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Washington Avenue Transit/Bike/Pedestrian Mall

Washington Avenue is closed to general traffic between Pleasant and Walnut streets.

Only transit buses, light-rail trains, emergency vehicles and bicycles are permitted on the Washington Avenue Transit/Bike/Pedestrian Mall between Walnut and Church streets. See map.

In this area, buses and trains will operate jointly on light-rail tracks at restricted speeds. Bicycles and emergency vehicles will share outside lanes.

Riding Transit Bicycling
Walking Driving
General Light Rail Information

Riding Transit

U of M Campus Connector buses return to Washington Avenue on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator (WABC) will also come back at this time.  Campus maps are updated online and are in print as well.

On Saturday, December 7, Metro Transit and other regional public transportation providers resume bus service on Washington Avenue. If you ride city transit, please check with your bus provider to see the impact on your route.

Safety on the station platform

  • Turn down your mobile device near the platform and rail crossings.
  • While waiting for the train, always stand behind the yellow line on the platform.
  • Stand back until the train stops. Be careful of trains leaving the station.
  • Cross tracks only at the ends of the platform.
  • Running or horseplay on the platform is dangerous – especially near moving trains.
  • Skateboarding, rollerblading and riding bikes on platforms is not permitted.
  • Wait for other passengers to exit the train before you board.
  • Don't stick arms or legs in the doors to prevent them from closing; just relax and wait for the next train, it's just a few minutes away.

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Bicycling

With the December 2013 opening of the new Washington Avenue Transit/Biking/Pedestrian Mall, Metro Transit created a video to show how to use this new campus amenity safely.

 

See more videos and information about two-stage turn bike boxes online.

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Walking

Tracks aren’t a place to explore. Stay away to stay safe.

  • Never walk on tracks and stay away from track switches, which can move at any time.
  • Stay away from high-voltage overhead wires that power the trains. Don’t touch them with kites, models – anything.
  • Cross tracks only in designated areas.

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Driving

Vehicles are not allowed on Washington Avenue between Pleasant and Walnut Streets. Only emergency vehicles can drive through campus on Washington Avenue. See map.

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General Light Rail

Listen Up!

Unlike freight trains, you might not hear a light-rail train approaching. Pay attention near the tracks.

  • Listen for train horns and warning bells.
  • The ends of a light-rail train are identical. Red taillights mean a train is moving away from you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the tracks by car, bike or on foot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When do bus routes/stops change?
Campus shuttle buses come back onto Washington Avenue on Monday, December 9.  Routes and stops will permanently change on that day.  City buses are come back to Washington on Saturday, December 7.  Check with individual providers to see when they are affected.

 

Which of the current bus stops are affected by this change?
Look at the chart detailing the affected stops.

 

Is the East Bank Circulator affected by any of this?
No, the East Bank Circulator routes and stops are the same as they have been all year.

 

What student groups were consulted during the route selection process?