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2014-15 Parking Contract Rates Announced

Northbound I-35W in Minneapolis, Richfield closing Sept. 19-22

Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September

Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Sept. 2

Campus Parking Meters Enforced on Sundays, Starting August 3

PTS Launches Pilot Project With ParkMe App

Parking, Transportation Options for Vikings Game Days at the U


2014-15 Parking Contract Rates Announced
Posted: 09/19/14

Beginning October 1, 2014, parking contract rates at the University of Minnesota will increase by approximately 3.6 percent. 

The base rate for 24-hour parking contracts in lots, ramps and garages has been the same for the last five years.  The last increase was in October 2008.

For many, the new parking rates will be deducted from paychecks from October 2014 until September 2015.  Because of an extra contract parking period this year, individuals with parking contracts will actually see their deduction per paycheck go down.

24-hour contract rates vary by facility type.  For parking lots, a 24-hour contract costs $67.75 a month, an increase of $2.25 per month. Parking ramps cost $100.75 a month, an increase of $3.50 per month. Most parking garages run $131.75 a month, an increase of $4.50 per month.

Where available, the optional additional cost for the add-on feature, Reserved Contract Spaces, will go up by an additional $2 per month (from $15 to $17 per month).  This fee is added to a base parking contract cost, depending on the facility type.  To cancel a Reserved Parking Space and keep the base contract, a person can email and PTS will confirm the change by email.

Where available, evening parking contracts will increase by $1 per month.  An evening lot contract costs $35 a month; evening ramp contract is $75 a month; and evening garage contract is $98 a month.

Motorcycle parking contract rates have not changed and contracts are still available for $112 per season ($14 a month) in designated seasonal areas.


Northbound I-35W in Minneapolis, Richfield closing Sept. 19-22
Posted: 09/15/14

Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 35W in Richfield and Minneapolis will encounter detours September 19-22, weather permitting.

Northbound I-35W from 66th Street in Richfield to I-94 in Minneapolis will close Friday, September 19 at 11:45 p.m. through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 22

The closure is needed while crews survey I-35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for summer 2017.

There will be two detours in place for northbound I-35W traffic:

·         Westbound I-494, northbound Highway 100, eastbound I-394 and eastbound I-94.

·         Northbound Highway 121, westbound Highway 62, northbound Highway 100, eastbound I-394 and eastbound I-94

All northbound I-35W entrance ramps between 66th Street and I-94 will be closed. Detour signs will be posted for motorists intending to access northbound I-35W at those locations.

For a full list of northbound I-35W detours and ramp closures, visit

In addition to the survey work, crews will drill and take soil samples, inspect bridges and perform any needed repairs during the closure.

This is the second and final weekend closure of I-35W planned for this work. Closing I-35W for two weekends reduces the number of days needed to perform the work. The closures also provide a safer work environment for survey and maintenance crews, as stretches of the I-35W work area have limited to no shoulder space.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit or dial 5-1-1.


Fourth Street South Closes Aug. 14 Through Late September
Posted 8/14/14

Motorists traveling eastbound on 4th Street South in downtown Minneapolis will encounter a detour at Park Avenue beginning Aug. 14, weather permitting.

Crews will close 4th Street South between the southbound Interstate 35W/eastbound Highway 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue through late September. The ramp to southbound I-35W and eastbound Highway 55 will remain open during the closure.

Traffic on 4th Street South will be detoured to northbound Park Avenue, eastbound Washington Avenue and southbound Cedar Avenue.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit or dial 5-1-1.


Third Street Flyover Ramp From Northbound I-35W Closes Sept. 2
Updated 8/26/14 -- this originally-scheduled August 20 closure was delayed to Sept. 2; see red for new dates

The 3rd Street flyover ramp from northbound I-35W will close Sept. 2–23.

Motorists intending to access westbound 3rd Street from northbound I-35W will be detoured to westbound Washington Avenue and southbound Chicago Avenue.

The closures are needed while crews reconstruct 4th Street South and add turn lanes for a new northbound I-35W entrance ramp.

The work is part of a larger I-35W project scheduled for completion in November, weather permitting. The project will improve traffic flow on northbound I-35W and 4th Street South, resulting in shorter travel times and cost savings for motorists through reduced fuel use.

For more information or to sign up for email project updates, visit  

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit or dial 5-1-1.


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


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.

Learn more about parking & transportation for Vikings games at



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 (note: due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August games - a different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium).


For ease and convenience, buy your season parking pass online. Single game parking passes will be available online later in August – 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)
- Oak St. Ramp – East Bank, 401 Oak 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. A different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp and take the fan shuttle to the stadium.

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








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