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The University's Spring Break starts Monday, March 17 and goes through Friday, March 21. With fewer people on campus, this affects the hours and frequency of the free campus shuttle buses.
Campus Connectors run:
East Bank Circulators run:
Weekend Circulator runs:
Campus Connectors run:
Weekend Circulator runs:
Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator and St. Paul Circulator do not run from Saturday, March 15 through Sunday, March 23. Both routes will return to regular service on Monday, March 24.
Enjoy your Spring Break and let's hope for sunshine and warm temperatures!
The Twin Cities continues to have difficult road conditions around the metro area. Unfortunately, ice melting materials are not generally effective below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.
As with roads, our parking facilities have also been experiencing similar challenges and PTS has had some temporary closures of parking ramp rooftops.
With our limited supply of parking on campus, PTS may need to re-direct some ramp parkers to other facilities. If you are a contract parker who cannot find an open space in your regular parking facility, please call our office at 612-626-PARK and our staff will direct you to a place to park for the day and you will not need to pay again.
We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding during this trying time. Rest assured that PTS is working hard to bring things back to normal.
The City of Minneapolis has put into place new Winter Parking Restrictions throughout the City, including the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota.
With the most recent snowstorm, the restrictions are necessary for public safety reasons. Snow and ice buildup along curbs have made many streets too narrow for fire trucks and ambulances to get through.
Until further notice, parking is not allowed on the even side of non-Snow Emergency routes. This includes most residential streets in the neighborhoods near the University. Vehicles parked where they are not allowed are subject to be ticketed or towed.
Parking is allowed on both sides of Snow Emergency routes, on parkways and along the odd numbered side of non-Snow Emergency routes – provided a Snow Emergency is not in effect, or unless otherwise posted.
For more information, visit the City of Minneapolis Winter Parking Restrictions website or call 311.
Staying off Green Line tracks becomes critical starting on Tuesday, February 25 when Metro Transit will begin frequent light rail operator training runs.
Trains will run as often as 10 minutes apart. Train doors will not open at rail stations, but everyone should pay attention-- follow all traffic safety signals and be safe.
“This means anytime is train time from now on. Expect to see a train at any time on any track from either direction,” said Mike Conlon, director of rail and bus safety for Metro Transit. “Safety is our shared responsibility.”
The METRO Green Line (light rail) starts running on Saturday, June 14, with free rides and day-long community celebrations.
The 11-mile corridor between the two downtowns links Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown to the State Capitol complex, Midway, University of Minnesota and Target Field. As the region’s second light rail line, the METRO Green Line will connect to the Blue Line (Hiawatha) at Downtown East Station.
The mid-June opening will allow the line to serve baseball fans attending Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Target Field in July.
The opening is nearly six months earlier than required by the Federal Transit Administration, which is funding half the $957 million project. The project is on budget.
The project created 5,445 construction jobs and $252 million in construction payroll, with workers coming from more than 60 Minnesota counties ranging from the Canadian border to Iowa. The METRO Green Line also created 177 permanent operations and maintenance jobs for downtown St. Paul and has spurred more than $1.7 billion in development along the line.
Event planning for opening day is underway, with the help of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, and involvement of the surrounding communities and businesses. Following a 9 a.m. speeches and ceremonial ribbon cutting at Union Depot, festivities and events for all ages are being planned from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Union Depot Station, Central Station, Western Avenue Station, Victoria Street Station, Hamline Avenue Station, Raymond Avenue Station, Stadium Village Station and West Bank Station. Metro Transit will offer free rides on the METRO Green Line and all other rail and bus routes June 14-15.
Station-area events will reflect the distinct flavor of the various neighborhoods and communities on the corridor and provide an opportunity for riders to experience what the communities have to offer.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Council runs the regional bus and light rail system and Northstar commuter rail, collects and treats wastewater, coordinates regional water resources, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. The Council board is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.
On Friday, January 24, the U of M will start running a new campus bus route called the Weekend Circulator.
This bus will run on Fridays from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.; and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
The Weekend Circulator will travel between East and West Bank. On West Bank, the bus will stop at Willey Hall; Washington Avenue and Cedar Avenues (Seven Corners); and 2nd Street and 19th Avenue (near Mondale Hall). It will cross the 10th Avenue Bridge and turn on University Avenue to stop at Sanford Hall. The bus will turn onto Pleasant Street to stop at the Jones-Eddy Circle and return to University Avenue to stop at the Rec Center. It will loop around the stadium stopping at the Thompson Center, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, and McNamara Center. The bus will travel down Oak Street and stop at Territorial Hall and on Fulton Street between Frontier and Pioneer Halls. It will stop at the Weisman and loop around to cross the Washington Avenue Bridge as it begins the route again at Willey Hall. A map of this route is online now.
Below, you will find a summary of all campus shuttle routes during the academic semester:
If you have any questions, please call Parking and Transportation Services at 612-626-PARK (7275).
Visit the Central Corridor Website.
Look Ahead Into 2013-14
Check out the U of M Police Department's Alerts page.
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
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
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
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
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