Share your ride May 26 to reduce congestion as events bring extra traffic into downtown

Public urged to take advantage of a variety of transportation options

If you’ve ever thought about carpooling to work in downtown Minneapolis, this Wednesday, May 26 is a great day to give it a try. By sharing your ride, you can help cut down on congestion and make the commute go smoother for yourself and everyone else on the road. Wednesday will be a very busy day in downtown Minneapolis, with two major events that will draw tens of thousands of people, in addition to the 160,000 people who work Downtown every day.

The Get Motivated Seminar will run from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with a sellout crowd of 19,000 people expected at Target Center. Doors for the venue will open at 6:45 a.m. The Twins game vs. the New York Yankees begins at 6:10 p.m., drawing 40,000 people to Target Field, many of whom will arrive during the afternoon rush hour. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

If you can share your ride, remember, HOV and MnPass lanes on the freeways are free if you have more than one person in your vehicle. The Metrodome parking lot (on the east side of the building) will have a limited amount of free parking May 26 for vehicles that carry three or more Get Motivated seminar attendees. A free shuttle bus will be available to take these folks from the Metrodome lot and nearby lots to Target Center. The buses will begin service at 6 a.m., and will pick riders up in the Metrodome parking lot on the east side of the building, and on Chicago Avenue (Kirby Puckett Place) on the west side of the building. Shuttle service ends at 6 p.m.

Peak times for traffic congestion are expected to be 7 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. For some people, adjusting your travel times may help you get where you’re going more quickly. That may mean heading to work at a non-peak hour, or sticking around after work and enjoying the shopping and dining options Downtown.

The City of Minneapolis, Target Center, the Minnesota Twins, and other partners are working together to mitigate traffic congestion as much as possible and to spread the word to folks who are coming Downtown that day so they can plan ahead.

Published May 25, 2010