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PedalMN Bike Conference Kicks Off May 4 At Commons Hotel

Earth Day Sprouts Zimride by Enterprise's April Sweepstakes

Research Study Looking for Volunteers (Get a Free Rental Car for Weekend)

Attend March 25 Panel Discussion- Minnesota Bicycling: A Work in Progress

MVTA Route 490 Now Serves U of M

U of M Announces First 'Fast Charger' For Electric Vehicles On Campus

Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction

 

Big Ten/Midwestern Universities Transportation
and Parking Conference Hits Minneapolis in 2015!

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April 27-29, 2015
Hosted by Parking and Transportation Services,
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus
(Transit, alternative transportation, parking and fleet management)
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More information can be found at www.z.umn.edu/SeeUs

 

PedalMN Bike Conference Kicks Off May 4 At Commons Hotel
Posted: 3/25/15

Learn how Minnesota is building the Bike-Friendly State at the @PedalMN Bike Conference, May 4-5 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis!

See how community leaders, business owners and advocates are getting more people on bikes more often in Minnesota. With more than 4,000 miles of paved trails, endless biking routes, an outstanding mountain biking scene, and one of the nation’s largest bike-share programs, Minnesota offers excellent options for every kind of cyclist.    

Hosted in Minneapolis, currently the second most bike-friendly city in the country, the PedalMN Bike Conference offers firsthand knowledge of how Minnesota communities are creating partnerships, connecting trails, and starting business ventures in pursuit of building the “Bike-Friendly State.” Bicycling promotes and supports local economies, tourism, the environment and healthy lifestyles. 

Register online or contact Will Wlizlo at will@bikemn.org.

For general inquiries, go to dot.state.mn.us/bike or contact Cathy Carlson at 651-757-1871 or catherine.carlson@state.mn.us.

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Earth Day Sprouts Zimride by Enterprise's April Sweepstakes
Posted: 3/24/15

In the month of April, enter to win fun prizes from Zimride by Enterprise at the U of M's private rideshare community, www.zimride.com/umn.

When you register for a new account or sign in to your Zimride profile, log your commutes within the Commute Calendar between April 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015 to enter to win one of 20 prepaid MasterCard Gift Cards ranging from $25 to $100.

Full contest rules, which include prize details, are available online.

Good luck!

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Research Study Looking for Volunteers (Get a Free Rental Car for Weekend)
Posted: 3/24/15

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Carfreelife are looking for people to participate in a market study designed to measure the potential effectiveness of the auto-rental facilities at MSP (Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport) in providing useful services to people living a car-light or car-free lifestyle. 

This study is being administered by University of Minnesota researchers and Carfreelife, a new Minnesota not-for-profit with a mission to promote and facilitate car-light and car-free living in the Twin Cities.

It’s simple to participate:

  1. Sign up
  2. Pick up car at MSP on Friday after work
  3. Bring it back on Sunday afternoon
  4. Tell how it went by completing a short survey on your experience. 

If you are interested, go to carfreelife.org and sign up. 

Participants must be at least 21 years of age; work in downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, University of Minnesota main campus ,or Mall of America area;  commute to work via transit, and are an insured driver of a household car. 

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Attend March 25 Panel Discussion- Minnesota Bicycling: A Work in Progress
Posted: 3/23/15

Come and get involved in a discussion on bike lanes, sharing the road, and planning for the future, led by Lisa Austin, Planning Coordinator with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).

Panelists include: Greta Alquist, bicycle and pedestrian planner, MNDOT; Amber Dallman, physical activitiy coordinator, Minnesota Department of Health; Steve Elmer, planning analyst, Metropolitan Council; Greg Lindsey, professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of M; and Steve Sanders, alternative transportation manager, Parking and Transportation Services, U of M.

This is a free event with a ticket required for registration.

TIME: 6:30 p.m.
DATE: March 25
PLACE: Summit Brewery
,The Ratskeller Community Room,
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul

One complimentary beer (or root beer) and light snacks will be provided.

RSVP and register at z.umn.edu/mnbicycling

This lecture runs in conjunction with the Goldstein Museum of Design's exhibition Design Cycles: A Bike Show.

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MVTA Route 490 Now Serves U of M
Posted: 3/11/15.

Students, staff and faculty living in Prior Lake, Shakopee and surrounding areas may want to know that Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) Route 490 now offers trips to the University of Minnesota. 

Trips begin in Prior Lake and serve Eagle Creek and Southbridge Crossings with three morning (labeled 490U ) and three afternoon trips ( labeled 490)

Details are available in MVTA's newsletter. See the timing and bus stop locations on the 490 route schedule.

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U of M Announces First 'Fast Charger' For Electric Vehicles On Campus
Posted: 01/28/15

Electric vehicle owners now have access to the latest, fast-charging technology on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

Two weeks ago, a new station was installed at the corner of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street, making it one of the first of its kind operating in the state of Minnesota. This station typically re-charges a vehicle’s battery to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

“The U is committed to incorporating sustainability into its teaching, research and outreach and the operations that support them,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We are glad to offer the latest technology in an easily accessible way for those electric vehicle drivers on campus.”

In all, the Minneapolis campus boasts 13 charging stations for electric vehicles – 12   currently inside various public-parking facilities on campus. These stations take an average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Use of all 13 charging stations are free, but the posted parking fee must be paid.

To see where all public electric vehicle charging stations are in the metro area, including the U’s new charger, visit plugshare.com.

For more information on exact locations on the University charging stations, click here.

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Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction
Posted: 11/19/14

Work will begin soon to add additional exit lanes at the Washington Avenue Ramp (Harvard Street SE).  Drivers will see concrete-pouring activities on the right (south) side of the current three exit lanes.

See a drawing of the new exit.

During this construction phase, you can continue to exit as you have been doing. At least two of the three current lanes will remain available at all times.

The contract-only exit onto Beacon Street will not be affected and will remain open.

Completion of the concrete portion of the project is expected by the end of November.  The equipment will be installed around mid-January.

Signs will be posted.

As with all construction projects, this is weather dependent (plans may be delayed or extended if necessary).

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PTS in the News!

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