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University of Minnesota Parking & Transportation Services Announces 2018-2019 Public/Contract Parking Rates

Posted 8/14/2018

To coincide with the 2018-2019 academic year, University of Minnesota Twin Cities will increase select daily public parking rates on September 1. Contract parking rates will increase on October 1. Hourly public facility rates will not increase.

The public parking rates for University-managed facilities last increased in fall of 2011 and Minneapolis campus parking meter rates last increased in 2013.

Rate Type

2017-2018 Rate

2018-2019 Rate

Increase

Daily Public Lots

$4.00

$5.00

$1.00

Premium Daily Lots– St. Paul Lot 104

$6.00

$7.00

$1.00

Carpool Lots

$2.50

$3.50

$1.00

Early Bird – Daily Maximum

$6.00

$7.00

$1.00

Night Owl – Daily Maximum

(varies by facility type)

$4.00 or $6.00

$5.00 or $7.00

$1.00

Hourly Minneapolis Campus Parking Meters

$2.75

$3.00

$0.25

The contract parking rate was last increased in October 2014. Twenty-four-hour contract parking rates vary by facility type.

Rate Type

2017-2018 Rate

2018-2019 Rate

Increase

Lot Contract

$67.75

$69.00

$1.25

Ramp Contract

$100.75

$102.75

$1.75

Garage Contract

$131.75

$134.50

$2.75

Reserved space (additional fee on base increase; varies by facility type)

Varies by facility

Varies by facility

$1.75-$3.00

Evening Lot (where available)

$35.00

$35.75

$0.75

Evening Ramp (where available)

$75.00

$76.50

$1.50

Evening Garage (where available)

$98.00

$100.00

$2.00

 The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest 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 & Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles. For more information, visit pts.umn.edu, e-mail parking@umn.edu or call 612‑626‑7275.

Campus Travel Affected By Minnesota State Fair

Posted 8/9/18

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 23 and runs through Monday, September 3.

The only way to access the fair on foot from University property is at the Buford and Randall Avenue entrance. The Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate will be CLOSED to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic during the State Fair.

Traffic around campus will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. BE SURE TO CARRY YOUR U CARD. You will need it to receive the lower University rate at public parking facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Learn more about Gopher football Thursday during the fair, contract reciprocal parking changes, public parking details, campus shuttle schedules and more.

New East Bank Lot Under Construction

Posted: 07/24/18

On August 23, 2018, construction began on a temporary contract parking lot on the block east of the M Health Clinic.

PTS is funding this project.  Identified parking contract holders will be given the option to move to this facility.

The lot is anticipated to be open before the start of school.  

Harvard Street Closed Week of July 30

Posted: 07/16/18

Harvard Street will be closed the week of July 30 between Delaware Street and UMN Health Center driveway entrance. 

The closure will be in effect from 5 a.m. on Monday, July 30 - 5 AM until Monday, August 6, weather permitting. 

The closure is necessary for electrical duct bank work that will bring permanent power to the Health Sciences Education Center. 

Signage directing pedestrians and vehicle traffic will be posted.

Resurfacing Project Begins on I-35W From Minneapolis to Roseville

Posted: 07/09/18

I-35W between 4th Street SE and County Road C will be resurfaced beginning in July through October 2018.

There will be six weekend full closures in the next few months.

For more details, visit the I-35W Resurfacing project website.

U of M Twin Cities Pedestrian Bridge Closes June 8, 2018

Posted: 06/08/18

The University of Minnesota closed the suspension pedestrian  bridge on June 8, 2018, due to structural deterioration discovered in a recent bridge inspection.  Deficiencies observed during the inspection limit the remaining service life of the bridge and cannot be repaired at a reasonable cost. The U of M chose to close the bridge now to protect the safety of all users.

The bridge will remain closed until it is removed, which is anticipated in 2019.  The alternate route is on East River Road and University Avenue sidewalks.

The pedestrian bridge served as a connection between Wilkins and Sanford Halls on the north (adjacent to University Avenue) and the Knoll area of campus on the south (adjacent to East River Road). The suspension bridge with steel span is over the BNSF Railway and the City of Minneapolis’ Dinkytown Greenway bike/walk trail and under the Xcel Energy overhead transmission lines. The approximate 176-foot span is 10 feet wide, and accommodates pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Previously, the University hired a consultant to complete a pre-design study for the replacement of the bridge. Bridge #93837, as documented in the State’s bridge inventory, was originally constructed at another location. In 1996, the suspension bridge was modified and erected at its current location to provide a route to campus during Hennepin County’s reconstruction of the bridges over BNSF Railway in Dinkytown.

The University is currently considering the feasibility of the bridge replacement and that decision will be made this year. If the bridge is replaced, the likely construction year would be either 2019 or 2020.

East River Road Between University, Pillsbury Closed July 9-August 26

Posted: 07/06/18

From Monday, July 9 through Sunday, August 26, East River Road between University Avenue and Pillsbury Drive will be closed (north of Peik Hall).

This closure is due to staging for rehabilitation of a shallow tunnel underneath the intersection of University and 14th Avenue SE.

A signed detour route will guide vehicular traffic to use Pleasant and Arlington Streets. 

Access to all parking facilities and loading docks will be maintained.

University Avenue will have lane shifts and reductions (down to two lanes).  The bike lane will be closed.

Sidewalks along East River Road will remain open, and the intersection with University Avenue will be navigable by pedestrians (with a slight detour).

View updates, when available, on the PTS Construction Impacts Map.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 05/07/18

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 14 through Friday, June 8 (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 28 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 3 (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 Wednesday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 21, 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 14 through Friday, June 8. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 28 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 11 through Friday, August 3. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Wednesday, 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 6 through Tuesday, August 21. 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 14 through Tuesday, August 21. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 328or Wednesday, 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 14 – Friday, June 8.

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. resumes Monday, June 11 (no service on Wednesday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 3.  The last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 4:45 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 4 through Monday, September 3.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161


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