News & Alerts
Campus Bus Service Changes Slightly For Winter Break
Last updated: 12/02/19
The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 20 through Monday, January 20.
During winter break, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. 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. There is no weekend or holiday Campus Connector service during the break.
The University Avenue Circulator will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.
The East Bank Circulator will run from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 15 minutes.
The St. Paul and 4th Street Circulators WILL NOT RUN during winter break.
SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus buses do not run on official university holidays. Campus buses WILL run on a special schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 20 minutes AND Monday, January 20 from 9 a.m. until 12:15 a.m. every 20 minutes.
Campus buses WILL NOT run on December 23, 24, and 25 (University holidays – University is closed).
Campus buses WILL NOT run on January 1 (University holiday).
For more busing details, visit the Busing section.
St. Paul Lot 104 Closes November 27
On Wednesday, November 27, Lot 104 on the St. Paul campus will close for several months for the installation of solar panels. This will help the University reduce its carbon footprint. The lot will reopen in Spring 2020.
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I35W Ramp from University Avenue Closed Daytime Hours on Nov. 20
MnDOT will close the on-ramp from University Avenue to I-35W south on Wednesday, November 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for repairs on the anti-icing system.
Ski-U-Mah Lot Expanded, New Student Parking Contracts Available
PTS has recently expanded the surface parking in the Ski-U-Mah Lot, behind TCF Bank Stadium, east of the Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building. Ski-U-Mah is a contract parking lot that is dedicated for student parking only.
Previously, the lot had 345 parking spaces. It now can serve 500 vehicles.
A parking contract in the Ski-U-Mah Lot costs $74 per month. If you park five times a week and pay the $5 daily rate, you pay $100 a month - a contract can save you money!
If a student would like to purchase a parking contract for Ski-U-Mah Lot, simply visit the PTS customer service desk in the Transportation & Safety Building Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pedestrian Crashes, Fatalities Increase During Fall Months
Shorter days and more hours of darkness this time of year contribute to an increased number of crashes between people driving and walking, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
As the days get shorter, motorists and pedestrians should use caution when driving and walking.
Motor vehicle crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year. According to crash facts from the Department of Public Safety, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes with vehicles in 2018 and 42 pedestrian deaths and 1,053 injuries happened in 2017.
“It’s more difficult to see people walking in the dark, so we see an increased risk for pedestrian crashes in the fall as daylight hours diminish,” said Brian Sorenson, state traffic engineer. “Both drivers and walkers need to know and obey the laws to maximize safety. Remember, all of us walk at some point in our day.”
The crosswalk law includes these highlights:
- People driving must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
- When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear should never pass the stopped vehicle.
- Drivers should scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians.
- Drivers stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of their stopped vehicle.
- People driving and walking should avoid distractions and dangerous behavior.
- People walking should obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
- Pedestrians shouldn’t enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop.
Read the full crosswalk law and see additional safety tips for pedestrians and motorists.
Hands-Free Driving Law Effective August 1
Starting August 1, 2019, it will be illegal for anyone driving a motor vehicle to hold a cell phone in their hand. Read more about the law here: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/
PTS continues to strongly encourage University drivers to pull off the road to a safe location before using a cell phone or other device. Studies show using hands-free devices while driving can greatly impair a driver's decision-making and increase the likelihood of an accident. As a reminder, if a driver receives a ticket while driving in a University vehicle, it is the driver's responsibility to pay the fine.
Church Street Now a Vehicle Free Zone
Update 01/03/19: Beginning in Fall 2018, Church Street (between Lilly Plaza Drive and Washington Avenue) was designated and redesigned as a “Restricted Vehicle Zone” (RVZ) for pedestrian and bicycle access only. Access for vehicles is only by authorized and permitted vehicles. In order to accommodate those with delivery or service needs with locations along Church Street in the most accessible manner, a building-by-building plan has been developed to provide the most convenient access possible to campus buildings, considering the restrictions in place. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Beginning August 28, 2018, the newly-renovated Church Street from Lilly Plaza to Washington Avenue will re-open as a vehicle free zone from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Church Street is a high volume, north-south pedestrian connection that experiences elevated bicycle and pedestrian activity during core academic hours and this new restriction is intended to alleviate conflict and congestion during that timeframe.
This summer, the section between Lilly Plaza and Washington Avenue was redesigned to create an environment that prioritizes safer pedestrian movements. Before the project, access was limited to authorized vehicles. The removal of vehicular traffic, including authorized vehicles, during peak demand hours will free up additional capacity for pedestrians and bicycles. This change aligns with the pedestrian priority guidelines of the 2009 Twin Cities Master Plan, which call for the University to:
- Establish vehicle-free zones where pedestrian volumes, iconic open spaces, and adjacent land use patterns preclude use except by pedestrians or cyclists
- Develop pedestrian connections that will:
- Continue to share corridors with other modes of movement along streets or paths
- Enable pedestrians to the most direct route between major destinations
- Prioritize pedestrian movement over other modes of travel when possible
Access outside of vehicle free zone hours continues to be limited to authorized vehicles only.
“Recent projects on Church Street made access to adjacent buildings unavailable. Parking & Transportation Services, U Market Services, and other stakeholders worked to find alternative ways to serve these access needs. The solutions to serve the buildings helped everyone realize this change was possible,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking & Transportation Services.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612‑626‑7275.
PTS in the News!
New web series makes riding a Metro Transit bus seem... cool and fun?
City Pages / March 1, 2019
Tane Danger, co-founder of the Theater of Public Policy, totally gets why people might be a little bit nervous about taking the bus. READ MORE
Letter to the Editor: Bus overcrowding
MN Daily / March 4, 2019
Quite frankly, the University of Minnesota bus system is a mess. READ MORE
Cramped, crowded, delayed: adverse weather hinders UMN transportation
MN Daily / March 3, 2019
As more snow falls and temperatures continue to drop, University of Minnesota students are piling onto crammed campus buses in order to avoid walking in the cold and slushy snow, creating trouble for buses accommodating this increased demand. READ MORE
Paralyzed U of M student uses video gaming technology featured in Super Bowl ad
FOX 9 / February 28, 2019
(FOX 9) - A University of Minnesota student with a bright future is adapting to his new life after he was nearly killed biking home from class. READ MORE
U Of M Researcher: Biking Found To Be The Happiest Form Of Transport, Public Transit The Least
WCCO / February 27, 2019
A researcher at the University of Minnesota is advising planners to promote biking in their communities if they want to design transport systems that would improve commuter well-being. READ MORE
He likes big bus: Walz’s budget proposal aims to boost transit
MinnPost / February 20, 2019
The bus system in the Twin Cities and surrounding communities received special attention in Gov. Tim Walz’s budget proposal Tuesday: He wants electric coaches, new routes and more frequent service. READ MORE
Severe weather causes uptick in falls, injuries
MN Daily / February 17, 2019
Despite the University of Minnesota encouraging people on campus to "walk like penguins" to avoid falling, many students and faculty members have suffered injuries from slipping on campus sidewalks due to recent severe weather conditions. READ MORE
Attempted sexual assault reported near University of Minnesota
Fox 9 / February 8, 2019
Minneapolis police are investigating an attempted sexual assault that took place early Friday morning near the University of Minnesota. READ MORE
App promotes sustainable transportation options to UMN contract parkers
MN Daily / February 7, 2019
If Kathy Quandt took a bus from her home to the University of Minnesota campus instead of driving, she could save more than $10 per trip. READ MORE
UMN’s plans to reduce administrative costs on track in final year
MN Daily / February 6, 2019
The University of Minnesota has more than $11 million of administrative costs to cut by the end of the year to accomplish one of President Eric Kaler’s major priorities. READ MORE
Need groceries? Driverless bus may supply ride
White Bear Press / February 6, 2019
Thanks to overtures from the Area Chamber of Commerce, the city may serve as a pilot site for pilotless vehicles. READ MORE
U of M Twin Cities campus cancels Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday classes
MPR / January 28, 2019
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus will cancel all afternoon classes on Tuesday due to extremely low temperatures, the school's President Eric Kaler said in a statement Monday evening. READ MORE
Metro Transit scopes out high-frequency transit line for Dinkytown
MN Daily / November 26, 2018
Metro Transit is exploring the possibility of replacing a popular Dinkytown bus route with a high-frequency transit line. READ MORE
Students work to reduce Cedar-Riverside stigma
MN Daily / November 18, 2018
Due to the high number of crime alert notifications she receives from the University of Minnesota concerning crime in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, freshman Claire Connolly doesn't feel safe in the area. READ MORE
Campus transit app in beginning stages
MN Daily / November 7, 2018
Students at the University of Minnesota are working with partners on campus to create an app that covers transit options for University members. READ MORE
MSA proposes plan to encourage students to wear helmets
MN Daily / November 4, 2018
Some University of Minnesota students say they make you look stupid or they're a pain to carry — others won't leave their apartment without one. READ MORE
Protected bike lanes coming to busiest Dinkytown streets
MN Daily / October 22, 2018
Plans for bike lane and pedestrian safety improvements in Dinkytown are nearing completion. READ MORE
Gopher Chauffeur extends hours to include weeknights
MN Daily / October 21, 2018
The University of Minnesota’s Gopher Chauffeur program officially expanded from three to seven nights per week last Monday in an effort to get more students home safely on weeknights. READ MORE
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul now have dockless bike sharing. How is that going?
MinnPost / October 16, 2018
It’s been almost a month since Minneapolis launched a one-of-a-kind program for dockless rental bikes, while St. Paul, Golden Valley and Edina have been rolling out new bike-share programs of their own. Here’s everything you need to know about how those programs have been proceeding across the Twin Cities metro READ MORE
Police respond to robbery in Dinkytown
MN Daily / October 9, 2018
The Minneapolis Police Department and University of Minnesota Police Department officers responded to reports of three robberies, an assault and other crimes on and around campus this week. READ MORE
UMN adds new solar panels as part of renewable energy plan
MN Daily / September 25, 2018
The University of Minnesota is steadily increasing its investment in onsite renewable energy through the addition massive solar panels to nine different on-campus sites. READ MORE
UMN launches rideshare program to help commuter students
MN Daily / September 19, 2019
University of Minnesota students have a new option for getting to class. READ MORE
UM Study: Infrastructure biggest factor in bike safety
Post Bulletin / September 19, 2018
Road design and infrastructure are the biggest factors in cycling safety on roads shared by cars and bikes, a University of Minnesota study found. READ MORE
Nice Ride's blue, dockless bikes roll out in Minneapolis
Star Tribune / September 17, 2018
This Tuesday, bright blue dockless bikes will hit the streets of Minneapolis, ushering in a new era of bike-sharing in a city that prides itself on its cycling fervor. READ MORE
Scooters swoop onto campus
MN Daily / September 6, 2018
Dockless electric scooters descended on the Twin Cities nearly two months ago, and now the University of Minnesota is looking to work with the companies that operate them. READ MORE
Police: 2 Injured after Crash Involving Bus Near Minnesota State Fair
KSTP / August 30, 2018
Two people were taken to Regions Hospital after a crash involving a bus occurred near the Minnesota State Fair Thursday. READ MORE
Robo taxis in downtown White Bear? Not here, not yet
White Bear Press / August 8, 2018
It's not a question of if, but when driverless cars become mainstream. READ MORE
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Working to Solve Parking Issues
KSTP / August 04, 2018
Parking is at a premium for neighborhoods located near the University of Minnesota. READ MORE
Metro Transit driver shortage prompts cuts in service. Routes 3, 54, 94 among the affected
Pioneer Press / July 31, 2018
A shortage in drivers has prompted Metro Transit to suspend several daily bus trips on dozens of routes beginning Tuesday. READ MORE
U of M student in critical condition after bike accident
KARE 11 / July 26, 2018
A 21-year-old University of Minnesota student is in critical condition, following a bicycle accident last week. READ MORE
UMN bike thefts down almost 33 percent
MN Daily / July 18, 2018
The success of University of Minnesota Police Department “bait bikes” has led to arrests of repeat criminals and follows a trend of decreased bike thefts. READ MORE
Two University-area bridges face closure and rehabilitation due to disrepair
MN Daily / June 18, 2018
Two University-area bridges are facing structural deterioration, resulting in changes that will affect campus commuting and navigation. READ MORE
Self-driving bus travels over the Washington Avenue Bridge
MN Daily / May 1, 2018
A 12-passenger autonomous bus traveled on a pre-mapped route on the Washington Avenue Bridge at the University of Minnesota Monday, allowing passengers to experience self-driving technology. READ MORE
South-metro bus ridership was up slightly in 2017
Pioneer Press / February 12, 2018
South-metro riders took just over 2.9 million rides in 2017 with the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, up about 1 percent from the year before. READ MORE
Citing problems with process, St. Paul pulls away from ‘dockless’ bike share proposal
Pioneer Press / January 17, 2018
Nice Ride Minnesota’s goal has always been to share bikes. READ MORE