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What Do You Think of New Display Kiosk in Oak Street Ramp Lobby?

Posted: 05/15/19

PTS recently updated the display case on the wall of the elevator lobby of the Oak Street Ramp.  The new case includes a back-lit map and room for posting notices about transportation and University news.

PTS will be installing more like this in other parking ramps around campus.

We would love to hear your feedback.  Email with your comments.

Thank you.

Northbound Harvard Street Closed between East River Parkway, Centennial Hall May 22-June 10

Posted: 05/16/19

From May 22 to June 10, Harvard Street between East River Parkway and Centennial Hall will be closed northbound for utility work around the Pioneer Hall and Essex/Superblock projects.

Southbound traffic on Harvard Street remains open during this time.

Water Tower Project Closes Portion of Lot 169

Posted: 05/15/19

From May 22 to July 15, a portion of Lot 169 off Buford Circle will be closed at the St Paul Water Tower near Alderman Hall for a water tower rehab project.

Parking Lot 169 will have 14 spaces unavailable for use during the project. There may be minimal impacts to Lot 106 for material deliveries only.

Upper Buford Circle will be reduced to a minimal lane width and the immediate vicinity around the water tower marked with jersey barriers.

There will be some short-term road closures at Upper Buford Circle when deliveries are being made. The construction team will have flag persons and use appropriate signage.

This schedule is dependent on weather conditions.

The water tower will be shrouded daily to protect pedestrians and vehicles during the project. The shroud will be rolled up and secured when not in use.

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service 

Posted: 05/14/19

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 Thursday, May 16 through Friday, June 7 (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 27 for the University holiday (Memorial Day). There is no service on weekends.

From Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 2 (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 Thursday, July 4 for the 4th of July holiday. There is no service on weekends.

For the Summer Vacation period, Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 23, 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 Thursday, May 16 through Friday, June 7. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 27 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 10 through Friday, August 2. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Thursday, 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 5 through Friday, August 23. The last bus leaves the Carlson School at 6 p.m.

There is no service on weekends.

East Bank Circulators

East Bank Circulators run from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every 10-20 minutes from Thursday, May 16 through Friday, August 23. The last bus leaves the Faye Thompson Center at 5:30 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 27 or Thursday, 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 Thursday, May 16 – Friday, June 7.

Regular 15-minute service Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. resumes Monday, June 10 (no service on Thursday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 2.  The last bus leaves the St. Paul Student Center at 4:45 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 3 through Monday, September 2.

Section of East River Road/Pillsbury Drive Closed for Knoll Area Project

Posted: 05/14/19

Beginning on Thursday, May 16 through October 2019, the first phase of the Knoll Area Infrastructure Improvements project will close portions of East River Road and Pillsbury Drive for vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic.  The project will close some parking in the area.

Some of the impacts are:

  • For drivers: contract parking lots, metered spaces, and Official Vehicle signed spaces are all closed during construction.  Current contract holders have been notified via email on where their re-located parking will be.
  • For disability needs, University Paratransit Service is available.  Call  612-624-8338 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule a ride.
  • For bicyclists:  the Dinkytown greenway bike lanes will be closed from May 20 until the end of July.

map showing Knoll project affected area

A number of buildings in the Knoll area are included in the infrastructure improvement project. Those buildings include: Education Sciences Building, Pattee Hall, Burton Hall, Shelvin Hall, Peik Hall/Peik Gym and Institute of Child Development. Representatives from the Capital Project Management team are in communication with the buildings affected as the project progresses (the impact primarily affects parking, loading docks and, at times, building entrances).

The project includes expanded underground chilled water network to the Knoll area; roadway, sidewalk and parking area reconstruction; utility upgrades; and improved exterior lighting and security cameras.

More information about the Knoll Area Infrastructure Improvements project can be found at Capital Project Management []. To get regular updates, sign up for the bi-monthly project update newsletter.

U of M Campus Bus Routes Changing This Fall

Posted: 05/01/19

Starting in fall 2019, some campus bus routes are changing in anticipation of the closure of the 10th Avenue Bridge as part of the City of Minneapolis’ rehabilitation project.

The 4th Street Circulator has the most significant impact. 

  • 10th Avenue bus stop will be re-located to the Sanford Hall stop. 
  • Mondale bus stop will move to the Willey Hall bus stop. 
  • The bus will travel south on 11th Avenue, east on University Avenue for four blocks, south on Pleasant Street, west on Washington Avenue to get to West Bank, south on Cedar Avenue, east on 3rd Street, south on 19th Avenue, and the rest of the route is the same as it currently runs.

The University Avenue Circulator will not see any changes to its bus stops, but the bus will travel north along 10th Avenue Bridge until it closes, which is scheduled for January 2020, and then it will change to travel west on Washington Avenue South onto I-35W and off the freeway onto University Avenue. The evening and weekend service serving the residential halls will remain the same.

The Campus Connector route will not be affected. Parking & Transportation Services is working to illustrate the change in routes with updated campus maps, which will be online this summer.

“We realize the bridge won’t close at the beginning of fall semester, but we wanted students to get accustomed to the detour while the weather was nice, rather than having to learn new transportation patterns in the snow and cold,” said Ross Allanson, director of UMN Parking & Transportation Services. “It’s easier to learn one set of bus routes instead of two.”

This decision was made with feedback from MSA representatives and student input. The 10th Avenue Bridge project will close the bridge for roughly one to two years.

Below is a guide for the the U of M campus bus routes: 

  • 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 20 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 & Transportation Services is to facilitate safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles.  For more information, go online at, e-mail or call 612-626-PARK.

Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Bus Service

Posted: 05/01/19

During Finals Week (Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 15), University campus buses will run as usual on weekdays, but Finals Saturday service on the Campus Connector will be more frequent than usual.

On Saturday, May 11, 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.

On Sunday, May 12, Campus Connectors will run every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.  University Avenue Circulators will run every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 a.m.

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

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

Buses To Replace Trains May 5 and May 17-20 (WEEKEND CANCELLED)

Posted: 05/03/19

Updated 5/17/19 - This weekend's light rail outage is cancelled due to impending inclement weather. 

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, May 17, buses will replace Blue Line trains from Franklin Avenue to Target Field Station and Green Line trains from Stadium Village to Target Field Station.

Trains will resume by 3:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20.

Work being conducted includes skyway maintenance at the U of M, Washington Avenue bridge work, floating slab and rail break repair along the corridor. 

Sign up for Rider Alerts to stay up-to-date about upcoming rail maintenance this summer!

There is a shorter Green Line shutdown with replacement bus service this Sunday, May 5 in preparation of the longer shutdown described above. Details here. 

Parking Technology Failures During Week of April 29

Posted: 05/01/19

As some may have noticed, the U of M has had problems this week with overfilling certain parking facilities.

PTS had a significant technology failure that affected multiple parking facilities across the Twin Cities campus.

We are working with our equipment vendor to address the situation and hope to see our systems back to normal as quickly as possible.

Contract holders who have trouble finding a space should call our office at 612-626-PARK so that we can work out an immediate solution for them which may be access to another nearby contract lot.  Please call us for any future issues that may come up.

I hope that we have the chance to serve you better in the future.

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 for more information.

Posted 8/28/2018

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, e-mail or call 612‑626‑7275.


Pillsbury Drive Restricted to Passenger Vehicles Between Pleasant, Williamson Dock Driveway

Posted: 10/22/18

Beginning on October 17, Pillsbury Drive is restricted to passenger vehicles only between Pleasant Street and the Williamson Hall loading dock driveway, due to a recent structural analysis review that shows distress in the Williamson Hall tunnel underneath Pillsbury Drive.

The section between the Williamson Hall loading dock driveway and Church Street is now restricted to 7.5 tons.  Deliveries to the Williamson dock area need to come and go via Church Street.

Temporary signage is in place now. Permanent signs will be implemented as soon as possible.

PTS and Facilities Management will work on a long-term solution for this issue.

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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