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News & Alerts

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PTS Customer Service Desk Changes To Appointment Only

Posted: 03/29/20

As of March 30, all in-person visits to PTS customer service desk will be by appointment only. 

Fill out an Appointment Form for PTS Customer Service Visits to set up an appointment. 

Campus Bus Service Changes Again Starting March 30

Posted: 03/27/20

Starting Monday, March 30, the University of Minnesota will operate Campus Connector bus service as follows: 

Campus Connector

  • 20 minute service from 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Monday-Friday)
  • 20 minute service from 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Saturday)
  • 20 minute service from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. (Sunday)

The East Bank Circulator will operate on its normal route, but service will be Monday through Friday every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  

View a map on our GopherTrip app on your mobile device or click this link to a web-based desktop view: (note: you will need to select the bus route labelled 121 Campus Connector COVID19 and/or 120 East Bank Circulator to see the routes currently in service).

PTS Hears Your Transportation Concerns During COVID-19 Health Concern

Posted: 03/17/20

Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) has heard from several University community members about various transportation concerns during the current health concern surrounding COVID-19.

We have tried to gather some of the most frequently asked questions and posted answers.  This information will change as the situation develops and updated as soon as possible. 

Feedback is encouraged and has been shared with the PTS leadership team.

Campus Bus Service Changes Starting March 23

Posted: 03/23/20

Starting Monday, March 23, the University of Minnesota will operate Campus Conncector bus service as follows: 

Campus Connector (Monday to Friday)

  • 10 minute service from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. 
  • 15 minute service from 6 - 10 p.m. 
  • 20 minute service from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Campus Connector (Saturday)

  • 20 minute service from 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. 

Campus Connector (Sunday)

  • 20 minute service from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

The East Bank Circulator will operate as normal.  

View a map on our GopherTrip app on your mobile device or click this link to a web-based desktop view: (note: you will need to select the bus route labelled 121 Campus Connector COVID19 and/or 120 East Bank Circulator to see the routes currently in service).

U of M Bike Center Closed

Posted: 03/16/20

Due to public health concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Bike Center shop is closed to the public. Find out more details at: 

Showers and secure bicycle parking areas remain accessible.

St. Paul Lot 104 Closes March 17

Posted: 03/10/20

On Tuesday, March 17, Lot 104 on the St. Paul campus will close for approximately two months for the construction of solar panel canopies. This project will help the University reduce its carbon footprint.

Parking is available at Lot 108 (across the street) and the Gortner Avenue Ramp.

PTS appreciates your understanding and support.

If you have questions or concerns, please email

10th Ave Bridge Closure Starts March 2020

Posted: 01/10/20
UPDATE: 03/06/20 - 10th Avenue Bridge will be closed March 30. 2020.

The City of Minneapolis' 10th Avenue SE Bridge Rehabilitation Project will close the bridge to vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians crossing the river in March 2020 for approximately 18 months.

For drivers, only trips that involve crossing the river via the 10th Avenue Bridge will be detoured. I-35W will be the vehicle detour route.

19th Avenue South, South 1st Street, and South 2nd Street will remain open.  All U of M parking facilities will be available to access.

Parking & Transportation Services made minor changes to campus bus routes in Fall 2019 in anticipation of the closure (see news release about campus bus route changes.

Find more project information on the City of Minneapolis 10th Avenue Bridge Project webpage.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass

Interested in campus area traffic impacts?

Visit PTS's U of M Area Construction Map.

Interested in Campus Crime Alerts?

Check out the U of M Police Department's Alerts page.


PTS in the News!

An Appreciation of the U of M Transitway

Living in the Midway, I consider the U of M Transitway to be the best bike route in the Twin Cities–even better than the Midtown Greenway. READ MORE

Rape reported in 19th Avenue parking garage

A sexual assault involving rape occurred around 8:20 p.m. on March 6 inside the 19th Avenue Parking Ramp on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus, according to a campus-wide safety alert sent out Saturday morning. READ MORE

Editorial: The University of Minnesota needs to reduce the price of student parking

MN Daily / February 26, 2020

Seventy-eight percent of undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota live off-campus, according to U.S. News & World Report. READ MORE

Scooters prompt old concerns, new conversations about accessibility

MN Daily / February 16, 2020

Within the first years of electric scooter rentals being introduced to Minneapolis streets, concerns have been raised in the city and on the University of Minnesota campus about accessibility for people with disabilities.  READ MORE

Alternative transportation at UMN: "One small step in the right direction"

MN Daily / January 28, 2020

Every morning for the past 25 years, Steve Sanders has left his house at 6:50 a.m. to bike to work. READ MORE

Nice Ride considers retiring dockless bikes, adding e-bikes

MN Daily / October 6, 2019

After debuting just over a year ago, Nice Ride’s dockless blue bikes could be phased out. READ MORE

Park-like Shriners campus attracted University of Minnesota

Finance&Commerce / September 16, 2019

With its walking trails and serene setting along the Mississippi River, the Shriners Healthcare for Children location in Minneapolis seems in one sense to be a world away from the bustling University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. READ MORE

Park Board temporarily changes course on tailgating at East River Flats

MN Daily / September 15, 2019

Amid pushback from fans, a decision to limit parking and tailgating at East River Flats on Gophers football game days was temporarily reversed last month. READ MORE

Impact of Arterial Bus Rapid Transit on Traffic and Users

Crossroads News Blog / September 11, 2019

Video and statistical analyses showed that arterial bus rapid transit (ABRT) along Snelling Avenue in Minneapolis-St. Paul had no significant impact on traffic volume and wait times at intersections. READ MORE

Varsity Bike and Transit to end its 25-year-ride in Dinkytown

MN Daily / September 1, 2019

With the closing of Varsity Bike and Transit in Dinkytown, Steve Panizza’s lunch breaks will never be the same. READ MORE

Gopher football fans convince Minneapolis Park board to reverse tailgating, parking ban

 Bring Me The News / August 28, 2019

It only took a matter of hours for enough boisterous Gopher football fans to convince the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to overturn an unpopular decision.   READ MORE

U of M unveils on-campus motorized scooter policy

Fox9 / August 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota announced a motorized foot scooter policy Thursday to help corral and regulate the fleet on its campus. READ MORE

Blank: The University of Minnesota is effectively a food desert

MN Daily / June 18, 2019

When we think of food deserts, we typically think of low-income neighborhoods left behind by the modern economy, not college campuses stacked with a mecca of ethnic eateries and upscale dining venues. READ MORE

University adds solar panel sites around campus

MN Daily / April 29, 2019

A newly constructed structure topped with solar panels that towers over the Mondale Hall parking lot is part of the University of Minnesota’s efforts to increase renewable energy production on campus.  READ MORE

10th Avenue Bridge repairs expected to start in the fall

MN Daily / April 29. 2019

The city of Minneapolis has finalized plans for repairs to the 10th Avenue Bridge, with construction expected to begin this fall.  READ MORE

Knoll Area to get major infrastructure upgrade

MN Daily / April 29, 2019

The oldest spot on the University of Minnesota campus is about to receive major improvements.  READ MORE

The U’s attendance problems aren’t going to be solved by booze and better pricing

MinnPost / April 26, 2019

University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle is in a tough spot. His young, energetic football coach hasn’t generated the buzz and ticket sales he expected. READ MORE

The Minnesota Gophers cut ticket prices... while shooting themselves in the foot

City Pages / April 24, 2019

Over the past three years, the University of Minnesota football team has tied for the nation's biggest drop in attendance among major conference schools. READ MORE

Man dies after being run over by Green Line train in Stadium Village

MN Daily / April 20, 2019

A man died after falling from the Stadium Village light rail station as a train departed early Saturday morning, according to Metro Transit. READ MORE

Scooters to return to Minneapolis, UMN campus

MN Daily / April 15, 2019

Electric scooters will likely soon return to Minneapolis following recent approval of a second pilot program with a focus on accessibility.  READ MORE

Nice Ride Minnesota Returns Next Week with Expanded Bikeshare Offerings—but only in Minneapolis

TCB Mag / April 03, 2019

If sunshine, birds chirping and snow-free streets weren’t enough to show spring has arrived, here’s another sign: Nice Ride Minnesota bikes are returning to the streets of Minneapolis on April 15. READ MORE

St. Paul left without bicycle sharing after Lime, Nice Ride pull their bike fleets

Pioneer Press / April 2, 2019

As the 2019 cycling season begins, St. Paul is without a bike sharing service. READ MORE

Students push for better campus bus system

MN Daily / March 31, 2019

Despite the end of a harsh winter, which saw many overcrowded University of Minnesota buses and increased delays, students continue to voice their concerns about campus buses and push for change. READ MORE

Less than half of eligible students use government food assistance, report finds

MN Daily / March 7, 2019

A federal study published in January showed that fewer than half of college students eligible for government food assistance benefits actually use them. READ MORE