NEW BLAINE PARK-AND-RIDE RAMP PROVIDES NORTH METRO COMMUTERS MORE OPTIONS
BLAINE – (Nov. 9) – A three-level ramp at the park-and-ride lot at I-35W and 95th Avenue in Blaine opened today, giving commuters in the north metro more spaces to park their cars for free and take a bus.
The $6.5 million project was funded by the Urban Partnership Agreement, a federal/state project aimed at reducing traffic congestion.
With the addition of the ramp, there are now 1,500 parking spaces at the facility. The ramp was built to expand capacity at the surface lot.
Amenities to make taking transit more convenient will be added soon, said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb.
“In the weeks ahead, we’ll be installing NexTrip signs that will give real-time updates on bus departures,” he said. “In addition, freeway information signs located nearby will show the number of available parking spots at the park-and-ride and the estimated travel time to downtown Minneapolis for trips by auto and bus.”
Three bus routes serve the park-and-ride. Customers can ride Route 250 nonstop to downtown Minneapolis, Route 252 for nonstop service to the University of Minnesota and Route 262 to downtown St. Paul.
Knutson Construction Service, Inc., was contractor for the ramp project.
Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. In 2008, customers boarded its buses and trains nearly 82 million times, the highest annual ridership in 27 years.