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2014 Transportation News Archive

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


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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