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Enjoy Free Transit Rides for St. Patrick's Day

U of M Announces First 'Fast Charger' For Electric Vehicles On Campus

Give Metro Transit's Trip Planner A Try!

Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction

 

Big Ten/Midwestern Universities Transportation
and Parking Conference Hits Minneapolis in 2015!

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April 27-29, 2015
Hosted by Parking and Transportation Services,
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus
(Transit, alternative transportation, parking and fleet management)
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More information can be found at www.z.umn.edu/SeeUs

 

Enjoy Free Transit Rides for St. Patrick's Day
Posted: 03/03/15

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and get a free ride on Metro Transit on Tuesday, March 17.

On St. Patrick’s Day, customers can ride free from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on all Metro Transit routes – buses, METRO lines and Northstar. Simply hop on and take a seat for free.

If you’re celebrating that night – or want to avoid driving alongside those who are – riding the bus or train is a worry-free and safe alternative. 

Watch for Metro Transit in the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul on March 17.

Miller Lite Free Rides is a community service program made possible through a partnership with Metro Transit, MillerCoors and J.J. Taylor Distributing Company.

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U of M Announces First 'Fast Charger' For Electric Vehicles On Campus
Posted: 01/28/15

Electric vehicle owners now have access to the latest, fast-charging technology on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

Two weeks ago, a new station was installed at the corner of Washington Avenue and Harvard Street, making it one of the first of its kind operating in the state of Minnesota. This station typically re-charges a vehicle’s battery to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

“The U is committed to incorporating sustainability into its teaching, research and outreach and the operations that support them,” said Ross Allanson, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “We are glad to offer the latest technology in an easily accessible way for those electric vehicle drivers on campus.”

In all, the Minneapolis campus boasts 13 charging stations for electric vehicles – 12   currently inside various public-parking facilities on campus. These stations take an average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Use of all 13 charging stations are free, but the posted parking fee must be paid.

To see where all public electric vehicle charging stations are in the metro area, including the U’s new charger, visit plugshare.com.

For more information on exact locations on the University charging stations, click here.

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Give Metro Transit's Trip Planner A Try!
Posted: 01/21/15

Interested in trying mass transit to get around the Twin Cities?

Get step-by-step itineraries for when and where you want to go with Metro Transit's Trip Planner.

If you are a Web designer and you want to create a personalized trip planner, click on this Personalized Trip Planner link and find instructions on how to choose a default origin or destination just for your needs.

Try transit today.

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Washington Ave. Ramp Exit Under Construction
Posted: 11/19/14

Work will begin soon to add additional exit lanes at the Washington Avenue Ramp (Harvard Street SE).  Drivers will see concrete-pouring activities on the right (south) side of the current three exit lanes.

See a drawing of the new exit.

During this construction phase, you can continue to exit as you have been doing. At least two of the three current lanes will remain available at all times.

The contract-only exit onto Beacon Street will not be affected and will remain open.

Completion of the concrete portion of the project is expected by the end of November.  The equipment will be installed around mid-January.

Signs will be posted.

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

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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