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Move Minneapolis – October 2016 Newsletter

 Since 1991, Move Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO) has been advocating for a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a growing and vital downtown Minneapolis.
Move Minneapolis – Oct. 2016 Newsletter
The TMO promotes sustainable transportation – mass transit, carpooling, car-sharing, biking and walking – through an outreach and education program that targets downtown workers, residents, and visitors.

Minnesota Department of Transportationannounced that Interstate-94, between Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center, is getting ready for a major overhaul starting the spring of 2017 and lasting approximately two years.

This highway corridor, one of the busiest stretches in the Twin Cities, averages more than 140,000 vehicles a day. The past 35 years of heavy traffic, coupled with our tough Minnesota climate, has significantly deteriorated the road. Construction is scheduled to start in March.

This work will impact neighborhood residents, commuters, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians at various stages of the construction. Expect lane restrictions and/or closures on segments of freeway during the process. Some freeway entrance and exit ramps will be temporarily closed. Bridge deck replacement will also require a couple of weekend freeway closures. From May until August 2017, the Lowry Hill tunnel be closed on one side making the other side temporarily into a two-way tunnel. Speeds will be limited to 30 mph in the tunnel during construction.

Move Minneapolis offers transit, carpooling, bicycle commuting and telecommuting information to help mitigate the expected traffic headaches. Plan your commuting routes and transportation mode options to by-pass the gridlock. For the latest updates on the I-94 project:www.moveminneapolis.orgwww.mndot.gove/metro/projects/i94brooklynctr, www.mndot.gov/socialmedia

Car Free Day Pledge Drawing Winners!

Cynthia has worked downtown as a legal professional for over 25 years – most of that time commuted by bus from Burnsville. She likes the ease and flexibility of using a Metropassprovided by her employer. Her express bus gets her to work, and she also can hop onto a Green Line train to easily get to meetings in St Paul.  She saves money on parking and gas, usually getting into the office faster than her colleagues who drive.

When Cynthia learned about Car Free Day, she encouraged her co-workers to pledge not to drive on September 22nd. While she likes her express bus routine, it is also important to her to reduce her carbon footprint.  She thinks that Car Free Day is a great way for downtown workers who drive alone to try more sustainable transportation options.

Her enthusiasm paid off by winning the Car Free Day drawing for a Bianchi Cortina bicycle from One On One Bicycle Studio.  She was thrilled to win a new bike because she had planned to purchase a bike in the spring. Now Cynthia is looking forward to exploring the South Metro bike trails on her new Bianchi.

Shillie Fisher has had an exciting fall! She just moved from the Pheonix, started a new job, her beloved Vikings are winning. AND, she scored the Car Free Day Staycation prize in the pledge drawing.

Originally from Marshall, MN, Shillie lived in Arizona for the past 7 years until taking a new job at Olson advertising agency and moving to Uptown. Taking a pledge NOT to drive-alone for Car Free Day was no problem – she does not own a car. She commutes by bus using a Metropassprovided at a discount from Olson. She was trilled that part of the prize was an HOURCAR membership. Car-sharing will supplement her transportation for those occasions when she needs to drive without having to own a car.

As a sax player, Shillie is excited about the Orchestra Hall voucher she won. She saw the Minnesota Orchestra play “Purple Rain” at the first home Vikings game. Now she can go attend a full concert at Orchestra Hall!

Nice Ride Membership Winner

Thomas Hazlett pledged not to drive-alone on Car Free Day and stick with bike commuting. In fact, he does not own a car and relies on pedaling or transit for his commuting needs. As the winner of the year-long Nice Ride membership, Thomas can now fill in any missing transportation gaps.
Hazlett graduated this past spring from the University Of Minnesota with a degree in psychology. He transitioned from student to U of M staff by landing a job at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs where his title is “Noodle Wizard”. “Noodle” is a research platform use by educators. Originally from Akron, Ohio, Hazlett is impressed with the bike trails network on campus and throughout Minneapolis. He does not even miss driving a car.

Wells Fargo Center’s New Bike Room

The new Downtown East Well Fargo Bank towers opened for occupancy this past July. Nearly 5,000 Wells Fargo employees will soon be working in the state-of-the-art, LEED Platinum Certified buildings situated side-by-side on the north side of Commons Park. Car free commuting is a very viable option for staff. Employees enjoy easy access to the US Bank Stadium LRT Station, major bus routes and several bike trails pass within a block or two.

To encourage employees to bicycle commute,Well Fargo installed a spacious bike room. Three varieties of secure racks hold up to 125 bicycles – with space to add more when needed. Bike work benches and tools allow for maintenance, there’s even bike wash provided for those slushy winter rides. For cleaning the riders, showers and lockers are available. While these amenities are popular with employees, the pay off for Wells Fargo is with a healthier and happier staff. New bicycle commuters sign-up for the bike room each month and many have committed to ride year-round.

Car Free Day By Kayak To Minneapolis

Consider a morning commute where the headache is not bumper-to-bumper traffic, just an occasional boat wake or floating log. No pot holes to speak of, only a gentle current pulling towards downtown in the distance. On Car Free Day, Sept. 22nd, Susan and Mark Overson launched a pair of paddle-share kayaks in North Mississippi Regional Parkand set out for a leisurely 3.9 mile paddle downstream to Boom Island. Surrounded by lush park lands and wildlife  – this has got to be the most beautiful morning commute in the Twin Cities.
Oversons’ kayak commute demonstrates a real, viable way to arrive at the office in the IDS Center. According to Susan Overson, a landscape architect and park planner with the Mississippi Regional Park, paddle-share is something brand new for the National Park Service. For those who don’t own their own equipment, its an affordable way to explore the river. The concept is similar to bike-sharing but need 18 or older with some previous kayaking experience. Paddlers reserve a kayak online ($30 for a four hour period), unlock a kayak with a code from a rack, grab a paddle and life jacket and launch. Downstream there’s a designated station on Boom Island to return the equipment. From there, its a 15 minute journey into downtown on a Nice Ride bike. Total time from kayak launch to Crystal Court is about two hours…but what a lovely way to get to work.
How about the commute back home? Nice Ride offers the wheel to ride without having to paddle upstream. For those interested in Mississippi River Paddle Share, better hurry because this season ends on October 30. Paddle share will return next spring with expanded stations and service.

Blue Line Extension Open Houses

 

The public is invited to review station design concepts for the METRO Blue Line Extension Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and learn about the station design process. Event Flyer [PDF]

The Blue Line Extension LRT Project Office has developed station design concepts based on community feedback and lessons learned from previous LRT projects in the region. This open house is an opportunity to learn about the station design process, review specific station design concepts, and give feedback to project staff. Other project information will also be available including updates on LRT design issues in each community.

Anyone who requires assistance to participate in this meeting is invited to contact Blue Line Extension Community Outreach Coordinator David Davies: David.Davies@metrotransit.org or 612-373-5336. Requests for special assistance should be made at least five business days in advance of the scheduled open house.

A brief presentation will be given at 6:00 pm but feel free to come and go at any time. Staff will be available to answer your questions and receive your comments.
Minneapolis – Wednesday, November 9
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Harrison Recreation Center
503 North Irving Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QZB8Z5RdFH72Golden Valley – Thursday, November 10
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Golden Valley City Hall
7800 Golden Valley Road,
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/z7VTxX1csC72Crystal – Monday, November 14
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Crystal City Hall
Community Room (Basement)
4141 Douglas Dr N
Crystal, MN 55427
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/taRchHA2BJ12

Robbinsdale – Wednesday, November 16
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Robbinsdale City Hall
4100 Lakeview Avenue North
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/FZJHpzU2qJS2

Brooklyn Park – Thursday, November 17
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Park Library
8500 West Broadway Avenue
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GqrwmdAMrz92

Move Minneapolis is made possible by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant in partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, the City of Minneapolis and the Downtown community.