| Move Minneapolis February 2016 Newsletter includes:
Mark your calendar for the 2016 Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Summit on Thursday, March 10th, 2015, taking place from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at US Bank Plaza • North Tower, 31st Floor, 200 S. 6th Street. Downtown Minneapolis is experiencing major construction projects that impact transportation in the city. The 2016 Transportation Summit features transportation professionals who will provide the inside scoop on new transportation infrastructure, programs, and services that benefit downtown Minneapolis employers, commuters, residents and visitors. Topics include:
The event is open to all downtown Minneapolis residents, employers and property managers. Due to space limitations, we ask for a maximum of two representatives from any one organization. Lunch will be provided. Please register by Friday, March 4th, online: www.moveminneapolis.org or phone Bill Andre at 612.859.0656. Please consider a $20 donation.
Downtown Minneapolis just got a little more special for Jon Kuskie, Vice President for Zeller Realty Group’s Minneapolis offices. Jon recently took the Breathe Easy online pledge to improve air quality in the Twin Cities. He’s going to do more of the things that he already does – bicycle commute on the Cedar Lake Trail and shop locally at places like the Minneapolis Farmers Market. As part of the Breathe Easy pledge, Jon entered a drawing for Staycation Package #2. Jon name was picked in a drawing for a staycation that includes; a night at the Hotel Minneapolis, dinner at Hell’s Kitchen, entertainment at First Avenue, and a membership to Car2Go car-sharing.
As the Asset Manager for Zeller Realty Group, Jon oversees eleven commercial office buildings in the Midwest. He enjoys working in Downtown Minneapolis and has done since 1989 when he worked for Norwest Bank. He has been with Zeller Realty Group since 1999.
Jon explained what he values most about downtown Minneapolis, “I love working Downtown because of the dynamism and vitality. From the buzz of all the workers, to the convenience of all the shops and restaurants, to the activities like Farmers Market and After 5 concerts, there is always tremendous energy Downtown that adds to one’s life.”
Enjoying the connectivity of Downtown Minneapolis, Jon added, “The most fun is walking throughout downtown and bumping into friends and colleagues seemingly everywhere. For me personally, being Downtown is a much healthier and comprehensive connection than emails or social media.”
While Jon is enjoying his staycation, Move Minneapolis is gearing up for the next Breathe Easy campaign to improve air quality in the Twin Cities. Watch for details next month about our spring campaign. Take a pledge for clean air, sign up for air alerts and enter a drawing for Minneapolis staycation packages.
Have a commuting rock star that needs to be recognized?
Metro Transit is putting the spotlight on organizations, employers and individuals for their great work in promoting alternatives to driving alone.
They are seeking nominations for the 2016 Commuter Choice Awards, a metro-wide program that salutes creative commuting programs and advocates.
The nomination form is available at metrotransit.org/commuter-choice-awards. Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Feb. 29.
The Commuter Choice Awards program recognizes organizations and employers that promote taking the bus or train, walking, bicycling, vanpooling, carpooling or teleworking. Awards for individuals recognize those who demonstrate a commitment to transportation options in their workplace, school or community.
Winners will be announced at an event set for Thursday, April 28, at Centennial Lakes Park, Hughes Pavilion (7499 France Ave. S., Edina).
Questions? Please contact Bill Andre at 612-859-0656. Thanks!
The A Line – Twin Cities’ first arterial version of Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is set to begin passenger service on June 11, 2016. The A Line is a new kind of bus service for the Twin Cities’ busiest urban streets. BRT is a package of transit enhancements that adds up to a faster trip and an improved experience. This rapid bus route connects Roseville, the Midway area and Highland Park with South Minneapolis at the 46th Street LRT Station on the Blue Line.
The A Line Features:
• Frequent service: Service so frequent you won’t need a schedule, along with fewer stops so you’ll be moving more of the time
• Train-like features: You’ll pay your fare before you get on for faster boarding and you’ll wait at enhanced stations
• Enhanced stations with more amenities: Real-time departure signs so you’ll always know when the bus is coming, enhanced maps and signage
• Enhanced security: Stations with cameras and emergency phones, fare enforcement by Transit Police and improved lighting
• Specialized vehicles: Unique, recognizable buses with wider aisles and wider back door so more people can get on and off easily
The A Line will connect the Twin Cities’ two METRO light-rail lines with the busy Snelling Avenue commercial corridor and several popular destinations, including Hamline University, Macalester College, Highland Village, Rosedale Center, HarMar Mall, Minnehaha Park and the Midway area.
Service begins June 11th.
Car2Go is the first car-share company available at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Car2Go has five spots near the Terminal 2 (Humphrey) light-rail station, with enough room to park 10 of their Smart cars.
Car2Go members reserve cars via a smartphone app, drive the blue and white Smart cars within Minneapolis or St Paul and leave them in legal parking spots. Members pay an annual fee of $35, and then a per-minute charge of 41 cents, and a separate fee of $1 per trip, plus tax. Car2Go adds an extra $7.50 “convenience fee” for vehicles picked up or dropped off at the airport.
Car2Go’s 18 month contract with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is a pilot program that will help determine the demand for car-sharing at the airport.
Zipcar and the other car-sharing companies face the same obstacles as all car owners in winter, namely parking during snow emergencies. Ziptopia, their online magazine, tackles the mysteries about snow emergencies in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Although we’ve been blessed with a mild February, March, traditionally, is one of the snowiest months in Minnesota. Ziptopia’s Snow Emergency Guide
A new ZAP Twin Cities Bike Map will be release in early April – just in time for biking season. The map also demonstrates the benefits of ZAP Twin Cities, a bicycle commuting rewards program. Members have small RFID tags on their front wheel spokes that signals ZAP readers in real-time. Bike commuters can track the number of bike trips made, miles biked, calories burned, fuel saved, and CO2 emissions reduced. ZAP members can follow their progress on a dashboard.
The 2016 map showcases the network of 50+ ZAP readers, ZAP tagging locations and the bike trails network of Minneapolis. Inset maps feature ZAP stations at the U of M St Paul campus and downtown Saint Paul. An regional overview map provides the full context of ZAP Twin Cities area and how it fits into the regional trails network.
Watch for the 2016 ZAP maps to be released in April at over 35 Twin Cities locations. The ZAP maps are FREE to the public through the generous support of our map sponsors. Watch for a sponsor update in the March ZAP newsletter. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org