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2014 Transportation News Archive

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


 

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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