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4th Street Ramp Service Road Temporarily Converted to One-Way Road

September is Safety Month for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Transit Riders

New Ride-Sharing Company Replaces Zimride at U of M

Open Streets Event Takes Place on Campus October 1

Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall

Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned

 

4th Street Ramp Service Road Temporarily Converted to One-Way Road
Posted: 09/26/16

The service road on the west side of the 4th Street Ramp has been temporarily converted to a one-lane driveway until February 6, 2017, due to the 4th Street Ramp generator project. 

The parking spaces and snow dump area WILL NOT be available during this time. 

The service drive has been temporarily posted as one-way heading southbound ("Do Not Enter" signs are facing 4th Street).

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September is Safety Month for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Transit Riders
Posted: 09/02/16

Parking & Transportation Services at the University is promoting transportation safety awareness with several events this month. 

The primary goal of these events is to engage people in discussions about transportation safety and to hand out informational literature.  The PTS prize wheel will reward attendees who supply correct answers to basic safety questions with promotional giveaways and treats. Drawings will be for a free U-Pass and one-year bike locker contracts.

On Tuesday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Behind the Big Wheel will take place at the intersection of the Transitway and 25th Avenue SE.  See various large vehicles, including a campus shuttle bus, so bicyclists can experience what the view is like from the driver's seat.  PTS staff will be on hand to explain the challenges faced by bus drivers encountering distracted cyclists on the Transitway. The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will participate as well. Free lunch for the first 100 people on-site.

Open Streets - University of Minnesota will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The route changed from last year's inaugural event; this year, it will go from Dinkytown, through East Bank, West Bank, and the Cedar-Riverside area.   The Open Streets event will have a mini Big Wheel event with a University shuttle bus, and the PTS prize wheel will reward attendees who supply correct answers to basic safety questions with promotional giveaways and treats.

See the complete list of events below:

Tuesday, September 6
Transportation Fair
Coffman Memorial Union Front Plaza
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7
Farmers Market
McNamara Alumni Center Plaza
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 8
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ University & Oak
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 13
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ CSOM
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 14
Farmers Market
McNamara Alumni Center Plaza
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, September 15
U Safety Stop
Bus stop @ SP Student Ctr.
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 20
Donuts with the Cops
West Bank Bridgehead
8 – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 21
Donuts with the Cops
Union Street Plaza (East Bank)
8 – 10 a.m.

Thursday, September 22
Donuts with the Cops
St. Paul Student Center bus stop
8 – 10 a.m.

Tuesday, September 27
Behind the Big Wheel
Corner of Transitway and 25th Ave. SE
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
Open Streets
Dinkytown/East Bank/West Bank/Cedar-Riverside area
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PTS hopes to see you at one of more of these activities.

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New Ride-Sharing Company Replaces Zimride at U of M
Posted: 8/25/16

The University of Minnesota is changing its ride-sharing contract. As of Friday, August 31, 2016, the Zimride network will no longer be in service. A new program will be launched in the fall. Thank you for your dedication to carpooling!

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Open Streets Event Takes Place on Campus October 1
Posted: 8/23/16

Open Streets - University of Minnesota will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (rain or shine). The route changed from last year's inaugural event; it goes from Dinkytown, through East Bank, West Bank, and the Cedar-Riverside area.  

The Campus Connector and University Avenue Circulator will run on a modified route during the event. Watch for signs at the bus stops.

ABOUT THE EVENT 

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.

Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has turned Minneapolis streets into car-free, community-filled fun for a weekend afternoon. Open Streets University of Minnesota is one of eight Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer. Find full details: www.openstreetsmpls.org.

Open Streets Minneapolis is an initiative of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition inspires people to bicycle and advocates for a city where everyone feels comfortable riding. Through Open Streets, Bikeways for Everyone and Minneapolis Bike Week, we enjoy engaging and empowering more people to ride comfortably in the City of Minneapolis. 

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Raymond Avenue Closes between Standish St, Como Avenue This Fall
Posted: 08/04/16

The City of St. Paul has scheduled reconstruction for the Raymond Avenue Phase III Paving Project this fall.

This work will be done in two stages. The first stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Standish Street and Como Avenue.

Starting on Tuesday, September 6 through Wednesday, November 23, the roadway will be closed to through traffic. Local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Vehicles will be detoured on Highway 280.

Access for pedestrians, bicycle traffic and emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the project.

The second stage will be on Raymond Avenue between Energy Park Drive and Standish. This will occur in spring of 2017. 

Project Inspector Mike Vanbeusekom from the City of Saint Paul will oversee this project.  Mike’s contact information is 651-266-6083. Note that Mike’s phone does not accept emails or text messages.  Please call and leave a voicemail message if necessary.

Updates will be made available by calling 651-266-ROAD (651-266-7623) or visiting the City’s website at http://www.stpaul.gov/construction.  

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Highway 36 Bridge Reconstruction Over Lexington Avenue Planned
Posted: 03/23/16

In April, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin work on the Highway 36 project to replace the Highway 36 bridge with two new bridges to carry eastbound and westbound Hwy 36 traffic.

MnDOT will also reconstruct and resurface the ramps at Lexington Avenue and the westbound ramps at Hamline Avenue; resurface Highway 36 between Hamline Avenue and Victoria Street; and replace the two signal systems at the Lexington Avenue ramps.

Lexington Avenue will be closed at Highway 36 and detoured for up to five months during the project. Other ramps in the area also will close during a portion of the work.

When complete in November, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility; lessen congestion, provide smoother road surfaces, and extend the service life of Highway 36 and the bridges at Lexington Avenue.

For more information about the Highway 36 project along with closures and detours, please visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy36roseville/ or for other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov.

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