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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation at the U of M

Whether it's a five minute bike ride to your class or a five minute bus ride to your internship, transportation options are abundant and easy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

While most classes are within walkable distance of each other, the free Campus Connector bus system connects the West Bank, East Bank and St. Paul campus to make traveling from class to class easy and convenient. Travelling on a three mile stretch for public transportation, emergency vehicles and bicycles, the bus connects students from the West Bank to the St. Paul campus within about 30 minutes. The Campus Circulators, including the East Bank Circulator and the St. Paul Circulator, each cover their respective campuses - getting students to any part of campus they need.

For those who bring a bike to campus, bike lockers are offered at various locations on each campus. For just $84 a year students can store their bicylces away from the elements in a sheltered locker. If you'd rather rent a bicylce, the new Nice Ride program offers students a quick and easy way to pick up and drop off bikes across the Twin Cities.

One of the great benefits of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is its location. Living and learning in the heart of a large metropolitan area gives students have great ways of getting connected to the Twin Cities community through jobs and internships, volunteer opportunities and recreational activities. To help students get around the Twin Cities, the University offers U-Passes, discounted bus passes through the Metro Transit. For just $97 a semester students can ride any Metro Transit bus or light rail as many times as they like! The city-wide bus system gets passengers nearly everywhere in the metropolitan area. The Hiawatha Line light rail travels from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America, with stops at both terminals of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.

A new and exciting development to the Metro Transit system is the addition of the Central Corridor light rail. The new light rail line will run through the heart of campus and connect downtown Minneapolis with downtown St. Paul. Construction began just a few weeks ago, you can check out details about the project at the Central Corridor Web site.

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