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Move Minneapolis March 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.

Carpool Appreciation Day Keeps Giving

 

Last month ABC Ramps celebrated carpooling. Vehicles with two or more people received gift packets upon entry in honor of Carpool Appreciation Day. The goodie packets included chocolates, a FREE day parking pass and code for a $20 Go-To Card transit pass. Over 370 Go-To passes were redeemed in the promotion..

Over 1600 carpoolers regularly park at the MnDOT owned, City of Minneapolis managed parking ramps located on edge of downtown near Target Field. Both drivers and passengers received the gifts as a little “Thank You” for carpooling. Sometimes carpooling does not go as planned – a child gets sick, an unplanned work meeting…commuting schedules are impacted.  A Go-To Card helps fill the transportation gap for carpool partners. The transit pass is worry-free way to take an unplanned bus or train trip.

Carpooling saves time, money and the environment. Over 95% of carpools contracted at the ABC Ramps pay only $20 per month to park. Carpoolers can zoom the Express lanes for free to bypass morning gridlock on the freeways. A recent study showed that 27% of ABC Ramp users commute into downtown via I-394 using the Express lanes. Another 16% arrive from the northwest on I-94. The average ABC Ramp carpooler commutes 12-16 miles each way.  This translates to about 800 fewer cars on our congested freeways each day – reducing traffic and improving air quality.

Interested in saving money and time by starting a carpool?  Contact Move Minneapolis 

  2017 Move Minneapolis Transportation Summit

 

Move Minneapolis hosted the 2017 Transportation Summit on March 15th at the US Bank Plaza Conference Center featuring transportation professionals sharing the inside scoop on sustainable transportation programs, infrastructure and services that benefit Minneapolis employers, commuters and residents. Along with four presentations, the Summit provided an opportunity guests to connect with twelve of our transportation partners.

The 2017 Move Minneapolis Transportation Summit feature four presentations followed by a Q & A.

For more information on the four presentations please click on the  PPT links To Download:

Metro Transit Public Relations        Manager Howie Padilla: Metro Transit Update:

– Metro Transit 2017 Update, 03.15.2017

Transit for Livable Communities Executive Director Jessica Treat:   

TLC – Minn Transportation Legislation Update

Minneapolis Bike Coalition Executive Director Ethan Fawley: 

 Biking And Downtown Minneapolis–Summit 2017

City of  Minneapolis Bike & Ped Coordinator Matthew Dyrdahl:  

 –City Bike Plan

John Barobs Move Minneapolis Communications Manager: 

 MnDOTFull-Hwy-Improvement-Projects-West-Metro-March (003)

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Moving Forward on I-35W rebuild & Orange Line

 

The City of Minneapolis announced two major transportation projects are moving forward in the planning stages including a new Bus Rapid Transit line on Interstate 35W and a major rebuild of parts of I-35W as it nears downtown Minneapolis.

The Federal Transit Administration’s Letter of No Prejudice allows local funding to be used on a transit-only access ramp between downtown Minneapolis and I-35W (right) and a transit station​ at I-35W and Lake Street.

The improvements are part of plans for the METRO Orange Line, which will bring frequent, all-day BRT service to several new and existing stations along a 17-mile stretch of I-35W between Marq2 in Minneapolis and downtown Burnsville. Service is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Like the station at I-35W and 46th Street, the Lake Street Station will be located in the middle of the interstate with two levels, an indoor waiting area and other amenities, serving Orange Line, express and local bus customers. The access ramp will allow 700 buses to avoid congestion entering and existing downtown each weekday.

Efforts to secure full funding for the Orange Line are ongoing but the FTA’s approval is important because it allows the transit ramp and Lake Street Station to be incorporated into state-led construction efforts on I-35W beginning later this year. MnDOT is planning construction on this stretch of I-35W to start by the end of 2017 and will continue until 2021.

Local spending on the ramp and station could later be matched by the federal government, which is being asked to cover half of the Orange Line’s total construction costs.​ Learn more about the Orange Line and subscribe to project updates here.

Concept of Orange Line Lake Street Station on I-35W

Dessa Launches Bike To Orchestra Hall For 2017

 

Combining wit, tenderness, and poetic sensibility to rare effect, Dessa’s work transcends genre. These two sold out performances are her debut with the Minnesota Orchestra featuring familiar songs and brand new compositions. Conductor Sarah Hicks melds Dessa’s work backed with the lush sound of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Celebrate biking to Orchestra Hall! Beginning with the Dessa concerts and continuing through Sommerfest (April 14 to August 5), all guests who bike to Orchestra Hall and show their bike gear at the Box Office will have their name entered into a drawing to win prizes including a Golden Wrench Overhaul from Freewheel Bike ($240 value), tune-ups and gift cards up to $100 in value from local bike shops such as One on One Bicycle Studio, Erik’s Bike Shop and Penn Cycle, and more. For multiple chances to win, guests may enter the drawing at each concert they attend through the summer season! Move Minneapolis will be providing bike maps, ZAP tags, answering bike or transit questions at many of the upcoming Bike To Orchestra Hall performances. As part of this effort, additional bike racks will be installed outside Orchestra Hall for guests to use. More: minnesotaorchestra.org/bike. Metro Transit FREE Rides.

Metro Transit has teamed up with the Minnesota Orchestra and Dessa to offer FREE rides on public transit for guests attending the concerts. Passes are available online for each individual concert now (April 14 and April 15). Print the pass to enjoy a free round-trip ride to the concert. FREE rides are valid from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on both April 14 and 15.

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.