|Move Minneapolis – December 2015 Newsletter|
| Move Minneapolis December 2015 Newsletter includes:
| Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI) celebrated its grand opening with a multi-day celebration the week of December 7-11. Each day highlighted a different aspect of MVI. Local dignitaries and our partners unveiled the iconic Mary Tyler Moore statue in her new temporary home at MVI. Shop Minneapolis brought in local artists featured in the store. Find Minneapolis hosted representatives from city attractions. Move Minneapolis held a mini-transportation expo on December 9th, our day to shine. Our partners from Metro Transit , HOURCAR, Zipcar, Car2Go and Enterprise Car-Share parked their showcase vehicles in front of the store on Nicollet Mall. This included a new Metro Transit electric bus and a vintage 1954 GMC bus from the Minnesota Transportation Museum. In our conference room, we exhibited historic bus artifacts, a 1892 bicycle from the Cycling Museum of Minnesota, the latest Surly fat bike from One On One Bicycle Studio, and Lego large format, scale models of the Northstar Commuter Rail and LRT station from Brickmania. Huge thanks going out to our partners and our guests joined us for the Grand Opening celebrations.
‘Tis the season!
Love riding the Green or Blue Lines? Now you can hang them on your Christmas tree. Custom Lego train ornament kits from Brickmania are available at Move Minneapolis for $20. Choose from a Green or Blue Line models. For the train enthusiast, a stream locomotive with tender ornament kit is also available for $15.
Minneapolis Visitor Information is located at: 505 Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Commuting into downtown St Paul just got easier on the new MnPASS Express Lanes for those who commute on I-35E. Two new MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E between Little Canada and St. Paul opened on Nov. 30. Along with the new lanes, MnPASS customers also have two new tag (transponder) options that do not require lease fee, a lower initial enrollment fee and new MnPASS satellite customer distribution centers.
The new MnPASS Express Lanes on I-35E operate similar to the lanes on I-35W in Minneapolis, provide a long-term, congestion-free travel option and support greater use of transit and vehicles with two or more occupants. Additional details on how to use the MnPASS Express Lanes are available on the MnPASS website.
In addition to the two new lanes (one lane in each direction) on I-35E, the MnPASS program also introduced two new “tag” options for MnPASS customers, and discontinued the monthly lease fee.
The two tag options include a free sticker tag that cannot be transferred between vehicles and a switchable tag that has a one-time $15 purchase fee and can be transferred between vehicles. Both tags attach to the inside of the vehicle windshield. The switchable tag can be turned to the HOV 2+ free mode when two or more people are in the vehicle or to the MnPASS fee mode when the motorist is the only person in the vehicle. Manufactured in the United States, the new tags are compatible with all MnPASS Express Lanes in Minnesota and will replace the current transponders.
Existing transponders and the new tags can be used I-35E, I-394 and I-35W. MnPASS customers with transponders may request a new tag or may continue using their transponder until the battery wears out.
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MnPASS is a state transportation system that provides a congestion-free travel option during peak-drive times on highways with high levels of congestion. MnPASS Express Lanes give all commuters a reliable travel choice that saves them time, increases a highway’s capacity to move more people through a corridor and allows faster, more reliable public bus service. For more information, visit www.mnpass.org.
Northstar customers can help brighten a child’s holiday – and get a free Northstar Family Pass. Bring your whole family on the train for a special “FREE Ride with Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 19.
U.S. Marines, Metro Transit and BNSF staff will be at Target Field on to accept donations when the train arrives.
In exchange for donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots, customers will receive a free Northstar Family Pass to use at a later date (note: limit one pass per customer, pass quantities are limited) or share with a friend.
Ride with Santa to Target Field Station. Festivities start at noon on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Big Lake Station. Ride the Northstar with Santa all the way to downtown Minneapolis. Drop off your donations and pose with Santa at Target Field Station, write a letter to Santa, enjoy refreshments and shop downtown.
Schedule for the “Train Ride with Santa”:
Big Lake: 12:50 p.m., Elk River: 1 p.m., Ramsey: 1:06 p.m., Anoka: 1:11 p.m., Coon Rapids: 1:15 p.m., Fridley: 1:23 p.m. and arriving at Target Field: 1:42 p.m. A train will leave for the return to Big Lake Station at 4 p.m.
We know your time is important, but so are your opinions. That is why the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is inviting you to participate in a survey regarding downtown Minneapolis. Your input on safety, cleanliness, and the public realm will be used to help make downtown Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and visit. The survey will take approximately 15 – 20 minutes to complete and your responses will be kept confidential. PRIZE DRAWING: Upon completion of the survey you will have an opportunity to enter a prize drawing! Five lucky winners will receive a $50 gift card to a downtown business. Take the survey: www.minneapolisdid.com
Get ready for fat bikes! The Winter Cycling Congress will be held 2-4 February, 2016 in Minneapolis on campus of the University of Minnesota at The Commons Hotel. This is a three-day professional development event uniting a diverse and international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. This year, delegates will have the chance to learn and experience winter cycling in a place where the season is celebrated and winter cycling is on the rise.
This year’s congress will be in the United States for the first time in one of North America’s most bicycle-friendly communities. The Twin Cities has a strong tradition of conservation, active lifestyle and celebration of winter. Outside of the Twin Cities, innovative trail grooming practices are being pioneered to enable more fat biking and providing opportunities for growing winter tourism. The Winter Cycling Congress 2016 celebrates the cycling movement while also welcoming inspiration, best practices and lessons from bicycle-friendly communities around the world.
For a complete program listing of events: Winter Cycling Congress Program
Celebrate New Year’s Eve responsibly and get a free ride on Metro Transit buses and light rail.
On Dec. 31, Metro Transit customers can ride free from 6 p.m. through 3 a.m. on buses and light rail.
The free-ride offer is not available on Northstar trains.
Whether you’ll be out celebrating or you’re not interested in driving alongside those who are, riding Metro Transit is an easy, safe alternative.
For route information, call 612-373-3333 or 1-800-FREE-RIDES.