2017 Transportation News Archive

4th Street Ramp Service Road Temporarily Converted to One-Way Road

Posted: 09/26/16

The service road on the west side of the 4th Street Ramp has been temporarily converted to a one-lane driveway until February 6, 2017, due to the 4th Street Ramp generator project. 

The parking spaces and snow dump area WILL NOT be available during this time. 

The service drive has been temporarily posted as one-way heading southbound ("Do Not Enter" signs are facing 4th Street).

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. 

Snow? Wind? Ice? Check Out Smart Travel Tips

Posted: 1/25/17

Metro Transit offers some transit tips that can help make your ride more comfortable.

Safety is a shared responsibility.

Block Closed February 6 on Harvard Street

Posted: 02/03/17

On Monday, February 6, Harvard Street will be closed between Washington Avenue and Delaware Street due to concrete trucks for the construction project in that area.

Please follow the detour signs.

February 13 Open House for New Fifth Street Pedestrian Bridge

Posted: 02/07/17

The public is invited to attend an open house to learn about the new proposed Fifth Street SE pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35W in Minneapolis.  The construction of the new pedestrian bridge is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

The open house will be on Monday, February 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 500 8th Avenue SE in Minneapolis.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and project staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the two proposed pedestrian bridge designs. The public also will be able to comment on the project. There will be no formal presentation.

Please visit the project website for upcoming event dates/times and project updates.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529) TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

Northbound Harvard between Delaware & Washington closed today between 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Posted February 13th, 2017

Please be advised of the closing of Northbound Harvard Street between Delaware and Washington Ave today February 13th, 2017 between 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm.  Southbound traffic and local access will be maintained. 

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. 

Block of Harvard Street Closed Week of March 13

Posted: 03/07/17

Due to construction activities, Harvard Street will be closed between Washington Avenue and Delaware Street for the week of spring break (March 13-17).

Please follow the detour signs.

University Paratransit Service Begins New Offering

Posted: 3/9/17

UPDATE: As of April 10, 2017, this pilot program to East River Road Garage has been eliminated due to lack of demand.

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.

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.

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.

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 metrotransit.org/closure.

Customers can stay informed about planned service changes by signing up for email or text Rider Alerts at metrotransit.org/rider-alerts

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

Westbound Lowry Hill Tunnel Reduced To Single Lane Mar. 27

Posted: 03/27/17

Starting Monday, March 27, the westbound half of the Lowry Tunnel will be reduced to two lanes at 8 p.m. and to one lane by 10 p.m. The tunnel should reopen daily by 6 a.m. These restrictions could be in place through Thu, Mar. 30.

Restrictions also will remain on the eastbound side of the Lowry Tunnel through Sunday and potentially Monday, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. If eastbound side work is required Monday, it should be no more than an hour or two and then will shift to the westbound side. While crews work in the eastbound tunnel, the eastbound I-394 ramp to eastbound I-94 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The concrete removal in the tunnel is expected to be done by the end of next week.

This work is in preparation to shift both directions of traffic into one side of the tunnel. Traffic will be shifted in mid- to late-May while bridge and tunnel work requires crews to close the westbound tunnel.

In addition to the tunnel work, on Mon, March 27, the left lane of eastbound I-94 will close from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to Seventh St. in Minneapolis. Traffic will eventually be reduced to two lanes in both directions of I-94 through the fall.

Learn more about this project at the MNDot Website.

Harvard Street Block Closed March 28-30

Posted: 3/27/17

From Tuesday, March 28 through Thursday, March 30, Harvard Street will be closed between Washington Avenue and Delaware Street due to concrete pours for the construction project in that area.

Please follow the detour signs.

I-94 Lane/Ramp Closures Begin April 3

Posted: 3/30/17

Beginning on Monday, April 3, lane and ramp closures will be on both sides of the I-94 project from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center.

Lane closures

  • Two lanes of eastbound I-94 will close on April 3, from 53rd Street in Brooklyn Center to Dowling Street in Minneapolis for bridge work
  • The left lane of westbound I-94 from Hwy 55 to Broadway Avenue will close Monday, April 3 (a second lane will close on Tuesday)

Ramp closures

  • The ramps from 49th Avenue to eastbound I-94 will close starting at 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 for two to three months
  • The Hennepin/Lyndale ramp to eastbound I-94 will close beginning on Tuesday, April 4 for about two weeks
  • The ramp from eastbound I-94 to eastbound I-694 and Hwy 252 will  close on Thursday, April 6 for about two weeks
  • The ramps to and from eastbound I-94/I-694 at Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center are expected to close on Tuesday, April 10

Open House - You're invited!

Join MNDot on Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 p.m. at an Open House to learn more about this project. Visit the I-94 project Meetings page for more details.

Learn More

Learn more about this project at the MNDot Website.

Intersection at Walnut, Washington Closed Weekend of April 7

Posted: 3/31/17

From 7 p.m. on Friday, April 7 until 3 a.m. on April 10, the intersection of Walnut Street SE and Washington Avenue SE will be closed to vehicle traffic in order to do rail maintenance work.

Buses will operate on the emergency/bike lane.

Cross traffic at Walnut Street SE will be closed.

Follow the signs.

Raymond Avenue Between Standish, Energy Park Drive Closed April 10

Posted 4/4/2017

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

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

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

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

Avoid the Tow! Minneapolis Street Sweeping Starts April 11

Posted: 04/10/17

From Tuesday, April 11 through Friday, May 5, the City of Minneapolis will sweep every street from curb to curb. 

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

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

Approximately 24 hours before a street is to be swept, the city will post temporary "No Parking" signs on the street. Don't wait to see those signs; look up the schedule online BEFORE April 11 so you will be prepared to move your car before the day that the sweepers arrive on your street.

Look up when your street is scheduled for sweeping.

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

Night Owl Parking Program Changes May 1

Posted: 04/14/17

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

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

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

Starting May 1, parking rates at designated parking locations will be $1 per hour when drivers enter between 5 p.m. and midnight AND leave before 7 a.m. ($6 maximum charge).  This new rate will be at the ten current Night Owl parking locations as well as University Avenue Ramp.  Additionally, the five daily lots (Lot 37; Maroon Lot; Victory Lot; Lot 94; and Lot 101) will charge $1 per hour up to a maximum of $4 when drivers enter between 5 p.m. and midnight AND leave before 7 a.m..

From 5 - 10 p.m., most University parking meters will also be re-programmed to charge $1 per hour with a two-hour maximum.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on public parking discount programs, visit www.umn.edu/pts/park.

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

Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 4/19/17

During Finals Week (Monday, May 8 - Saturday, May 13), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays, but Finals Saturday service on the Campus Connector will be more frequent than usual.

On Saturday, May 13, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 20 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 2 a..m., service will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.  University Avenue Circulators will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m . until  2 a.m.

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

There will be no campus shuttle service on Sunday, May 14.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 05/03/17

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


Campus Connector 
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday every 15 minutes from Monday, May 15 through Friday, June 9 (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 29 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 12 through Friday, August 4 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 9:30 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 9:35 p.m.

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

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 7 through Tuesday, August 25, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center and Blegen Hall at 6 p.m. There is no service on weekends.

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


University Avenue Circulators
University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 15 through Friday, June 9. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 29 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, June 12 through Friday, August 4. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

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

University Avenue Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, August 7 through Tuesday, August 25. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

There is no service on weekends.


Stadium Superblock Circulators

Stadium Superblock Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 15 through Tuesday, August 25. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

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

There is no Circulator service on weekends.


St. Paul Campus Circulator 
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 15 – Friday, June 9.

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. resumes Monday, June 12 (no service on Tuesday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 4.  The last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 4:45 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 5 through Monday, September 4.

Join Us for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19

Posted: 5/12/17

Friday, May 19 is Bike to Work Day!  Take part with free coffee, food and giveaways at the West Bank bridgehead on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

Visit with Parking & Transportation Services staff as well as members from the Minneapolis Bike Coalition and others.  The Zap! Program will also be there to add Zap tags to bicycles.

Learn more about Bike to Work Day.

 

Buses Replace Downtown Minneapolis Trains June 1-5

Buses will replace Blue and Green Line trains beginning Thursday, June 1 through Monday, June 5 during a partial shutdown of the METRO Blue and Green Line to allow for scheduled maintenance.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 1, buses will replace trains from U.S. Bank Stadium Station to Target Field Station in both directions.  

Trains will resume by 3:30 a.m. on Monday, June 5. 

Trains will enter and exit downtown at U.S. Bank Stadium Station during this timeframe. Consider walking, biking or taking a replacement bus to or from U.S. Bank Stadium Station.  

During the disruption, customers can board replacement buses near each of affected downtown stations.

Learn more at Metro Transit's website.

Road Work Begins Monday East of 21st Avenue Ramp

Posted: 06/09/17

For six weeks beginning on Monday, June 12, Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) will be reconstructing the pavers along 21st Avenue from 4th Street to 5th Street.  This project is expected to be completed on July 26.  As always, this maintenance work is dependent on the weather.

 During this project, PTS encourages contract holders to use the contract-only entrance and exit on the west side of the building (on 20th Avenue South). Expect minor delays.

The public entrance and exit on the east side of the 21st Avenue Ramp will remain open for use, but will be restricted in its travel. 

  • June 12-21 – only accessible to enter from the south and exit going south
  • June 22-29 – only accessible to enter from the north and exit going south
  • June 30 – July 26 – only accessible to enter from the north and exit going north

See the project map.

Advance notice signs and detours will be posted.  

Thank you in advance for your patience during this street repair project.

If you have any questions, please call PTS ​at 612- 626-PARK or email parking@umn.edu.

Light Rail Maintenance Affects Five Stations June 22-July 3

Posted: 06/12/17

A portion of the light rail system will be unavailable for 11 consecutive days as scheduled maintenance is completed. 

Beginning Thursday, June 22 until Monday, July 3, Blue and Green Line trains will have replacement bus service between U.S. Bank Stadium Station and Target Field Station.

Get ready for the upcoming shutdown by learning your other options! During the shutdown, consider walking or biking from U.S. Bank Stadium Station to your final downtown destination. Or use the replacement bus service.

Stay in-the-know with Rider Alerts.  Sign up today at metrotransit.org/rider-alerts to get updates sent by email or text!  Regular text rates will apply.

Lowry Tunnel Closures Start June 23

Posted: 6/20/17

Beginning Friday, June 23, crews will be preparing eastbound I-94 at the Lowry Tunnel for upcoming project work inside the tunnel.

Eastbound I-94 will be closed between I-394 and I-35W from Fri, June 23 through Mon, June 26. Then beginning Mon, June 26, the westbound side of the Lowry Tunnel will be closed and all I-94 traffic will be travelling on the eastbound side of the tunnel, with two lanes in each direction. 

Note: All trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds will be prohibited from the Lowry Tunnel.

Watch this video to learn more about the Lowry Tunnel project work and the explanation of traffic restrictions, including lane reductions and ramp closures. You can also view these in the I-94 Lowry Tunnel Fact Sheet.

Learn more about this project.

Car Show Does Not Affect Campus Connectors This Weekend

Posted: 6/22/17

There will be no change to the campus connector route due to the June 23-25 car show at the St. Paul Fairgrounds.

Find more information on the MSRA Back to the 50's car show online.

Zap! 2017 Bike Challenge Begins July 15

Posted: 6/30/17

Employees of 3M, Target and the University of Minnesota will be pitted against each other this summer in a semi-friendly competition for a gold-colored bike rack.

The rule is the team with the most ZAPs from July 15 - August 15 gets the one-of-a-kind rack for a year. 

Want to participate but don't have a ZAP tag? Head over to the University Bike Center and get one!

Encourage your office members to join the U of M team by posting Zap! 2017 Bike Challenge Flyers around your work space.

Good luck!

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.

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.

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 parking@umn.edu or call 612-626-PARK.

Metro Green Line Mechanical Issue July 12

Posted: 07/12/17

METRO Green Line riders, delays due to mechanical issue near U of M. Buses will replace trains from Raymond To West Bank Stations.

4th Street Ramp Restoration Work Takes Place July 17 – August 21

Posted: 07/24/17

For five weeks beginning on Monday, July 17, PTS will re-build the concrete entrances and exits of the 4th Street Ramp.

This restoration work is dependent on the weather.  Expect minor delays in the area.

Now until approximately August 2:
- Concrete in front of all three ENTRY lanes will be broken up and repaired
- Morning traffic will convert the north two EXIT lanes into ENTRY lanes
- Attendants will be on site to take cash or credit
- At 11 a.m.(unless there is a nighttime event), the middle lane will be converted back into an exit
- Gates will remain in the up-position for the duration of the project

From Aug 2 to completion (approximately Monday, August 21):
- Concrete in front of all three EXIT lanes will be broken up and repaired
- Morning traffic will use the two north ENTRY lanes as ENTRY lanes until 11 a.m.
- The south ENTRY lane will be used as an EXIT.  The center ENTRY lane will convert to an EXIT at 11 a.m.

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Signs will be posted.  Please use caution around the work zone. 

Parking spaces should not be affected by this work.

If you have any questions or concerns during this project, please call PTS at 612-626-PARK or email parking@umn.edu.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience.

Travel Restricted on 5th/6th Street From August 7-30

Posted: 08/04/17

From Monday, August 7 through Wednesday, August 30, a chilled water project will restrict travel on 5th/6th Street between the northwest corner of 3M Arena at Mariucci and the Maroon Lot entrance.  This work is dependent on the weather. 

Signs will be posted.  Please use caution and expect minor delays.

Lot C56 Contract Parkers

  • Drivers will need to enter and exit Lot C56 from Oak Street (the chain link will be removed). 
  • The entrance/exit on 5th Street will be closed during this project.
  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on 5th Street, but 6th Street will be restricted to eastbound travel only.

Parkers at Lot C28/C32/C33 and Gold/Maroon/Victory/Ski-U-Mah Lot

  • Drivers will be able to access assigned parking lots. 
  • Barricade signage will be posted, but will allow local thru-traffic. 
  • Drivers may need to drive over metal plates on the ground during certain phases of the project.
  • Two-way traffic will be maintained on 5th Street, but 6th Street will be restricted to eastbound travel only (on 6th Street -- no left turns out of Gold Lot, no right turns for C28/C32). 
  • Examine your driving route and plan to follow the detour if you are affected by this work.

See map

University Transit Impacts/Detours

  • Westbound buses will exit the Transitway at 25th going north, take the service road behind Faye Thompson and pick up passengers on southbound 23rd Ave. Buses will then go south on 23rd Ave to University Ave westbound and onto Oak Street northbound to 4th Street.  See map.
  • The East Bank Circulator, which starts on August 15, will remain on Oak Street northbound to 5th Street westbound.  See map.

If you have any questions or concerns during this project, please call PTS at 612-626-PARK or email parking@umn.edu.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your patience.

 

Mass Transit Affected Near 4th Street, 27th Avenue

Posted:  8/7/17 ~ 3:30 p.m.

Transit activities have been affected by a gas leak around the area of 4th Street SE and 27th to 30th Avenues SE.

University buses are re-routed similiar to a stadium-event routing plan (westbound Energy Park Drive to 15th Avenue). 

Two bus stops are temporarily closed - Faye Thompson Center and Ridder Arena stops.

The Stadium Village light rail station is closed and Metro Transit is running replacement bus service in the area.

Bridge Inspections Affect Travel During Week of August 21

Posted: 08/17/17

During the week of August 21, Hennepin County will be inspecting a few bridges in Minneapolis. While these inspections are being done, there will be traffic impacts and detours.

Washington Avenue Bridge

The inspection of Washington Avenue Bridge (County Road 122) over the Mississippi River, is scheduled to take five days to complete. Traffic impacts are anticipated to last 2-3 days for eastbound traffic and 2-3 days for westbound traffic.

Eastbound traffic impacts

Daily closures of eastbound lanes will begin Monday, August 21, and are expected to continue through Wednesday, August 23. Closures are anticipated to occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A marked detour will be provided. Motorists are to take Interstate 35-W to University Avenue (County Road 36) to Pleasant Street.

University buses will be detoured to Riverside onto I-94 to Huron.  The Blegen Hall bus stop is closed; riders should board the bus across the street at Willey Hall.  The Coffman bus stop is also closed; riders should catch the bus at the Oak & Washington bus stop.  Signs will be posted at the bus stops.

Westbound traffic impacts

Once crews complete the eastbound inspection, the westbound inspection will begin.

Daily closures of westbound lanes are anticipated to begin Wednesday, August 23, and continue through Friday, August 25, between Cedar Avenue and Pleasant Street. Closures are anticipated to occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

A marked detour will be provided. Motorists are to take Pleasant Street to 4th Street (County Road 37) to Interstate 35-W to Washington Avenue (County Road 152) to Cedar Avenue.

University buses will be detoured.  The Bruininks Hall bus stop for the Campus Connector will be closed; riders should catch the bus at the Jones-Eddy Circle.  The Northrop Mall bus stop will also be closed; riders should catch the University Avenue Circulator bus at University Avenue at 15th Avenue

Light rail transit, bicyclists and pedestrians will not be impacted by this work. 

Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue bridges

The inspection of the Cedar Avenue and 19th Avenue bridges are scheduled to take place under traffic. This means the bridges will remain fully open during the inspections, and traffic impacts will be minimal. However, motorists should be prepared for inspection personnel to be on site starting Monday, August 21.

6th Street Closed at 21st Avenue SE August 18-21

Posted: 08/17/16

On Friday, August 18, 6th Street will be closed between Oak Street and 23rd Avenue SE.  The road should re-open on Monday morning (August 21).

  • At 6th St. SE and 23rd Avenue, traffic will be allowed to access 21st Avenue and Gold Lot entrance.
  • At Oak and 4th Street, traffic will be allowed to access Lot C56.
  • University buses are on detour.  The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research bus stop on the East Bank Circulator route is closed.  The Thompson Center stop will be temporarily moved south of the regular stop on 23rd Avenue SE.

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. 

For more information, visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis/

 

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Posted: 08/24/17

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 28 and goes through Monday, September 4. 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 as follows:

(Normal Service)

Thursday, August 24 - Friday, August 25
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, August 26-Sunday, August 27
no service

Monday, August 28 - Tuesday, August 29
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

(Expanded Service, due to Welcome Week)

Monday, August 28
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Tuesday, August 29
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Wednesday, August 30
7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Thursday, August 31
7 a.m. - 1 a.m., every 15 minutes

Friday, September 1
7 - 10 a.m., every 15 minutes
10 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 5 minutes
6 p.m.- 1 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 2:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes

Sunday, September 3:
9:30 a.m. - Noon, every 20 minutes
Noon - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes
6 p.m. - Midnight, every 30 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 4
9 a.m. - Midnight, every 30 minutes

The University Avenue Circulator will run Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 1 from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4.

The East Bank Circulator will run Wednesday, August 30 through Friday, September 1 from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes. It will not run Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4.

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

 

Southbound Lane of Pleasant Street Closed September 15

Posted: 09/14/17

Road alert! The southbound lane of Pleasant Street will be closed on Friday, Sept. 15 to perform emergency repair of the sink hole on the Pleasant Street sidewalk paving area.

Flaggers will be on site. Expect delays.

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.

Buses Replace Blue, Green Line Trains Oct. 6-9

Posted: 10/06/17

Buses will replace Blue and Green Line trains at 6:25 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 9 for scheduled maintenance at select stations. 

Beginning at 6:25 p.m. today, buses will replace Blue Line trains from 38th St. to Target Field Station and Green Line trains from Stadium Village to Target Field Station.  This includes the Stadium Village station (westbound only) and the East Bank and West Bank Stations.

Trains will resume by 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9.

See maps for the replacement bus boarding locations.

Traffic Affected by Accident Near Huron, University

Posted: 10/18/17 @ 3:08 p.m.

An accident in the area of Huron Boulevard and University Avenue has occurred around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18.

Traffic will be impacted as reconstruction efforts close the area.

3:20 p.m. -- Update! Traffic going eastbound on University Avenue is being diverted south on Huron Boulevard.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Brudlos
612-624-4161

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