Campus Connectors

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Service Changes
Rider Responsibilities
COVID Transit FAQs

Please understand that transit riders could be asymptomatic or tested positive with COVID-19. The University is taking steps to address the safety of our riders and drivers, in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health and University public health experts. Learn more here.

Campus Connector (Route 121) 

Provides direct bus service to all campuses 
(St. PaulEast Bank and West Bank).

Estimated Transit Times
East Bank to West Bank 5 minutes
West Bank to St. Paul 20 minutes
St. Paul to East Bank 15 minutes

Buses run continuously. Service varies depending on the time of year.

GopherTrip  Tracks
U of M Buses!

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The GopherTrip app can be found in the Apple store. for iPhones and iPads as well as on GooglePlay for Android devices.


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Campus Bus Service Changes During COVID-19 - see details

Weekdays from Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Wednesday, May 5 (including Study Days - May 4 and May 5):
121 - Connector runs 10-minute frequency from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., 5-minute frequency from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then 15 minute-frequency from 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Finals Service - Thursday, May 6- Wednesday May, 12, 2021
  • 5 min service 7:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • 15 min service 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • 20 min service 10:00 pm - 12:15 am
Saturday, May 8
  • 15 min service 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • 20 min service from 6:00 pm - 12:15 am
Sunday, May 9
  • 20 min service from 9:20 am - 12:15 am
7:00 am – 7:30 am every 10 minutes
7:30 am – 6:30 pm every 5 minutes
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm every 15 minutes
Mon - Wed 10 pm –12:15 am every 20 minutes
Thurs - Fri 10 pm – 2 am every 20 minutes
Saturday 9:20 am – 12 am every 20 minutes
Gopher Gameday Saturdays
Same timing as above, but route/stops change slightly -  see gameday map
Saturday Finals
7 am – 10 pm every 15 minutes
10 pm – 2 am every 20 minutes
Sunday 9:20 am – 12 am every 20 minutes
Monday-Friday (no weekend service)
  7 am – 6 pm every 15 minutes
NOTE: limited timeframe = not all summer, see service calendar for specific dates
Monday-Friday (no weekend service)
7:00 am – 9:30 pm every 15 minutes

Bus Stops


Blegen Hall (West Bank)

St. Paul Student Center (St. Paul)
- see note in right column

Coffman Memorial Union (East Bank)

Buford at Gortner Avenue (St. Paul)

Oak Street at University Avenue (East Bank)

State Fairgrounds Lot S-108 (St. Paul)

Transitway at 23rd Avenue SE (East Bank) ** see news at top of page about hockey/basketball games **

Transitway at Commonwealth Avenue (St. Paul)

Transitway at Commonwealth Avenue (St. Paul)

Thompson Center & 23rd Avenue SE (East Bank)

State Fairgrounds Lot S-108 (St. Paul)

Ridder Arena (East Bank)

Buford at Gortner Avenue (St. Paul)

Pleasant Street at Jones-Eddy Circle (East Bank)

St. Paul Student Center (St. Paul)
- see note in right column

Bruininks Hall (East Bank)


Blegen Hall (West Bank)

Lose something on the bus?

Bus drivers turn in all abandoned items at the end of the day. The PTS front desk should have them available to claim the day AFTER the item is lost.

Confused about the bus layover?

Riders will notice certain points on the bus route when the drivers stop for a short period of time (usually, 5-10 minutes). This time, called a bus layover, is a necessary function of transit management to ensure labor compliance, to manage on-time departures, and to give drivers needed restroom breaks. On the Campus Connector, the layover spot is outside the St. Paul Student Center.


Click on the box above for details on campus safety initiatives.