There are a lot of things I love about Minneapolis and St. Paul. The vibrant culture, vibrant music scene, and fabulous outdoor recreation...just to name a few. However, topping the list is the Twin Cities' commitment to public transportation. In fact, U.S. News named Minneapolis and St. Paul the 5th "Best City for Public Transportation" in the United States!
The article highlights the light rail and the its future development to connect both St. Paul and Minneapolis. Getting around in Minneapolis is super easy with the Metro Transit service. Downtown is a quick 10-minute bus ride from campus. From there, riders to go to the Mall of America, see a Twins game at Target Field, or hop a bus to the beautiful lakes in Uptown! And, with a University of Minnesota U-Pass, a deeply discounted Metro Transit pass for students, getting around without a car is easy and affordable!
It is really great to live in a city where public transportation is so convenient. Not having to worry about a car and parking is a big weight off my shoulders. In addition, public transportation is a much better for the environment and you can relax and enjoy music or a book rather than sitting in traffic!
Interested in learning more about transportation on (and off) campus? Check out my post on biking on campus and around the Twin Cities, visit Metro Transit's website, or explore Parking & Transportation Services at the U of M.