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Transportation Headlines Spring 2014 KickIt! Code Word = informed

ACC Construction Projects Affect Area Around Oak Street Ramp

Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3

TCF Bank Stadium Hosts Double Header for Soccer Fans on August 2

Pleasant St from Arlington to Washington Ave Closed July 25-27

PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App

Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U

New Bus Pass For Campus Stops on Green Line Coming in August

4th St Ramp Motorcycle/Official Vehicle Parking Closed This Summer

Summer Means Changes For Campus Shuttle Service

Give PTS Your Feedback on Proposed Campus Shuttle Routes

Sidewalk Closed Near Kolthoff Hall

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. 


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


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
Buy Game Tickets

Parking Options

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

Buy Parking

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. 

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.


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.


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.


Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U
Posted 7/9/14

This fall, the Minnesota Vikings will play football inside TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is built.

With more than 50,000 fans expected, the campus will be filled with excitement. Planning ahead offers the best campus travel experience possible. 

Options include the METRO Green Line Light Rail, Park ’n’ Rides and online pre-paid parking.


1- Arrive early and stay late! Parking facilities open 6 hours before the start of game, but not before 7 am and close four hours after the game, or at midnight, whichever is earlier.
2- Park on the St. Paul campus! It is a great option for anyone living on the east side of the Cities.  Free football shuttles run from Lot S 108 (near the State Fairgrounds) right to the stadium.


For your ease and convenience, buy your season parking pass online at Single game parking passes are available online August 1 – see the Website for details.


Single game parking (CASH ONLY) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Options include:
- 4th St. Ramp – East Bank, 1625 4th St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)
- East River Road Garage – East Bank, 391 East River Parkway, Minneapolis – $10 (no tailgating)
- State Fairgrounds Lot S108 *– St. Paul campus, 1440 Randall Ave., St. Paul – $20 (tailgating)
*note that due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August 8 and 16 pre-season games

Find out more about tailgating rules, alternative transportation options and more.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million

MN Daily / April 15, 2014

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Transit use hits historic levels in metro, nationally

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Simulated light-rail derailment planned Tuesday at U of M

Pioneer Press / March 17, 2014

Metro Transit, the University of Minnesota and public safety agencies will simulate a light-rail train derailment on the U's Minneapolis campus Tuesday. READ MORE

LRT derailment simulation to hit Stadium Village

MN Daily / March 13, 2014

Smoke, first responders and volunteers faking injuries will fill Stadium Village early  on Tuesday, March 18, during a Light Rail Transit derailment simulation, while many University of Minnesota students are away on spring break. READ MORE

The U area doesn’t need additional parking

MN Daily / March 3, 2014

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MSA, students push to change bus routes

MN Daily / February 26, 2014

The Minnesota Student Association Facilities, Housing and Transit Committee passed a resolution Tuesday urging the University of Minnesota to revise its campus bus routes. READ MORE

Gophers prefer crossing campus above ground

MN Daily / February 18, 2014

Despite their burrowing namesake, few University of Minnesota students use the school’s Gopher Way tunnel and skyway system. READ MORE

Campus Connector involved in accident

MN Daily / February 10, 2014

A University of Minnesota Campus Connector was involved in an accident Friday morning at the intersection of the University Transitway and Como Avenue near the St. Paul campus. READ MORE

Weekend Circulator makes its debut

MN Daily / January 27, 2014

The new Weekend Circulator bus route linking the University of Minnesota’s East and West banks began running this weekend, giving students free rides through the night. READ MORE

Biking initiative ends, projects continue

MN Daily / November 26, 2013

The Twin Cities was one of four metro areas in the country to receive a sizable federal grant nearly seven years ago for promoting non-motorized transportation — an initiative that is finishing its final lap. READ MORE