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2010 Transportation News Archive

Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Weisman Art Museum Pedestrian Bridge Deck Closes 11/1/10 - 1/16/11
Washington Avenue Lane Restrictions Start Dec. 27
Delaware Entrance to East River Road Garage Closed For 1 Week
East River Road "Loop Road" Closed 1/3-7
No Express Bus Route Service During U Winter Closure
Fleet Services Closes For University Winter Closure
University Meters Not Enforced During University Winter Closure
University Closes For Ten Days in December
Ride To Rewards Transit Program Launched
Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
PTS Plows Residence Hall Parking Lots Dec 7 - Students Move Cars
Washington Avenue Lane Closures on November 17
Roadwork Closes Area By Education Sciences Building
East River Road 'Loop Road' Re-Opens
Parking and Transportation Services named Transit System of Year by Minnesota Public Transit Association
Moped Parking Changes On Campus
NEW! West Bank Reciprocal Parking Location Added For Keycard Holders
Washington Avenue Closure For Week of October 4
Ramp From Northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street Closes Nov. 2 - Plus Northbound I-35W Lane Closures on Bridge
I-35W lane closures in Minneapolis scheduled for Oct. 9-11
U of M to Participate in "PARK(ing) Day" Event on September 17
July Changes - East River Road Construction In Full Force
East River Parkway "Loop Road" Closes May 17
Franklin Avenue Bridge Closes August 31 For Three Days
Campus Shuttles Run More For Welcome Week
Minnesota State Fair Affects Campus Starting Aug 26
Pleasant Street Closes August 9 Between Arlington Street & Washington Avenue
Bridge Closure Schedule For Summer
Franklin Avenue & East River Parkway Intersection Improvements Start
Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Construction Work On Cleveland Starts August 2
Weekend I-94 Closure Scheduled For July 9-12; Ramp From Southbound Hwy 280 to Eastbound I-94 Closes July 6-12
Parking Meters Near Comstock Hall Closed for July
Second Eastbound I-94 Closure July 23-26 In St. Paul
Interstate Closures For Weekend of July 16
Pedestrian "M" Bridge Closed Through July
I-35W closes for 5th Street ramp project
University of Minnesota Named Silver Bicycle Friendly Business
by League of American Bicyclists

Walkway Over Washington Avenue Bridge Closed 6/22-30
6/17 Road Alert at Fourth Street and 17th Avenue
Attend Public Hearing on 33rd Avenue SE & Talmage Avenue Reconstruction
Summer U-Pass On Sale NOW!
Know and Use Your Summer Transportation Options
Attend Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment to Campus Moped Use
Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Roadway Along 21st Avenue SE Closed April 21-22
Second Hybrid Bus Added to Campus Shuttle Service, Starting Monday, March 29
Toyota Recall Does Not Affect U of M Vehicles
New Technology May Track Bicycling Commutes
Short Delays Possible on East River Road From April 14-21
15th Avenue will be closed between University Avenue and 4th Street on Saturday, April 17
Road Closed Near Weisman Art Museum Wednesday Through Friday
Minnesota State High School League Tournaments Affect Campus Parking
New Express Bus Service Starts From Southdale To Campus


Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Last updated: 11/8/10

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Thursday, December 22 through Friday, January 15. 

On Thursday, December 23, 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. 

From Friday, December 24 through Sunday, January 2, there will be NO campus shuttle service due to University holidays and the unique 2010 furlough closing the U.

From Monday, January 3 through Monday, January 17, Campus Connector buses will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes Monday through Friday.  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 or on the weekends. 

As a reminder, 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 16 and Monday, January 17 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 40 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

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Weisman Art Museum Pedestrian Bridge Deck Closes 11/1/10 - 1/16/11
Last updated: 11/1/10

On Monday, November 1, the pedestrian bridge deck will close in front of the Weisman Museum to accommodate scaffolding erection for the new gallery brick veneer.

Immediately following the completion of brick veneer, the contractor will begin construction of the new stainless steel canopy from the new North gallery over the pedestrian bridge deck. This work requires the bridge deck to be closed until January 16, 2011.

While the bridge deck is closed, pedestrians will be directed by signs in front of the Science Teaching and Student Services Building.

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Washington Avenue Lane Restrictions Start Dec. 27
Updated:12/21/10; 12/22/10

Starting on December 27, Washington Avenue will have lane restrictions due to light rail work. This project could last three weeks.

Westbound Washington Avenue from Church Street to Pleasant Street will be reduced to one lane.

Eastbound Washington Avenue will be reduced to one lane at both the intersection of Washington Ave & Walnut Street and at the intersection of Washington Ave & Huron Boulevard.

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Delaware Entrance to East River Road Garage Closed For 1 Week
Updated:12/21/10

Starting January 3, the Delaware entrance to East River Road Garage will be closed for one week, due to maintenance work on level "A" of the garage.

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East River Road "Loop Road" Closed 1/3-7
Updated:12/21/10; 1/7/11

Update: The Weisman Loop Road re-opened to traffic on Thursday, January 6 at 2 p.m.

Beginning on Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 7, the loop road behind the Weisman Art Museum from Washington Avenue SE to East River Parkway will be temporarily closed. The closure is to safely dismantle and remove the Weisman Art Museum tower crane. 

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No Express Bus Route Service During U Winter Closure
Updated:12/10/10

During the U's closure from December 24 until January 2, the direct U of M bus routes (111,113, 114, 115, 118, 252, 272, 579 and 652) will not operate. Local bus routes (16, 50, etc.) will continue to operate as scheduled.

Please view Metro Transit's online Trip Planner or call the Metro Transit Information Line at 612-373-3333 for assistance finding other routes that may work for your needs.

As a reminder, the campus shuttle buses will not run during this time. See the winter break schedule previously posted.

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Fleet Services Closes For University Winter Closure
Updated: 12/3/10

During the University Winter Closure, Fleet Services will be CLOSED (both the office and the pickup area). If anyone needs to rent a vehicle, it must be picked up on or before Thursday, December 23. Operations will re-open on Monday, January 3.

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University Meters Not Enforced During University Winter Closure
Updated: 12/1/10

University meters will not be enforced during the University shutdown starting Friday, December 24 through Sunday, January 2.

These meters are not enforced on Sundays or official University holidays (December 24, 27, and 31), but will not be enforced during the furlough days of December 28, 29, and 30 as well.

Warning! This applies to "University of Minnesota" meters on campus. Other meters like the City of Minneapolis meters or Park Board meters will require a parker to pay the meter on furlough days. Read the front of the meter to detemine who controls that particular parking space.

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University Closes For Ten Days in December
Updated: 12/1/10

Closing the University of Minnesota for one week is a complicated task. It affects everyone in our system, and it impacts each of us in different ways.  The Twin Cities campus will be closed from December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

The closure period includes two weekends, official holidays on December 24 and 31, and a floating holiday on December 27. In addition, the closure includes three furlough days, December 28-30, for all Civil Service and Bargaining Unit employees.

Parking and Transportation Services will not be issuing a refund or discount to parking contract holders or bus pass purchasers. Bus passes will work throughout the transit system on these days.  Parking access will still be available for all contract holders to use. Some essential personnel will still be reporting for work (like researchers and hospital clinic staff).

Select facilities will be attended in conjunction with Athletic events.

The University wants to make sure that every member of our community has the information needed to plan accordingly; check online if you have additional questions.

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Ride To Rewards Transit Program Launched
Last updated: 11/11/10

On November 2, Metro Transit announced their new free Ride to Rewards program, in which transit customers earn points for bus and train rides they take with a qualifying transit pass.

Points accrue on Metro Transit and suburban transit providers alike. Points can be converted to ride value or redeemed for gift cards that can be used like cash. For more information, visit Metro Transit.

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Fall Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Last updated: 11/8/10

During Finals Week (Thursday, December 16 - Wednesday, December 22), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays; Sunday service will not change; and Finals Saturday service will be more frequent than usual.

On Saturday, December 18, 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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PTS Plows Residence Hall Parking Lots Dec 7 - Students Move Cars
Updated: 12/6/10

Residence hall students with parking contracts need to move their vehicles to alternate overnight parking so that PTS can snow plow the surface lots. Vehicles that are not moved will be plowed in place.

EAST BANK:

ST. PAUL CAMPUS:

Please follow these procedures:

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

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Washington Avenue Lane Closures on November 17

On Wednesday, November 17, the University will run some tests measuring construction vibration along Washington Avenue.

This means one lane will be closed eastbound on Washington Avenue from the Coffman bus stop to Harvard Stree from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

One lane will be closed westbound on Washington Avenue from Union Street to the Washington Avenue bridge from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Motorists should expect traffic delays on that morning. We appreciate your patience.

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Roadwork Closes Area By Education Sciences Building
Last Updated: 11/10/10

The service road on the west side of the Education Sciences Building will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11/9 - 11/18 so that restoration work can be completed for the electrical infrastructure project.
 
Pedestrians will still be able to circulate through the area by using the stairway adjacent to the building (bicyclists will need to dismount).

Vehicular access to the Education Sciences Building lower level service area will be maintained from the service drive that runs east-west parallel to the railroad tracks.

Signs will be posted.

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East River Road 'Loop Road' Re-Opens
Last updated: 11/9/10

A major section of East River Road on the University of Minnesota campus reopened today after being closed over the summer for utility work.

• East River Road is now open from Arlington Street, around the south end of campus to Fulton Street.

• Delaware Street -- the loop road around the Weisman Art Museum to East River Road -- is also open.

• East River Road remains closed from Arlington Street north to University Avenue. Work on that section of the road is scheduled to be done in the coming weeks.

Campus traffic has been impacted since May by a variety of construction projects including Advanced Traffic Improvements associated with the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit, utility work by the U of M, construction on the Weisman Art Museum and river bluff stabilization by the Minneapolis Park Board.

New challenges will arise next spring as Washington Avenue is closed and the Metropolitan Council begins work in earnest on the Central Corridor LRT line.

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Parking and Transportation Services named Transit System of Year by Minnesota Public Transit Association
Last updated: 9/15/10

Parking and Transportation Services at the University of Minnesota has just been announced as the Transit System of the Year by the Minnesota Public Transit Association (MPTA).

In 2009-10, the University of Minnesota transported more than 3.9 million riders and sold more than 41,000 U-Passes to students.  These programs reduce vehicle miles travelled by an estimated 50,000 per day.

Each year, MPTA recognizes outstanding transit programs and individuals deserving recognition for their professional efforts and achievements. 2010 marks the 28th anniversary of the Minnesota Public Transit Association Awards.

Award recipients were honored at the MPTA Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the annual conference on September 13 in Rochester, Minnesota. 

The Transit System of the Year award is presented to an organization that has demonstrated achievement in efficiency and effectiveness including ridership, cost, safety, maintenance proficiency, agency policy and administration and the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives.

Past winners have included: Duluth Transit Authority (2009); SouthWest Transit, Eden Prairie (2008); Paul Bunyan Transit, Bemidji (2007); Pipestone County Transit (2006) and St Cloud Metro Bus (2005).

With more than 60 membership organizations, MPTA speaks out for transit systems and transit riders across the State of Minnesota by advocating for high-quality transit service that is accessible and available to everyone. Their mission is to support transportation alternatives that improve the quality of life for people in communities large and small, urban, suburban and rural.

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Moped Parking Changes On Campus
Last Updated: 8/27/10

The number of mopeds on campus has boomed in recent years and, over the summer, the Board of Regents amended the University’s Traffic Regulation Ordinances to officially address mopeds.

Mopeds now will have designated parking areas that can be used with a FREE sticker from the University of Minnesota Police Department.

Learn more about these changes before fall semester starts.

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NEW! West Bank Reciprocal Parking Location Added For Keycard Holders
Last Updated: 4/30/10 - updated 10/14/10 in red

Update: Contract holders will have access to 21st Avenue Ramp, but Lot
C86 will no longer be used for reciprocal parking, effective Monday, October 11, 2010.

Effective Monday, May 3, 2010, PTS offers additional daytime reciprocity parking space in the 21st Avenue Ramp for keycard parking contract holders.

The existing reciprocal space provided at Lot C-86 and the WBOB ramp will remain available as options.

As a gentle reminder, reciprocal parking is accessible on a space available basis and is not guaranteed. Reciprocal parking is intended for occasional, short-term use and not as a permanent contract location.

If your main work location has moved from the East Bank or the St. Paul campus to the West Bank, please contact PTS customer service (phone: 612-626-PARK or e-mail: pts@umn.edu) regarding a permanent transfer of your parking contract to the West Bank.

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Washington Avenue Closure For Week of October 4
Last updated: 10/1/10

Starting on Monday, October 4, westbound Washington Avenue will be closed under 19th and Cedar Avenue. The detour will take vehicles up the Cedar Avenue access ramp, continuing west across Cedar Avenue, and returning to Washington Avenue via the Washington access ramp.

Eastbound Washington Avenue will be reduced to a single lane from the Cedar Avenue access ramp to the Washington Avenue access ramp.

Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy are working to relocate and upgrade utility lines that are underground on the West Bank of Minneapolis near Cedar Avenue and Washington Avenue. This work will require lane restrictions, road closures, and traffic detours. Xcel Energy utility work will continue depending on weather into early 2011.

For construction questions, call the 24 Hour Construction Hotline at 651-602-1404.

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Ramp From Northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street Closes Nov. 2 - Plus Northbound I-35W Lane Closures on Bridge
Last updated: 11/1/10

Motorists will experience delays on northbound I-35W at the Saint Anthony Falls Bridge as lane and ramp closures take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 2.

The ramp from northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street will close, as well the right lane and right and left auxiliary lanes on northbound I-35W between Washington Avenue and University Avenue.

The closures are needed as crews make concrete pavement repairs on the ramp from northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street. The ramp should reopen by 3 p.m.

For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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I-35W lane closures in Minneapolis scheduled for Oct. 9-11
Last updated: 10/6/10 --- Updated: 10/8/10 in red

Motorists may experience delays on both directions of the I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge spanning the Mississippi River Oct. 9-11 as crews conduct routine deck sealing maintenance.

The following lane and ramp closures will take place:

NOTE: Motorists will also encounter a full closure of I-35W this weekend at I-694. For more information, please visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/news/10/10/5-i35warden.html.

For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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U of M to Participate in "PARK(ing) Day" Event on September 17
Last updated: 9/15/10

In cities around the globe, artists, activists and citizens temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."

On Friday, September 17, the University of Minnesota will join in this event through the Campus Life Program, Students for Design Activism (affiliated with the Dept of Landscape Architecture). This will be their kick off event for the year.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a metered parking spot near Rapson Hall and the Fieldhouse will be converted to a temporary "park" (think potted shrubs, picnic blanket, sod or astro turf).

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2009 included more than 700 “PARK” installations in more than 140 cities in 21 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe, including the first-ever PARK installation in Tehran, Iran.

PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” invention built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions. More information about the U of M event can be found at the U's PARK(ing) Day profile. More information regarding a global map of all participating cities are available at parkingday.org.

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July Changes - East River Road Construction In Full Force
Last Updated: 07/01/10

On Tuesday, July 6, East River Road will close to through-traffic between the north side of Arlington Street and the Weisman Art Museum Garage parking entrance to make room for a number of construction and utility projects.

The bike and pedestrian path on the west side of East River Road will also close and the work is expected to add to the traffic congestion and delays across campus.

The work is the first phase in a series of projects that are expected to extend into Fall Semester.

There will be access to the East River Road Garage and the Weisman Art Museum Garage, but not from the north. Detour and warning signs will be posted. The detour follows University Avenue to Oak Street to Fulton St onto East River Road.

NOTE: East River Road will be reduced to one lane west of Harvard St. by the hospital loading dock area. The lane reduction is expected to last two weeks. Two-way traffic will still be allowed.

PLAN AHEAD AND ALLOW FOR EXTRA TIME IN YOUR COMMUTE.

These closures are necessary to accommodate construction and utility work by three different agencies. The work includes the installation of an electrical duct bank and storm sewer by the University of Minnesota, advanced traffic improvements associated with the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line, and stabilization of the Mississippi River Bank by the Minneapolis Park Board.

In all construction zones on and around campus, please keep safety in mind.

Stay Out of Construction Areas: Orange construction fencing, barrels and barriers are there for your safety. Please obey them. The potential for injury isn't worth the few minutes you'll save cutting through a construction site.

Slow Down: On your bike or in your car, please slow down in construction areas. Keep an eye out for workers, vehicles and equipment.

Stay Alert: Whether walking, driving or biking in construction areas, pay attention. Hang up your phone, turn off your iPod, and be fully aware of the conditions around you.

For more information on construction around campus, please visit lightrail.umn.edu.

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East River Parkway "Loop Road" Closes May 17
Last updated: 5/5/10

Due to renovations at the Weisman Art Museum, the "Loop Road" around the museum to East River Parkway will be closed beginning on Monday, May 17.

The road is expected to be closed for the entire summer.

Signs should be in place in advance. The detour is along Washington Avenue SE, south on Oak St. SE, and west on East River Parkway.

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Franklin Avenue Bridge Closes August 31 For Three Days
Last Updated: 8/27/10

Hennepin County will be milling and overlaying the intersection of Franklin Avenue SE, East River Road and 27th Avenue SE. The Franklin Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed to all traffic during this work.

Work begins at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31. It starts back up at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1 and is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 2.

A signed detour will be in place using 26th Avenue S. to Lake Street E. into St. Paul to Cretin Avenue to Vandalia Street to University Avenue SE.

For more information, please contact the county representative, Eric Drager, at 612-596-0309.

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Campus Shuttles Run More For Welcome Week
Last Updated: 8/20/10

For the 5,000+ new freshman coming to campus, Welcome Week is their introduction to the U.

The week-long event starts Wednesday, September 1 and goes through Monday, September 6. To help move everyone around during Welcome Week, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours.

The schedule will be posted at the bus stops and is outlined below:

Monday, Aug. 30 7 am - 9 pm every 15 minutes
Tuesday, Aug. 31 7 am - 9 pm every 15 minutes
Wednesday, Sept. 1 7 am - 9 pm every 15 minutes
Thursday, Sept. 2 7 am - 1 am every 15 minutes
Friday, Sept. 3 7 - 8 am every 15 minutes
  8 am - 6 pm every 5 minutes
  6 pm - 10 pm every 15 minutes
  10 pm - 2:15 am every 20 minutes
Saturday, Sept. 4 8 am - 9 pm every 15 minutes
  9 pm - midnight every 20 minutes
Sunday, Sept. 5 8 am - 6 pm every 15 minutes
  6 pm - midnight every 20 minutes
Monday, Sept. 6 9:30 am - midnight every 20 minutes

Circulators will not be running during this time period.

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Minnesota State Fair Affects Campus Starting Aug 26
Last Updated: 08/23/10

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 26 and runs through Monday, September 6. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

If you need to drive to campus, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the suggested parking alternatives in your area. Be sure to carry your U Card. You will need it to receive the University rate at public parking facilities.

Contract reciprocal parking and public parking are both affected by the State Fair. View how you're affected online.

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Pleasant Street Closes August 9 Between Arlington Street & Washington Avenue
Last Updated: 08/06/10

Starting on Monday, August 9, Pleasant Street will close to all traffic between Arlington Street and Washington Avenue. The work is expected to end around Wednesday, August 25.

The closure is necessary to accommodate advanced traffic improvements associated with the Central Corridor Light Rail.

At the Pillsbury circle, drivers will encounter an orange traffic sign saying “Road Closed – No Thru Traffic.”  Northrop Auditorium Garage contract parkers will be able to drive around the sign to get to the entrance of their garage. Delivery drivers will be able to access the Johnston Hall loading dock.

Drivers may find extra congestion in the Johnston Hall area at certain times during the next few weeks. All deliveries to the six buildings closer toward Washington Avenue (Fraser, Appleby, STSS, Kolthoff, Smith and Walter Library) will be stopping at the Johnston Hall loading dock. .

We ask for the University community's patience and encourage all to plan for extra commuting time during this busier-than-usual summer of construction.

If you have questions, please call PTS at 612-626-PARK.

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Bridge Closure Schedule For Summer

The Camden Ave. Bridge, LaSalle Ave. Bridge, Chicago Ave. Bridge and the 5th Street ramp bridges over I-35W and the Light Rail (from westbound I-94) in Minneapolis will be closed for rehabilitation.

These projects will extend the lifespan of the bridges and ramp, offer a smoother ride and enhance safety.

Each project will require a full weekend closure of I-94 and/or I-35W in order to remove the decks of the bridges above the interstate.
Overnight, temporary lane closures on the interstates beneath each bridge may also be required during each project
 
Schedule

For more information, visit MNDOT's website.

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Franklin Avenue & East River Parkway Intersection Improvements Start

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are ready to implement the Traffic Management Plan developed for the Franklin Avenue/27th Avenue SE/East River Parkway intersection.

The changes will improve the operation and safety of the intersection to better serve existing users (pedestrians, bikes and motor vehicles) and traffic pattern changes anticipated due to construction of the Central
Corridor Light Rail Transit line.

Features of the plan include:

Construction Schedule - Preparation for improvements has begun with relocation of power poles on Franklin Avenue. The project will be constructed through the coordinated efforts of the county, city and a private contractor. A general sequence of events is planned as follows:

Project representatives will coordinate with property owners and residents to maintain access. The intersection will remain open to traffic during construction but traffic delays may occur. Some operations may require short term closures – advance notice will be provided to the extent possible.

The intersection, including all vehicle and bike lanes, sidewalks and trail crossings is planned to be fully operational by Labor Day. Fine tuning of the new traffic signal and final clean-up and restoration activities will continue during September.

Metro Transit Route 8 – The westbound bus stop on Franklin Avenue at 27th Street SE will be temporarily taken out of service from approximately July 26 through August 31. Westbound riders should use the stop on Franklin at East River Terrace (by St. Frances Cabrini Church). The eastbound stop on Franklin at 27th Street SE will stay in service.

For More Information – go online or contact Jeff Rhoda, Project Engineer, SEH Inc.; 952-912-2615 or James Grube, Hennepin County Department of Transportation; 612-596-0300.

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Last Updated: 5/3/10; 6/14/10

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 17 through Friday, June 11, 2010 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus out of Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 31, 2010 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 6 (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 9 through Tuesday, August 31, 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 Blegen Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, July 5 for the 4th of July holiday.

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

Campus Circulator
(St. Paul, East Bank and Washington Avenue Bridge)
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 17 – Friday, June 11.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 14 (no service on Monday, July 5) and ends again on Friday, August 6.

The circulator service will not run from Saturday, August 7 through Monday, September 6.

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Construction Work On Cleveland Starts August 2

From August 2 through August 13, the City of St. Paul will be involved in a construction project (mill/overlay/sewer work) on Cleveland Avenue between Como and Larpenteur Avenues.

The street will remain open to traffic during this project. For the first week, vehicles will be allowed northbound on Cleveland Avenue ONLY.  Southbound traffic on Cleveland will be detoured to Raymond Avenue during this time. 

Parking in the immediate area will be restricted and posted 24 hours in advance.

Expect the area to be congested and plan for extra travelling time. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation with this project.

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Weekend I-94 Closure Scheduled For July 9-12; Ramp From Southbound Hwy 280 to Eastbound I-94 Closes July 6-12

This is the first of four I-94 weekend closures in St. Paul.

Eastbound I-94 between Hwy 280 and I-35E will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, July 9 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 12. Detours will direct you to northbound Hwy 280, eastbound Hwy 36 and southbound I-35E around the closure. Westbound I-94 will remain open that weekend.

These closures are part of the I-94 resurfacing project in St. Paul and are necessary as the roadway is resurfaced. Each direction will require two weekend closures. The currently-scheduled dates for the other weekend closures are:

· July 23-26: eastbound I-94
· July 30-August 2: westbound I-94
· August 6-9: westbound I-94

Additionally, the ramp from southbound Hwy 280 to eastbound I-94 will close from 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 6 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 12. To access eastbound I-94, drivers will be detoured to University Ave. and then to the ramp at Cretin Ave./Vandalia Street (although drivers won't be able to access it during next weekend's closure).

For additional information about the project, please visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94resurfacing/index.html.

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Parking Meters Near Comstock Hall Closed for July
Last Updated: 07/01/10

The parking meters and disability parking space near Comstock Hall will be unavailable until the end of July, due to the re-building of the retaining wall.

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Second Eastbound I-94 Closure July 23-26 In St. Paul

Eastbound I-94 between Highway 280 and I-35E will close again from 10 p.m. Friday, July 23 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 26.

The detour route will be the same (Hwy 280 north to Hwy 36 east to I-35E south and back to I-94). The closure allows crews to complete resurfacing and repairs to eastbound I-94.

Westbound I-94 will remain open this weekend. However, please note that westbound work is coming up next. The scheduled dates for full closures of westbound I-94 are still July 30-August 2 and August 6-9.

Visit MNDOT online for more information about this I-94 resurfacing project in St. Paul.

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Interstate Closures For Weekend of July 16

Starting at 10 p.m. on July 16 until 5 a.m., July 19, both I-94 and I-35W will be closed at Chicago Avenue.  

The detour route for I-94 is to follow I-694 to I-35W to Hwy 280.

The detour route for I-35W, is to take I-94 to I-694 (southbound I-35W open to Hwy 55).

Access to downtown Minneapolis will be available during the weekend closures. Options include:

For more information, visit MNDOT's website.

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Pedestrian "M" Bridge Closed Through July
Last Updated: 6/28/10

The "M" bridge has been re-opened - 7/15/10

The pedestrian bridge between East Eiver Road and University Avenue is closed through the end of July in connection with the demolition of the Music Education Building.

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I-35W closes for 5th Street ramp project
Last Updated: 6/21/10

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) has announced some closures affecting I-35W. An outline is shown below:

- Overnight lane closures on I-35W next week, June 21-24
- 5th Street ramp to close at 8 p.m.on June 25 until July 31
- Ramps to southbound I-35W between Hwy 280 and I-94 to close beginning at 9 p.m. on June 25
- FULL CLOSURE of I-35W from 10 p.m., June 25, until 5:30 a.m., June 28. Motorists will be detoured around the closures using I-94 and Hwy 280.
- Overnight lane closures on I-35W from June 28 until July 2

During the full weekend closure, there will be signs on eastbound I-94 advising motorists to use Huron Boulevard to get to the U of M, as well as signs on southbound Hwy 280 advising motorists to use University Avenue to get to the U.

For more information, please visit MNDOT.

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University of Minnesota Named Silver Bicycle Friendly Business
by League of American Bicyclists

Last Updated: 4/22/10

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus was awarded the Silver designation award as a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) during a national bike summit in Washington, D.C. last month. bike award

The University of Minnesota makes bicycling an easy option for transportation and provides many conveniences like bike paths, lanes, racks, lockers as well as promotes specialized programs like the Helmets and Headlights safety program and Guaranteed Ride Home back-up program.

 “The University promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation and gives its employees choices and options that make biking to work a real alternative,” said Steve Sanders, Parking and Transportation Services’ bicycle coordinator.  “We make a difference in our community.”

Companies across the country are realizing that getting their employees biking – either to or from work, in course of work, or even in their own time – is good for business. When bicycling is infused in a company’s culture, great things happen: reduced health care costs; more productive employees; improved worker and customer satisfaction; smaller carbon footprint; and increased corporate social responsibility.

The official announcement was made at the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 9. The announcement, the fourth time BFB winners have been named since the program's inception in 2008, marks the ongoing success of the program and continued momentum amongst businesses to provide a more bike-friendly environment.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information about the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.


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Walkway At Washington Avenue Bridge Closed 6/22-30
Last Updated: 6/21/10

The pedestrian connection from the Washington Avenue bridge to Coffman Memorial Union will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 30, due to the replacement of the structural slab in front of the Weisman Art Museum.

Please use the sidewalk on the south side of Kolthoff Hall to get to the west side pedestrian bridge (at Northrop Mall). Walkers can cross over Washington Avenue there for access to Coffman.

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6/17 Road Alert at Fourth Street and 17th Avenue
Last Updated: 6/15/10

On Thursday, June 17, the intersection at 4th Street and 17th Avenue will be an all way stop, due to signal work. It should be operational again after 3 p.m.

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Attend Public Hearing on 33rd Avenue SE & Talmage Avenue Reconstruction
Last Updated: 6/11/10

The City of Minneapolis is preparing to reconstruct 33rd Avenue SE between Como Avenue SE and Hennepin Avenue as well as Talmage Avenue between 29th and 33rd Avenues SE.

The project will include new pavement, with new curb and gutter, sidewalk, streetscape elements and utility work as needed. The project is planned to be constructed during the 2011 and 2012 construction seasons.

A public meeting to discuss the project scope is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16 at the City of Minneapolis Currie Maintenance Facility, 1200 Currie Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

The goal of the public meeting is to identify the current road use and future consideration for the road design.

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Engelmann by phone at 612-673-3274 or by e-mail at Chris.Engelmann@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.

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Summer U-Pass On Sale NOW!

Summer's here, but getting around the Twin Cities is still a big deal for a lot of students. As long as you took a class for credit in spring, you're eligible to buy a summer U-Pass.

U-Pass provides you with unlimited rides on all regular route Twin Cities buses and the Hiawatha light rail line. It's just $97 for the whole summer.

Summer passes run May 16 – August 29, 2010.

Place your order online for summer semester and charges will be automatically posted to your student account.

For complete information on U-Pass, visit PTS online. If you have questions, contact the U-Pass Coordinator at 612-624-1523 or e-mail buspass@umn.edu.

Discover the summer value of U-Pass today.

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Know and Use Your Summer Transportation Options

In addition to the U-Pass (see story above), the University encourages other transportation options for the summer months as well.

Bicyclists

Help make campus a safer place for everyone. Please follow the bike safety rules:

- Never ride on campus sidewalks (unless designated as a bike lane with pavement markings).
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Always ride with traffic. On bike lanes, watch for designated areas to dismount and walk your bike.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Use headlights and reflectors at night. They are required by Minnesota law.
- Rent a completely-enclosed bike locker to keep your bike safe from theft and guarantee your parking spot.
- Lock your bike with a cable as well as a U-lock to deter theft.
- Never lock your bike to a handrail, trees, fences, bus shelters, or patio furniture or it may be confiscated.
- Abandoned bikes will be tagged and removed.

Find more campus biking information online, including the U's Helmets and Headlights program.

Summer Parking Contracts

Students looking for a summer parking contract can purchase one at the PTS office (Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE).

These summer contracts go on sale starting on Monday, May 3. The dates are flexible, but must be consecutive days between May 16 and September 6. Also, the contract must be a minimum of two weeks long. The cost is determined based on the type of facility and number of days.

The commuter parking locations available are:

Residence hall students will be assigned parking based on their hall location.

Zimride

Whether you want to share a ride to campus, home for the weekend, or anywhere else, you can find matches on Zimride! Connect with others interested in sharing the ride.

Zipcar

Zipcar members can use Zipcars for running errands over lunch or getting around on days when the weather takes a turn for the worse. For only $35 a year, get access to Zipcars conveniently located on each campus and across the United States. Sign up or find out more online.

A Quick Note on Pothole Repairs

PTS has just about finished our pothole repair work on campus for the season. If we missed any, please let us know! Our crew can fix them or refer them to the proper jurisdiction. Phone the Pothole Hotline at 612-626-7578.

Thank you for your attention and enjoy the summer.

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Attend Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment to Campus Moped Use
Last Updated: 5/10/10

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the West Committee Room on the 6th floor of McNamara Alumni Center to discuss proposed changes to moped use on campus.

The primary change will be that moped users will be required to pick up a free sticker permit and only park in designated areas. If approved by the Regents, mopeds will no longer park at bike racks on campus.

Interested individuals can read the proposed amendment PDF Link to Regents Traffic Regulation Ordinances on pages 13-16.

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Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Last updated: 5/4/10

During Finals Week (Monday, May 10 - Saturday, May 16), University campus shuttles will run as usual on weekdays, but Finals Saturday service will be more frequent than usual. There will be no service on Sunday, May 17.

On Saturday, May 15, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 to 10 p.m., service will run every 20 minutes. From 10 p.m. until midnight, the Connector will run every 40 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

As a reminder, the East Bank and St. Paul Circulators, as well as the Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator, do NOT run on Saturday or Sunday.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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Roadway Along 21st Avenue SE Closed April 21-22
Last Updated: 4/19/10

Due to skyway construction between the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research and the Medical Biosciences Building (MBB), the one block of 21st Avenue SE between 6th Street SE and 8th Street SE will be CLOSED on Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22.

The MBB loading dock and service area, accessibility parking and official vehicle parking will NOT be available during this time frame. Delivery schedules or pick-ups that require the loading dock will need to be modified.

If you have any concerns, please contact Kevin Ross at Capital Planning & Project Management at 612-626-8283.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Second Hybrid Bus Added to Campus Shuttle Service, Starting Monday, March 29
Last Updated: 3/26/10

On Monday, March 29, PTS adds a second hybrid bus to the University’s campus shuttle service.

Hybrid shuttle buses on campus help promote a more eco-friendly environment at the University of Minnesota. They use less gas, which then emits less harmful substances into the air.

Enjoy the ride!

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Toyota Recall Does Not Affect U of M Vehicles

UPDATE 3/29/11
NASA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed unintended acceleration incidents. More Details

UPDATE 2/19/10
Toyota Motor Corp. has issued many recalls recently on its vehicles. Currently, these recalls do NOT affect any vehicles in the University of Minnesota's fleet.

Original Posting: 2/1/10
Toyota Motor Corp. has issued massive recalls and suspended U.S. sales and production of eight models to fix faulty pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning.

At this time, this recall does NOT affect any vehicles in the University of Minnesota's fleet.

For more information about the accelerator pedal recalls, please visit the Toyota Web site.

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New Technology May Track Bicycling Commutes
Last Updated: 10/6/09

You may have noticed the wireless, solar-powered device near the Scholar’s Walk at the corner of Union Street.  Wondering what that is?

Parking and Transportation Services is launching a pilot program that may be able to track bicycle commuting at the U. 

RFID device

"We’re in the early testing phase now,” said Steve Sanders, PTS bicycle coordinator. “We’ve received a federal grant to deploy technology that will validate bike commuter trips.”

The idea behind the program is that bicyclists will have a small RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)  tag attached to their bike. Because it requires a special tool, the tag can only be attached or taken off by PTS personnel. That tag is then linked to that person in an online database. 

Solar panel receivers, like the one at Union Street, will be positioned at strategic locations around campus and as the person bikes by, it wirelessly transmits the tag’s information to a server database. Commuters will be able to log onto a Web site and view a personalized calendar showing a record of their commutes.

In addition to the benefit of health goals or even fun competitions with friends, this system could allow employers to verify and track bicycle usage and offer benefits or incentives for not driving to work. 

If you would like to volunteer to test out the RFID tags and readers, please contact Steve Sanders by e-mail at sande017@umn.edu.

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Short Delays Possible on East River Road From April 14-21
Last Updated: 4/14/10

Due to necessary road work, East River Road will have periodic lane closures that may slow down traffic along that route for the next week.

Drivers should plan ahead and expect short delays. We appreciate your patience.

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15th Avenue will be closed between University Avenue and 4th Street on Saturday, April 17
Last Updated: 4/9/10

Campus visitors should be aware that 15th Avenue will be closed between University Avenue and 4th Street on Saturday, April 17.

The road closure is estimated to last from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Utility work will be placing a new sanitary sewer to new development projects in the area.

Watch for signs alerting drivers next week.

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Road Closed Near Weisman Art Museum Wednesday Through Friday
Last Updated: 3/24/10

Due to Weisman's expansion construction, the loop road that comes off eastbound Washington Avenue and circles behind the museum down to East River Parkway will be temporarily closed.

This road will be closed from the morning of Wednesday, March 24 through the afternoon of Friday, March 26.

Detour signs will direct vehicles to continue to Harvard Street, take a right, and proceed to East River Parkway. The Weisman Art Musuem Ramp will remain open.

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Minnesota State High School League Tournaments Affect Campus Parking
Last Updated: 3/3/10

For the next two weeks (March 3 - 18), multiple parking facilities will convert to event parking (pay as vehicles enter) to accommodate Minnesota State High School League Tournament events.

Please be aware of the following high traffic events:

DATE EVENT PARKING CHANGE
March 4-6 Boys Swimming Limited public space at University and Washington Avenue Ramps
March 11-12 Boys Hockey Lot 37 and Maroon Lot will charge $3.75 as visitors enter the parking lot
March 17-18 Girls Basketball Lot 37 and Maroon Lot will charge $3.75 as visitors enter the parking lot
March 24-25 Boys Basketball Lot 37 and Maroon Lot will charge $3.75 as visitors enter the parking lot

University commuters who regularly park in these public locations should plan to pay before parking and expect slight delays due to increased traffic.

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New Express Bus Service Starts From Southdale To Campus
Last updated: 1/22/10

If you live in Edina, you have more options to hop on an express bus to campus – without having to stop in downtown Minneapolis.

Effective Tuesday, Jan. 19, new Route 579 will provide service between Southdale Transit Center Park & Ride and campus, with four morning trips to the U and four afternoon return trips.

Morning trips leave the Park & Ride at 7:02 a.m., 7:22 a.m., 8:23 a.m. and 9:23 a.m. You’ll be at campus in about 20 minutes. Buses will serve the bus stop at I-35W & Lake St.

Afternoon return trips leave campus at 3:34 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 4:34 p.m. and 5:34 p.m.

New schedules are on buses now or get more details here PDF Link.

For help planning your trip, use the interactive Trip Planner or call 612-373-3333.

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