First Twins games bring more transportation options to Target Field, Downtown

The first Minnesota Twins games at Target Field are just part of the excitement in downtown Minneapolis this weekend, as new transportation options to get visitors into and around Downtown are offered for the first time. Last Saturday, Minneapolis hosted more than 50,000 visitors to Target Field and Target Center, in addition to the residents and visitors who enjoy Downtown on an average weekend. With two Twins games, a Harlem Globetrotters game, and a Timberwolves game all at Target Field and Target Center, there will be lots of activity again Downtown this weekend.

Because the first Twins game begins at 5:10 p.m. Friday, there will be overlap between some workers leaving Downtown and game-goers arriving. This will reduce parking availability in the ABC and Hawthorne Ramps adjacent to the ballpark, and drivers are encouraged to use parking spaces throughout Downtown. In many cases, where you parked for games at the Metrodome will work just fine for events at Target Field.

New for this weekend

More bus service - New Twins Express Route 679 will start operating between Minnetonka and Target Field on game days beginning April 2. Northstar commuter rail service to Twins games will begin with the regular-season home opener on April 12.

LRT three-car trains – Metro Transit will use some three-car light-rail trains following the Twins games, along with its typical two-car trains. Using longer trains will help move more people and reduce wait times for riders.

Improved traffic management

ABC Ramps improvements - As construction work on improvements in Ramp B is being completed, the 5th Street entrance and exit for Ramp B will be open for the April 2 and 3 games. The I-394 entrance/exit and the new 2nd Avenue entrance/exit are expected to open by April 12 opening day.

More bicycle parking - About 100 additional bike racks were installed this week on Twins Way near Ramp A and on the Target Field Promenade. There are also approximately 100 spaces along 2nd Avenue between 5th and 7th streets, and 40 spaces along 6th Street next to Target Center. Bicyclists are encouraged to park in designated areas. Bike parking is not allowed on Target Plaza, and bicycles are not permitted to be locked to parking meters or light poles on city streets. However, locking to sign poles is permitted. A new bike parking map with low traffic routes to Target Field can be found at DestinationTargetField.com .

Published Apr. 2, 2010