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2008 Transportation News Archive

University Avenue Down to One Lane, December 29 – January 30
University of Minnesota Ranked in Top 100 Best Fleets in North America
Additional Fare Required for U-Pass & Metropass holders
New Transit Fares Effective October 1
Lot C66 Converts Back to Contract Status

Entrance to Lot 37 Changed for Winter Break, December 19 – January 18
Campus Shuttle Service Changes Slightly For Winter Break
Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service

East Bank Parking Adjusted to Accommodate 12/31 Gopher Men’s Basketball Game

Metro Transit on Reduced Schedule Over Christmas Holiday

University Avenue Lanes Close December 3-4
*Traffic Alert for University Events October 31 - November 2*

Traffic Delays on Oak Street Through November
Beacon Street Closed Until November
Parking and Transportation Services Announces 2008-09 Rates
INTRODUCING EFS!
"M" Bridge Re-Opens
I-35W Bridge Re-Opens
Fall Cleanup Begins Tuesday, October 21 on Minneapolis Streets
University Avenue Lane Closures, November 20-25


University Avenue Down to One Lane, December 29 – January 30
Last Updated: 12/17/08

From December 29 through January 30, two lanes of University Avenue will be closed from the Sports Pavilion to Oak Street for water main work. University Avenue Ramp access will remain open. Access from Walnut Street onto University Avenue will remain open.

This road work may result in periods of congested, slow-moving traffic and could affect patron travel to/from a number of campus events. We advise drivers to avoid that section of University Avenue and recommend one of the following options. At minimum, we encourage you to allow extra travel time.

Option 1
Park in a different part of campus and steer clear of the area altogether. This method will result in a quicker commute to/from athletic games.

Option 2
Bypass traveling on that segment of University Avenue. On the east side, use Huron Boulevard/23rd Avenue and 6th Street SE; or on the west side, use 15th or 17th Avenue and 5th Street SE to access parking at Maroon Lot, Lot 37 and Lot 33. View the East Bank campus map online.

Disability parking for Men’s Basketball and Hockey games is available in Maroon Lot and Lot 58 at the event rate of $10.00.

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University of Minnesota Ranked in Top 100 Best Fleets in North America
Last Updated: 11/4/08

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services made the list for the fourth year in a row as one of The 100 Best Fleets in North America for 2008.

Only four universities from around the country made the list. “We’ll keep trying until we’re number one,” said Bill Roberts, associate director of Parking and Transportation Services. Approximately 14,000 organizations are eligible for this award; 850 applied for this designation.

This nationwide program awards outstanding, peak-performing fleet operations across the country. It was developed and sponsored by industry magazine Fleet Equipment, in publication since 1909; Faster fleet management information and services company, CCG Systems, Inc.; and Tom Johnson, consultant and author.

The goals of the program are three-fold: to identify premier fleet operations for others to emulate, to promote ever-increasing levels of productivity and operational effectiveness through a series of ten seminars, and to promote pride in the industry.

The University of Minnesota has a fleet size of 924 vehicles – mostly cars, vans, trucks and SUVs – including 37 hybrids. Each year, nearly 3.4 million miles are tallied by the 457 vehicles in the central motor pool. As a national leader in converting portions of its fleet to Flexible Fuel Vehicles, the university is one of the greatest users of E85 fuel with over 20,000 gallons pumped each year. Along with its rent and lease services, Fleet Services conducts driver training programs for the university and maintains a full-service shop on campus. Fleet Services is also charged with fulfilling federal mandates concerning commercial vehicle and driver regulations, and Clean Air Act regulations pertaining to alternatively fueled vehicles.

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Additional Fare Required for U-Pass & Metropass holders
Last Updated: 9/29/08

Beginning October 1, U-Pass and Metropass transit riders must pay an additional bus fare for the following three routes:

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New Transit Fares Effective October 1
Last Updated: 9/29/08

Fares for all regional buses and trains increase on October 1. The fare increase is expected to help reduce a projected $15 million budget shortfall for 2009 due to the cost of fuel and lower than expected revenue from motor vehicle sales taxes – a major source of transit funding. See Metro Transit for complete fare details.

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Lot C66 Converts Back to Contract Status
Last Updated: 8/27/08

Beginning Tuesday, September 2, Lot C66 (Como & 29th Ave. SE) will once again be a contract parking lot and no longer serve as a Metro Transit Park 'N Ride location. University offices in the area were notified of the change directly.

UMPD will be monitoring the lot and will ticket vehicles without contract hangtags. If a staff or faculty member is interested in Lot C66 contract parking or other parking lots in the area, please contact PTS at 612-626-7275 or via e-mail.

Contract holders may still use Lot C66 for reciprocal parking, but they MUST call 612-626-7275 with their vehicle license number before parking.

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Entrance to Lot 37 Changed for Winter Break, December 19 – January 18
Last updated: 12/17/08

The entrance into Lot 37 will be temporarily changed during winter break, December 19 – January 18. Patrons will enter through Lot 33 to access Lot 37. Patrons may continue to park anywhere within Lot 37 and exit from the lot directly onto 5th Street SE. Map

During this time period, Lot 37 patrons will pay the parking fee when they enter at the Lot 33 entrance, rather than upon exit. Carpoolers will continue to receive a reduced parking fee of $2.50 if they enter before 9 am. Lot 33 will remain the reciprocity location for St. Paul hangtag contract holders.

As conscientious stewards of University parking revenues, PTS is implementing this temporary change as a cost-savings tactic during a diminished use period.

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Campus Shuttle Service Changes Slightly For Winter Break
Last updated: 12/8/08

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 19 through Monday, January 19 and plan accordingly. 

During the winter break, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes.  The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Blegen Hall at 6:05.  Campus connectors will not run during the evening hours.  There is no weekend or holiday Campus Connector service during the break.

None of the Campus Circulators (St. Paul, East Bank, or Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator) will operate during the winter break.

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays.  Shuttle buses WILL run on a special schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 18 and Monday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 30 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

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Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Last updated: 12/8/08

During Finals Week (Friday, December 12 - Thursday, December 18), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays; Sunday service will not change; and Finals Saturday service will be more frequent than typical.

On Saturday, December 13, campus connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. From 10 p.m. until midnight, the connector will run every 30 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

The East Bank and St. Paul circulators, as well as the Washington Avenue Bridge circulator, will NOT run on Saturday of finals week.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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East Bank Parking Adjusted to Accommodate 12/31 Gopher Men’s Basketball Game
Last Updated: 12/30/08

Due to the move of the Gopher Men’s Basketball game from evening to daytime, Parking and Transportation Services has developed a one-time parking plan for certain East Bank facilities to accommodate both event attendees and regular University drivers.

All East Bank ramps will remain operating on the usual weekday pay-per-hour basis. This includes University Avenue Ramp, 4th Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp and Oak Street Ramp.

At 9 am, surface lots adjacent to Williams Arena will switch to an event rate fee of $10 and convert to pay-enter mode. The following locations will be operating at the event rate:

General event parking will not be available in Lot 51 or Lot 58. Only season disability passes for Lot 58 will be honored.

Disability parking is available in Maroon Lot at the event rate of $10.00 or at an East Bank ramp at the pay-per-hour rate.

University contract holders in any affected location will maintain normal access to their particular facility.

View the East Bank campus map to locate parking options and plan your route.

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Metro Transit on Reduced Schedule Over Christmas Holiday
Last Updated: 12/17/08

Metro Transit will be running their service on a reduced holiday schedule, December 24-26. Of particular interest to the University community, Routes 111, 113, 114, 114, 118, 152, 272 and 652 will not be running on those days. For full information on schedule changes, visit Metro Transit.

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University Avenue Lanes Close December 3-4
Last updated: 12/3/08

Beginning at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 3, two lanes of University Avenue will be closed from the Sports Pavilion to Oak Street for water main work. The lanes are scheduled to be reopened by 7 pm Thursday, December 4.

This road work will result in periods of congested, slow-moving traffic. If possible, we advise drivers to avoid that section of University Avenue and encourage you to allow extra travel time.

Access to and from the University Avenue Ramp will remain open. Access from Walnut Street will also remain open.

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*Traffic Alert for University Events October 31 - November 2*
Last Updated:10/29/08

This weekend, access along Oak Street, north of University Avenue, will be drastically reduced. Currently, the road between University Avenue and 5th Street is limited to one lane in each direction. Beginning at 10 pm on Friday, October 31 until 5 am on Monday, November 2, Oak Street between 4th and 5th Streets, will be completely closed to traffic in both directions.

This road work may result in periods of congested, slow-moving traffic and could affect patron travel to/from a number of weekend events:

We advise drivers to avoid that section of Oak Street and recommend one of the following options. At minimum, we encourage you to allow extra travel time.

Option 1
Park in a different part of campus and steer clear of the area altogether. This method will result in a quicker commute to/from the game.

Option 2
Bypass traveling on that segment of Oak Street. On the east side, use Huron Boulevard/23rd Avenue and 6th Street SE; or on the west side, use 15th or 17th Avenue and 5th Street SE to access parking at Lot 37 and Lot 33. View the East Bank campus map.

Disability parking is available in Maroon Lot and Lot 58 at the event rate of $10.00.

Shuttle buses from campus serving the Gopher football game on Saturday will continue on their normal routes.

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Traffic Delays on Oak Street Through November
Last Updated: 8/20/08

Beginning Monday, August 25, construction will commence on Oak Street between 4th and 6th Streets SE for Metropolitan Council sanitary sewer work. The work will be done while the road remains open, but expect occasional delays. Work is scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2008.

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Beacon Street Closed Until November
Last Updated: 7/24/08

Starting on Monday, July 28, sewer reconstruction work will close Beacon Street for one block between Oak and Ontario Streets. The meters will also be temporarily removed. This project should be completed and the area re-opened around November 1.

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Parking and Transportation Services Announces 2008-09 Rates
Last Updated: 6/18/08

As a self-supporting department, PTS maintains all parking facilities for the Twin Cities campus, as well as all bridges, walkways and the campus shuttle bus system. Each year, PTS examines its rates in order to create a responsible and fair budget.

In response to inflationary costs, including unprecedented fuel prices, and in order to continue offering high quality programs and service, some parking rates will see minimal increases this coming year.

Even with challenging conditions, rate increases have been kept at a low level - from twenty-five cents for hourly parking to, at most, a $5.25 monthly hike for contract parking. PTS will continue to explore solutions that will have minimal impact upon our customers.

Parking Rates in effect July 1
Daily rate $3.75 and $6.00 (no increase and increase of 50¢)
Carpool rate $2.50 (no increase)
Off-Peak rate $6.00 (increase of 50¢)
Hourly rate $3.00 – 1st hour (increase of 25¢)
$6.00 – 1-2 hours (increase of 25¢)
[Rates for 2+ hours will not increase]

Contract Parking Rates in effect October 1
Surface Lots $65.50 full-time, $34.00 evening
(up $2.00 and $1.50 per month)
Ramps $97.25 full-time, $74.00 evening
(up $4.25 and $3.00 per month)
Garages $127.25 full-time, $97.00 evening
(up $5.25 and $4.00 per month)
Reserved, Student Remote and Motorcycle contracts are also available. All contract holders will be sent detailed information on contract rates in September.

Bus Pass Rates
We are currently in negotiation with Metro Transit on a new contract and will announce bus pass rates at a later date.


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INTRODUCING EFS! Where 7 equals 15… or more.
Last Updated: 6/12/08

What is it? The University is switching from CUFS to a new financial system called EFS (Enterprise Financial System).

When does it happen? July 1, 2008

Who is affected? Everyone who orders goods or services from another University department.

Give Me the Details:

Follow 3 easy steps to keep the U running smoothly and efficiently.

  1. Plan ahead for the change-over date.
  2. Talk to your department finance person.
  3. Know your new numbers.

For detailed information on EFS, visit www.finsys.umn.edu.

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"M" Bridge Re-Opens
Last Updated: 9/23/08

The "M" footbridge – spanning the railroad track near Roy Wilkins Hall – reopened on Monday, September 22. The “M” bridge is for pedestrians and bicycles only - no vehicles are allowed.

The bridge was closed last February after a City of Minneapolis inspection found the bridge needed repairs. After seven months, repair work has been completed and support ballards have been added.

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I-35W Bridge Re-Opens
Last Updated:9/15/08

The new Interstate 35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge is scheduled to re-open at 5 am on Thursday, September 18. Motorists can expect the following changes to local roads:

For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Updated travel information is available 24-hours per day at www.511mn.org or by calling 511.

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Fall Cleanup Begins Tuesday, October 21 on Minneapolis Streets
Last Updated:10/17/08

The annual curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection in Minneapolis begins Tuesday, October 21. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so workers can perform their task.

The first signs will be posted Monday, October 20, and sweeping will begin the next day. Car that are not moved will be ticketed and towed. If you live in Minneapolis, watch for them in your neighborhood.

During the five weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean up about 1,100 miles of city streets.
For more information on the fall street sweep and to track when your street will be swept, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/streetsweep/

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*University Avenue Lane Closures, November 20-25*
Last Updated: 11/21/08

Beginning at 6 pm on Thursday, November 20, two lanes of University Avenue will be closed from the Sports Pavilion to Oak Street for water main work. The lanes will remain closed through the weekend and re-open either late Monday or Tuesday morning, depending upon work conditions.

This road work may result in periods of congested, slow-moving traffic and could affect patron travel to/from a number of weekend events on campus.

We advise drivers to avoid that section of University Avenue and recommend one of the following options. At minimum, we encourage you to allow extra travel time.

Option 1
Park in a different part of campus and steer clear of the area altogether. This method will result in a quicker commute to/from the game.

Option 2
Bypass traveling on that segment of University Avenue. On the east side, use Huron Boulevard/23rd Avenue and 6th Street SE; or on the west side, use 15th or 17th Avenue and 5th Street SE to access parking at Maroon Lot, Lot 37 and Lot 33. View the East Bank campus map online.

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