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Campus Connector and East Bank Circulator routes will be extended until 2 a.m., effective Wednesday, December 4. The new hours last through the end of finals (Dec. 19, 2013).
The Campus Connector will operate seven days a week until 2 a.m.
The East Bank Circulator will operate Monday - Friday until 2 a.m.
Students, staff, faculty and visitors can find out where the campus buses are on their desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. This can help shorten the time a person needs to wait at a stop in the late night and early morning hours.
Anyone with a phone can find out when the next bus is expected. Dial 763-567-2453, enter the two-digit bus stop number, and hear the next three predicted arrival times. Individuals can also send a text message to 41411 with ‘umnbus’ and the stop number and they will receive a text back with the next three predicted arrival times (message and data rates may apply based on personal cell plans).
Signage at each bus stop includes the unique stop number, the phone number to call, texting information and a QR code that allows people to use their smartphones with free QR mobile scanning apps.
Learn more: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/nextbus.html
Students are encouraged to walk in groups and call the Campus Escort Service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Gopher Chauffeur is also available for free transportation to and from area destinations by calling 612-388-6911.
Two days ago, the City of Minneapolis started water repair work on Ontario Street SE (south of Washington Avenue). The block is closed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
Ontario Street SE is opened heading north after 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends.
The southbound lane will be closed 24/7.
This work is expected to last a total of three weeks.
Signs are posted in the area.
The City will also be working in another nearby area (on Ontario Street SE from University to Beacon). That work is currently scheduled to begin the first week of December, but its start could be delayed.
View an East Bank campus map.
If you have any questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services customer service at 612-626-PARK..
The 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River is in need of repairs. This historic bridge provides an important link across the Mississippi River for vehicles as well as bicyclists and pedestrians.
A rehabilitation study is underway now to identify the work needed to preserve the bridge, with construction expected to start in 2014.
DATE: Wednesday, December 4
TIME: 6-8 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: University Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 601 - 13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Enter through the north doors, facing the parking lot)
Come find out more about the bridge, and give us your input on the study. Information regarding historic properties will also be presented, and the public will have the opportunity to comment on historic properties and the project's potential effects to them. This event is through the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus was awarded the Gold designation award as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists last week.
Bicycling is on the rise, especially among young people who are turning away from car ownership in large numbers. More and more people are getting on bikes instead, and the University of Minnesota is one of the universities leading the way in making riding safer and more convenient on campus.
“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’ve implemented some great cycling amenities, like an on-campus bike center and bike-sharing program. With a new pedestrian/biking/transit mall being created on campus, we realize our biking population will continue to grow and we plan to continue to meet their needs.”
"As our Bicycle Friendly University program grows, the promise for a more Bicycle Friendly America does, too. Colleges and universities propel our leaders of the future, and more and more of those students are choosing bicycles as their transportation option of choice," said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. "We commend universities, like the University of Minnesota, who are leading the way to a healthier, more sustainable future."
The BFU program is revolutionizing the way universities evaluate their efforts in sustainability, transportation options, and quality of life, while allowing administrators to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this impressive round, there are now 75 BFUs in 32 states and Washington, D.C. The Gold BFU award, one of only four awarded nationwide, 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 program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly University and the application has become a rigorous and educational tool, and the four levels of the award – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for universities 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 Bicycles. 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.
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:
See campus maps for the full routes and stops.
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.
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.
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Ross Allanson has accepted the position of Director for Parking and Transportation Services, effective November 11, 2013.
In this position, Ross will provide leadership and direct the planning for and operation of reliable and efficient transportation services on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus, including parking, transit, light rail, campus traffic, transportation-related infrastructure, alternative transportation modes and system-wide fleet services.
Ross has served in various roles in the parking/transportation industry for the past 24 years, most recently serving as the General Manager for ABM Parking Services where he provided leadership to the City of Minneapolis municipal parking system.
In addition to his role at ABM Parking Services, Ross has served as a Facility Manager/Business Development Director, Standard Parking, Minnesota; the Director, Parking & Transportation for Fairview Hospitals, Minnesota; and Manager, Diamond Parking, Seattle Washington.
During his career, Ross has demonstrated success in creating carpool and transit programs in an effort to reduce parking demand; managing multiple, geographically-separated facilities; managing structured facility and surface lot construction projects; and implementing automated payment parking programs.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in economics with a minor in statistics. In addition, Ross is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) through the University of Virginia and the International Parking Institute, and a Certified Parking Professional (CPP) through the National Parking Association.
Let University's bicyclists voices be heard!
Hennepin County is working with Three Rivers Park District to update the Hennepin County Bike Plan to reflect current and growing uses of cycling in the region. The new plan should be in place by next summer.
PTS encourages U bicyclists to fill out the Hennepin County Bike Plan survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes.
Starting on October 2, Paratransit Service hours were extended until 9:30 p.m. Previously, the van service ended at 5:45 p.m.
Paratransit Service is the U's free curb-to-curb, on-campus transport service for anyone with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. New hours are 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call 612-624-8338 to book a ride or see more information online.
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.
Visit the Central Corridor Website.
Look Ahead Into 2013-14
Check out the U of M Police Department's Alerts page.
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