and 8th Street SE, due to bridge and track inspection.

A signed detour is in place. The detour is 8th Street SE to 10th Avenue SE to Como Avenue SE. The duration of the detour is unknown.

Northbound Huron Blvd Closes Between Delaware, University For May 8 Weekend

Posted: 05/07/15 

Both northbound lanes of Huron Boulevard will be closed between Delaware Street SE and University Avenue SE from 9 a.m. on Friday, May 8 through 5 a.m. on Monday, May 11, due to tower crane dismantling.

The I-94 Huron exit will be open. The detour will be Delaware Street SE to 25th Avenue SE to University Avenue SE. See map

One southbound lane of Huron Boulevard will be closed between Delaware Street SE and University Avenue during this weekend. Local access will remain available at all times.

The sidewalk on the building side of Wahu Apartments will also be closed.

Washington Avenue Ramp Exit Lane Work Completed April 14

Posted: 04/14/15

For the past several months, the public exit at the Washington Avenue Ramp has been a work-in-progress.

Concrete islands have been added, two new automated payment machines were installed, and new overhead signage was put in place to help drivers through the exit to the freeways.

Visitors who want to travel north toward I-35W (turn left out of the ramp) will want to keep to the left and use one of the two automated payment machines closest to the exit.

Visitors who travel south toward I-94 (turn right out of the ramp) will want to keep to the right and use one of the new three automated payment machines in the mid-section of the first level. Parking fees will be paid in the mid-section area and then drivers will proceed to the gate at the exit (this will raise for every vehicle that approaches it).

This now creates five lanes for exiting out the public exit of the Washington Avenue Ramp.

See a drawing of the new public exit.

The contract-only exit onto Beacon Street continues to be an option for contract holders. That was never affected by this project.

PedalMN Bike Conference Kicks Off May 4 At Commons Hotel

Posted: 3/25/15

Learn how Minnesota is building the Bike-Friendly State at the @PedalMN Bike Conference, May 4-5 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis!

See how community leaders, business owners and advocates are getting more people on bikes more often in Minnesota. With more than 4,000 miles of paved trails, endless biking routes, an outstanding mountain biking scene, and one of the nation’s largest bike-share programs, Minnesota offers excellent options for every kind of cyclist.    

Hosted in Minneapolis, currently the second most bike-friendly city in the country, the PedalMN Bike Conference offers firsthand knowledge of how Minnesota communities are creating partnerships, connecting trails, and starting business ventures in pursuit of building the “Bike-Friendly State.” Bicycling promotes and supports local economies, tourism, the environment and healthy lifestyles. 

Register online or contact Will Wlizlo at will@bikemn.org.

For general inquiries, go to dot.state.mn.us/bike or contact Cathy Carlson at 651-757-1871 or catherine.carlson@state.mn.us.

MVTA Route 490 Now Serves U of M

Posted: 3/11/15

Students, staff and faculty living in Prior Lake, Shakopee and surrounding areas may want to know that Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) Route 490 now offers trips to the University of Minnesota. 

Trips begin in Prior Lake and serve Eagle Creek and Southbridge Crossings with three morning (labeled 490U ) and three afternoon trips ( labeled 490)

Details are available in MVTA's newsletter. See the timing and bus stop locations on the 490 route schedule.

U of M Announces First 'Fast Charger' For Electric Vehicles On Campus

Posted: 01/28/15 

Electric vehicle owners now have access to the latest, fast-charging technology on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. 

Two weeks ago, a new station was installed at the corner of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street, making it one of the first of its kind operating in the state of Minnesota. This station typically re-charges a vehicle’s battery to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

“The U is committed to incorporating sustainability into its teaching, research and outreach and the operations that support them,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We are glad to offer the latest technology in an easily accessible way for those electric vehicle drivers on campus.”

In all, the Minneapolis campus boasts 13 charging stations for electric vehicles – 12   currently inside various public-parking facilities on campus. These stations take an average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle. 

Use of all 13 charging stations are free, but the posted parking fee must be paid.

To see where all public electric vehicle charging stations are in the metro area, including the U’s new charger, visit plugshare.com.

For more information on exact locations on the University charging stations, click here.

Big Ten/Midwestern Universities Transportation 
and Parking Conference Hits Minneapolis in 2015!

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April 27-29, 2015
Hosted by Parking and Transportation Services, 
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus
(Transit, alternative transportation, parking and fleet management)
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More information can be found at www.z.umn.edu/SeeUs

Spring Jam Event Closes 5th St SE On Saturday, April 25

Posted: 04/22/15 

On Saturday, April 25 from approximately 9 a.m. until midnight, 5th Street SE will be CLOSED from 17th Avenue SE to Oak Street SE, due to a Spring Jam event taking place in Parking Lot 37.

If you have a parking contract near this area, please use an alternate route to and from your parking facility during this timeframe.

Lot C56 will be unavailable on this Saturday. Those contract holders should park in the 4th Street Ramp if they need to use contract parking on that Saturday.

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

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Spring Jam Event Closes Parking Lot 37 on Friday, April 24

Posted: 04/22/15 

On Friday, April 24, the daily parking Lot 37 will be closed to the public, due to Spring Jam event set-up.

The $4 daily parking rate will be available at Gold LotMinnesota Lot and Ski-U-Mah Lot on Friday, April 24.

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

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Earth Day Sprouts Zimride by Enterprise's April Sweepstakes

Posted: 3/24/15

In the month of April, enter to win fun prizes from Zimride by Enterprise at the U of M's private rideshare community, www.zimride.com/umn.

When you register for a new account or sign in to your Zimride profile, log your commutes within the Commute Calendar between April 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015 to enter to win one of 20 prepaid MasterCard Gift Cards ranging from $25 to $100.

Full contest rules, which include prize details, are available online.

Good luck!

East River Road Street Closure For Weekend of Apr. 11

Posted: 04/10/15

PTS has just been advised of a Facilities Management water and sewer utility project scheduled for this weekend that impacts some access routes around campus.

The work and street closure begins on Saturday, April 11 after Goldy's Run and continues thru Sunday, April 12. The road closure is on East River Road from University Avenue to the entrance of Lot C49. 

There will be a "road closed ahead" local-traffic-only sign posted at East River Road and Arlington Street and also on Pillsbury Drive at Pleasant Street. 

Access is available to all parking facilities (including Lots C46/C47/C48/C49), but routes may be affected.  Lots 46/47/48 should use Pleasant Street to Pillsbury Avenue travelling west. Lot C49 contract parkers should use Pleasant Street to Arlington Street to East River Road traveling north. 

Plan ahead and consider the local traffic/routes in your area.

View detailed map

We apologize for the inconveniences this weekend.

Goldy’s Run Impacts Campus Traffic/Parking On Saturday, April 11

Posted: 04/08/15

On Saturday, April 11, Goldy’s Run will require some access challenges for those coming to campus between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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.

View a detailed traffic map.

It will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp for approximately one hour between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m.  Contract holders should choose a reciprocal facility (Washington Avenue Ramp or 4th Street Ramp are good options). For those already parked in University Avenue Ramp, 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.

The easiest way to access the Washington Avenue Ramp during the race is from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 contract parkers are re-located to the4th Street Ramp located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 17th Avenue SE. After 10:30 a.m., these lots will be available again.

Lot C7/C16/C19 contract parkers are re-located to the East River Road Garage. After 10:30 a.m., these lots will be available again.

The Weekend Circulator will run on a modified route during the posted times of the run.  Two stops (Jones/Eddy and Rec Sports) will be closed.   Rider Alerts will be posted at the closed stops.  All the rest of the route remains the same.

  • Riders at Jones/Eddy will be directed to catch the circulator on 4th Street and 15th Avenue (by McDonald's)
  • Riders at the Rec Sports stop will be directed to catch the circulator on Oak Street and Washington Washington Ave. 

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.

Attend March 25 Panel Discussion- Minnesota Bicycling: A Work in Progress

Posted: 3/23/15

Come and get involved in a discussion on bike lanes, sharing the road, and planning for the future, led by Lisa Austin, Planning Coordinator with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).

Panelists include: Greta Alquist, bicycle and pedestrian planner, MNDOT; Amber Dallman, physical activitiy coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health; Steve Elmer, planning analyst, Metropolitan Council; Greg Lindsey, professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of M; and Steve Sanders, alternative transportation manager, Parking and Transportation Services, U of M.

This is a free event with a ticket required for registration.

TIME: 6:30 p.m.
DATE: March 25
PLACE: Summit Brewery
,The Ratskeller Community Room, 
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul

One complimentary beer (or root beer) and light snacks will be provided.

RSVP and register at z.umn.edu/mnbicycling

This lecture runs in conjunction with the Goldstein Museum of Design's exhibition Design Cycles: A Bike Show

Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction

Posted: 11/19/14

Work will begin soon to add additional exit lanes at the Washington Avenue Ramp (Harvard Street SE).  Drivers will see concrete-pouring activities on the right (south) side of the current three exit lanes.

See a drawing of the new exit.

During this construction phase, you can continue to exit as you have been doing. At least two of the three current lanes will remain available at all times.

The contract-only exit onto Beacon Street will not be affected and will remain open.

Completion of the concrete portion of the project is expected by the end of November.  The equipment will be installed around mid-January.

Signs will be posted.

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

Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Spring Break

Posted: 3/12/15

The University's Spring Break starts Monday, March 16 and goes through Friday, March 20. With fewer people on campus, this affects the hours and frequency of the free campus shuttle buses.

Campus Connectors run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.

East Bank Circulators run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 20 minutes.

The Weekend Circulator, Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator and St. Paul Circulator do not run from Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22. Both routes will return to regular service on Monday, March 23.

Enjoy your Spring Break and let's hope for sunshine and warm temperatures!

Enjoy Free Transit Rides for St. Patrick's Day

Posted: 03/03/15

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

Give Metro Transit's Trip Planner A Try!

Posted: 01/21/15

Interested in trying mass transit to get around the Twin Cities?

Get step-by-step itineraries for when and where you want to go with Metro Transit's Trip Planner.

Try transit today.

January 30 Closure of Walnut Street South of  Washington Avenue

Posted: 01/28/15

Walnut Street south of Washington Avenue will be closed on Friday, January 30, due to a crane in the area. 

​On Washington Avenue, bikes can continue on Washington Avenue on the right and buses will still transition to the tracks to the left as usual.

See campus map.

Zimride Contest Winner Announced

Posted: 01/12/15 

Congratulations to Abilgail G!  Her name was drawn in the Zimride November contest and she won a $50 Amazon gift card. 

All Zimride members who posted a ride in the U's Zimride network between November 1 – 30 were automatically entered in the 2014 Zimride Thanksgiving Sweepstakes.  Prizes included an iPad Mini, Fitbit Zip, and Amazon gift cards.

Using Zimride is easy; simply log on to zimride.com/umn and sign up and post your ride!

Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break

Last updated: 12/16/14

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 19 through Monday, January 19. 

  • From Friday, December 19 through Friday, January 16, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes Monday through Friday.  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 or on the weekends.
  • The East Bank Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes.
  • The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator and St. Paul Circulator will NOT operate during winter break.

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays, but a special schedule has been prepared for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Weekend Connector will run every 20 minutes on Sunday, January 18 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Monday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

One-Day Closure of Ontario Street Between Washington Ave/Delaware St

Posted: 01/12/15

On Wednesday, January 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Ontario Street will be closed between Washington Avenue and Delaware Street SE. 

The Oak Street Ramp will remain accessible at all times.  From I-94, we recommend using Huron Boulevard to the left on Fulton Street to a right on Ontario Street. From I-35W, we suggest using University Avenue, turning right on Oak Street, turning left on Essex, and taking the left on Ontario Street. 

Lot C74 will remain accessible by going north on Ontario Street and turning right on Delaware Street. 

See campus map.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos
612-624-4161

PTS in the News!

Bike advocates tout Minneapolis' progress on protected bikeways, look for more

Star Tribune / November 27, 2015

Minneapolis bike advocates say the city made significant progress in 2015 building new protected paths to get more people cycling around the city, but are hopeful for even bigger improvements in ­coming years. READ MORE

University of Minnesota named a top bicycle-friendly campus

Star Tribune / November 6, 2015

The University of Minnesota is now, officially, one of the most bicycle-friendly campuses in the nation. READ MORE

U rejects paratransit expansion plans again

MN Daily / November 4, 2015

As winter fast approaches, campus could soon be coated with slippery ice and slick snow. READ MORE

MSA mulls U-Pass expansion

MN Daily / November 4, 2015

Campus leaders are gauging interest in a plan that would provide a transportation pass to every incoming University of Minnesota student — for a slightly hiked-up student service fee.READ MORE

Rewinding the Big Red: Trip to Minnesota ends in much-needed win

Arlington Citizen / October 19, 2015

When the word broke that Chongo Kondolo was questionable for Saturday's game at Minnesota and his backup, 2011 Blair High School graduate Chris Long, was going to get his first career start, the Enterprise arranged media passes and a trip to the Twin Cities. READ MORE

Pedestrian deaths rise in fall

MN Daily / October 14, 2015

With less daylight, state and University officials are asking pedestrians to be observant.READ MORE

University of Minnesota buys whole block near campus

Biz Journals / October 8, 2015

The University of Minnesota has snapped up 11 residential properties near its Minneapolis campus as part of a quick-turnaround deal with CPM Development worth a total of $18.3 million. Finance & Commerce has a report on the sale, which encompasses parcels on Huron Boulevard, Erie Street, Fulton Street and Essex Street. CPM will tear down the properties, most of them small, multi-unit buildings, and the U of M will hold onto the land for future development while using it for parking in the short term. READ MORE

Students seek expansion of paratransit

MN Daily / October 7, 2015

University of Minnesota students with disabilities sometimes have to book paratransit shuttles two weeks in advance to be sure they’ll make it to class. READ MORE

Audit updates fall short

MN Daily / September 21, 2015

University of Minnesota departments and procedures currently undergoing internal audits this year are mostly noncompliant with University rules and regulations. READ MORE

Meter hitches installed to preserve trees

MN Daily / September 16, 2015

In order to combat the damage, Minneapolis Public Works donated 20 new bike hitches — to attach to parking meters — and tree guards to Marcy-Holmes and Dinkytown late last month. READ MORE

Community takes to streets

MN Daily / September 14, 2015

After five years of hosting expansive block parties across the city, Open Streets Minneapolis brought the get-together to the roads surrounding the University of Minnesota for the first time on Saturday. READ MORE

Your guide to getting to the Minnesota State Fair

Star Tribune / August 27, 2015

The Minnesota State Fair has it all - carnival rides, games, mini-doughnuts, exhibits galore and primo people watching. But to take it all in you have to get there.READ MORE

City bus shelters to be removed

MN Daily / July 29, 2015

Metro Transit is working on removing bus shelters citywide — including two near the University of Minnesota — due to low ridership at the stops. READ MORE

Parking garages get efficiency update

MN Daily / July 15, 2015

The artificial orange glow of many of the University of Minnesota’s parking ramps is now a white light that changes brightness as it senses motion, the result of a three-phase energy efficiency initiative that will conclude this year. READ MORE

Kenall’s TekDek™ Helps University Achieve Award-Winning Energy Savings in Parking Structure Lighting Retrofit

PR WEB / July 2, 2015

When Walker Parking Consultants specified Kenall Manufacturing TekDek™ Luminaires for the parking structure retrofit project at the University of Minnesota, they knew it would save the university energy and maintenance costs.READ MORE

Fans crash Luke Bryan's party at TCF Bank Stadium

Star Tribune / June 20, 2015

There was no tailgating allowed in the parking lots near TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. But that didn’t stop local businesses from throwing parking-lot parties before the big Luke Bryan/Florida Georgia Line country music concert. READ MORE

Parking rates will give Rolling Stones concertgoers no satisfaction

Star Tribune / June 3, 2015

It may be a little soggy for at the start of the Rolling Stones concert Wednesday night at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. And expensive to park, too. READ MORE

U of M seeks Green Line improvements

Finance & Commerce / May 8, 2015

The Green Line has carried riders through the University of Minnesota’s campus for nearly a year, but the trains are still producing more electromagnetic interference than the school would like near its sensitive research labs. READ MORE

U hopes to finalize track site, Title IX inquiries by June

Star Tribune / April 18, 2015

The University of Minnesota wants to find a new home for its track and field teams, soon to be displaced by the school’s ambitious $190 million athletics village, by the end of June. READ MORE

New group rides with student bicyclists

MN Daily / April 9, 2015

From improving existing bike lanes to giving city officials suggestions on upcoming projects, a new advocacy group at the University of Minnesota is working to address cyclists’ concerns. READ MORE

Gopher Chauffeur routes will not expand

MN Daily / March 12, 2015

After waiting a year for a response from the University of Minnesota, student leaders’ requests for expanded Gopher Chauffeur routes were denied. READ MORE

Quick Electric Car Charging Station Installed on U of M Campus

KSTP 5 / February 2, 2015

Drivers of electric cars on the University of Minnesota campus now have access to a first-of-its-kind charger in Minnesota. READ MORE

The Drive: U gets electric vehicle owners plugged in

Star Tribune / February 2, 2015

A recent study examining key reasons why Americans don’t buy electric-powered vehicles found that drivers fear their batteries will run out of juice and leave them stranded with no place to charge up. READ MORE

Gophers Hockey: Senior Kyle Rau is a Minnesota hockey throwback

SB Nation College Hockey / January 23, 2015

Of the many things in Minnesota forward Kyle Rau personifies, the senior captain for Minnesota sums up both versions of the Gopher Way. READ MORE