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2013 Transportation News Archive

Metro Transit, Miller Lite Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve
Share the Ride For Winter Break with Zimride!
Campus Shuttle Service Extends Hours Dec. 4-19
U of M Goes From Silver to Gold In Its Support of Bicyclists
Participate in Community Safety Walk TODAY (Friday, Dec. 6)
City Road Work Started Near the Oak Street Ramp
Visit 10th Avenue SE River Bridge Rehabilitation Project Open House Meeting
PTS Has a New Director In November
Participate in Hennepin County Bicycling Survey
Paratransit Service Extended To Later Hours
Tell Us About Your Commute and Win $50 Gift Card
Washington Avenue Bridge Lane Closures Overnight Oct 22
Pleasant Street Sidewalks/Moped Parking Impacts Beginning October 14
Beacon St Temporarily Reduced To One-Way Between Harvard, Walnut St
4th Street Lane Closures For Week of September 30
Union Street Partially Obstructed Friday October 4
Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue; Some Parking/Transit Affected
University of Minnesota Switches Car-Sharing Companies
Three Day Closure of One Block on Commonwealth from Sept. 11-14
Ride Metro Transit for Free Sept. 6 & 7!
LRT Train Testing Begins Overnights August 8 Through September
U of M Carpool Discounted Parking Changes May 20 
Minnesota State Fair Impacts U Traffic and Parking
Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Emergency Training Exercise Planned For August 14 On West Bank
Westbound Washington Avenue Bridge Closes August 19-23
Eastbound Washington Avenue Bridge Closes August 12-16
Temporary Roundabout Pilot Study Begins; Navigation Tips Suggested
Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
17th Avenue Closed August 10
You're Invited to the August 4 Dinkytown Greenway Trail Opening!
Washington Avenue Bridge Closes Overnight on July 21
Top Level of WBOB Ramp Temporarily Closed For Parking Repairs
2nd Street South Closes Two Weekends In July
Beacon Street Access Closed for Washington Avenue Ramp Contract Parkers
West Bank's Humphrey/Carlson Circle Closed July 9-12
One Block of Washington Avenue Closed First Week in July
West Bank Parking Lots Access Affected By 2nd St. S. Weekend Closure
Lot SC162 Parkers Relocated June 27-30
Lot C65 Parkers Relocated For Last Week in June
PTS Communications Team Wins 2013 Northern Lights Award
Take the Commuter Challenge today!
Technology Upgrade Affects Campus Parking
Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Learn to Ride at Free Beginner Unicycle Clinic
Are Potholes Putting a Bump In Your Commute?
Apr. 28 Campus Criterium Affects Some St. Paul Contract Parkers
Goldy's Run Impacts Campus Parking on Saturday, April 13
LRT Work Affects Campus Roads During Spring Break Week
Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Spring Break
Metro Transit Offers Free Rides For March 16 St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Lighting Makes a Difference at the U
New Announcement Technology Feature Tested on Shuttle Buses
No Longer a Double Left from Huron Boulevard onto Fulton Street
Heavy Campus Traffic Expected Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 
Raymond Avenue from Como to Energy Park Drive Closes Feb. 27 AM
Men's Basketball Game Increases Campus Traffic Tuesday, Feb. 26
Multiple Thefts From Vehicles Occur In East River Road Garage
Heavy Campus Traffic Expected February 21-22
Calling All Campus Bikers To Answer PTS Survey
Campus Parking Affected By Basketball Game on January 17
Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Northrop Garage Lighting Project Starts End of December
17th Avenue Closed January 2-4
Data Maintenance Means PTS Website May Be Down One Weekend
Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes 12/24-1/6


 

Metro Transit, Miller Lite Offer Free Rides on New Year's Eve
Posted 12/27/13

For the third consecutive year, Metro Transit and Miller Lite are promoting responsible celebrations on New Year’s Eve by offering free rides on buses and light rail through the Miller Lite Free Rides® program.

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, Twin Cities residents and visitors can ride free from 6 p.m. through the last scheduled trip on all Metro Transit buses and the METRO Blue Line. Free rides will also be available on buses operated by the Metropolitan Council, Plymouth Metrolink, Anoka County and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, including the METRO Red Line that runs from Apple Valley to the Mall of America. The free ride offer is not valid on the Northstar Commuter Rail Line.

Miller Free Rides are made possible through a partnership between Metro Transit, Miller Lite and the J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Recognized by local and state law enforcement, the Miller Free Rides program celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013.

More than one million rides have been recorded since Metro Transit began participating in the Miller Free Rides program. Miller Free Rides have been offered on St. Patrick’s Day for the last 16 years and the program was extended to New Year’s Eve in 2011. In 2012, Metro Transit provided more than 32,000 free rides were on New Year’s Eve.

“We’re excited to partner with Miller Lite once again to offer safe rides to the residents of the Twin Cities community on New Year’s Eve,” Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb said. “Taking a ride on a Metro Transit bus or Blue Line train is a free, safe and convenient way to ring in 2014.”

More than 25 bus routes offer trips after midnight on Dec. 31. The last scheduled trip on the METRO Blue Line departs southbound from Target Field Station at 1:15 a.m. To plan a trip, visit www.metrotransit.org or call the Transit Information Center at 612-373-3333.

Additional information is also available at metrotransit.org/millerfreerides.

Metro Transit a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded Metro Transit buses and trains more than 81 million times last year.

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Share the Ride For Winter Break with Zimride!
Last updated: 12/13/13

Hitting the road to head home after finals? Need to get somewhere for the holidays? Use Zimride to share the ride!

www.zimride.com/umn

You can make a few bucks driving others along the way or find a ride with University of Minnesota -Twin Cities classmates by using Zimride.

Happy holidays!

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Campus Shuttle Service Extends Hours Dec. 4-19
Posted 12/4/13; error correction (in bold below) 12/11/13

Campus Connector and East Bank Circulator routes will be extended until 2 a.m., effective Wednesday, December 4. The new hours last through the end of finals (Dec. 19, 2013).

SPECIFIC DETAILS

The Campus Connector will operate seven days a week until 2 a.m.

The East Bank Circulator will operate Monday - Friday until 2 a.m.

REAL-TIME TRACKING

Students, staff, faculty and visitors can find out where the campus buses are on their desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. This can help shorten the time a person needs to wait at a stop in the late night and early morning hours.

Anyone with a phone can find out when the next bus is expected.  Dial 763-567-2453, enter the two-digit bus stop number, and hear the next three predicted arrival times.  Individuals can also send a text message to 41411 with ‘umnbus’ and the stop number and they will receive a text back with the next three predicted arrival times (message and data rates may apply based on personal cell plans). 

Signage at each bus stop includes the unique stop number, the phone number to call, texting information and a QR code that allows people to use their smartphones with free QR mobile scanning apps.

Learn more: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/nextbus.html

SAFETY PROGRAMS

Students are encouraged to walk in groups and call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Gopher Chauffeur is also available for free transportation to and from area destinations by calling 612-388-6911.

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U of M Goes From Silver to Gold In Its Support of Bicyclists
Posted 11/22/13

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus was awarded the Gold designation award as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists last week.

Bicycling is on the rise, especially among young people who are turning away from car ownership in large numbers. More and more people are getting on bikes instead, and the University of Minnesota is one of the universities leading the way in making riding safer and more convenient on campus.

“The University of Minnesota is thrilled to climb the ladder from Silver to Gold,” said Steve Sanders, Parking and Transportation Services’ alternative transportation manager, “We’ve implemented some great cycling amenities, like an on-campus bike center and bike-sharing program. With a new pedestrian/biking/transit mall being created on campus, we realize our biking population will continue to grow and we plan to continue to meet their needs.”

"As our Bicycle Friendly University program grows, the promise for a more Bicycle Friendly America does, too. Colleges and universities propel our leaders of the future, and more and more of those students are choosing bicycles as their transportation option of choice," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We commend universities, like the University of Minnesota, who are leading the way to a healthier, more sustainable future."

The BFU program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options, and quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 75 BFUs in 32 states and Washington, D.C. The Gold BFU award, one of only four awarded nationwide, recognizes the University of Minnesota’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

The program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly University and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool, and the four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for universities to continuously improve.

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

About the Bicycle Friendly America Program
The Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly University programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycles. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit www.bikeleague.org/bfa.

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 or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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Participate in Community Safety Walk TODAY (Friday, Dec. 6)
Posted 12/6/13

All community members, students, rental property owners, and business members are invited to a safety walk on Friday, December 6 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

The group will meet in the parking lot of Van Cleve Park and walk in identified hot spots in the Marcy Holmes and Como Neighborhoods.  

The purpose is to walk around the neighborhood identifying potential risks, learning how to identify suspicious activity and showing the neighborhood that there are people who are watching and who will call 911.

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City Road Work Started Near the Oak Street Ramp
Posted 11/22/13

Two days ago, the City of Minneapolis started water repair work on Ontario Street SE (south of Washington Avenue). The block is closed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

Ontario Street SE is opened heading north after 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends. 

The southbound lane will be closed 24/7.

This work is expected to last a total of three weeks.

Signs are posted in the area.

The City will also be working in another nearby area (on Ontario Street SE from University to Beacon).  That work is currently scheduled to begin the first week of December, but its start could be delayed.

View an East Bank campus map.

If you have any questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services customer service at 612-626-PARK..

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Visit 10th Avenue SE River Bridge Rehabilitation Project Open House Meeting
Posted 11/22/13

The 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River is in need of repairs. This historic bridge provides an important link across the Mississippi River for vehicles as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.

A rehabilitation study is underway now to identify the work needed to preserve the bridge, with construction expected to start in 2014.

DATE: Wednesday, December 4

TIME: 6-8 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: University Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 601 - 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Enter through the north doors, facing the parking lot)

Come find out more about the bridge, and give us your input on the study. Information regarding historic properties will also be presented, and the public will have the opportunity to comment on historic properties and the project's potential effects to them. This event is through the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works.

For more information, visit www.10thAveRiverBridge.com. If you aren't able to attend but would like to comment on the project, please email Meseret Wolana at meseret.wolana@minneapolismn.gov.

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PTS Has a New Director In November
Posted: 10/28/13

Ross Allanson has accepted the position of Director for Parking and Transportation Services, effective November 11, 2013.

In this position, Ross will provide leadership and direct the planning for and operation of reliable and efficient transportation services on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, including parking, transit, light rail, campus traffic, transportation-related infrastructure, alternative transportation modes and system-wide fleet services.

Ross has served in various roles in the parking/transportation industry for the past 24 years, most recently serving as the General Manager for ABM Parking Services where he provided leadership to the City of Minneapolis municipal parking system.

In addition to his role at ABM Parking Services, Ross has served as a Facility Manager/Business Development Director, Standard Parking, Minnesota; the Director, Parking & Transportation for Fairview Hospitals, Minnesota; and Manager, Diamond Parking, Seattle Washington.

During his career, Ross has demonstrated success in creating carpool and transit programs in an effort to reduce parking demand; managing multiple, geographically-separated facilities; managing structured facility and surface lot construction projects; and implementing automated payment parking programs.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in economics with a minor in statistics. In addition, Ross is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) through the University of Virginia and the International Parking Institute, and a Certified Parking Professional (CPP) through the National Parking Association.

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Participate in Hennepin County Bicycling Survey
Posted: 10/18/13

Let University's bicyclists voices be heard!

Hennepin County is working with Three Rivers Park District to update the Hennepin County Bike Plan to reflect current and growing uses of cycling in the region. The new plan should be in place by next summer.

PTS encourages U bicyclists to fill out the Hennepin County Bike Plan survey. It should  take approximately 10 minutes.

Learn more or start the survey NOW!

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Paratransit Service Extended To Later Hours
Posted: 10/15/13

Starting on October 2, Paratransit Service hours were extended until 9:30 p.m. Previously, the van service ended at 5:45 p.m.

Paratransit Service is the U's free curb-to-curb, on-campus transport service for anyone with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. New hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Call 612-624-8338 to book a ride or see more information online.

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Tell Us About Your Commute and Win $50 Gift Card
Posted: 9/30/13

Take a few minutes to answer questions about how you get to and from the U of M and you can not only help identify travel patterns and strategies to improve your commute, but you will also be eligible to win a $50 gift card to Target!

The U of M is part of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, a group of healthcare and higher education institutions working together to ensure the new Green Line LRT creates opportunity for those who live and work in the area. 

The Anchor Partnership and Metro Transit are conducting a commute survey of staff, students and faculty in advance of the METRO Green Line opening next year. Information gathered will be used to guide sustainable transportation planning and commuter programming around the U of M.

The Commuter Survey will be open October 1 through October 31. Participants who provide a valid email address or phone number will be entered into a drawing for the gift card. The winner will be announced November 5.

Take the survey now.

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Washington Avenue Bridge Lane Closures Overnight Oct 22
Posted: 10/21/13

The University community should be aware of two closures this week.

  1. From 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22 until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, the eastbound lanes of Washington Avenue across the bridge will be closed starting at Cedar Avenue.

    The detour for eastbound vehicles from West Bank is via Cedar Avenue to northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street exit to eastbound University Avenue.  See map here.

    For eastbound bus riders, the Metro Transit bus stop at Blegen Hall will be closed - please use the 19th Avenue/Washington Avenue bus stop. Campus Connector buses are not affected by these overnight hours.

  2. From midnight until 5 a.m.on Wednesday, October 23, the westbound lanes of Washington Avenue across the bridge will be closed starting at the Pleasant Street ramp.

    The detour for westbound vehicles from East Bank is via westbound University Avenue to 4th Street to southbound I-35W to Washington Avenue exit.  See map here.

    For westbound bus riders, the bus stop for Metro Transit at Willey Hall will be closed - please use the bus stop located on 3rd Street Ramp, west of Cedar Avenue. Campus Connector buses are not affected by these overnight hours.

The pedestrian deck on Washington Avenue Bridge will remain open at all times during this work.

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Pleasant Street Sidewalks/Moped Parking Impacts Beginning October 14
Posted: 10/10/13

Beginning Monday, October 14, the east sidewalk on Pleasant St. between Pillsbury Dr. and Arlington St. will be narrowed due to Northrop construction.  The construction will last approximately two weeks. Follow signs and the temporary pedestrian path. 

In addition, the moped parking area east of Pleasant St. will be relocated to the west side. 

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Beacon St Temporarily Reduced To One-Way Between Harvard, Walnut St
Posted: 10/1/13

Starting on Monday, September 30, Beacon Street between Harvard and Walnut Streets is reduced to one lane heading westbound, due to the reconstruction work at the intersection with the Scholars Walk. this work is expected to last three to four weeks, but will be completed before the Saturday, October 26 home football game.

The north lane of Beacon Street have been converted to a pedestrian walkway. The south lane allows for westbound traffic to continue on to the Washington Avenue Ramp.

All eastbound traffic is detoured south on Harvard to Delaware Street.

See map of area.

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4th Street Lane Closures For Week of September 30
Posted: 9/23/13; correction 9/24/13; added more details 10/4/13

Starting on Monday, September 30, Hennepin County will begin mill and overlay work on 4th Street SE between Oak Street and the I-35W ramp.

The milling will begin at Oak St. and will work west and is expected to be finished by Friday, October 4.

Paving will begin on Monday, October 7 starting at Oak and working west; it is expected to be completed Friday, October 11.

In order to do both the milling and the paving, parking will be temporarily removed on 4th Street SE on the following dates:

Lanes may be closed and traffic delays should be expected.

As always, this work may be weather-dependent. 

Additionally, the bike lane will be moved to the north side of the street.

An electronic message board on the stadium plaza in the northeast corner of Oak and 4th Street will alert drivers of the upcoming construction. 

Thank you for your understanding.

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Union Street Partially Obstructed Friday October 4
Posted: 10/1/13

On Friday, October 4, a partial closure of Union Street will affect travel around the Washington Avenue Ramp and near Keller Hall.

As part of the Amundson Hall construction project, a crane will be placed on Union Street and pipes will be lowered into Keller Hall for most of this day.

The entrance to Keller Hall just south of the area and the service road to the loading dock of Keller will remain open.

Access to the Washington Avenue Ramp will remain open at all times.

Please be careful around the fencing protecting pedestrian traffic and obey the flagmen's directions for vehicle traffic.

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Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue; Some Parking/Transit Affected
Posted: 9/27/13

This year’s Homecoming Parade is Friday, September 27.  University Avenue will be closed between 10th Ave SE to Oak Street SE from approximately 6:15-8:15. Due to this closure and pre-parade staging activity, this annual event may affect access to some parking on campus.

1 - If you need to enter or exit Lot C42/C43/C44/C45 on Friday evening, contract parkers will need to do so before approximately 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m.  An alternative location is the 4th Street Ramp.  To park, show your hangtag permit to the attendant on duty.  You will be handed an event ticket to allow exiting from the ramp.  Be sure to exit the ramp before 7 a.m. on Saturday. Push the “Press for Help” button on the automated pay machine if you need assistance.

2 - If you plan to exit or enter Northrop Garage, Church Street Garage or Nolte Center Garage between approximately 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., it will be necessary to detour around the event. It will NOT be possible to cross University Avenue during the parade (note that an exception will be made for buses only).  Our recommendation is to take Pillsbury to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94 or to take Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35. See map here.

3 - If you park at the University Avenue Ramp, it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp between 6:15 and 8:30 p.m.  During this time, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.  View a campus map here.  If you need to arrive on campus during University Avenue’s closure (6:15-8:30 p.m.), we encourage you to use your typical reciprocal parking privileges to park in the 4th Street Ramp or Washington Avenue Ramp as an alternative.

Additionally, the Campus Connector will be re-routed. Signs have been posted at bus stops informing riders where to board the bus during this timeframe.

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University of Minnesota Switches Car-Sharing Companies
Posted: 7/22/13

The University of Minnesota ends its seven year car-sharing program with Zipcar and switches to HOURCAR in August.

The university introduced car-sharing to campus with a national company, Zipcar, in January 2006.  With the University’s current car-sharing contract ending this summer, a public request-for-proposal was just completed and HOURCAR won the contract for the next two years.

HOURCAR’S local presence and marketing efforts were two of the reasons that it won the contract.  Other factors included its flexibility to tailor the program, excellent insurance, and low rates.

HOURCAR’s rates for University of Minnesota members are $8 an hour or $70 a day on weekends ($60 a day on weekdays).  All University rates include 180 free miles per reservation and fuel, maintenance, and campus parking.
HOURCAR service will begin on August 1 with 10 new vehicles on campus.

Special membership plans are offered for University students, faculty, and staff.  HOURCAR is accepting applications now at http://www.hourcar.org/cost/university-minnesota-rate-plan

Current Zipcar members will be extended a special offer during the transition period.

HOURCAR hubs at the University will be located in the Washington Avenue Ramp, near Sanford Hall, near Frontier Hall, in the 21st Avenue Ramp (West Bank) and at the Printing Services Building (near 29th and Como Avenues).  These locations will be added to HOURCAR’s rapidly expanding fleet, which will number more than 80 by early 2014. 

“We are delighted to be working with the local, nonprofit car-sharing vendor,” said Steve Sanders, alternative transportation manager at the university’s Parking and Transportation Services department. “HOURCAR is a Twin Cities success story. They have tons of locations, they provide great member service and they’ll offer our community a seamless way to choose greener, healthier and more affordable ways to get to campus and beyond.”

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is committed to establishing, maintaining and improving a comprehensive transportation system that reduces congestion, eases accessibility and enhances a friendly university community.  For more information, visit PTS online at www.umn.edu/pts, e-mail parking@umn.edu or call 612-626-PARK.

HOURCAR is a program of the nonprofit Neighborhood Energy Connection and is the largest car-sharing operator in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Its fleet comprises a range of fuel-efficient hatchbacks, sedans, utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.

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Three Day Closure of One Block on Commonwealth from Sept. 11-14
Posted: 09/10/13

From Wednesday, September 11 through Saturday, September 14, the one block on Cleveland Avenue between Commonwealth and Carter will be closed, due to City of St. Paul work on a sewer connection.

Vehicles will be routed Carter to Raymond to Commonwealth.

See a St. Paul campus map.

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Ride Metro Transit for Free Sept. 6 & 7!
Posted: 08/27/13

Never taken the bus before? New to the Twin Cities? Give Metro Transit a try.

All U of M students can ride Metro Transit buses and the METRO Blue Line for free starting at 6pm on Friday, Sept. 6 until the last scheduled trip on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Just show your U Card when you board and take a seat. Go from campus to downtown, Mall of America, Uptown – pretty much anywhere you need to be. Plan your trip online or call 612-373-3333 to find your route.

Once you see how easy it is, head over to buspass.umn.edu to order your U-Pass and keep riding. It’s just $97 for unlimited rides all semester long!

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LRT Train Testing Begins Overnights August 8 Through September
Posted: 8/2/13

Light rail trains will run in testing mode on Washington Avenue from West Bank Station to Stadium Village Station starting the week of August 5 and continuing though September during overnight time periods (typically midnight to 5 a.m.).

Road closures will be in place during testing hours to protect vehicles and pedestrians.

For Vehicles:

For Pedestrians:

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U of M Carpool Discounted Parking Changes May 20
Posted: 5/15/13

Beginning on Monday, May 20, the University of Minnesota’s Lot 94 on the West Bank campus will be designated as a daily parking location offering $4 per day parking.  This lot will no longer serve as a carpool location.

For the summer, the only carpool discount location will be the Victory Lot on the East Bank campus.  The State Fairgrounds (Lot S108) is not available during the summer months (the U of M leases this property for nine months out of the year) and the alternative location of Lot S101 will not be an option for carpoolers. 

Starting September 3, U of M carpool parkers may use discounted parking at either the Victory Lot on East Bank or the State Fairgrounds (Lot S108) in St. Paul.  At that time, vehicles arriving before 9 a.m. with two or more people in the vehicle can park for $2.50 per day. The free campus shuttle has stops at both locations and can transport any person along the scheduled campus route.

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Minnesota State Fair Impacts U Traffic and Parking
Posted: 08/13/13

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 22 and runs through Monday, September 2. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).

See:

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Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 08/13/13

Welcome Week kicks off the official introduction to the U for approximately 5,500 new freshmen coming to campus.

The week-long event starts Wednesday, August 28 and goes through Monday, September 2. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

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

Mon., Aug. 26

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. every 15 minutes

Tues., Aug. 27

7:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. every 15 minutes

Wed., Aug. 28

7:00 a.m. - midnight every 15 minutes

Thurs., Aug. 29

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every 15 minutes

Friday, Aug. 30

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. every 15 minutes

 

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every 5 minutes

 

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every 15 minutes

 

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. every 15 minutes
(Gopher After Dark service)

Saturday, Aug. 31

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every 15 minutes

 

10:00 p.m. - midnight every 20 minutes

Sunday, Sept. 1

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. every 20 minutes

 

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every 15 minutes

 

6:00 p.m. - midnight every 20 minutes

Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 2

9:30 a.m. - midnight every 20 minutes


East Bank Circulators will run from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every 10 minutes. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 5 p.m.

St. Paul Circulators will not be running during this time period.

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Emergency Training Exercise Planned For August 14 On West Bank
Posted: 8/9/13

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus will host an emergency training exercise on the West Bank on Wednesday, August 14.  This is a joint effort involving the University of Minnesota Police Department, Minneapolis Police, and Hennepin County personnel. 

Please be aware on Wednesday, August 14:
-  21st Avenue at Riverside Avenue will be blocked beginning at 6 a.m.
- 5th Street at 22nd Avenue will be blocked beginning at 6 a.m.
- these two closures will last all day and possibly into late evening hours.

The 21st Avenue Ramp will remain accessible at all times. See map here: http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/jpegs/construction/WB081413.jpg

This exercise will be held in the Regis Center for Art. It is an exercise only and not an actual emergency. Nearby residents and those coming to campus should expect extra law enforcement and emergency activity on campus, including emergency sirens and announcements on the U's emergency sound system. For more information about the exercise, see umn.edu/news.

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Westbound Washington Avenue Bridge Closes August 19-23
Posted: 8/2/13

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19 through 11 p.m. on Friday, August 23, the westbound lane of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed.

For Drivers:

From East Bank, the westbound ramp to the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed from Pleasant Street; detour via westbound University Avenue to 4th Street to southbound I-35W to Washington Avenue. 

For Bus Riders:

For westbound Metro Transit buses, the bus stop at Willey Hall will be closed; use the bus stop located on 3rd Street Ramp, west of Cedar Avenue. 

For westbound Campus Connector buses, the bus stop at Willey Hall will be closed, so please use the bus stop at the southeast intersection of 19th Avenue and 2nd Street.

For Pedestrians:

The pedestrian level of the Washington Avenue Bridge will remain open during vehicle level closure.

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Eastbound Washington Avenue Bridge Closes August 12-16
Posted: 8/2/13

Beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday, August 12 through 11 p.m. on Friday, August 16, the eastbound lane of the Washington Avenue Bridge will be closed.

For Drivers:

From West Bank, eastbound Washington Avenue will be closed at Cedar Avenue; detour via Cedar Avenue to northbound I-35W to University Avenue/4th Street exit, to eastbound University Avenue.

For Bus Riders:

For eastbound Metro Transit buses, the city bus stop at Blegen Hall will be closed; use the Cedar/ Washington Avenue bus stop instead.

For eastbound Campus Connector buses, the bus stop at Willey Hall will be closed; use the bus stop at 19th Ave. and 2nd St (southeast of the intersection) instead.

For Pedestrians:

The pedestrian level of the Washington Avenue Bridge will remain open during vehicle level closure.

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Temporary Roundabout Pilot Study Begins; Navigation Tips Suggested
Posted: 7/22/13; updated 2nd paragraph on 8/13/13

On Wednesday, July 24, Parking and Transportation Services will install temporary traffic control devices that simulate a roundabout at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Pillsbury Drive.

The temporary roundabout will be installed after the morning rush hour on July 24 and will be removed on Wednesday, August 21. A small amount of water drained from the water barriers should be expected on the street on this day.

The month-long test will help PTS evaluate the feasibility of a possible roundabout design in the intersection that may be considered once buses return to Washington Avenue. Parking and Transportation Services staff will be on hand periodically to observe how traffic, pedestrians and bicycles interact in the roundabout and video cameras are already in place to record movements, flow and efficiency.

The traffic signals in the intersection will be turned off during the four week test and vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians will be required to obey the temporary traffic control signs and markings. Everyone is asked to slow down and use caution – especially while getting accustomed to using the roundabout. 

Slight delays are expected as crews install and remove the roundabout, but no roads will be closed. Bus stops on Pleasant Street will move just to the north to accommodate the roundabout, but bus schedules and service will not change.

Tips and instructions on how to navigate a roundabout are listed below.

Drivers:

1. Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary; traffic within the roundabout has the right of way.

2. Watch for signs or pavement markings that require or prohibit certain movements.

3. Yield to pedestrians within crosswalks; never pass any vehicles, including bicyclists, when approaching or within the roundabout.

4. Before entering the roundabout, look left and yield to all traffic within the roundabout.

5. When traffic is clear, proceed into the roundabout, to the right of the circular island, drive in a counter-clockwise direction until you reach your exit.

6. Exit the roundabout at your desired exit point, again yielding to pedestrians within the crosswalk.

7. In an emergency vehicle approaches, proceed to your exit and then pull over. Do not stop or change lanes within a roundabout.

8. Large trucks and buses can use the inner apron to navigate within roundabout if necessary; cars are prohibited to do so.

Pedestrians:

1. Always stay on designated walkways. Never cross to the circular center island.

2. Watch for cars. You have the right of way once you have safely entered the crosswalk, but your best protection is your own attention.

3. Cross the roundabout one approach at a time, using the median island as a refuge prior to crossing the next direction of traffic.

Bicyclists:

1. If you are comfortable riding with traffic, cycle through the roundabout following the same rules as those for drivers.

2. If you are not comfortable riding with traffic, use the paths and crosswalks following the same rules as those for pedestrians.

View a Map:

Campus Map Roundabout Location

Generic View of a Roundabout

View a Video:

How to Drive in A Roundabout

Pedestrian and Bicycle Navigation

MNDOT Information & Videos

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/17/13

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 20 through Friday, June 14, 2013 (Intersession). The last bus departs from the St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus is out of Willey Hall at 6:05 p.m.

NOTE: There will be no service on Monday, May 27 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 17 through Friday, August 9 (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 Willey Hall at 9:35 p.m.

For the summer vacation period, Monday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 22, Campus Connectors will run 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes. The last bus leaves St. Paul Student Center at 6 p.m. and the last bus leaves Willey Hall at 6:05 p.m.

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

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

East Bank Circulator
Buses run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 20 minutes from Monday, May 20 through Friday, August 9, 2013. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 27 or Thurday, July 4 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 20 – Friday, June 14.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 17 (no service on Thursday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 9.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 10 through Monday, September 2.

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17th Avenue Closed August 10
Posted: 8/9/13

On Saturday, August 10, 17th Avenue between 4th Street and University Avenue will be closed due to the final crane hoisting green roof materials to the rooftop over the greek chapter houses.

Signage is in place and flag persons will assist with traffic control.

Fencing and barriers around the 17th Avenue Residence Hall will be removed and by the end of the day, 17th Avenue will be fully reopened.

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You're Invited to the August 4 Dinkytown Greenway Trail Opening!
Posted: 7/29/13

After years of planning, the Dinkytown Greenway is now open to bicyclists!

The bike trail runs through the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus and, by connecting to the U of M Transitway, carries bike traffic from the northeast metro (Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville) across the Mississippi River.

On this Sunday, August 4, a bike ride will kick off this special opening celebration (see map). We’d like you to attend the ride and/or the celebration!

Noon - Bike ride begins:  Riders will meet near the corner of Carter Avenue and Eckles Avenue in Saint Paul, on the campus lawn. They will take the U of M Transitway west towards the Dinkytown Greenway.

12:20 p.m. – “Pit stop” at Malcolm Ave. SE:  Bike riders meet up with Mayor Rybak and hear a brief presentation from Omar Ansari, the founder of Surly Brewing Company, about development plans along this route. 

12:45 p.m. – Grand opening celebration: Gather at the corner of Oak Street SE and 5th Street SE, next to TCF Stadium, to formally open the Dinkytown Greenway.

After the celebration, the bike ride will continue along the new greenway, through campus and across the Mississippi River to the site of next year’s Bluff Street Trail project, which  will complete the Dinkytown Greenway under Interstate 35W and into downtown Minneapolis.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

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Washington Avenue Bridge Closes Overnight on July 21
Posted: 7/10/13

The Washington Avenue Bridge and surrounding roadways will close from 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22 to accommodate seal coating on the bridge.

In addition to the Washington Avenue Bridge, the northbound I-35W ramp to the East Bank and all Cedar Avenue ramps to/from Washington Avenue will be closed during the same time.

Detours for the closure will be as followed:

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Top Level of WBOB Ramp Temporarily Closed For Parking Repairs
Posted: 6/24/13

From Monday, July 1 until Monday, July 21, the top level of the WBOB ramp (Lot C98) will be closed for expansion joint repairs.

During this scheduled work timeframe, access to the lot will be UNAVAILABLE (even for disability parking).

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

WHAT TO DO
- All C98 contract holders will park on lower levels of ramp (gate arms will be up)
- Pedestrian access from the ramp into the building’s main entrance is Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. (card access will not be required)
- Limited number of disability spaces will be along the driveway entry
- Delivery vehicles need to use the loading dock for drop-off and pick-up
- Public parkers will access the lower ramp levels - -gate arms will be up / no charge during C98 closure for visitors, guests, clients, etc.
- There will be signage to direct the public to park on lower levels

Please expect the lower levels of the ramp to be busier than usual. 

If you have a state-issued disability permit and have access needs, please email parking@umn.edu as soon as possible.

If you have vendor delivery or building access needs/concerns, please contact LeRoy Engele (Facilities Management Team Manager) at 612-624-7503 or engel403@umn.edu.

If you have any questions about parking, please call PTS at 612-626-PARK or email parking@umn.edu.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this construction project.

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2nd Street South Closes Two Weekends In July
Posted: 6/14/13

CenterPoint Energy will close the entrance to 2nd Street S. at Mondale Hall for construction on the gas main during the first and third weekends in July.

This will affect access into a few West Bank contract parking lots (Lots C86, C89 and C84). 

The detour is to take 19th Avenue to 1st Street to 21st Avenue to 2nd Street (around the West Bank Rec Sports Softball Fields).  Signs should be posted.  View West Bank map)

All construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.

If you have any questions regarding your parking, please email parking@umn.edu

If you have questions about this particular construction project, please email Karen Haakonson (haako001@umn.edu)

Thank you for your cooperation during this construction project.

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Beacon Street Access Closed for Washington Avenue Ramp Contract Parkers
Posted: 6/14/13
Update: 7/3/13 -- Due to unforeseen additional concrete repair work, this area will now be closed an additional week (ending on July 15).

Beginning on Friday, June 28 until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 15, the Beacon Street contract-only entrance/exit at the Washington Avenue Ramp (as well as the 6th level of the ramp) will be completely closed to complete minor repairs and install waterproof traffic coatings. 

It will be necessary for all vehicles to enter at the Union Street public entrance (see map). 

This closure will require all reserved stall users to relocate.  PTS will send more details to affected reserved stall contract holders soon.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation with these projects.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service desk at 612-626-7275.

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West Bank's Humphrey/Carlson Circle Closed July 9-12
Posted: 7/2/13
Update: 7/10/13 The Humphrey/Carlson drop off circle will remain open, but accessible only from northbound 19th Avenue.  Sidewalks are also to remain open.

The drop-off/pick-up circle outside the Humphrey Center and Carlson School of Management on the West Bank will be closed from Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 12.

This closure is needed for CenterPoint Energy's gas main modernization project.

No vehicles will be able to enter or exit the circle during this project.

Workers will be active from the 3rd Street S / 19th Avenue S intersection traveling south to the north side of S 4th Street  (4th Street will remain unaffected as it is currently being used as a detour). Work will be on the East side (both northbound lanes) of 19th Avenue S between 3rd and 4th Streets.

There will not be a detour route for 19th Avenue, as it will not be completely closed. One lane will be maintained in each direction.

All construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.

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One Block of Washington Avenue Closed First Week in July
Posted: 6/28/13

Westbound Washington Avenue between Walnut Street and Oak Street will be closed from Monday, July 1 to Monday, July 8

Construction activities include repairing a section of concrete at the northwest corner of the Washington Avenue and Oak Street intersection for the Central Corridor Light Rail. 

The detour will be southbound Oak Street to westbound Delaware Street to northbound Walnut Street. See map

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West Bank Parking Lots Access Affected By 2nd Street S. Weekend Road Closure
Posted: 6/24/13 (updated 6/26 w/ correct written detour directions)

From 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, CenterPoint Energy will close the entrance to 2nd Street S. at Mondale Hall for construction on the gas main.  It will be re-opened for regular travel before Monday morning.

This closure may affect contract parkers in Lot C86, C89 and C84.

The detour is S. 4th Street to West River Parkway to 2nd Avenue S. to S. 2nd Street. Signs should be posted. 

View detour route.

View West Bank map.

All construction project dates are approximate and dependent on the weather.  Delays are possible.

If you have any questions regarding your parking, please email parking@umn.edu

If you have questions about this particular construction project, please email Karen Haakonson (haako001@umn.edu)

Thank you for your cooperation during this construction project.

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Lot SC162 Parkers Relocated June 27-30
Posted: 6/14/13

From Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, June 30, Lot SC162 will have routine maintenance that will close the parking lot. 

Contract parkers should use the Gortner Avenue Ramp (see St. Paul campus map) and follow these two simple steps:

1 – At the entrance, pull a ticket.
2 – At the automated exit, push the “Press for Help” button on the automated pay machine.   Be prepared to inform the customer service representative that you are a SC162 contract holder along with your name and hangtag number.

All contract holders may return to Lot SC162 on Monday morning (July 1).

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

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service desk at 612-626-7275.

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Lot C65 Parkers Relocated For Last Week in June
Posted: 6/14/13

From Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30, Lot C65 will be closed for re-construction. 

Contract parkers should park in Lot C64 (across the street) during this week and display their C65 hangtag at all times.  Parking enforcement will be notified.   

All contract holders may return to Lot C65 on Monday morning (July 1).

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

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service desk at 612-626-7275.

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PTS Communications Team Wins 2013 Northern Lights Award
Posted: 5/30/13

The communications team from Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) was recognized with two Northern Lights Awards at the 2013 Minnesota Association of Government Communicators awards banquet last week at the Minneapolis Central Library.

One award was an Award of Excellence in the category of Writing – News Release and the other was an Award of Merit in the category of Plans - Other.

Both awards recognized the creative writing and planning for the launch of the “Where’s My Bus” campaign tied to the introduction of on-campus bus tracking technology.  

“Our goal was to inform the University community about the new feature on the campus shuttle vehicles in a concise and easy format,” remarked Parking and Transportation Services communications manager, Jacqueline Brudlos. “We are honored to be recognized with this award.”

The Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) is a peer organization of communications professionals who are dedicated to improving public-sector communications.

The Minnesota Association of Government Communicators awards were presented on Monday, May 20 at the Minneapolis Central Library.

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.

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Take the Commuter Challenge today!
Last updated: 4/9/13

Try it once! Between now and June 30, replace drive-alone trips and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool. It’s easy to participate in the Commuter Challenge!

Two ways to sign up

1 - Visit MyCommuterChallenge.org

2 - Text PLEDGE to 21970. Message and data rates may apply.

Sign up today for a chance to win some great prizes.

Commuter Challenge logo

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Technology Upgrade Affects Campus Parking
Updated: 2/11/11

Parking and Transportation Services is upgrading the technology at parking facilities on campus. 

This move to automated pay equipment will be a significant cost-savings to our department.  During the current economic challenge, these efforts will help PTS to continue the programs and services we offer and to keep parking rates low.

To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/9/13

During Finals Week (Monday, May 13 - Saturday, May 18), 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 19.

On Saturday, May 18, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 40 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to midnight, service will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

As a reminder, the East Bank and St. Paul Circulators do NOT run on Saturday or Sunday.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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Learn to Ride at Free Beginner Unicycle Clinic

The ONE Unicycle Club will hold a free clinic at the U of M Bike Center for anyone to try riding a unicycle.

Date: Thursday May 9
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Place: U of M Bike Center

No requirements, the club will provide plenty of unicycles for anyone to ride. Don't be afraid of some wheeled diversity; come have fun on one wheel with the unicycle club on campus!

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Are Potholes Putting a Bump In Your Commute?
Last updated: 4/10/13

You can be a part of the solution! Give Parking and Transportation Services’ Pothole Hotline a call at 612-626-7578 with the exact location of the pothole that upsets your travel.

The first round of pothole patching on campus occurred last week. Specific targeted streets and intersections included:

• Pleasant between Arlington and University
• East River Road between Arlington and University
• Pillsbury Drive between East River Road and Pleasant
• Commonwealth between Cleveland and Randall
• Randall from Commonwealth to Buford

If we’re missing a spot, you need to let us know! Call the hotline. And, thanks for helping us to improve our community. Happy spring and smooth travels.

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Apr. 28 Campus Criterium Affects Some St. Paul Contract Parkers
Posted: 4/22/13

On Sunday, April 28, three parking lots on the St. Paul campus will be unavailable from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. due to the Annual Campus Criterium Bike Race. Those lots are SC109, SC160, SC169 and SC172. There will be no public parking in Lot S106 on this Sunday.  Both Buford Circle and Upper Buford Circle will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic during the race.

During this special event, those contract holders should park in Lot SC102 (corner of Buford and Gortner) or Lot SC175 (corner of Dudley and Cleveland). Remember to display your contract hangtag to park. 

Signs will be posted as a reminder of the bike race.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please email parking@umn.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation during this Sunday closure.

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Goldy's Run Impacts Campus Parking on Saturday, April 13
Last updated: 4/5/13

Goldy’s Run on Saturday, April 13 will mean some access challenges for those coming to campus on that morning.

During the race, University Avenue will have lane restrictions and certain campus streets will be closed entirely.  Please prepare for possible time delays.

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m., East River Parkway will operate with just  one lane; officers will have radios and flag the section of East River Parkway between Delaware (the Weisman Loop Road) and the East River Road Garage as a two-way section to provide access for East River Road Garage contract parkers.

Washington Avenue Ramp contract parkers will still have access from the south (I-94 to Fulton to Harvard to Beacon).

For approximately one hour between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m., it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp.  If contract parkers need to arrive during this time, they should choose a reciprocal facility (Washington Avenue Ramp or 4th Street Ramp are good options). For those already parked, drivers will be able to EXIT using the bus lane and going south on Walnut Street (police will be directing) to Beacon Street. From there, take Beacon to Harvard to Pillsbury to Pleasant to Washington to get to I-35 OR you can use Beacon to Harvard to Fulton to Huron to get to I-94.

Northrop and Nolte Garage contract parkers will be able to use their contract location.  Please be patient during brief periods of time when runners may affect the drive to and around campus.

Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 contract parkers should use 4th Street Ramp prior to 10:30 a.m. on the day of the race.

Lot C7/C16/C19 contract parkers should use East River Road Garage prior to 10:30 a.m. on that Saturday (April 13).

Goldy's Run at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus includes a 10 mile run, a 5K and a kid's 1K run.  The various race courses will take participants through campus and the surrounding streets with all events finishing inside TCF Bank Stadium.

For more information on this event, please visit the website: http://www.goldysrun.com/.

If you have any questions regarding traffic or parking, please email parking@umn.edu.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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LRT Work Affects Campus Roads During Spring Break Week
Last updated: 3/13/13

Light rail construction work will affect a few locations around campus during the week of March 18. These closures are needed to install the overhead structure needed at the Washington Avenue/Huron intersection to hold the wires for the train.

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Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Spring Break
Last updated: 3/13/13

Relax and soak up some sunshine; it’s Spring Break at the U from Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22! The free campus shuttle system adjusts its service this week.

Campus Connector

East Bank Campus Circulator

St. Paul Campus Circulator

Enjoy the time off!

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Metro Transit Offers Free Rides For March 16 St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Last updated: 3/12/13

Metro Transit and MillerCoors are teaming up again in 2013 to promote responsible St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Miller Lite Free Rides on buses, light rail and Northstar.

Free rides will be available on buses, light rail and Northstar on Saturday, March 16, from 6 p.m. through the last scheduled trip. The free-ride offer also will be available on routes operated by the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.

Customers are encouraged to plan ahead and be familiar with route schedules. The Hiawatha light-rail line and 25 bus routes offer service after midnight. Northstar’s last trip of the day leaves Target Field Station at 7 p.m. on March 16. Visit metrotransit.org/millerfreerides for detailed service information.

Annual St. Patrick’s Day parades will be held in St. Paul (noon) and Minneapolis (6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, March 16.

Now in its 16th year in the Twin Cities, Miller Lite Free Rides is made possible through a partnership with Metro Transit, MillerCoors and J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. In 2012, more than 56,000 free rides were provided on Metro Transit buses and trains during this popular community service program. Visit MillerLiteFreeRides.com for more information about the program.

Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012.

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Lighting Makes a Difference at the U
Last updated: 3/1/13

The University has made strides toward energy conservation with its “It All Adds Up” campaign, encouraging the University community to join an energy conservation pledge (save water, hit the lights, turn off electronics, and take the stairs).

Now, PTS is adding to the U’s list of energy conservation accomplishments with the installation of high-efficiency lighting in all parking structures on campus. Learn more.

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New Announcement Technology Feature Tested on Shuttle Buses
Last updated: 2/8/13

Parking and Transportation Services is testing a new automated bus stop announcement program on campus shuttle buses that will assist drivers so they can focus on their driving.

This upgrade is tied to NextBus, the U's GPS-based, real-time passenger information system that allows riders to find current bus locations and predictions for upcoming shuttle bus arrivals.

Called NextStop, this Smart Bus technology uses each vehicle's audio/PA system. Inside the bus, riders will hear upcoming bus stops announced at a pre-determined GPS location along the road. Outside the bus, visitors will hear the route name at each bus stop in order to make it easier to board the correct bus.

PTS appreciates our riders' patience as we test the new system out.

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No Longer a Double Left from Huron Boulevard onto Fulton Street
Last updated: 1/31/13

Parking and Transportation Services has been working with the City of Minneapolis to improve traffic movement at the intersection of Huron and Fulton Ave, particularly from where a driver comes off the freeway onto campus.  

This past summer, the closure of Huron Boulevard at University Avenue spurred the installation of the double left turn lane on northbound Huron at Fulton Street.

The City of Minneapolis has documented multiple serious crashes at the intersection since the inception of the double left turn. 

At the beginning of January, the City of Minneapolis switched it back to a single left turn lane because of these safety concerns. Single turn lane signs are placed on the right hand side of the road.

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Heavy Campus Traffic Expected Feb. 28 & Mar. 1 
Last updated: 2/26/13

The Minnesota State High School League’s Boys Swimming & Diving State Championship will bring many visitors to the Aquatics Center on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1. 

Fans will arrive on campus throughout the day, including many prior to 9 a.m. and into the evening.  This could impact the access in and out of various parking facilities, including the University Avenue Ramp. 

Please plan ahead.  Traffic both on the streets and at parking facilities will be heavier.  Exiting times may be longer from some parking facilities.  

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

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Raymond Avenue from Como to Energy Park Drive Closes Feb. 27 AM
Last updated: 2/26/13

The City of St. Paul will close Raymond Avenue from Como Avenue to Energy Park Drive tomorrow (Wednesday, February 27) between 9-11 a.m.

Detour signs will be posted. Southbound traffic will be re-routed via 280 and northbound traffic will use Energy Park Drive to Snelling Avenue.

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Men's Basketball Game Increases Campus Traffic Tuesday, Feb. 26
Last updated: 2/25/13

Heads up!  The Gophers men's basketball team is playing Indiana at Williams Arena on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.

Because of the 6 p.m. start of this basketball game, fans will be arriving on campus as some University employees are heading home.  This could impact the access in and out of your contract parking facility.  Please plan ahead. Traffic both on the streets and inside parking facilities will be heavier.  Exiting times may be longer from some parking facilities.  Please note that basketball games typically last approximately two and a half hours.

Event parking rates will go into effect three hours before the event's scheduled start at various locations, including: 4th Street Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp, Gold Lot, Gopher Lot, Victory Lot, Maroon Lot, and Lot 37. Contract space will be saved and event parking sold will be based on availability.

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

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Multiple Thefts From Vehicles Occur In East River Road Garage
Last updated: 2/13/13

Earlier today, a rash of vehicle break-ins occurred inside the East River Road Garage. PTS reminds everyone to always lock valuables in your trunk and lock your vehicle doors. Don't forget - Lock your Junk in the Trunk.

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Heavy Campus Traffic Expected February 21-22
Last updated: 2/21/13

Heads up!  On Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22, drivers will see an increased amount of traffic and activity around the University Avenue Ramp. 

The Women’s Swimming and Diving Big Ten Championship will bring many visitors to the Aquatics Center on both Thursday and Friday.  Additionally, the Minnesota State High School League’s Girls Gymnastics State Tournament will take place in the Sports Pavillion on Friday.

Fans will arrive on campus throughout the day, including many prior to 9 a.m. and into the evening.  This could impact the access in and out of your contract parking facility.  Please plan ahead.  Traffic both on the streets and at parking facilities will be heavier.  Exiting times may be longer from some parking facilities.  

On Friday, many team and fan buses will be loading and unloading in the special bus lane in front of University Avenue Ramp.  Please be extra careful when driving.

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

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Calling All Campus Bikers To Answer PTS Survey
Last updated: 2/12/13

Parking and Transportation Services is gauging interest in a possible bike center on the St. Paul campus. 

We encourage you to complete a short survey by clicking on this link.

We will be gathering responses until the end of the day on Friday, February 22.  Thank you for your time and input!

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Campus Parking Affected By Basketball Game on January 17 
Last updated: 1/15/13

Heads up!  The Gophers men's basketball team is playing Michigan at Williams Arena on Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m.

Because of the 6 p.m. start of this basketball game, fans will be arriving on campus as some University employees are heading home.  This could impact the access in and out of your contract parking facility (primarily affecting the 4th Street Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp, University Avenue Ramp, Gold Lot, Gopher Lot, Lot 33 and Lot 58).  Please plan ahead. 

Traffic both on the streets and inside parking facilities will be heavier.  Exiting times may be longer from some parking facilities.  Please note that basketball games typically last approximately two and a half hours.

Event parking rates will go into effect three hours before the event's scheduled start at various locations, including: 4th Street Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, Washington Avenue Ramp, Gold Lot, Gopher Lot, Victory Lot, Maroon Lot, and Lot 37. Contract space will be saved and event parking sold will be based on availability.

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

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Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Winter Break
Last updated: 11/29/12

The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 21 through Monday, January 21. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays, but a special schedule has been prepared for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Campus Connectors will run on Sunday, January 20 and Monday, January 21 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. every 20 minutes.

For more busing details, visit the Busing section.

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Northrop Garage Lighting Project Starts End of December
Last updated: 12/18/12

Starting on Thursday, December 26, PTS will begin installation of high-efficiency lighting in the Northrop Auditorium Garage.  Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  The goal is to complete this project by Friday, January 18.

Some reserved stalls will need to be re-located for approximately one day.  On Friday, December 28, vehicles parking in reserved stalls #1, 3, 9, and 12 will need to park in another space within the garage (NOT marked reserved). All other reserved stalls are unaffected by the new lighting installation.

This project will improve University energy conservation efforts while still keeping our customer’s personal safety and security as our number one concern. 

If you have any questions regarding your parking, please email parking@umn.edu or call me directly at 612-625-0754.

Please be attentive when driving and walking through work areas.  We thank you for your cooperation during this project.

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17th Avenue Closed January 2-4
Last updated: 12/18/12

17th Avenue between 4th Street and University Avenue is expected to close January 2-4 for the removal of the crane associated with the 4th Street campus housing project. Detour signs will be posted.

Construction project dates are approximate and are subject to change. If weather delays affect this project, it will be re-scheduled for the following week.

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Data Maintenance Means PTS Website May Be Down One Weekend
Last updated: 12/18/12

An annual data center maintenance outage is scheduled for Saturday, January 5 at 6 a.m. This means that the PTS Website may be unavailable at this time. This affects anyone interested in viewing their parking contract waiting list, making a parking reservation, ordering a U-Pass/Metropass, etc.

All affected services are expected to be restored by 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 6.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For more information, see data center maintenance.

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Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes 12/24-1/6
Last updated: 12/14/12

The retail and repair services of the Bike Center will be closed for business from 12/24/12 through 1/6/13.

Access to the secure parking and shower and changing facilities will not change and will be available 24/7. An attendant will be on duty throughout the break during morning and afternoon commute times.

Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause, and have a happy and safe winter break!

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Jacqueline Brudlos
612-624-4161