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Move Minneapolis – May 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

Don’t Merge Into Gridlock!

Move Minneapolis’s new “Get Around – Move Past The Gridlock” campaign offers relief to frustrated commuters stuck in road construction congestion. Lane, bridge and ramp closures are backing up traffic on Hwy 169 and I-94 in the West Metro (see map). And, once inside downtown, drivers face more detours and delays due to the Washington Ave South and Nicollet Mall rebuilds. These road projects are the just a small taste of what is to come over the next four or five years.

Move Minneapolis can help you avoid Carmageddon! “Get Around” promotes sustainable commuting solutions to avoid bumper-to-bumper construction congestion. These options save time, money and the environment. Move Minneapolis helps get you there:

Northstar Commuter Rail: (runs parallel to I-94 )

  • 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 Buses:

  • 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 Downtown Zone buses and LRT

MnPASS:

  • Use the I-394, I-94 Express lanes (bring a passenger and 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 “Get Around”: MoveMinneapolis.org   Look for “Get Around” at dozens of outreach events in downtown Minneapolis, or visit Move Minneapolis at Minneapolis Visitor Information at 505 Nicollet Mall.   See below for details on how you can improve your commute. pledge to make a change and be eligible to win fabulous prizes!

Get Around Road Construction & Be A Winner!

 

Don’t add to the bumper-to-bumper traffic in construction zones with your single occupancy vehicle (SOV). Get smarter on your commute. Let Move Minneapolis help you get there:

Take the Get Around Pledge and:

  • Get More Commuting Options
  • Get Around Road Construction Better
  • Get There Faster, Avoid Gridlock
  • Save Money On Your Commute
  • Save The Environment

Enter the  Get Around – Move Past the Gridlock Pledge and be entered to win fabulous prizes: #1.  Bianchi “Townie” Bike from One On One Bicycle Studio

# 2.  Minneapolis Staycation Package –  A night at the Embassy Suites by Hilton

– Dinner at Mercury Dining Room & Rail

– Passes to Orchestra Hall

– Annual membership to HOURCAR

#3. Pair of Annual Memberships for Nice Ride

 

  Open Streets 2017 – Starting Sunday, June 4th

 

For the past six years, select Minneapolis streets have temporarily transformed into car-free zones to allow residents to experience streets in a whole new way, bike, skateboard, roller skate, dance, pogo stick or cartwheel.  Open Streets Minneapolis has seven events planned for the 2017 season.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a great way to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride in Minneapolis. Open Streets creates miles of safe, car-free streets so that residents of all ages can run, play, walk, ride, and get to know one another in a fun, safe atmosphere.

Come wander the Open Streets and have some fun! You can even bring your dog.

Sponsored by: Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition & City of Minneapolis. And of course, it’s free!

Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk, or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community! Now in its seventh year, Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross).

CATCH A FREE RIDE TO DOWNTOWN OPEN STREETS
WITH THIS PASS FROM METRO TRANSIT!

ABC Ramps – Bicycle Commuting Made Simple

 

 

According to the annual U.S. Census American Community Survey, an estimated 5 percent of Minneapolis commuters reported they biked to work in 2015. Those statistics are growing due to an extensive bicycle trails network that provides fast and safe routes into Downtown.  As bicycle commuting gains momentum, the demand for secure and convenient bike parking also increases.

Located on the northern edge of downtown Minneapolis, the ABC Ramps provide secure, enclosed bike parking to encourage bicycle commuting. These three ramps are hubs for vehicle parking, carpooling, bus transit, EV charging and bicycle parking. The ramps are within easy reach of the Luce Line, Cedar Lake Trail, West River Road Trail and several on-street bike lanes. Rows of bike lockers are located near the ramp elevators for easy access into the skyway system.

The weatherproof bike lockers are large enough to accommodate a bike with space for a helmet and backpack. As an added amenity, showers and personal lockers are available at Ramps A and B. Enjoy a morning workout pedaling into the city, get cleaned up and arrive fresh at the office ready to start the day. Nearby Nice Ride stations even provide that “last mile” link to get to workplaces that are more than a couple blocks away.

Lockers are rented for six month (cost: $30) or twelve month contracts (cost: $50).  Shower and personal locker privileges are available at Ramps A and B for an additional $50. To rent a bike locker visit Minneapolis Visitor Information (MVI) at 505 Nicollet Mall, M – F, 10 AM – 5:30 PM,  call 612-466-7170, or email:  gerry@moveminneapolis.org 

The benefits of bicycle commuting are many when compared to single occupancy vehicles (SOVs). Biking is often faster than being stuck in rush hour gridlock. Save money on gasoline, car maintenance and expensive contract parking. Some employers offer credits or discounts on health insurance plans for their employees who bike regularly. Join the legions of bicycle commuters and let ABC Ramps take care of the rest.

Rethinking I-94 Between Mpls & St Paul

 

MnDOT wants to hear from you! Provide input on Rethinking I-94, a massive freeway project in the planning stages. MnDOT is holding visioning workshops on how to rebuild the heavily traveled I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St Paul.

Participate at one of six community visioning workshops MnDOT is hosting  along the I-94 corridor aimed at identifying neighborhood-level transportation values, issues and concerns through community feedback. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, June 12, 5-7 PM
Merriam Park Rec Center        
2000 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul 55104 (Spanish, Somali and Hmong interpreters provided)

Tuesday, June 13, 5-7 PM
Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning on University 
1030 University Ave. W, St. Paul 55104 (Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Karen interpreters provided)

Monday, June 19, 5-7 PM
Hope Community Center 
611 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis 55404 (Spanish and Somali interpreters provided)

Thursday, June 22, 5-7 PM
Dayton’s Bluff Rec Center 800 Conway St, St. Paul 55106 (Spanish and Hmong interpreters provided)

Wednesday, June 28, 2-4 p.m. AND 6-8 p.m.
Brian Coyle Center
420 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis 55454 (Somali and Oromo interpreters provided)

MnDOT will work with neighborhoods, community groups, district councils, local governments and others interested in the future of I-94 between St. Paul and Minneapolis. This work will develop an implementation schedule that guides future project development efforts and identifies construction projects.

The goals of this project include:

  • Developing a comprehensive, long-term and community-based approach to address I-94 study area needs
  • Better understanding who uses I-94, how they use it and what parts of the study area work/do not work for people
  • Gaining a stronger understanding of the condition of I-94 including bridges, walls and tunnels in the study area
  • Determining how to best address mobility needs on I-94

Scope of work

  • Develop project alternatives
  • Comprehensively evaluate condition of I-94 including bridges, walls and tunnels in the study area
  • Forecast travel demands
  • Analyze origin-destination and transit operation data
  • Conduct benefit-cost analysis
  • Develop short- and long-term recommendations, including a phased implementation plan
  • Identify/target I-94 stakeholders (market segmentation)
  • Develop engagement strategies and tactics

Learn about the history of the freeway connecting the Twin Cities in a local documentary.

Part One of the documentary, entitled Interstate 94: A History and Its Impact, focuses on the construction of I-94 in the middle of the 20th Century and the affect it had on the communities it bisected.

Part Two, Interstate 94: Today and Tomorrow, focuses on the here and now as it relates to I-94 through the Twin Cities, as well as continuing work to engage with communities along the interstate in an effort to develop a comprehensive, community-based vision for the corridor.

Not Just For Parking Cars!

 

The mission of the downtown ABC ramps is to help people drive alone less often. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are trying to help make alternative transportation to downtown easier, as well as to improve the overall user experience at the ABC ramps. Help achieve that goal! Your input in this endeavor is invaluable. Please consider taking this anonymous, two minute survey so that your voice is reflected in the research.
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.