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2014 Transportation News Archive

 

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


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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