Transit options to Twins game right on target

The Minnesota Twins will return to Minneapolis and Target Field Monday, May 3, after ten days on the road. Because early home games will continue to bring first-time visitors to the new ballpark, now is the perfect time to plan ahead and learn about transportation options for getting to the game. Target Field is one of the most accessible ballparks in the country, located at the convergence of rail and bus lines, highways and bike trails, and a short walk from everything Downtown has to offer. To learn more about getting to Target Field and Target Center, visit DestinationTargetField.com.

Transit successes include:

High transit ridership – Metro Transit has carried an average of 6,850 people to each of the nine home games on Hiawatha light-rail, Northstar Commuter rail, and Route 679 buses from the west metro (this figure doesn’t include folks who use regular bus service to get to Target Field.) That means roughly 20 percent of people who have attended each game have taken transit, cutting down dramatically the number of cars coming into the ballpark area. When the Twins played at the Metrodome, Metro Transit served between 10 percent and 12 percent of fans.

Hundreds of people bike to games - There are about 400 bike parking spaces within 200 yards of entrances to Target Field and Target Center, and they have been near capacity for most games so far this season. Nearby bike parking includes approximately 85 spaces on Twins Way, 125 on the Promenade, 100 along 2nd Ave between 5th Street and 7th Street, and 50 on 6th Street next to Target Center. Bicyclists are encouraged to park in designated areas, and bring a reliable lock. Bike parking is not allowed on Target Plaza, and bicycles are not permitted to be locked to parking meters, light poles, fences, or railings. 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.

ABC Ramps improvements are moving cars efficiently – Even though the A, B, C and Hawthorne Ramps adjacent to Target Field and Target Center have completely filled for many Twins games, they have been emptying very efficiently. Altogether, these four ramps can hold nearly 7,000 vehicles, and improvements to the ramps, including some new exits and entrances, are helping move vehicles in and out more smoothly. Traffic exiting the ramps has generally been free-flowing, and the majority of cars are out within a half-hour after the end of the game. The A, B, C, and Hawthorne Ramps are also a great place to park if you intend to come early or stay late in Downtown, avoiding peak traffic. As a reminder, for people entering these ramps from the freeway, watch for signs that indicate when the ramps are full, and find alternate parking if needed. Drivers who enter ramps marked as full will be directed back out onto city streets.

Are you driving a motorcycle to the game? The ABC Ramps have parking for you! Ramps A, B, and C all have motorcycle parking on the street level to allow safe and easy access in and out of the ramps. For more info, visit ABC Ramps FAQ.

Traffic signals and traffic control agents are keeping things moving – Although some congestion is unavoidable during peak times before and after games, traffic has been moving well in the ballpark area. The City of Minneapolis has begun using new traffic signal timing patterns at about 60 intersections to move higher volumes of cars more efficiently, and traffic control agents are key to improving traffic flow at many intersections. The City has also installed more dynamic messaging signs to help drivers get real-time parking information and navigate Downtown. More of these signs will come online in the coming weeks in the ballpark area.

When visiting Downtown, Target Field, or Target Center, there are four tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of all the activities happening Downtown.

1. Plan ahead Visit www.targetcenter.com to learn more about all your transportation choices.

2. Let the past be your guide – If you’re used to going to games at the Metrodome, your old parking place will probably work just fine for games at the new ballpark. Target Field and Target Center are just 12 blocks from the Metrodome.

3. Consider transit – Target Field and Target Center are extremely transit-friendly facilities, and it’s easy to get there by light rail, commuter train, or bus.

4. Come early/Stay late – Take part in pre and post-game activities, shopping, dining, and other entertainment. Enjoy the extra time to experience all Downtown has to offer, and avoid transportation delays. The Warehouse District looks forward to welcoming fans before and after Target Field and Target Center events.

Published Apr 30, 2010