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The University community should be aware of winter break changes from Friday, December 19 through Monday, January 19.
SPECIAL NOTE: Typically, campus shuttle buses do not run on official university holidays, but a special schedule has been prepared for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Weekend Connector will run every 20 minutes on Sunday, January 18 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Monday, January 19 from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.
For more busing details, visit the Busing section.
During Finals Week (Thursday, December 11 - Thursday, December 18), University campus shuttles run a bit differently than usual.
Finals Weekdays through Thursday, December 18
Saturday, December 13
Friday, December 19
Good luck on finals from Parking and Transportation Services.
Zimride by Enterprise is partnering with the SF-Marin Food Bank (sfmfoodbank.org) to donate a $1 for each ride posted or user who joins in December, up to $10,000!
Why the SF-Marin Food Bank? As families around the country gather together in the places they call home, we wanted to show our support for the place where the Zimride story began: San Francisco.
According to the Food Bank, for every $1 donated they’re able to distribute $6 worth of food. Zimride's $10,000 = $60,000 worth of food!
An email went out on Tuesday night to all registered Zimride users.
Electric cars can now be re-charged on the University of Minnesota campus.
Six electric charging stations have been installed at U of M parking facilities. These Chargepoint charging station are dual stations that each accommodate two vehicles for a total of 12 charging stations.
Three of the six dual stations are located on East Bank in the Washington Avenue Ramp, Oak Street Ramp and Lot 37. Two are on West Bank in the 21st Avenue Ramp and Lot 86. The last station is in St. Paul at the Gortner Avenue Ramp.
The charging stations take an average of four hours to fully charge a vehicle. Morning users are encouraged to move their vehicle to a regular parking stall at lunchtime to allow others to take advantage of this amenity.
Use of the charging station will be free, but the regular parking fee to go into the parking facility must be paid.
“Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular,” said Steve Sanders, PTS alternative transportation manager. “We wanted to assist our customers who own these vehicles and give them a place to re-charge their vehicle when away from home. For staff and faculty, many park for more than eight hours. This gives them one less thing to worry about.”
Electric vehicles support a clean environment, reduce dependence on oil and operate at a lower cost than gasoline-powered vehicles.
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).
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 z.umn.edu/vikings|
A FEW PARKING TIPS
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).
BUY PRE-PAID PARKING
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.
DAY-OF –GAME PARKING (Single Game)
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.
Visit the Central Corridor Website.
Look Ahead Into 2013-14
Check out the U of M Police Department's Alerts page.
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MN Daily / September 4, 2014
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MN Daily / September 2, 2014
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KARE 11 / September 2, 2014
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MinnPost / June 10, 2014
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MN Daily / June 4, 2014
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MN Daily / June 4, 2014
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MN Daily / April 21, 2014
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MN Daily / April 15, 2014
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MN Daily / March 13, 2014
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