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Transportation Headlines Spring 2015 KickIt! Code Word = informed

Reduced Transit Service on July 3 & Independence Day

Northrop Auditorium Garage, Church St Garage Closed for July Holiday Week

Franklin Avenue Bridge Traffic Reduced to One Lane

Franklin Avenue Bridge, East River Trail Summer Closure

TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Three Summer Concerts

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service

New Secure Bike Parking Inside Washington Avenue Ramp

Summer Campus Zone Pass Available Now

Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer



Reduced Transit Service on July 3 & Independence Day
Posted: 06/22/15

Due to decreased demand on the Friday before Independence Day, Metro Transit and regional transit providers will reduce service on Friday, July 3. Many routes will follow Saturday schedules. Northstar will follow a reduced schedule on July 3.

Most routes will follow SATURDAY schedules. Some routes will follow Saturday schedules with additional trips. If your route does not have a schedule for Saturday service, it will not operate on July 3.

Metro Transit buses and the METRO Blue and Green lines will follow Holiday schedules on Independence Day (Saturday, July 4).

The Transit Information Center, Metro Transit Service Centers, Customer Relations and Lost & Found are closed on July 4.

Get the full list of revised service for Metro Transit and regional transit providers.


Northrop Auditorium Garage, Church St Garage Closed for July Holiday Week
Posted: 06/08/15

Northrop Auditorium Garage and Church Street Garage will be closed from Monday, June 29 through Sunday, July 5 due to the replacement of the entry/exit apron.

Northrop Auditorium Garage contract parkers are relocated to the Nolte Center Garage for this Fourth of July holiday week. 

Public parking in Church Street Garage will be re-directed to the Fourth Street Ramp.

Signs will be posted.

We appreciate your understanding during this inconvenience.


Franklin Avenue Bridge Traffic Reduced to One Lane
Posted: 06/08/15

On Monday, June 8, 2015, contractors will extend restoration work to the underside of the Franklin Avenue Bridge.  Motor vehicle traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction across the Mississippi River to install platforms for worker access under the bridge deck.

Bicyclists and pedestrians will be routed along a side of the bridge deck.  Bicyclists should use the on-road bike lane behind the concrete barriers that separate traffic from the work zone.   Pedestrians will have a sidewalk for use. Bicyclists and pedestrians will need to follow signage for available access.

Once the bridge restoration is complete in Fall 2016, the new design will continue to provide a single lane in each direction for motorists.

Please direct any questions or comments to the project hotline: 888.474.8929 or by email at


Franklin Avenue Bridge, East River Trail Summer Closure
Posted: 06/03/15 (see update on 6/8/15)

Crews have been working on concrete removals on Franklin Bridge above West River Parkway trail. A flagperson(s) is on site for intermittent closures through the next few weeks.

Crews plan to close East River trail Thursday, June 4 for tree removals. The trail will be closed until fall 2015 for multiple construction activities. Detour signs will be in place.

Tree removal is necessary to access the underside of the bridge for concrete removal. The crews will remove as few of trees as possible. The contractor will begin removing trees on the west bank today and east bank Thursday. 

See the project website


TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Three Summer Concerts
Posted: 5/14/15

The University of Minnesota will be rocking and rolling this summer!

The Rolling Stones will perform at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday, June 3. Luke Bryan is scheduled for June 20, and One Direction is set for July 26.

If you have concert tickets and/or are planning to go to one of these events, plan your travel route, pre-purchase parking, or learn more about your transportation options on our Stadium Concerts Webpage.


Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/14/15

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. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 12, 2015 (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 25 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 7 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run every 15 minutes 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.

For the summer vacation period, Monday, August 10 through Tuesday, September 1, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Willey Hall at 6 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Friday, July 3 for the 4th of July holiday.

The Welcome Week service schedule will be posted later this summer.

East Bank Circulator
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes from Monday, May 18 through Tuesday, September 1. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 25 or Friday, July 3 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 18 – Friday, June 12.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 15 (no service on Friday, July 3) and ends again on Friday, August 7.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 8 through Monday, September 7.


New Secure Bike Parking Inside Washington Avenue Ramp
Posted: 05/11/15

New secure bicycle parking is now available inside the Washington Avenue Ramp.  The cost is $85 per year (about $7 a month). 

Learn more, see photos and/or request a contract.


Summer Campus Zone Pass Available Now
Posted: 05/11/15

The current 2014-15 Campus Zone Pass expires on Sunday, May 17.  Summer Campus Zone Passes are available for pick-up beginning on Monday, May 11. You may use your summer pass immediately.

Pick up your free Campus Zone Pass at:
- Coffman Memorial Union's Information Desk (East Bank) - hours
- Parking and Transportation Services, 300 Transportation and Safety Building (East Bank) – hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- St. Paul Student Center Information Desk (St. Paul) - hours

No one can pick up this pass for you and it cannot be mailed.  You must show your U Card at the time of pick-up.

The free Campus Zone Pass allows you to ride between the THREE campus light-rail stops on the METRO Green Line – West Bank, East Bank and Stadium Village – without paying a fare.

As a reminder, you are eligible for the Campus Zone Pass if you are a registered Twin Cities student or you are a staff or faculty member on the Twin Cities campus in the University’s PeopleSoft system.  Additionally, if you have a current U-Pass or Metropass, you are not eligible.  Your U-Pass or Metropass covers unlimited rides on the Green Line plus rides on all city buses and other METRO lines.

Transit Police officers will randomly ask to see proof of payment (show your Campus Zone Pass and U Card). There is a $180 fine for attempting to ride without a valid fare.

More information is available here:

Enjoy this summer riding the Green Line between the three campus stops with your Summer Campus Zone Pass!


Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer
Posted: 05/04/15

From May 18 – August 28, Pleasant Street from University Avenue to Arlington Street will be closed to all vehicle and bicycle traffic, due to complete reconstruction of Pleasant Street.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street project.












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Quick Electric Car Charging Station Installed on U of M Campus

KSTP 5 / February 2, 2015

Drivers of electric cars on the University of Minnesota campus now have access to a first-of-its-kind charger in Minnesota. READ MORE

The Drive: U gets electric vehicle owners plugged in

Star Tribune / February 2, 2015

A recent study examining key reasons why Americans don’t buy electric-powered vehicles found that drivers fear their batteries will run out of juice and leave them stranded with no place to charge up. READ MORE

Gophers Hockey: Senior Kyle Rau is a Minnesota hockey throwback

SB Nation College Hockey / January 23, 2015

Of the many things in Minnesota forward Kyle Rau personifies, the senior captain for Minnesota sums up both versions of the Gopher Way. READ MORE

Dinkytown could add bike lanes, parking

MN Daily / December 8, 2014

After years of frustration rooted in a lack of parking, Dinkytown is starting to recover. READ MORE

Advocates: Minnesota needs more alternative fuel

MN Daily / November 18, 2014

As Minnesota lawmakers push for the use of alternative fuel, some say progress should be quicker. READ MORE

Bus service to be enhanced in 2015

MN Daily / November 12, 2014

Buses servicing the University of Minnesota could run more frequently and in additional places within the next few years, in an effort to encourage the public to lean on public transportation rather than cars. READ MORE

Road near Siebert Field could get a facelift

MN Daily / September 11, 2014

Walk down Eighth Street Southeast toward its dead end near Siebert Field and the road becomes riddled with potholes and loose gravel. READ MORE

Everyone should be able to cycle

MN Daily / September 10, 2014

The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota is devoted to encouraging cycling among African-American residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul. READ MORE

Updated bus line begins circulating

MN Daily / September 4, 2014

With the addition of a few new campus bus stops as well as the University Avenue Circulator line, students have an increased number of options available to them. READ MORE

New bus route, stops hit campus

MN Daily / September 2, 2014

Following student requests, the University of Minnesota’s campus bus system will sport new stops and debut an additional route beginning this week. READ MORE

New Green Line at U of M brings safety concerns

KARE 11 / September 2, 2014

The University of Minnesota received its first full exposure to regular campus life alongside the new Green Line Light Rail. Tuesday was the first day of classes for the fall semester. READ MORE

University of Minnesota speeds efforts to tighten campus security

Star Tribune / August 28, 2014

A year ago, if you had asked Pamela Wheelock how long it would take to tighten building security on the University of Minnesota’s sprawling Twin Cities campus, she would have said: five years. READ MORE

Watching the demand for parking at U of M

Finance & Commerce / August 21, 2014

Ridership on the Green Line has already exceeded expectations, and its popularity raises a question: Will enough people take the light rail transit line to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus to free up one or more parking lots for development? READ MORE

A Vikings fan's guide to TCF Bank Stadium

Pioneer Press / August 7, 2014

Starting with Friday night's exhibition opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Vikings are trading indoor games at the now-gone Metrodome for outdoor games at smaller, but so-much-nicer TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons. READ MORE

Your guide to getting to Friday's Vikings-Raiders game at U

Star Tribune / August 7, 2014

Just as the Vikings will be auditioning new players during Friday night's preseason opener, the game against the Oakland Raiders will serve as a test run for fans trying to get to the team's new home for the next two seasons, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. READ MORE

Navigating TCF Bank Stadium for Vikes game

KARE 11 / August 4, 2014

In just four days the Gopher's Den that is TCF Bank Stadium will be the Vikings home field, and with that come some lessons in logistics for game goers. READ MORE / WATCH VIDEO

Green Line means go for local colleges and medical centers

MinnPost / June 10, 2014

A new era for the Twin Cities dawns in a few days when the Green Line opens between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Green Line opening changes bus routes

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

When the long-awaited Green Line light rail opens June 14, three popular University of Minnesota area bus routes will adapt. READ MORE

Final phase of bike-walk trail connects downtown to campus

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

After opening last August, a citywide bicycle project is nearing completion with a new connection between the University of Minnesota’s campus and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Close roads for more pedestrians

MN Daily / April 21, 2014

The increasing number of options to live near the University of Minnesota campus means that more people are in the area at all times. READ MORE

Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million

MN Daily / April 15, 2014

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs. READ MORE

Minnesota's Dinkytown Greenway

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy / April 2014 Trail of the Month Recurring Feature

"It isn't the longest bike trail in the city, but it is probably one of the most important," said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak... READ MORE

Transit use hits historic levels in metro, nationally

Star Tribune / March 24, 2014

Each weekday morning, as befits the name, Tim Busse climbs on a bus. It’s a route he calls “wildly successful” — about half full when it leaves Burnsville, but packed every morning after its Bloomington stop. READ MORE

Simulated light-rail derailment planned Tuesday at U of M

Pioneer Press / March 17, 2014

Metro Transit, the University of Minnesota and public safety agencies will simulate a light-rail train derailment on the U's Minneapolis campus Tuesday. READ MORE

LRT derailment simulation to hit Stadium Village

MN Daily / March 13, 2014

Smoke, first responders and volunteers faking injuries will fill Stadium Village early  on Tuesday, March 18, during a Light Rail Transit derailment simulation, while many University of Minnesota students are away on spring break. READ MORE

The U area doesn’t need additional parking

MN Daily / March 3, 2014

As a columnist, I have a great opportunity to present opinions that college-age readers might not otherwise consider. In a similar light, readers have an opportunity to read opinions from multiple columnists in this paper. READ MORE

MSA, students push to change bus routes

MN Daily / February 26, 2014

The Minnesota Student Association Facilities, Housing and Transit Committee passed a resolution Tuesday urging the University of Minnesota to revise its campus bus routes. READ MORE

Gophers prefer crossing campus above ground

MN Daily / February 18, 2014

Despite their burrowing namesake, few University of Minnesota students use the school’s Gopher Way tunnel and skyway system. READ MORE

Campus Connector involved in accident

MN Daily / February 10, 2014

A University of Minnesota Campus Connector was involved in an accident Friday morning at the intersection of the University Transitway and Como Avenue near the St. Paul campus. READ MORE

Weekend Circulator makes its debut

MN Daily / January 27, 2014

The new Weekend Circulator bus route linking the University of Minnesota’s East and West banks began running this weekend, giving students free rides through the night. READ MORE

Biking initiative ends, projects continue

MN Daily / November 26, 2013

The Twin Cities was one of four metro areas in the country to receive a sizable federal grant nearly seven years ago for promoting non-motorized transportation — an initiative that is finishing its final lap. READ MORE