2019 Transportation News Archive

Campus, City Buses Affected Jan. 29-30 By Weather/Class Cancellation

Posted: 1/29/19

Due to the cancellation of classes and the severity of forecasted wind chills and temperatures, transit services will be affected in the following ways.

CAMPUS BUS SERVICE

Tuesday, January 29 - no changes to campus bus service

Wednesday, January 30 - NO campus bus service on this day

Campus Paratransit Service operates on Tuesday until 6 p.m.  On Wednesday, paratransit service is cancelled.

METRO SERVICE
For details on public transit, please check the website at www.metrotransit.org or contact a service specialist at (612) 373-3333.

FINAL THOUGHT

Stay safe and warm out there.

East River Road Garage’s Northwest Stairwell Door Locked Beginning Feb. 26

Posted: 2/19/19

Due to customer concerns about unacceptable behavior in the stairwell, the northwest stairwell exterior door in the East River Road Garage will be locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, beginning on Tuesday, February 26. 

A U Card reader has been installed on the door that will allow unlimited access to that stairwell for anyone with an active U Card.

Parkers without a U Card will be required to use the center lobby in the garage.

The northwest stairwell exterior door opens to the outside near the rear of Comstock Hall.

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If you have any questions regarding parking, please email parking@umn.edu or call 612-626-PARK (7275).

PTS Hears Your Winter Campus Transit Concerns

Posted: 2/22/19

Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) has heard from several University community members, including MSA leadership, about winter campus transit concerns. This feedback is encouraged and has been shared with the PTS transit leadership team.

PTS apologizes for the overcrowding that many members of our campus community have experienced. It is understandably frustrating as a passenger if transportation is needed during one of those trips. PTS strives to provide a frequency of service with a reasonable amount of wait time between buses.

Severe winter weather, such as recent ice and snow events we’ve experienced in the past three weeks, puts more demand on buses than usual. Icy sidewalks increase transit demand as people may not feel comfortable walking. In addition, roads have seen heavy congestion and some service delays have been unavoidable. Particularly, there has been increased traffic congestion along main University bus travel corridors including Washington Avenue, University Avenue, 4th Street, Cleveland Avenue and other roads contributes to “bus bunching,” resulting in bus arrival and departure time inconsistencies. Because of these circumstances, our transit routes are used more heavily when other modes of travel are not available to students, staff and faculty.

PTS assures the University community that we have students and staff in mind, and we are doing everything we can to address the current conditions we face and provide the best transit system possible. We hear your concerns and pay close attention to your feedback!

Here are the steps we have taken to address overcrowding during the past few weeks:

  • Added every available bus to our system to peak days and times.
  • Made routing adjustments to pick up known high demand stops at peak times
  • Increased live monitoring of the system to help address and re-balance issues from bus bunching
  • Worked closely with our vendor on potential options beyond what our resources provide
  • In 2017, the University agreed to four additional high capacity articulated buses (longer buses with accordion-type center). PTS anticipates those buses will arrive on campus in late 2019 or early 2020.

Other suggestions we would ask travelers to consider as we navigate transit congestion during severe winter weather:

  • Consider different campus bus route options and schedules. Some trips may be made on a different route than the one intended and still get riders to a particular destination. For example, let’s say that you ride the 4th Street Circulator from Dinkytown straight to Carlson School. If the bus is full, you could ride the University Avenue Circulator heading east first (before it travels to West Bank) and then get off at the Carlson School (it may be a shorter time than waiting for the next 4th Street Circulator at your normal stop). An additional option would be to pick up the Campus Connector at Pleasant and Pillsbury.
  • To reduce waiting times at the bus stops in inclement weather, the University’s GopherTrip app will tell viewers campus bus arrival times. Learn more about GopherTrip.
  • For those students with a U-Pass, the pass is valid on public transit routes that may overlap trips on campus as well as may move from an off-campus area onto campus areas.
  • The free Campus Zone Pass is yet another transportation option that will get students, staff and faculty around campus on the METRO Green Line. Learn more about the Campus Zone Pass program.

Parking Options for Viewing U of M Corpse Flower Blooming

Posted: 3/15/19

The corpse flower is making another appearance as it blooms at the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences Conservatory.

To encourage easy viewing of this biological rarity, the east side of Lindig Street from north of Buford Avenue to the weather station road (south of Larpenteur Avenue) will be posted for temporary parking (15 minutes max) until Tuesday, March 19.

The west side of Lindig Street will remain “No Parking” as well as all other streets.  Parking contract lots are not available for visitor parking.

If Lindig Street is full, Gortner Avenue Ramp offers public parking for $3 per hour (during the day, Monday-Friday) or $1 per hour after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. 

Another option is Lot 104 (next to the Continuing Education & Conference Center with daily parking for $7.  This lot has a reduced rate of $5 after 4:30 p.m.

The University of Minnesota Police Department enforces all campus parking.

To watch a live stream of the corpse flower, click here: https://cbs.umn.edu/conservatory/corpse-flower

To learn more: https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-lifestyle/u-of-ms-corpse-flower-is-once-again-ready-to-make-a-big-stink

Goldy’s Run Impacts Parking/Transit on Sunday, April 7

Posted: 04/04/19

Goldy’s Run on SUNDAY, April 7 will present some access challenges for anyone coming to campus on that morning.

East River Road Garage Parkers:

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m., East River Parkway will operate with just  one lane; officers will have radios and flag the section of East River Parkway between Delaware (the Weisman Loop Road) and the East River Road Garage as a two-way section to provide access to the East River Road Garage.

Washington Avenue Ramp Parkers

During the race, University Avenue will have lane restrictions.  Please prepare for possible time delays.  You will have access to the Washington Avenue Ramp from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

University Avenue Ramp Parkers

During the race, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and certain campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Drivers will be able to enter the University Avenue Ramp at any time. For drivers who are exiting, police officers will direct east on University, north on Oak Street, around the stadium and get back to Huron and I-94.

4th Street Ramp Parkers

During the race, 4th Street will be closed between Oak Street and 14th Avenue for about an hour and a half around 7 a.m.   Portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and other campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Follow signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to 5th Street to 13th/14th Avenue to 4th Street to the ramp entrance on 17th Avenue.  See East Bank campus map:  http://www.pts.umn.edu/sites/pts.umn.edu/files/ebank.pdf

Northrop and Nolte Garage Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the Washington Avenue Ramp.  Please be aware that there will be no travelling south on Church Street.  Drivers will need to use University to Oak to Washington to Walnut to Beacon to Union to access the Washington Avenue Ramp.  See East Bank campus map.

During the race, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and possible delays.  Please be patient during brief periods of time when runners may affect your drive to and around campus.

Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the 4th Street Ramp located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 17th Avenue SE. Follow the signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to 5th Street to 13th/14th Avenue to 4th Street to the ramp entrance on 17th Avenue.

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

Lot C7/C16/C19 Contract Parkers

Your parking contract WILL BE RELOCATED on Sunday morning.  If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, please park in the East River Road Garage

Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

Lot C55/C58/C59 Contract Parkers

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m., 4th Street will be closed between Oak Street and 14th Avenue  Your lot will still be accessible from University Avenue and turning north on 16th Avenue to get to Lots C55/C59 (or north on 18th to get to Lot C58).

Portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and other campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

Lot C56 Contract Parkers

Follow signed detours.  The best route to get to the 4th Street Ramp is to take University Avenue to 23rd Avenue to 6th Street to the lot entrance on 5th Street.

Bus Riders:

For campus transit, the University Avenue Circulator will not run from 9:30-11 a.m. 

The following Campus Connector stops will be impacted:

- Eddy Hall stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to board the bus on Washington Avenue (Northrop Mall side).

- Bruininks stop will be closed and riders are asked to board the bus on Washington Avenue (Northrop Mall side).

- Oak Street & University Avenue stop will be closed.  Signs are posted directing riders to University and 25th Avenue.

- Ridder Arena stop will be closed. Signs will direct riders to McNamara stop.

Miscellanous:

Goldy’s Run at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus includes a 10 mile run, a 5K and a kid’s 1K run.  The various race courses will take participants through campus and the surrounding streets with all events finishing inside TCF Bank Stadium by 10:30 a.m.  For more information on this event, please visit the Goldy's Run website.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please email parking@umn.edu as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Section of Gortner Avenue Closed Saturday, April 6 (POSTPONED)

Posted: 04/05/19

Edited: 04/05/19 2 p.m. - This closure has been postponed. A re-scheduled date will be shared as soon as possible.

Gortner Avenue between Buford Avenue and Buford Place will be closed on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. as new building equipment is transferred into the Biological Sciences Building via crane.

There will be no road access on that portion of Gortner Avenue during this closure.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 parking@umn.edu 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.

Routes 2, 3 Enhanced Service Started in March

Posted: 05/23/19

Earlier this spring, Metro Transit added service to the Route 2 and 3 buses that travel on campus. 

The changes included:

ROUTE 2

• Added weekday eastbound 2C trip will leave Anderson Hall at 9 p.m.  

• Eastbound weekday trip leaving Anderson Hall at 9:10 p.m. will leave at 9:20 p.m.  

• Added Saturday eastbound 2C trips will leave Anderson Hall at 8:54, 9:24 and 9:54 p.m. and early Sunday at 1:15 a.m.  

ROUTE 3

• On weekdays and Sundays, eastbound trips will be added to improve evening frequencies between Anderson Hall and Como Ave./Eustis. Trips are timed for connection with Route 2 at 4th St. SE & 15th Ave. SE. 

For more information on Metro Transit bus schedules, visit metrotransit.org.

I-35W Closed June 21-24 Near Campus for 5th Street Bridge Demolition

Posted: 06/21/19 

I-35W is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 24 between I-94 and Highway 280.

On Friday, crews will begin closing the exit and entrance ramps on I-35W beginning at 8 p.m. They will start with the southbound ramps first, then move to the northbound ramps.

All I-35W traffic coming to the U of M area will need to follow the detour of I-94 and Hwy 280, or use alternate routes.

Traffic leaving the U of M area will be able to get on I-35W southbound from University Ave. Traffic leaving the U of M area trying to get on I-35W northbound will need to use Hwy 280.

To read more about this project, visit MnDOT's project webpage.

Buses Replace Green, Blue Line Trains From June 28-July 1

Posted: 06/28/19

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, buses will replace Green Line trains from Stadium Village to Target Field Station and Blue Line trains from Franklin Ave. to Target Field Station. Trains will resume by 3:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1.

This is due to skyway maintenance at the U of M, Washington Avenue bridge work, and floating slab and rail break repair along the corridor.

Learn more online.

Buses Replace Green Line Trains July 19-22

Posted: 07/10/19

Due to scheduled maintenance, buses will replace trains from 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 until 3:30 a.m. Monday, July 22 during a partial shutdown on the METRO Green Line. 

Customers can board replacement buses near the affected stations. Buses run on similar schedules as trains but can take more time. Customers are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Read more and see bus boarding map on Metro Transit's website.

Transitway Closed July 18-22; Bus Stop Moved

Posted: 07/17/19

The Transitway north of Como Ave will be closed from Thursday, July 18 at midnight until Monday, July 22 at 5 a.m. for the Street National Car Show.

The Transitway at Commonwealth Avenue bus stop for the Campus Connector and St. Paul Circulator will be closed on Friday, July 19. Riders will be directed to board those buses at the Como & Cleveland Avenue bus stop.  Campus buses do not run on weekends during the summer.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161

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