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Move Minneapolis – April 2017 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 – Newsletter

Pain Is A Great Motivator!

 

This year’s construction season promises to be very painful. Downtown commuters face a gauntlet of construction cones on the highways, “Road Closed” barricades line the downtown streets. Those who successfully navigate the construction maze are still not home free. Several surface parking lots are being converted into high-rise towers – fewer and fewer places to park.
Coming in from the West Metro, Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has three major projects impacting commuters; Hwy 169 is closed in Edina and lane restrictions up to Golden Valley, I-94 is being resurfaced from Brooklyn Park down past the Lowry Hill Tunnel and, starting this fall, I-35W will be reconstructed from 42nd Street up through the     I-94 Commons. Meanwhile, downtown Minneapolis has construction projects on Nicollet Mall (see below), Washington Avenue, and soon 4th Street will be rebuilt.
Enough pain already?

Move Minneapolis offers alternatives to the road construction insanity with a new outreach campaign called “Get Around – Move past the gridlock!”.  Move Minneapolis encourages single occupancy vehicle (SOV) drivers to try an alternative commute that will save time, money and lots of frustration in the process.
Move Minneapolis helps you avoid road construction gridlock:

NorthStar Commuter Rail: (service runs parallel to I-94 starting in Big Lake)

  • free Park & Ride lots
  • free wi-fi, double-decker cars w/onboard bathrooms
  • five morning trains going into downtown on dedicated tracks
  • many employers offer subsidized, pretax Metropass transit cards

Express Transit Busses:

  • free Park & Ride lots
  • use the I-394, I-94, I-35W Express lanes to zoom past gridlock
  • many employers offer subsidized, pretax Metropass transit cards

Carpooling:

  • Use the I-394, I-94 Express lanes toll free to zoom past the gridlock
  • Park for a little as $20 per month at the ABC Ramps 
  • Free Ramp & Ride card for the Downtown Zone

MnPASS:

  • Use the I-394, I-94 Express lanes (bring a passenger and no drive toll free)

Bicycle Commuting:

  • Seven major bike trails going into downtown
  • Many employers offer Health & Wellness credit for biking
  • Many employers offer bike rooms w/lockers & showers
  • ZAP Twin Cities bike commuting rewards program

Learn more about the advantages of these transportation modes: www.moveminneapolis.org, or visit Move Minneapolis at the MVI, 505 Nicollet Mall.  Watch for the “Get Around” campaign at Minneapolis outreach events starting in May. Pledge to try an alternative mode and be entered into a drawing for valuable prizes including: a Bianchi bike, Staycation package (hotel, dinner, Orchestra Hall passes),  or an annual Nice Ride membership. “Get Around” event dates will be listed soon

  Meet Move Minneapolis’s New Executive Director

 

Move Minneapolis is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Morse Marti as its executive director. Ms. Morse Marti started her new position on April 10th.
“We are pleased to welcome Mary to our organization,” said Tina Hoye, Move Minneapolis’s board chair. “Her passion for transit and transportation issues will help Move Minneapolis expand its influence in Minneapolis among commuters, businesses, residents and visitors.”
As executive director, Morse Marti will provide leadership and management to move the organization forward, including developing a mission-driven strategic plan.
Ms. Morse Marti loves cities, transportation, and infrastructure. She has made her career in organizational leadership and communications and is the nonprofit social entrepreneur behind Hourcar, the Minnesota-based car-sharing service. Ms. Morse Marti is interested in promoting livable cities and healthy, affordable, sustainable, and pleasurable transportation options for commuters. She’s been a transit and bike traveler for decades, but is also known as something of a gearhead who appreciates advancements in vehicle and transportation technologies. Ms. Morse Marti is married to a University of Minnesota scientist and has one adult son. She is a graduate of Macalester College.

Ms. Morse Marti joins Move Minneapolis at a very exciting time for the organization. Several new partnerships are being forged along with a new road construction themed campaign called “Get Around” launching in May.

  May Is Minneapolis Bike Month

 

May is Minneapolis Bike Month! Throughout Bike Month, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Move Minneapolis and community partners will host events and activities focusing on encouraging new and experienced riders, including Twin Cities Bike to Work Day. Bike Month is a great opportunity to try bike commuting for the first time! Downtown has a growing number of dedicated and protected bike lanes to make your commute fast and safe.

Minneapolis Bike Month Events (so far):

  • Saturday, May 6: Women & Gender Non-Conforming Rider Day
  • Wednesday, May 10: Bike to School Day
  • Friday, May 19: Twin Cities Bike to Work Day  –  Pit Stops will greet riders with coffee, water and treats throughout the trails network.
  • Saturday, May 27: Family Bike to Parks Day

WANT TO PROMOTE BIKING WITHIN YOUR WORKPLACE?

  • Offer a Class! Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition offers a variety of bicycle education classes for your workplace.  Learn more here.
  • Get your Coworkers Riding! Get the Twin Cities Bike to Work Day business packet with everything you need: Posters, maps & bike swag here.
  • Sponsor Bike Month! Learn more here.

 

 

May 17 is  ABC Ramps Customer Appreciation Day

 

More than just a parking ramp! On Wednesday, May 17th celebrate Customer Appreciation Day at the ABC Ramps and learn about ways the facilities are used.  The ramps are owned by MnDOT and managed by the City of Minneapolis. During an average weekday over 4,800 customers use the ramps.

In addition to providing parking for drive-alone commuters, the facilities offer; carpool parking (park for as low as $20 per month!), motorcycle parking, bicycle lockers and showers, EV charging stations, on-site bus and light rail connections, Skyway connections and easy access to the I-394 and 1-94 Express Lanes (for carpoolers & MNPASS users).

Stop by on the morning of Wednesday, May 17th, from 6:30 – 9:30 AM at the Skyway level lobby of Ramps A & B, or the 1st Floor lobby of Ramp C. Enjoy some coffee, cookies and free swag bag of goodies. Learn about what the ABC Ramps have to offer to save time, money and the environment in meeting your commuting needs. 

According to updates from the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the two-year, $50 million Nicollet Mall reconstruction project is on track, on budget and will be largely finished by this November. The bronze Mary Tyler Moore statue, who has greeted passersby from her temporary home at the Minneapolis Visitor information (MVI), will soon reclaim her corner at 7th Street and Nicollet, in front of the former Dayton’s/Macy’s store. The light at the end of the tunnel can’t come soon enough for businesses, residents, commuters and shoppers who have been dodging traffic cones and sidewalk closures since the fall of 2015.

It has not been easy for businesses and restaurants located on Minneapolis’s “Main Street” that have endured interruptions, dust and street closures during construction.  Bus and bike traffic were funneled to Hennepin Avenue and other nearby streets. The moving obstacle course of barricades challenged the 130,000 employees and residents who use or cross Nicollet Mall each day.

Until now, much of the work has been concentrated underground replacing the aging utilities infrastructure. The above ground work is now picking up steam and will last through the summer. Streetlights will be added later, along with an extensive public art collection and hundreds of trees. The finished product will weave the arts culture with the natural beauty of Minnesota – a sculpture garden within an urban forest.

Nicollet Mall will be one of the showcase destinations in preparation for the Super Bowl early next year when tens of thousands of visitors descend upon the city. Some bus routes will return to the street along with lanes for bicyclists. The new design incorporates the needs of pedestrians who will frequent restaurants, outdoor patios, storefronts and green spaces connecting the twelve-block stretch through the heart of downtown. Parts of the street will reopen near Orchestra hall by mid-summer as the work progresses block-by-block slowly eastward. Until then, Mary will keep her hardhat on.