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.

Media Contact:

Jacqueline Bass
612-624-4161

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