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Correction Notice:

The 2015-16 printed color campus maps are missing one bus stop near Ridder Arena (Campus Connector and 4th Street Circulator routes). The stop is shown on all electronic files. We apologize for the error.


Feb. 2 Snow Emergencies Declared in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Parking Lots To Be Plowed Overnight Tuesday, February 2

Scheduled Elevator Replacement in Washington Ave. Ramp

Considering a Career Move? Join First Transit as a Bus Driver!

Tate Renovations Narrow Church Street, Affect Travel in Area

Don't Get Caught Without Your Green Line Pass or Fare!

Feb. 2 Snow Emergencies Declared in Minneapolis and Saint Paul
Posted: 02/02/16

Both the City of Minneapolis an City of Saint Paul have declared snow emergencies, starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2.  

For information on City of Minneapolis snow emergencies, visit:

Visit for more information and subscribe to snow alerts at to receive an email and/or text whenever an emergency is declared. Get the app, so you don’t get towed! Download the new FREE Saint Paul Winter Parking App at:


Parking Lots To Be Plowed Overnight Tuesday, February 2
Posted: 02/02/16

Special provisions have been arranged for residence hall parking lot contract patrons, allowing for alternate overnight parking when snow plowing occurs.

Vehicles not moved during official snow removal will be plowed in place.

All vehicles need to be out of their respective lots before 8 pm on Tuesday, February 2. Vehicles should be moved back to their lot as soon as possible after that lot is plowed, but no later than 9 am on Wednesday, February 3.

Drivers should follow these instructions. Pull a ticket from the dispenser to enter. To exit, push the silver help button on the Automated Pay Machine for assistance.

Any vehicles remaining in the ramps after 9 am on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 will be charged the posted rates upon exiting.

If you have questions, please call us at 612-626-PARK during customer service business hours (7am-5pm, M-F).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this snow removal project.


Scheduled Elevator Replacement in Washington Ave. Ramp
Posted: 01/08/16

Please know that the three elevators in the southwest corner of the Washington Avenue Ramp (those are the elevators that face Union Street SE) are being replaced with new energy-efficient models.  This project began earlier this week and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2016.

Only one elevator will be replaced at a time to minimize any inconvenience for users.

If you have any questions, please email


Considering a Career Move? Join First Transit as a Bus Driver!
Posted: 12/11/15

Editor's Note: this is a message brought to you by First Transit.

Be First Transit logo

First Transit provides individuals with opportunities for personal and professional growth and upward mobility. Our commitment to internal promotion has allowed a great number of employees to achieve and exceed their career goals. First Transit employs people who are committed to providing our customers with the highest levels of quality and customer service. We deliver what we promise!

We are a local, well established, private transportation contractor in the Twin Cities; and currently operate buses for:

·        The Metropolitan Council

·        The University of Minnesota

·        The City of Plymouth

·        Shuttle service for a MAJOR airline at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport

First Transit is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for each and every employee. We strive to create a workplace based on mutual trust and respect, where the customs and traditions of each individual are valued.

We believe that it is in the best interest of the company, and ALL who work in it, to attract, retain and develop a diverse pool of talent that is representative of the communities in which we serve. We believe that it is essential to the company’s productivity and profitability to enable employees of all backgrounds to reach their full potential by encouraging a working environment that is inclusive to all.

What we offer:

Apply at:


Tate Renovations Narrow Church Street, Affect Travel in Area

The renovation and construction work surrounding the Tate Lab of Physics brings access challenges to that area of campus.

Significant changes will begin on Monday, November 30 and will affect vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.

This project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.


Don't Get Caught Without Your Green Line Pass or Fare!
Posted: 10/30/15

The next time you ride the Green Line, make sure you are a legal rider! Which one of these four applies to you? Do you:

  1. Pay with cash or credit card at the rail station fare machine
  2. Use a Go-To card with stored value
  3. Possess a U-Pass or Metropass for unlimited rides on bus and light rail
  4. Have the Campus Zone Pass
front side of campus zone pass graphic

If you are a Campus Zone Pass user, do you have the new 2015-16 card? Take your U Card to Coffman Memorial Union, Transportation & Safety Building or the St. Paul Student Center and pick up your free Campus Zone Pass (replacements for lost or stolen passes cost extra). Learn more!

Note: expired Campus Zone Passes from last year are NOT valid and may be confiscated by transit police officers.

NEW this year, the Campus Zone Pass should be tapped at the card reader EVERY TIME a rider uses the Green Line. The card reader is on the platform (not the ticket vending machine). See photo.

If a transit police officer asks to see proof of payment, you should be prepared to show your Campus Zone Pass and U Card.

Transit officers will issue $180 fines for attempting to ride without a valid fare.

Follow the rules and avoid the ticket!














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Bike advocates tout Minneapolis' progress on protected bikeways, look for more

Star Tribune / November 27, 2015

Minneapolis bike advocates say the city made significant progress in 2015 building new protected paths to get more people cycling around the city, but are hopeful for even bigger improvements in ­coming years. READ MORE

University of Minnesota named a top bicycle-friendly campus

Star Tribune / November 6, 2015

The University of Minnesota is now, officially, one of the most bicycle-friendly campuses in the nation. READ MORE

U rejects paratransit expansion plans again

MN Daily / November 4, 2015

As winter fast approaches, campus could soon be coated with slippery ice and slick snow. READ MORE

MSA mulls U-Pass expansion

MN Daily / November 4, 2015

Campus leaders are gauging interest in a plan that would provide a transportation pass to every incoming University of Minnesota student — for a slightly hiked-up student service fee. READ MORE

Rewinding the Big Red: Trip to Minnesota ends in much-needed win

Arlington Citizen / October 19, 2015

When the word broke that Chongo Kondolo was questionable for Saturday's game at Minnesota and his backup, 2011 Blair High School graduate Chris Long, was going to get his first career start, the Enterprise arranged media passes and a trip to the Twin Cities. READ MORE

Pedestrian deaths rise in fall

MN Daily / October 14, 2015

With less daylight, state and University officials are asking pedestrians to be observant. READ MORE

University of Minnesota buys whole block near campus

Biz Journals / October 8, 2015

The University of Minnesota has snapped up 11 residential properties near its Minneapolis campus as part of a quick-turnaround deal with CPM Development worth a total of $18.3 million. Finance & Commerce has a report on the sale, which encompasses parcels on Huron Boulevard, Erie Street, Fulton Street and Essex Street. CPM will tear down the properties, most of them small, multi-unit buildings, and the U of M will hold onto the land for future development while using it for parking in the short term. READ MORE

Students seek expansion of paratransit

MN Daily / October 7, 2015

University of Minnesota students with disabilities sometimes have to book paratransit shuttles two weeks in advance to be sure they’ll make it to class. READ MORE