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2014 Transportation News Archive

Ramp from University Avenue to Westbound 1-94 Closes Oct. 20
Homecoming Run on St. Paul Campus Sunday, October 19
Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue Friday, Oct. 16
Washington Avenue Closure Impacts Bus Traffic Friday, Oct. 3
Medtronic Run Impacts Campus Travel Sunday, October 5
PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App
Northbound I-35W in Minneapolis, Richfield closing Sept. 19-22
Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September
Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Sept. 2
Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3
Buses replace Green Line trains overnight Sept. 12, 13
Campus Connector Buses Temporarily Detoured Sept. 8
University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Opens Aug. 28
Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Ride Metro Transit for Free August 29-31!
Campus Affected By State Fair; Commonwealth Gate Closed This Year
Block of Essex Street Moves Onto Temporary Road Starting August 7
State Fairgrounds Area Closed To Through Bike Traffic Starting Aug 4
University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 6–27
Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Road Work on Pillsbury Drive Starts August 18
Hennepin Avenue Exit Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 12–26
I-35W in Minneapolis/Richfield Closing Two Weekends In Aug/Sept
Pleasant St SE Closed From Washington Ave to Arlington St Starting Aug 4
ACC Construction Projects Affect Area Around Oak Street Ramp
New Bus Pass For Campus Stops on Green Line Coming in August
4th St Ramp Motorcycle/Official Vehicle Parking Closed This Summer
Give PTS Your Feedback on Proposed Campus Shuttle Routes
Sidewalk Closed Near Kolthoff Hall
TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Double Header for Soccer Fans on August 2
Pleasant St from Arlington to Washington Ave Closed July 25-27
Stretch of Oak Street Closes Weekend of July 11-13
2014 All Star Game Concert At TCF Bank Stadium July 12
Make Dinkytown Greenway stand out! Help people get to Greenway!
Two Spring Contests Offer Great Prizes For Commuters
Try Transit With a $40 Go-To Card for just $10
Oak St Affected By American Idol Tryouts At Mariucci On June 18
Less Than Two Weeks Until METRO Green Line Grand Opening
June 14, 2014: Grand Opening Set for METRO Green Line
Transitway Light Pole Work Forces Detour May 19-23
Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
University of Minnesota Named Gold Bicycle Friendly Business by League of American Bicyclists
Campus Pothole Hotline Now Taking Calls!
Paratransit Requests Go Online in March
New Weekend Circulator Starts Jan. 24; Shuttle Timing Extended for Spring Semester
TED Talk Speaker Gil Penalosa Visits the Weisman Museum on May 7
Kickstart Your Earth Day With Campus Events

Two Saturday Campus Events Impact Parking in April
Frequent Light Rail Operator Training Runs Begin Late February
Motorcycle Parking Contract Sales Slightly Delayed
Stretch of Harvard Street Closed Saturday March 29
Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Spring Break
New Winter Parking Restrictions Begin in Minneapolis
Train Derailment Exercise Occurs Tuesday, March 18
Take Miller Lite Free Rides on St. Patrick's Day
Sub-Zero Tempuratures Affecting Roads, Parking Ramp Conditions
PTS Needs Your Input on Biking Survey
Lot C79 Permanently Closes December 19
Buses, Bikes Return to Washington Avenue December 9
Washington Avenue Ramp Skyway Soon To Be Locked One-Way Overnights
Circulator Bus Stop at Masonic Building Temporarily Moved Jan. 21
2014 Hockey City Classic Brings Outdoor Hockey Friday, January 17
Additional Bus Added to East Bank Circulator For Monday, January 6
Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes Dec. 24 Through Jan. 5


 

Ramp from University Avenue to Westbound I-94 Closes Oct. 20
Posted: 10/16/14

The ramp from University Avenue to westbound I-94 is expected to close by morning rush-hour on Monday, Oct. 20.

During the ramp closure, a posted detour will direct drivers to use southbound Jackson Street and westbound 12th Street to access westbound I-94.

The ramp is expected to remain closed until summer 2015.

The ramp is closing so crews can build and open a temporary exit ramp from southbound I-35E to 12th Street. A temporary exit ramp to 12th Street is expected to open by late December.

For more information, visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/35estpaul/.

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Homecoming Run on St. Paul Campus Sunday, October 19
Posted: 10/17/14

The Norman Borlaug Food and Hunger 5k homecoming run will be held on Sunday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.

It is sponsored by Project Food Security and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

This event is a tribute to Norman Borlaug, a University alumni who is known as the "Hunger Warrior" for his work in increasing food security around the world. All ages are welcome to participate in the 5K.

View the route map of the Norman Borlaug Food and Hunger 5k.

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Homecoming Parade Closes University Avenue Friday, Oct.16
Posted: 10/16/14

The 2014 Homecoming Parade is on Friday, October 17. With the closure of University Avenue and other pre-parade staging activities, this annual event will have an effect on the access to some parking facilities.

Lot C42/C43/C44/C45 Contract Parkers
If you need to enter or exit your lot on this evening, you 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.

Northrop and Nolte Garage Contract Parkers
University Avenue closes by 6 p.m. for the parade. It will NOT be possible to cross University Avenue during the parade.

If you plan to exit or enter these garages between approximately 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., it will be necessary to detour around the event. 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: http://www.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/jpegs/construction/EBankHomecoming.jpg

University Avenue Ramp Contract Parkers
Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp. 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: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/EBank.pdf

If you need to arrive on campus during University Avenue's closure (6-8:30 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.

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Washington Avenue Closure Impacts Bus Traffic Friday, Oct. 3
Posted: 10/02/14

The westbound lane of Washington Avenue between Church Street SE and Pleasant Street SE will be closed to bus and emergency vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. on Friday, October 3 until 7 a.m. on Monday, October 6.

The closure is necessary as Metro Transit crews remove and replace three panels of concrete roadway. The eastbound lane, and Green Line trains in both directions, will not be affected by the closure.

Buses will be re-routed during the closure and westbound bus stops at Coffman and Oak & Washington will be moved. Signs are posted. Riders who typically use those stops should go to the Jones/Eddy stop or the Ridder Arena stop.

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Medtronic Run Impacts Campus Travel Sunday, October 5
Posted: 10/01/14

The Medtronic Twin Cities 10-Mile Run is Sunday, October 5 and impacts campus travel from approximately 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. 

The campus portion of the route plan closes only the southern lane of East River Parkway (it does NOT close the entire road). 

Personnel will be stationed outside the garage exits and will send all traffic northbound to Arlington Street.  From there, vehicles can travel to Washington or University Avenues.  There should be no delay for vehicles.

For more information on this event, please visit their website.

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PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App
Posted 7/11/14

ParkMe is an online app that helps users locate the nearest and cheapest parking spots available.

PTS will be testing out the real-time availability feature for the Saturday, July 12 concert at TCF Bank Stadium.

See more at the ParkMe website.

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Northbound I-35W in Minneapolis, Richfield closing Sept. 19-22
Posted: 09/15/14

Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 35W in Richfield and Minneapolis will encounter detours September 19-22, weather permitting.

Northbound I-35W from 66th Street in Richfield to I-94 in Minneapolis will close Friday, September 19 at 11:45 p.m. through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 22

The closure is needed while crews survey I-35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for summer 2017.

There will be two detours in place for northbound I-35W traffic:

·         Westbound I-494, northbound Highway 100, eastbound I-394 and eastbound I-94.

·         Northbound Highway 121, westbound Highway 62, northbound Highway 100, eastbound I-394 and eastbound I-94

All northbound I-35W entrance ramps between 66th Street and I-94 will be closed. Detour signs will be posted for motorists intending to access northbound I-35W at those locations.

For a full list of northbound I-35W detours and ramp closures, visit www.mndot.gov/i35wclosure/.

In addition to the survey work, crews will drill and take soil samples, inspect bridges and perform any needed repairs during the closure.

This is the second and final weekend closure of I-35W planned for this work. Closing I-35W for two weekends reduces the number of days needed to perform the work. The closures also provide a safer work environment for survey and maintenance crews, as stretches of the I-35W work area have limited to no shoulder space.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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

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Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September
Posted 8/14/14

Motorists traveling eastbound on 4th Street South in downtown Minneapolis will encounter a detour at Park Avenue beginning Aug. 14, weather permitting.

Crews will close 4th Street South between the southbound Interstate 35W/eastbound Highway 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue through late September. The ramp to southbound I-35W and eastbound Highway 55 will remain open during the closure.

Traffic on 4th Street South will be detoured to northbound Park Avenue, eastbound Washington Avenue and southbound Cedar Avenue.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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

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Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Sept. 2
Updated 8/26/14 -- this originally-scheduled August 20 closure was delayed to Sept. 2; see red for new dates

The 3rd Street flyover ramp from northbound I-35W will close Sept. 2–23.

Motorists intending to access westbound 3rd Street from northbound I-35W will be detoured to westbound Washington Avenue and southbound Chicago Avenue.

The closures are needed while crews reconstruct 4th Street South and add turn lanes for a new northbound I-35W entrance ramp.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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

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Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3
Posted 7/23/14

Starting on Sunday, August 3, University parking meters will be enforced on all Sundays – this change makes parking costs on Sunday the same as weekdays. 

Stickers have been updated and applied on parking meters.  The equipment now states that meters will be enforced daily from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

For most University holidays, meter parking will remain free unless there is a large special event on campus.  If that happens, meters within several blocks of the venue will charge. 

Always read the programmed message on each meter for specific instructions.

University meters are marked in yellow on PTS campus maps:
East Bank
West Bank
St. Paul

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Buses replace Green Line trains overnight Sept. 12, 13
Posted: 09/12/14

Buses will replace trains on the METRO Green Line overnight on Friday, Sept. 12, and Saturday, Sept. 13. The disruption in light-rail service will allow Xcel Energy to conduct maintenance on overhead power lines along the Green Line corridor. 

The disruption will occur in two phases: 

Replacement buses will operate on a similar schedule as trains but can take more time. Customers are encouraged to plan ahead. 

For additional information, visit metrotransit.org/construction

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Campus Buses Temporarily Detoured Sept. 8
Posted: 09/08/14 ~ 3:10 p.m.
Updated: 09/08/14 - Campus buses are back on their normal routes 4:13 p.m.

Due to a Green Line power system issue near the U of M, Campus Connector buses are temporarily detoured.

Thank you for your patience.

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University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Opens Aug. 28
Posted: 08/28/14

Motorists will be able to access northbound Interstate 35W from University Avenue or 4th Street Southeast in Minneapolis by late afternoon, Aug. 28, weather permitting.

The University Avenue/4th Street ramp has been closed since Aug. 6 as crews worked on a new northbound auxiliary lane on I-35W from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit.

This is the second of three ramps along northbound I-35W to reopen to traffic. Crews opened the Hennepin Avenue exit ramp Monday, Aug. 25. The 3rd Street flyover ramp is scheduled to close Sept. 2 and reopen by Sept. 23, weather permitting.

Work on the I-35W project is scheduled for completion in November. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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

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Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 08/26/14

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

The week-long event starts Monday, August 25 and goes through Monday, September 1. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

As a reminder - the bus stop at the transitway and Commonwealth and the stop at Buford and Gortner are BOTH CLOSED for the Minnesota State Fair (see map of route and stops).

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

Monday, August 25
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Tuesday, August 26
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, August 27
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Thursday, August 28:
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Friday, August 29:
7 - 8:30 a.m., every 15 minutes
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., every 5 minutes
5:30 p.m.- 2 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, August 30:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes
10 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Sunday, August 31:
9:30 - 11 a.m., every 20 minutes
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., every 15 minutes
4 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Labor Day Monday, September 1:
9:30 a.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

East Bank Circulators will run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. every 15 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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Ride Metro Transit for Free August 29-31!
Posted: 08/18/14

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 light rail for free starting at 6pm on Friday, Aug. 29 until the last scheduled trip on Sunday, Aug. 31.

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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Campus Affected By State Fair; Commonwealth Gate Closed This Year
Posted 8/12/14

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 21 and runs through Monday, September 1.

New this year, the only way to access the fair on foot from University property is at the Buford and Randall Avenue entrance.

The Commonwealth/Dan Patch gate will be CLOSED to all vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic during the State Fair (this is different from previous years).

Traffic around campus 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 lower University rate at public parking facilities on the St. Paul campus.

Learn more about Gopher football Thursday during the fair, contract reciprocal parking changes, public parking details, campus shuttle schedules and more.

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Block of Essex Street Moves Onto Temporary Road Starting August 7
Posted 8/6/14

Beginning on Thursday, August 7 at 7 a.m., one-way traffic on Essex Street SE, between SE Oak Street and Ontario Street SE, will be diverted slightly north onto the temporary asphalt road.  

This traffic shift will be in place for an extended duration; an exact end date is unknown at this time.  Please use caution when driving through this area.

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State Fairgrounds Area Closed To Through Bike Traffic Starting Aug 4
Posted 8/5/14

Starting Monday, August 4, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds is closed to through bike traffic.

The Transitway between Como and Commonwealth Avenues will remain open to access the St. Paul campus until Saturday, August 16 (at which time that area will also close until Tuesday, September 2, due to the State Fair).

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University Ave/4th St SE Ramp to Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 6–27
Posted 8/4/14

Motorists will not be able to access northbound Interstate 35W from University Avenue or 4th Street Southeast in Minneapolis Aug. 6–27, weather permitting.

The University Avenue/4th Street ramp to northbound I-35W will close as crews continue constructing a new northbound auxiliary lane on I-35W from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit.

Motorists intending to access northbound I-35W from the ramp will be detoured to:

The University Avenue/4th Street ramp will temporarily reopen Aug. 8 and Aug. 16 during the late evening hours to accommodate event traffic.

There will be two additional I-35W ramp closures scheduled through September:

Dates for these ramp closures will be announced when they are determined.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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

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Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/20/14

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 weekdays from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. every 15 minutes from Monday, May 19 through Friday, June 13, 2014 (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 26 for the University holiday (Memorial Day).

From Monday, June 16 through Friday, August 8 (Summer Session), Campus Connectors run weekdays 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 11 through Tuesday, August 26, Campus Connectors will run weekdays 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 Friday, 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 19 through Tuesday, August 26, 2014. The last bus leaves Jones Hall at 6 p.m. There will be no service on Monday, May 26 or Friday, July 4 for the University holidays (Memorial Day and 4th of July).

St. Paul Campus Circulator
These buses will not operate from Monday, May 19 – Friday, June 13.

Regular 15-minute service resumes Monday, June 16 (no service on Thursday, July 4) and ends again on Friday, August 8.

St. Paul Circulators will not run from Saturday, August 9 through Monday, September 1.

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Road Work on Pillsbury Drive Starts August 18
Posted 8/15/14

Starting on Monday, August 18, Pillsbury Drive SE between Pleasant Street and East River Road will be over-layed.  NO on-street parking will be allowed during this work.

Entrance access to Child Development and parking lots C47/48 will be available ONLY from East River Road ONLY during this work, and short delays are possible. 

The work is expected to be completed by midweek.  When parking is available again, all signs and barricades will be removed. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Hennepin Avenue Exit Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Aug. 12–26
Posted 8/6/14

Motorists will not be able to exit northbound Interstate 35W at Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis Aug. 12–26, weather permitting.

The Hennepin Avenue exit ramp from northbound I-35W will close as crews continue constructing a new northbound auxiliary lane on I-35W from University Avenue to the Johnson Street exit.

Motorists intending to exit northbound I-35W at Hennepin Avenue will be detoured northbound to the Johnson Street exit and southbound on Stinson Boulevard.

This is the second of three I-35W ramp closures planned through September. The University Avenue/4th Street entrance ramp to northbound I-35W is closing Aug. 6 at midnight through Aug. 27, weather permitting.

The 3rd Street flyover ramp from northbound I-35W also will close for 21 days. A closure date for the ramp will be announced when it is determined.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wandfourthst/index.html  

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

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I-35W in Minneapolis/Richfield Closing Two Weekends In Aug/Sept
Posted 8/6/14 --
Updated -- August closure will begin at 5 a.m. on August 9 (not midnight on August 8)
*** Updated 8/20/14 -- the Sept. 5-8 closure has been pushed back until the weekend of Sept. 20 due to conflicts.

Two weekend road closures will impact motorists who travel through Minneapolis and Richfield on Interstate 35W.

Southbound I-35W in Minneapolis Closes Aug. 9–11

Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis will encounter a detour Aug. 9–11, weather permitting.

Southbound I-35W from Highway 55 to 46th Street in Minneapolis will close Saturday, Aug. 9 at 5 a.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11

The closure is needed while crews survey I-35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for summer 2017.

Southbound I-35W traffic will be detoured to westbound I-94, westbound I-394, southbound Highway 100 and eastbound Highway 62. Motorists intending to access southbound I-35W from westbound I-94 or the 4th Avenue/12th Street ramps in downtown Minneapolis will follow the same detour.

Motorists intending to access southbound I-35W from eastbound I-94 will be detoured to eastbound Highway 55 and westbound Highway 62.

For a full list of southbound I-35W detours and additional ramp closures, visit www.mndot.gov/i35wclosure/.

Northbound I-35W Closes Sept 5–8

Northbound I-35W from 66th Street in Richfield to I-94 in Minneapolis will close Sept. 5–8 as crews continue survey work on the other side of the freeway. 

A full list of northbound I-35W ramp closures and detours will be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the survey work, crews will drill and take soil samples, inspect bridges and perform any needed repairs during each closure.

MnDOT is closing I-35W for two weekends to reduce the number of days needed to perform the work. The closures also will provide a safer work environment for survey and maintenance crews, as stretches of the I-35W work area have limited to no shoulder space.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For more information on the I-35W closures, visit www.mndot.gov/i35wclosure/.

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

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Pleasant St SE Closed From Washington Ave to Arlington St Starting Aug 4
Posted 8/4/14

The City of Minneapolis will pave/resurface Pleasant Street SE from Washington Avenue SE north to just south of Arlington Street.

This project will use a mill and overlay process. Workers remove a portion of the existing asphalt pavement surface and place a new surface over the entire street. The purpose is to extend the life of the roadway by approximately 10 years.

The project is expected to take about two weeks.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street Re-surfacing Project.

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ACC Construction Projects Affect Area Around Oak Street Ramp
Posted 7/23/14

Please be aware of the following construction activities around the Oak Street Ramp. These efforts are tied to the building of the new Ambulatory Care Clinic.

*** Fulton Street Eastbound Closure July 24 – August 1
- Thursday, July 24 until Friday, August 1 – Fulton Street will be restricted to a single lane westbound from 7 am until 3 pm (detour will be via East River Road).
- After 3 pm, Fulton will re-open to two-way traffic.

*** Ontario and Essex Intersection Closed Friday, July 25 - Monday, July 28
- On Friday morning (7/25), this intersection will be open; cars can enter Oak Street Ramp normally through the Ontario Street entrance.
- During the day on Friday, Essex Street will be a single lane and Ontario Street will remain open. 
- Around 6 pm on Friday, Ontario Street will close from Fulton to Essex Street.  The detour will be via Oak Street and Essex Street. 
- Ontario Street will re-open on Monday, July 28 at 5 am.

*** Essex Street Restricted To Single Lane
- The block of Essex Street from Ontario to Erie Streets will be a single lane, starting Friday, July 25 until Friday, October 31.

*** Oak Street Ramp / Essex Street Temporary Road From Oak To Ontario (August 2 - October 31)
- A temporary road lane will be as south as possible to allow for maximum turn radius from the east-most exit lane of Oak Street Ramp to the north-most temporary traffic lane.
- A fence will be between the road lanes and a temporary five-foot sidewalk.

See campus map.

As with all construction projects, delays may occur due to weather.

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

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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New Bus Pass For Campus Stops on Green Line Coming in August
Posted 6/18/14

A new bus pass is anticipated to be available for University students, faculty and staff who do not have a U-Pass or Metropass. This new pass will allow University community members to ride the three on-campus light rail stops for free, beginning fall semester.  

More information will be posted when details are finalized with Metro Transit and the University.

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4th St Ramp Motorcycle/Official Vehicle Parking Closed This Summer
Posted: 5/20/14

The 4th St Ramp motorcycle and official vehicle parking spaces along the west wall of the ramp will be closed beginning on Wednesday, May 21 for structural repairs.

The area will be blocked off and work is expected to be completed around August 15.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Give PTS Your Feedback on Proposed Campus Shuttle Routes
Posted: 5/8/14

Parking and Transportation Services is seeking University input on three possible proposed Fall 2014 bus routes. Note that the three options are in draft form and are subject to change at any time. We appreciate your time and feedback.

Look at the Proposed Routes

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Sidewalk Closed Near Kolthoff Hall
Posted 3/27/14

The sidewalk along Washington Avenue on the south side of Kolthoff Hall has been closed to allow for deck removal.  

Fencing has been installed to keep pedestrians out of the designated work space.  The detour route is move north around Kolthoff Hall and back down to Washington Avenue to cross the bridge to West Bank.

The sidewalk deck will be demolished by the end of April.  After spring finals, workers will re-construct the west side of the Kolthoff sidewalk, adhering to ADA requirements and implementing some bicycle lane improvements.

The west side sidewalk is expected to re-open late this summer.

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TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Double Header for Soccer Fans on August 2
Posted 7/21/14

Get ready to catch soccer fever with the Guinness International Champions Cup on campus in less than two weeks.

Guinness International Champions Cup
Saturday, August 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium
Olympiacos FC vs. Manchester City
Minnesota United FC vs. Ottawa Fury

Parking Options

Parking is also available for pre-sale on the East Bank campus. Surface lot parking is $20 and ramp parking is $15. 

Day of game parking facilities will be designated closer to this event and will be based off availablity from the pre-sale.  Day of game parking will increase $5 from the pre-sale rate. 

There will be NO TAILGATING for this campus event.

To purchase ADA parking, please call the Gopher Fan Relations Department at 612-624-8080 (Option #2). Note: you must have a state-issued ADA permit. 

Shuttle Update!

There will be NO CAMPUS SHUTTLE to St. Paul on Saturday, August 2.

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Pleasant St from Arlington to Washington Ave Closed July 25-27
Posted 7/18/14

Pleasant Street from Arlington Street to Washington Avenue will be closed from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 for manhole repairs around the road paving project.

Signs will be posted.

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Stretch of Oak Street Closes Weekend of July 11-13
Posted 7/11/14

Starting Friday, July 11 at 6 p.m., Oak Street will be closed north of Essex Street to Delaware Street for necessary utility work preparing for the new Ambulatory Care Clinic.

The Oak Street Ramp will be accessible using Ontario Street from the south. Exiting from the Oak Street Ramp will be the same as always.

717 Delaware Garage will be accessible at all times by travelling south on Washington Avenue.

The road will re-open before 5 a.m. on Monday, July 14.

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2014 All Star Game Concert At TCF Bank Stadium July 12
Posted 6/16/14

Updated 7/11/14 -- Drivers! A stretch of Oak Street will be closed this weekend (see details). Parking at the Oak Street Ramp will remain accessible, but the surrounding area may be congested. Please be patient on campus streets; the intersection at Washington/University/Huron Boulevard with the METRO Green Line tracks may see longer delays than usual. We appreciate your understanding.

 

Major League Baseball brings a free Imagine Dragons concert to the University of Minnesota campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 inside TCF Bank Stadium.

PARKING RATES

• $20 at parking lots

• $15 at parking ramps and garages

TRANSPORTATION TIPS

• Plan ahead. Allow yourself extra time to get to campus.

• Transit is a great option for getting to the concert.

o The METRO Green Line stops less than a block from TCF Bank Stadium at the Stadium Village Station.

o Visit Metro Transit for personalized trip planning.

• For those driving to TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota's East Bank Campus has three major access points:

o Interstate 35W at the University Avenue exit

o Interstate 94 at the Huron Boulevard exit

o Highway 280 at the University Avenue exit

• Once on campus, please follow directional signage to available event parking. There are several parking lots and ramps near TCF Bank Stadium.

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Make Dinkytown Greenway stand out! Help people get to Greenway!
Posted 6/20/14

Visual Communications and the Mississippi River Trail task force kick off the Dinkytown Greenway Wayfinding Planning with a community-wide meeting. This is the first step of the project: "Connecting University Neighborhoods."

When: Wednesday, June 25, 5- 7 p.m.

Where: Dinkytown at University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601 13th Avenue SE

Please save the date, and share it with others. This meeting is of interest to artists/designers; bikers; river trail enthusiasts and stakeholders; property owners and businesses on the Dinkytown Greenway (15th Ave SE to the UMN Transitway). Input is needed on how people find the Dinkytown Greenway from your neighborhood. Funding is being provided by the University District Alliance and the Vikings Good Neighbor Fund.

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Two Spring Contests Offer Great Prizes For Commuters
Posted: 4/2/14
Everybody loves a Sweepstakes! What will you do to participate?
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Twin Cities' Switch My Trip

Switch My Trip logo

If you’re tired of driving to work, dealing with congestion and paying for parking, there’s an opportunity to try another way. Starting April 1, you can participate in the Switch My Trip campaign, sponsored by Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations.

It’s simple: Switch out a trip you’d normally take by driving solo and instead take a bus or train, carpool, bike, walk or telework. Why do it? Well, first of all, for making a pledge, you’re eligible to win cool things. If you make good on your pledge, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a better collection of goodies.

Just one trip, that’s it. You don’t have to sell your car or promise to never drive again. We just want you to switch up the way you get to work or school for a day; we’re pretty sure you’ll like the change.

It’s a win-win, right? You get a little bit more exercise – whether it’s putting in a few more steps walking to and from the transit stop or dusting off that bike – and you can feel good about doing something positive for the planet. And, of course, there are PRIZES, including Amazon, iTunes and Caribou Coffee gifts cards as well as zoo and science museum memberships and various restaurant and grocery store gift cards.

If you’re not sure about switching up your commute, try it when you’re heading out for the evening – carpooling with friends is just more fun! Or switch your trip to taking the bus instead of driving to run errands. Your fare is valid for 2 ½ hours so you can get to the store and back home and only pay once.

Make a plan now to do your part and make the switch. Go to SwitchMyTrip.org to learn more about the campaign and how to sign up.


See the Pledge Form below! It's easy to pledge!

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See the commute calendar below. Log in and earn chances for more prizes!

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Nationwide Zimride by Enterprise’s Earth Day Sweepstakes

Zimride by Enterprise logo

In the month of April, enter to win fun prizes from Zimride at the U of M’s private rideshare community.  Learn more about Zimride.

When you register for a new account or sign in to your Zimride profile, log your commutes within the Commute Calendar between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014 to enter to win a Kindle Fire HD, Amazon Gift Cards, and Starbucks Gift Cards. 

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

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Good luck to everyone! And have fun with your commute!

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Try Transit With a $40 Go-To Card for just $10
Posted: 6/13/14

*** UPDATE! NOW SOLD OUT! ***

Beginning June 16, U of M employees will have more options when it comes to getting around with the launch of the new Green Line LRT and new bus service. 

Just steps from the doors of the University campus, transit can help you explore all of the Twin Cities.  For a limited time, University of Minnesota employees with an active payroll-deducted parking contract can get a $40 Go-To transit pass for just $10.

The U of M is a member of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, a group of healthcare and higher education institutions along the Central Corridor that are working to bring more prosperity to neighborhoods.  The Partnership has negotiated this special Try Transit Today deal with Metro Transit specifically for employees of its member institutions.

Use your Go-To Card to pay your fare on a bus or METRO lines, including the new METRO Green Line. Trade sitting in traffic, paying for parking and high gas prices for a relaxed, affordable ride to work, school or for errands.

To get this LIMITED PROMOTION Go-To Card, you must visit Parking and Transportation Services at 300 Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis (East Bank campus) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Payment can be cash, check or personal credit card.  While supplies last.  Call 612-626-PARK if you have any questions about availability.

BONUS!  When your Go-To Card runs low, just recharge it! If you add at least $20 to your Go-To Card by July 31, you’ll get an additional $10 in value from Metro Transit (allow one week for value to be added to your card).

You can add value in one of these ways:
- Online
- By phone at 612-373-3333
- In person at Metro Transit Service Centers
- In person at any rail station ticket machine or
- In person at a Go-To Card retailer

For an additional bonus, anyone who buys a Go-To Card through this promotion will receive a 30-day trial membership with Nice Ride Minnesota.

Current Metropass and U-Pass participants are not eligible for this offer.

It’s a great time to ride! The new METRO Green Line opens on June 14, plus many bus routes will be enhanced to maximize connections with the new light-rail line, providing you more ways to connect with your favorite destinations.

For help finding your best option, call a transit expert at 612-373-3333 or use the interactive Trip Planner.

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Oak St Affected By American Idol Tryouts At Mariucci On June 18
Posted: 6/13/14

Campus will be buzzing with energy as "American Idol" auditions take place on Wednesday, June 18. Ryan Seacrest will also be in town for this event, according to Star Tribune's Neal Justin.

Southbound Oak Street between 4th and 5th Streets SE will be CLOSED for people to line up for auditions. Workers will begin closing the lanes around 4 a.m. Contestants are not allowed to camp out or line up before 6 a.m. The road will be re-opened before noon.

Northbound lanes will remain open for normal traffic at all times.

Connector and Circulator routes will be altered during the closure. Connector bus stops are unaffected.

The Circulator stop on 6th Street and 21st Avenue will be CLOSED for the morning; riders should use the Thompson Center bus stop instead.

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Less Than Two Weeks Until METRO Green Line Grand Opening
Posted: 6/4/14

The METRO Green Line officially opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.

Community celebrations will take place at nine stations along the Green Line throughout the day on June 14, and attendees can ride any Metro Transit service – buses, METRO lines and Northstar commuter trains – for free on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 & 15. Free Green Line buses will provide frequent supplemental service between stations.

See all of the fun that's planned for Opening Day!

West Bank Station

The West Bank event will offer a neighborhood festival atmosphere with an international flair. East African community leaders will present arts, dance and cultural showcases. Local theaters will offer tours and the neighboring businesses will host a dance event and other activities. Organized by the West Bank Business AssociationSee itinerary.

Stadium Village Station

This sports-themed event will feature appearances by Vikings and Gophers mascots, talent and cheerleaders, sports activities for families and samples from Stadium Village restaurants. Northrop Auditorium will continue to celebrate its reopening and promote future performances; local music will enliven the main stage. Organized by the Stadium Village Commercial AssociationSee itinerary.

See other station events.

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June 14, 2014: Grand Opening Set for METRO Green Line
Posted 1/21/14

The METRO Green Line (light rail) starts running on Saturday, June 14, with free rides and day-long community celebrations.

The 11-mile corridor between the two downtowns links Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown to the State Capitol complex, Midway, University of Minnesota and Target Field.  As the region’s second light rail line, the METRO Green Line will connect to the Blue Line (Hiawatha) at Downtown East Station.

The mid-June opening will allow the line to serve baseball fans attending Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field in July.

The opening is nearly six months earlier than required by the Federal Transit Administration, which is funding half the $957 million project. The project is on budget.

The project created 5,445 construction jobs and $252 million in construction payroll, with workers coming from more than 60 Minnesota counties ranging from the Canadian border to Iowa. The METRO Green Line also created 177 permanent operations and maintenance jobs for downtown St. Paul and has spurred more than $1.7 billion in development along the line.

Event planning for opening day is underway, with the help of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, and involvement of the surrounding communities and businesses. Following a 9 a.m. speeches and ceremonial ribbon cutting at Union Depot, festivities and events for all ages are being planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Union Depot Station, Central Station, Western Avenue Station, Victoria Street Station, Hamline Avenue Station, Raymond Avenue Station, Stadium Village Station and West Bank Station.  Metro Transit will offer free rides on the METRO Green Line and all other rail and bus routes June 14-15.

Station-area events will reflect the distinct flavor of the various neighborhoods and communities on the corridor and provide an opportunity for riders to experience what the communities have to offer.

Updates to the June 14th celebration will be posted at www.metrotransit.org/greenline. To view a fact sheet on the project, click here.

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Council runs the regional bus and light rail system and Northstar commuter rail, collects and treats wastewater, coordinates regional water resources, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. The Council board is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

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Transitway Light Pole Work Forces Detour May 19-23
Posted: 5/8/14

University electric utilities personnel will be replacing light poles along the Transitway during daytime hours between Monday, May 19 and Friday May 23.

Flaggers will be on the east side of the MN-280 overpass (eastbound side) on May 22 and 23.

Bus and authorized emergency vehicles will be detoured and the curved bridge will be closed.

The detour will be from Commonwealth Avenue to Energy Park Drive.

See a map of the project.

For bicyclists, the bridge will remain open. Westbound bikes will be shifted to the eastbound area at work areas and the space will be shared for this week.

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Spring Finals Week Affects Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 5/5/14

During Finals Week (Monday, May 12 - Saturday, May 17), 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 18.

On Saturday, May 17, Campus Connectors will run every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., service will run every 20 minutes between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.

The Weekend Circulator will continue to run as usual.

Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.

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University of Minnesota Named Gold Bicycle Friendly Business by League of American Bicyclists
Posted 4/23/14

We are at an environmental turning point, and businesses across the country are addressing this by turning to one simple, cost-effective and fun tool: the bicycle.

On Earth Day, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the University of Minnesota with a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award for leading America toward a greener future.  With approximately 15,000 employees, the U of M is the largest employer in the Gold category.

With the announcement of 80 new and renewing BFBs in 29 states and Washington, D.C., the University of Minnesota joins a cutting-edge group of more than 650 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.”

“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 value bicycling as a transportation method.  We grow our biking population with various cycling amenities, including an on-campus bike center and bike-sharing program.”

When employees bike, great things happen: individual carbon footprints are decreased, the community engages in camaraderie and participation counts toward wellness discounts for health care premiums.

This award 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 four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for businesses 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 Bicycle. 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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Campus Pothole Hotline Now Taking Calls!
Posted: 3/17/14

It’s been a rough winter this year and it’s no surprise that potholes are surfacing all around campus. 

Help PTS by letting us know where you run into potholes (be as specific as possible with the location); we'll gather responses and see what we can do to get them fixed as soon as reasonably possible.

Be part of the solution! Call the Pothole Hotline at 612-626-7578 with on-campus details.

Thanks for helping PTS to improve our community. Happy spring and smooth travels.

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Paratransit Requests Go Online in March
Posted: 3/17/14

Anyone with a temporary or permanent disability can now request a pick-up online at z.umn.edu/paratransit

The U's Paratransit Service is a curb-to-curb transport service provided free of charge to persons with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. The service operates on the Twin Cities campus.

Appointments can still be made by phone at 612-624-8338 (same as before), but the new online system is convenient and easy to use. 

Announcements will be made in Brief and other e-publications in the next couple of weeks.

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New Weekend Circulator Starts Jan. 24; Shuttle Timing Extended for Spring Semester
Posted 1/6/14; updated w/ map link on 1/15/14

On Friday, January 24, the U of M will start running a new campus bus route called the Weekend Circulator. 

This bus will run on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.; and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.

The Weekend Circulator will travel between East and West Bank.  On West Bank, the bus will stop at Willey Hall; Washington Avenue and Cedar Avenues (Seven Corners); and 2nd Street and 19th Avenue (near Mondale Hall).  It will cross the 10th Avenue Bridge and turn on University Avenue to stop at Sanford Hall.  The bus will turn onto Pleasant Street to stop at the Jones-Eddy Circle and return to University Avenue to stop at the Rec Center.  It will loop around the stadium stopping at the Thompson Center, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, and McNamara Center.  The bus will travel down Oak Street and stop at Territorial Hall and on Fulton Street between Frontier and Pioneer Halls.  It will stop at the Weisman and loop around to cross the Washington Avenue Bridge as it begins the route again at Willey Hall. A map of this route is online now.

Below, you will find a summary of all campus shuttle routes during the academic semester:

If you have any questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services at 612-626-PARK (7275).

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TED Talk Speaker Gil Penalosa Visits the Weisman Museum on May 7
Posted 5/2/14

From creating open streets in Bogota, Colombia to "Doable Neighborhoods" in four Ontario cities, Gil Penalosa is an implementer and activist for a people-friendly public realm, with sustainable and healthy mobility.  

Called "the Pied Piper of Sustainable Transportation," Mr. Penalosa has influenced thousands through his TED talks and consultations with cities in North and South America.

We are honored to invite you to: <<<SOLD OUT>>>

"Complete Communities" in the University District: a Forum with Gil Penalosa
Wednesday, May 7
8:00  to 9:30 a.m.
Weisman Art Museum

Registration and further details HERE.

We're in one of the most multi-modal districts in an award-winning bicycle city.  Can we go from very good to great?  Join Gil Penalosa and local panelists for a lively exchange.

The forum is free, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED--click HERE.

Thanks to the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation's Placemaking Residency for bringing Mr. Penalosa to MSP.

This forum is brought to you by the University District Alliance and the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, University of Minnesota Capital Planning, and University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services.

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Kickstart Your Earth Day With Campus Events
Posted: 4/14/14

Start your Earth Day right with free breakfast munchies (bananas, granola bars, and coffee, while supplies last).  Take a few minutes to visit with various representatives and get free t-shirts, sunglasses, bags, and maybe even a hydro-massage coupon if you're lucky! 

EVENT: Kickstart Earth Day 2014
DATE: Tuesday, April 22
TIME: 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
PLACE: outside of the Rec & Wellness Center on Harvard St SE
open to the public

Visit our event's Facebook page!

Brought to you by University Services Office of Sustainability, Center for Outdoor Adventure, Parking and Transportation Services, It All Adds Up,  NiceRide, The Hub Bicycle Co-op, Metro Transit's Switch My Trip Program,  Flamenco Coffee Company, University Dining Services, University ReUse Program, University Wellness Program, and the Zap! Program.

After the morning, check out a second Earth Day celebration at Northrop Memorial Auditorium!

The University student group, Students for Sustainability, has organized an Earth Day event in the newly-renovated Northrop Memorial Auditorium from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. An outdoor concert will start at noon and end at 1 p.m. Inside, there will be FREE food as well as student groups and outside organizations sharing their work and how they serve our community and the environment. See the event on Facebook.

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Two Saturday Campus Events Impact Parking in April
Posted: 4/8/14

Two April events will impact travel and parking on campus - Goldy’s Run on SATURDAY, April 12 and the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race on SATURDAY, April 19.  These events will require some access challenges for those coming to campus on those two Saturday mornings.

Campus Shuttle Service

For both runs, the Weekend Circulator will not run during the posted times of the run.  Weekend Circulator service is expected to start approximately one hour late around 10:30 a.m.  Signs will be posted.

East River Road Garage Parkers

For approximately one hour around 7:30 a.m. on both days, 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 to the East River Road Garage.

Washington Avenue Ramp Parkers

During both races, University Avenue will have lane restrictions.  Please prepare for possible time delays.

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

University Avenue Ramp Parkers

During the races, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and certain campus streets will be closed.  Please be prepared for time delays.

For Goldy’s Run (April 12) , it will NOT be possible to ENTER the University Avenue Ramp for approximately one hour between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m.  If you need to arrive during this time, please 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.

The Hot Chocolate race will NOT impact your access in or out of University Avenue Ramp.

Northrop and Nolte Garage Contract Parkers

During the races, portions of University Avenue will have lane restrictions and possible delays.  Please be patient during brief periods of time when runners may affect your drive to and around campus.

The Hot Chocolate race will NOT impact your access in or out of your parking garage.

Lot C20/C21/C38/C39/C46/C47/C48/C49 Contract Parkers

Goldy's Run (April 12) requires RELOCATION of your parking contract on Saturday morning if you need to park prior to 10:30 a.m.

If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, please park in the 4th Street Ramp located at the corner of 4th Street SE and 17th Avenue SE.  Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

The Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race (April 19) will NOT require you to relocate your parking on this day.

Lot C7/C16/C19 Contract Parkers

Goldy's Run (April 12) requires RELOCATION of your parking contract on Saturday morning if you need to park prior to 10:30 a.m.

If you need to use contract parking prior to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, please park in the East River Road Garage.  Please pull a ticket at the entrance.  At the exit, push the silver “Press for Help” button (just below the coin slot) and inform the customer service representative with your name and hangtag number.

The Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race (April 19) will NOT require you to relocate your parking on this day.

More Information About These Events

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 by 10:30 a.m.  For more information on this event, please visit the website: http://www.goldysrun.com/.

The Hot Chocolate 5k and 15k race series is a national race series that takes place in 13 cities across the country.  Ronald McDonald House Charities is the national charity partner and for 2013-14, they expect to raise more than one million dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities.  For more information on this event, please visit http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/.

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

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Frequent Light Rail Operator Training Runs Begin Late February
Posted 2/14/14

Staying off Green Line tracks becomes critical starting on Tuesday, February 25 when Metro Transit will begin frequent light rail operator training runs. 

Trains will run as often as 10 minutes apart.  Train doors will not open at rail stations, but everyone should pay attention-- follow all traffic safety signals and be safe.

“This means anytime is train time from now on. Expect to see a train at any time on any track from either direction,” said Mike Conlon, director of rail and bus safety for Metro Transit. “Safety is our shared responsibility.”

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Motorcycle Parking Contract Sales Slightly Delayed
Posted 3/31/14; updated 4/3/14

U of M motorcycle parking contract sales have been delayed to go on sale the week of April 7 (not April 1).

More information will be posted online and on the PTS Facebook page as an exact date develops.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Stretch of Harvard Street Closed Saturday March 29
Posted: 3/11/14

A portion of Harvard Street near the Physics and Nanotechnology Building will be closed on Saturday, March 29 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. for an art installation project.

The area will be posted with signage, informing drivers to use alternate routes on this day.  The road will be barricaded on Saturday with no access.  Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the east side of Harvard Street.

See map.

This art installation project is anticipated to take approximately six hours.  The staging area will be the southbound lane of Harvard Street near the Physics building plaza. Two large sculptures will be installed by crane.  Made of stainless steel, each sculpture is nine feet tall and six feet long.  Two six-foot granite bases will secure the sculptures in place.

Visitors on campus for the FIRST Robotics competition are encouraged to park in 4th Street Ramp, Maroon Lot and Lot 37 and proceed to walk to Williams and Mariucci Arenas.

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Campus Shuttle Service Changes For Spring Break
Posted: 3/6/14

The University's Spring Break starts Monday, March 17 and goes through Friday, March 21. With fewer people on campus, this affects the hours and frequency of the free campus shuttle buses.

Spring Break hours:

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Monday through Friday:

Campus Connectors run:

East Bank Circulators run:

Weekend Circulator runs:

Scroll up to the previous story for information about Tuesday's Train Derailment Exercise (3/18/14) and how that affects campus shuttles.

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Saturday and Sunday (March 15-16 AND March 22-23):

Campus Connectors run:

Weekend Circulator runs:

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Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator and St. Paul Circulator do not run from Saturday, March 15 through Sunday, March 23. Both routes will return to regular service on Monday, March 24.

Enjoy your Spring Break and let's hope for sunshine and warm temperatures!

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New Winter Parking Restrictions Begin in Minneapolis
Posted 2/24/14

Updated 3/26/14 -- Winter Parking Restrictions end Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

The City of Minneapolis has put into place new Winter Parking Restrictions throughout the City, including the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota.

With the most recent snowstorm, the restrictions are necessary for public safety reasons. Snow and ice buildup along curbs have made many streets too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get through.

Until further notice, parking is not allowed on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes. This includes most residential streets in the neighborhoods near the University. Vehicles parked where they are not allowed are subject to be ticketed or towed.

Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, on parkways and along the odd numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes – provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted.

For more information, visit the City of Minneapolis Winter Parking Restrictions website or call 311.

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Train Derailment Exercise Occurs Tuesday, March 18
Posted: 3/10/14

On Tuesday, March 18, the University will stage a train derailment public safety exercise at the Stadium Village Light Rail Station.  This drill begins at 9 a.m. and continues for most of the day.

Two streets will be closed during this exercise:
- 23rd Avenue between University Avenue and 6th Street will be closed
- Transitway between 23rd and 25th Avenues will be closed

An officer will be posted at University and 23rd to allow access for contract holders into C2, the Gopher Lot and 2221 University Office Plaza Garage. 

Victory and Minnesota Lots will be closed on this day.  Public parkers should proceed to Lot 37 or Maroon Lot. Minnesota Lot contract parkers should use their keycard to park in Ski-U-Mah Lot for this day. 

Hangtag reciprocal parkers should park at the Discovery Lot across the street on this day. 

The bus stop at the Faye Thompson Center for the Campus Connector and Circulator will also be closed for the day.  The nearest bus stop will be at Oak Street and Washington Avenue.

This safety exercise is a multi-agency exercise involving University of Minnesota Police Department, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Parking and Transportation Services, Academic Health Center, Policy Group, University Relations and the Public Safety Emergency Communications Center; St. Paul Fire, Bomb Squad, and Police Departments; St. Paul Emergency Management; Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office; Ramsey County Emergency Management; Metro Transit; Salvation Army and mutual aid partners; and more.

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Take Miller Lite Free Rides on St. Patrick's Day
Posted: 3/14/14

No fares. No blarney. Celebrate responsibly and get a free ride on buses, light rail or Northstar on St. Patrick’s Day.

On Monday, March 17, customers can ride free from 6 p.m. through the last scheduled trip on all Metro Transit routes. The free-ride offer also is available on routes operated by the Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, SouthWest Transit and Anoka County Traveler.

Whether you’ll be out celebrating or you’re not interested in driving alongside those who are, riding Metro Transit is an easy, safe alternative. Miller Free Rides is a community service program in partnership with Metro Transit, J.J. Taylor Distributing Company and Miller Lite.

Learn more.

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Sub-Zero Tempuratures Affecting Roads, Parking Ramp Conditions
Posted 2/26/14

The Twin Cities continues to have difficult road conditions around the metro area. Unfortunately, ice melting materials are not generally effective below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

As with roads, our parking facilities have also been experiencing similar challenges and PTS has had some temporary closures of parking ramp rooftops.

With our limited supply of parking on campus, PTS may need to re-direct some ramp parkers to other facilities. If you are a contract parker who cannot find an open space in your regular parking facility, please call our office at 612-626-PARK and our staff will direct you to a place to park for the day and you will not need to pay again.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this trying time. Rest assured that PTS is working hard to bring things back to normal.

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PTS Needs Your Input on Biking Survey
Posted 2/11/14

Once again, the University of Minnesota is applying for the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business Program and we're reaching for gold!

If you are an employee (part- or full-time), please fill out this 10-minute survey about your experience biking to and from campus.

The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BFBSpring14UMNTwinCities

PTS thanks you for your support of bicycling at the University of Minnesota.

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Lot C79 Permanently Closes December 19
Posted 12/18/13

Lot C79 (on the corner of Fulton and Ontario Streets) permanently closes this Thursday, December 19. 

The official ground-breaking for the new Ambulatory Care Clinic will take place on Friday.

Any vehicles left in the lot after 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, December 19 will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Buses, Bikes Return to Washington Avenue December 9
Posted 11/13/13; updated 11/22/13; 11/27/13

U of M Campus Connector buses will return to Washington Avenue on Monday, December 9.  The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator (WABC) will also come back at this time.  Campus maps are updated online and will be in print soon.

Campus Connector bus stops eastbound and westbound on Washington Avenue will be located at Coffman Memorial Union and Oak Street. Buses will NOT stop at the METRO Green Line East Bank Station (in front of Moos Tower).

See the chart below for affected stops:

Bus Stop Location

How Its Affected & What to Do

Ridder/Mariucci stop

Closed – walk to McNamara to catch Campus Connector

Jones/Eddy (Pleasant & Pillsbury)

Converted to WABC

Willey Hall

Converted to WABC – catch Campus Connector across the street at Blegen

15th and Cedar

Converted to WABC

19th and 2nd

Converted to WABC

Sanford Hall

Converted to WABC

University and 15th

Closed  - walk to Coffman to catch Campus Connector to St. Paul or walk to Jones Hall to catch East Bank Circulator to stadium lots

Rec Sports

Closed – walk to McNamara to catch Campus Connector

McNamara

NEW Campus Connector stop

Coffman Memorial Union

NEW Campus Connector stop

Blegen Hall

NEW Campus Connector stop

 

See campus maps for the full routes and stops.

See schedules/stops on our Campus Connector and Campus Circulator Webpages.

More than 3.5 million passengers ride the campus buses annually.

Bus riders are able to find out where campus buses are and the next predicted arrival times using desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices. Web surfers can find a real-time tracking map at umn.edu/pts showing the entire campus and location of the campus buses.

Two days earlier, on Saturday, December 7, Metro Transit and other regional public transportation providers will resume bus service on Washington Avenue. 

If you ride city transit, please check with your bus provider to see the impact on your route.

More than 20 bus routes operate on Washington Avenue, including University of Minnesota, Metro Transit, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, SouthWest Transit and Maple Grove Transit.

Washington Avenue will remain closed to general traffic between Pleasant and Walnut streets. Only transit buses, light-rail trains, emergency vehicles and bicycles will be permitted on the new Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall between Walnut and Church streets. In this area, buses and trains will operate jointly on light-rail tracks at restricted speeds. Bicycles and emergency vehicles will share outside lanes.

City routes, maps, schedules, safety tips and more will be regularly updated at metrotransit.org/washington.

The METRO Green Line – the region’s second light-rail line – is scheduled to open in mid-2014.

WHEN THE RUBBER
HITS THE TRACKS

Metro Transit Rider’s Almanac blog about
buses returning to Washington Avenue

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Washington Avenue Ramp Skyway Soon To Be Locked One-Way Overnights
Posted: 10/14/13

Beginning soon, the skyway from the Washington Avenue Ramp into the Commons Hotel will be locked from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.

Signs will be posted to alert visitors that the skyway entrance from the ramp into hotel is closed. People can walk to the side or front door of the hotel to enter the hotel during these hours.

The door from the hotel into the ramp will continue to be unlocked 24/7 for constant access from the hotel into the parking ramp.

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Circulator Bus Stop at Masonic Building Temporarily Moved Jan. 21
Posted 1/21/14 -- 12:35 p.m.
Updated 1/21/14 -- 12:50 p.m. Streets have re-opened and these buses are back on their regular route.

The Circulator bus stop at the Masonic Building has been moved over to the corner of Oak and Delaware Streets, due to a fire inside the Fairview Patient/Visitor Parking Ramp.

Emergency vehicles are blocking Harvard Street between Washington and Delaware Streets.

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2014 Hockey City Classic Brings Outdoor Hockey Friday, January 17
Posted 1/9/14

Outdoor hockey is coming back to Minneapolis as the University of Minnesota Men’s Hockey team takes on Big 10 rival Ohio State and the Women's Hockey team takes on Minnesota State.

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SCHEDULE:

Gopher Women's Hockey vs. Minnesota St. -- 4:30 p.m. TCF Bank Stadium

Gopher Men's Hockey vs. Ohio St. -- 8 p.m. TCF Bank Stadium

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BUY TICKETS:

Buy game tickets and advance-discounted parking passes

More details/information

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PARKING DETAILS:

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TIPS IF YOU DIDN'T PRE-PAY FOR PARKING

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Additional Bus Added to East Bank Circulator For Monday, January 6
Posted 1/6/14

Due to the extreme cold this morning, PTS added an additional bus onto the East Bank Circulator route. This should shorten outdoor waiting times for this route.

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Bike Center Retail/Repair Closes Dec. 24 Through Jan. 5
Last updated: 12/13/13

The retail and repair services of the Bike Center will be closed for business from Tuesday, December 24, 2013 through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Access to the secure parking and shower and changing facilities will not change and will be available 24/7.

Effective immeditately, there will be no early-morning drop-off attendant. Early-morning drop-offs will resume with the start of spring semester on Tuesday, January 21.

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

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