Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Metro Transit and other public transit providers resumed bus service on Washington Avenue through the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus.
Buses have been detoured from Washington Avenue between Pleasant and Oak streets since May 2011 due to METRO Green Line (Central Corridor) light-rail construction. Beginning Dec. 7, bus service on Washington returned to pre-May 2011 levels, with some 1,200 trips each weekday on more than 20 routes operated by Metro Transit, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, SouthWest Transit and Maple Grove Transit.
See schedules for routes that now serve Washington Avenue:
Only transit buses, light-rail trains (now undergoing testing), emergency vehicles and bicycles are permitted on the new Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall between Walnut and Church streets. In this area, buses and trains operate jointly on light-rail tracks at restricted speeds.
Bicycles and emergency vehicles will share outside traffic lanes (during rail disruptions, buses will also use these outside lanes).
Bus stops in both directions are located at Coffman Union and Oak Street; buses do not stop at the METRO Green Line East Bank Station.
Washington Avenue will remain closed to general traffic between Pleasant and Walnut streets.
Members of the University community, particularly those who have never experienced bus traffic on Washington Avenue, are encouraged to learn about transit safety – including where to cross streets and to avoid station and pedestrian areas that are closed during light-rail testing. A safety guide for the Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall is available in PDF form here.
> Safety along the Washington Avenue Transit/Pedestrian Mall (PDF)
> Safety around the METRO Green Line
> Rider's Almanac: When the rubber hits the tracks
> Bus safety
> Light-rail safety
Outreach staff are available to meet with groups to provide safety presentations in person.
> Contact the Community Outreach Coordinator for your area
The short video below showcases bicycle safety, including the six new bike boxes installed for making left turns from bike lanes along the mall: