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Correction Notices:

The 2015-16 printed color campus maps are missing one bus stop near Ridder Arena (Campus Connector and 4th Street Circulator routes). The stop is shown on all electronic files. We apologize for the error.


The 8/27/15 mass email to University students, staff and faculty titled "Your Transportation To & Around the U" incorrectly stated that the Free Ride Weekend included all students, staff and faculty. It is a Free Ride Weekend for students only. We apologize for the error.

Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service

Washington Avenue Ramp Expands Interior Skyway Connection

East River Road Repairs Planned for September 1

Participate in 9/12 Open Streets Event, University Avenue Closes Down

U of M Bus Routes Change August 31 on Twin Cities Campus

Minnesota State Fair Impacts U Traffic and Parking

Union Street Lane Closure Starts Monday, July 20

Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer


Welcome Week Increases Campus Shuttle Service
Posted: 08/31/15

Welcome Week kicks off the official introduction to the U for approximately 6,000 new freshmen coming to campus.

The week-long event starts Monday, August 31 and goes through Monday, September 7. To help move everyone around, Campus Connector shuttle buses will run additional hours during Welcome Week.

As a reminder - the bus stop at the transitway and Commonwealth and the stop at Buford and Gortner are BOTH CLOSED for the Minnesota State Fair (see map of route and stops).

The schedule is outlined below:

Campus Connectors

Monday, August 31 - Tuesday, September 1
7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., every 15 minutes

Wednesday, September 2
7 a.m. - midnight, every 15 minutes

Thursday, September 3:
7 a.m. - 6 p.m., every 15 minutes

Friday, September 4:
7 - 8:30 a.m., every 15 minutes
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., every 5 minutes
5:30 p.m.- 2 a.m., every 15 minutes

Saturday, September 5:
8 a.m. - 10 p.m., every 15 minutes
10 p.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Sunday, September 6 - Labor Day Monday, September 7
9:30 a.m. - midnight, every 20 minutes

Campus Circulators

The NEW University Avenue Circulator will run Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 4 from 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. every 15 minutes.

St. Paul Circulators as well as the NEW Stadium Superblock and 4th Street Circulators will not run during this time period.


Washington Avenue Ramp Expands Interior Skyway Connection
Posted: 8/27/15

Beginning on Monday, August 31 through the end of October, the Washington Avenue Ramp will have construction activities due to the skyway link project located on the east end of level 3.

The skyway link project will create an enclosed skyway from the Transportation & Safety Building to the Commons Hotel through the Washington Avenue Ramp.

The project will permanently eliminate nine parking spaces (including four disability parking spaces). Five new disability parking spaces have already been added north of the east side center stair/elevator tower.

As always, please drive and walk safely especially in construction zones.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 


East River Road Repairs Planned for September 1
Posted: 8/27/15

East River Road (near the Education Sciences Building and parking meters) will have surface repairs on Tuesday, September 1.

Access routes will change during the day.  It will be necessary to drive via Pleasant Street to Pillsbury Drive. 

During some hours of this day, drivers can wrap around to East River Road. 

During other hours, drivers may need to take a left turn down the one-way road between Shevlin and Pattee Halls and turn right after the Child Development Building to access Lot C49.

Be prepared to show the construction flag person a Lot C49 hangtag for access onto East River Road and into the parking lot.

This project could take most of the day. 

View the East Bank campus map.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Participate in 9/12 Open Streets Event, University Avenue Closes Down
Posted: 8/24/15

On Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the University of Minnesota area will be host to Open Streets University of Minnesota for the first time!

The event runs along 14th Avenue from 5th Street to University Avenue, then on University Avenue from 14th to Oak Street, and finally on Oak Street from University to East River Parkway.

Open Streets Minneapolis gives local residents a chance to experience their streets in a whole new way – by bike, skateboard, rollerblade, or on foot. Open Streets closes major thoroughfares to motor vehicle traffic and opens it up for programming and fun from local businesses, residents, and community groups. The family-friendly events are free for all to attend and are a great way to better get to know your community.

Open Streets University of Minnesota is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross), and the University of Minnesota; and is co-sponsored by the City of Minneapolis.

About Open Streets Minneapolis
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has turned Minneapolis streets into car-free, community-filled fun for a weekend afternoon. More than 40,000 people participated in 6 Open Streets Minneapolis events in 2014. Open Streets University of Minnesota is one of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Find full details:

About Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is a member supported and volunteer driven organization working to inspire people to bicycle and make riding a bike safer and more joyful for everyone in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is the host of Open Streets Minneapolis.


U of M Bus Routes Change August 31 on Twin Cities Campus

Posted: 8/13/15

On Monday, August 31, the University of Minnesota will begin operating new campus shuttle routes on the Minneapolis campus.

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With more than 3.5 million passengers riding annually, the University’s shuttle system is a transportation resource for students, staff, faculty and visitors.

The Campus Connector, the University’s most-used route, connects the West and East Banks of the Minneapolis campus with the St. Paul campus. The Connector remains on the schedule, but is slightly altered in its route path, bus stops and timing. Additionally, the St. Paul Circulator is unchanged.

The new University Avenue and 4th Street Circulators connect Dinkytown, Sanford Hall, West Bank, East Bank and the stadium.

The new Stadium Superblock Circulator connects TCF Bank Stadium and the Biomedical Discovery District to the residence hall quad called the Superblock and the Health Sciences area.

These routes will serve the top campus destinations and are planned to align with the academic day and campus building hours.

Campus maps with the routes, stops and service hours are available online and in printed form at several campus locations, including Coffman Memorial Union and St. Paul Student Center.  Additionally, riders can track campus buses and arrival times through web browsers or mobile devices. A real-time tracking map shows the location of the campus buses; learn more at

East Bank map

West Bank map

St. Paul map

Last fall’s pilot late-night bus route, named the University Avenue Circulator, will no longer be in service.  The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator, East Bank Circulator and Weekend Circulator will all be replaced with the new routes.

These new routes are a result of a committee review of campus shuttle ridership data and an extensive campus-wide origination and destination study conducted by the Office of Measurement Services and Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) in the fall of 2014.  The committee included representatives from undergraduate and graduate student government, University planning, PTS and public transit agencies.

“The extensive process that we engaged in resulted in routes that should prove to meet our University community’s needs to move about campus quickly and safely,” said PTS director, Ross Allanson.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is the third largest traffic generator in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services is committed to facilitating safe and effective integrated transportation systems that provide services for pedestrians, bicycles, transit and vehicles.


Minnesota State Fair Impacts U Traffic and Parking
Posted: 08/13/15

The Minnesota State Fair begins Thursday, August 27 and runs through Monday, September 7. During this time, traffic will increase and parking may be tight. Consider alternate commuting options (carpool, bus, bike or walk).



Union Street Lane Closure Starts Monday, July 20
Posted: 07/16/15

Beginning on Monday, July 20, drivers will find the right traffic lane closed on southbound Union Street SE (along the public entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp). See East Bank map.

This Keller Hall project includes a crane and construction staging materials in that right drive lane. Workers will be removing and replacing brickwork, repairing windows, and changing joints on the facades.

Completion of phase 1 of the project is expected in mid-October.

The Beacon Street contract-only entrance to the Washington Avenue Ramp will remain open and unaffected by this work.

As with all construction projects, this is weather dependent (plans may be delayed or extended if necessary).


Pleasant Street Closed From University to Arlington This Summer
Posted: 05/04/15

From May 18 – August 28, Pleasant Street from University Avenue to Arlington Street will be closed to all vehicle and bicycle traffic, due to complete reconstruction of Pleasant Street.

Learn more about the Pleasant Street project.











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PTS in the News!

Quick Electric Car Charging Station Installed on U of M Campus

KSTP 5 / February 2, 2015

Drivers of electric cars on the University of Minnesota campus now have access to a first-of-its-kind charger in Minnesota. READ MORE

The Drive: U gets electric vehicle owners plugged in

Star Tribune / February 2, 2015

A recent study examining key reasons why Americans don’t buy electric-powered vehicles found that drivers fear their batteries will run out of juice and leave them stranded with no place to charge up. READ MORE

Gophers Hockey: Senior Kyle Rau is a Minnesota hockey throwback

SB Nation College Hockey / January 23, 2015

Of the many things in Minnesota forward Kyle Rau personifies, the senior captain for Minnesota sums up both versions of the Gopher Way. READ MORE

Dinkytown could add bike lanes, parking

MN Daily / December 8, 2014

After years of frustration rooted in a lack of parking, Dinkytown is starting to recover. READ MORE

Advocates: Minnesota needs more alternative fuel

MN Daily / November 18, 2014

As Minnesota lawmakers push for the use of alternative fuel, some say progress should be quicker. READ MORE

Bus service to be enhanced in 2015

MN Daily / November 12, 2014

Buses servicing the University of Minnesota could run more frequently and in additional places within the next few years, in an effort to encourage the public to lean on public transportation rather than cars. READ MORE

Road near Siebert Field could get a facelift

MN Daily / September 11, 2014

Walk down Eighth Street Southeast toward its dead end near Siebert Field and the road becomes riddled with potholes and loose gravel. READ MORE

Everyone should be able to cycle

MN Daily / September 10, 2014

The Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota is devoted to encouraging cycling among African-American residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul. READ MORE

Updated bus line begins circulating

MN Daily / September 4, 2014

With the addition of a few new campus bus stops as well as the University Avenue Circulator line, students have an increased number of options available to them. READ MORE

New bus route, stops hit campus

MN Daily / September 2, 2014

Following student requests, the University of Minnesota’s campus bus system will sport new stops and debut an additional route beginning this week. READ MORE

New Green Line at U of M brings safety concerns

KARE 11 / September 2, 2014

The University of Minnesota received its first full exposure to regular campus life alongside the new Green Line Light Rail. Tuesday was the first day of classes for the fall semester. READ MORE

University of Minnesota speeds efforts to tighten campus security

Star Tribune / August 28, 2014

A year ago, if you had asked Pamela Wheelock how long it would take to tighten building security on the University of Minnesota’s sprawling Twin Cities campus, she would have said: five years. READ MORE

Watching the demand for parking at U of M

Finance & Commerce / August 21, 2014

Ridership on the Green Line has already exceeded expectations, and its popularity raises a question: Will enough people take the light rail transit line to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus to free up one or more parking lots for development? READ MORE

A Vikings fan's guide to TCF Bank Stadium

Pioneer Press / August 7, 2014

Starting with Friday night's exhibition opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Vikings are trading indoor games at the now-gone Metrodome for outdoor games at smaller, but so-much-nicer TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons. READ MORE

Your guide to getting to Friday's Vikings-Raiders game at U

Star Tribune / August 7, 2014

Just as the Vikings will be auditioning new players during Friday night's preseason opener, the game against the Oakland Raiders will serve as a test run for fans trying to get to the team's new home for the next two seasons, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. READ MORE

Navigating TCF Bank Stadium for Vikes game

KARE 11 / August 4, 2014

In just four days the Gopher's Den that is TCF Bank Stadium will be the Vikings home field, and with that come some lessons in logistics for game goers. READ MORE / WATCH VIDEO

Green Line means go for local colleges and medical centers

MinnPost / June 10, 2014

A new era for the Twin Cities dawns in a few days when the Green Line opens between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Green Line opening changes bus routes

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

When the long-awaited Green Line light rail opens June 14, three popular University of Minnesota area bus routes will adapt. READ MORE

Final phase of bike-walk trail connects downtown to campus

MN Daily / June 4, 2014

After opening last August, a citywide bicycle project is nearing completion with a new connection between the University of Minnesota’s campus and downtown Minneapolis. READ MORE

Close roads for more pedestrians

MN Daily / April 21, 2014

The increasing number of options to live near the University of Minnesota campus means that more people are in the area at all times. READ MORE

Minneapolis patches pothole fund with $1 million

MN Daily / April 15, 2014

This year’s harsh winter conditions have created massive potholes throughout Minneapolis, prompting City Council members to pass a budget measure Friday to help speed up repairs. READ MORE

Minnesota's Dinkytown Greenway

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy / April 2014 Trail of the Month Recurring Feature

"It isn't the longest bike trail in the city, but it is probably one of the most important," said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak... READ MORE

Transit use hits historic levels in metro, nationally

Star Tribune / March 24, 2014

Each weekday morning, as befits the name, Tim Busse climbs on a bus. It’s a route he calls “wildly successful” — about half full when it leaves Burnsville, but packed every morning after its Bloomington stop. READ MORE

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

As a columnist, I have a great opportunity to present opinions that college-age readers might not otherwise consider. In a similar light, readers have an opportunity to read opinions from multiple columnists in this paper. READ MORE

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