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Parking garage to be locked down after hours

Access in and out of the Saint Paul Campus parking garage will be shut down at all entrances during off hours.

Starting Friday, Oct. 14, the control arms at the entrance and exits will be lowered at the end of each business day and will not operate until the beginning of the next business day. This  also includes ingress and egress to the surface lot next to the parking ramp.

A few weeks ago signs were installed at the Maria Avenue and Bates Avenue entrances with the operational hours of the parking ramp. Although the time posted is 15 minutes before the official end of the business day, it is strongly recommend to exit the ramp by the posted time.


  • Monday – Friday:    6:30am – 11:15pm
  • Saturday: 6:30am – 8:15pm
  • Sunday: 11:30am – 11:15pm

Plan accordingly to avoid having your vehicle locked in the ramp. You will not be able to retrieve your vehicle until the start of the next business day.

Crosswalk safety sign installation to be completed in mid-June

At the university’s urging and funding, the City of Saint Paul is installing pedestrian flashing signs (rectangular rapid flashing beacons or RRFBs) to signal drivers of our crosswalk. The work started May 9 and is expected to complete by mid-June.

The work includes the installation of two RRFBs north of the crosswalk and two on the south side.

The Assistant City Engineer visited the site three times in the last two months and each time he saw that not all of us were crossing at the designated crosswalk or observing traffic before crossing.

To remain safe while crossing, you should:

  • only cross at the designated crosswalk,
  • make eye contact with drivers before crossing, and
  • refrain from using mobile devices when crossing.

UPDATED: Lottery drawing for parking lot permits suspended

The lottery for  the 7th Street and Library parking lots has been suspended. Existing permit holders will keep their permits and the current waiting list will be used as permit holders leave and additional stalls become available.

Parking Operations is revising the parking procedure to prioritize business requirements for close proximity lots before available stalls  are released for any lottery. The next lottery will occur during spring  2017 semester for implementation on July 1, 2017.

Update: Saint Paul parking ramp gates now operational

The gates of the Saint Paul Campus parking ramp are operational as of Nov. 18. The gates are down and require an ID card or a pulled ticket to open. To assist you, staff will be available at the gates during these times on that day:

  • 7:30 to 9:15 a.m.
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Workers tested the gates Monday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday, Nov. 17.  You should be prepared to use your ID card.  Visitors or faculty and staff who do not have their ID card will pull a ticket. Workers will be able to assist you.

The parking ramp gates did not become operational on Nov. 11 as planned due to technical issues.

Student ID card issued after Aug. 1 (top) and employee ID card issued after July 23 (bottom).
Student ID card issued after Aug. 1 (top) and employee ID card issued after July 23 (bottom).

When the gates are operational, students must use a university photo ID card issued after Aug. 1, 2015 to enter and exit the ramp.  Employees who are on payroll deduction or who paid for the fall semester should use their university photo ID issued after July 23, 2015.  All others visitors pay $5 to park in the ramp.  Accepted payment types are cash (no coins), VISA or Master Card.

Students or employees may obtain a new ID card at the Library and Learning Center, Second Floor Circulation Desk, or to the Admissions Office, first floor of Founders Hall across from Gateway Student Services, Saint Paul Campus.

For more information contact parking@metrostate.edu.

View parking FAQ.

Do you have your new ID?

Access to the parking ramp on Saint Paul Campus will soon require students to present ID cards. There are two ways that you can obtain your new ID Card. The first is to submit the following Request Form for a pre-printed ID card, using your previous ID card photo. If you already have a Metro State student ID, you may request pre-printed cards to be picked up at the following locations:

Continue reading Do you have your new ID?

Saint Paul Campus parking ramp opens


The time has finally arrived when Metropolitan State students, staff and faculty can park in the new Saint Paul Campus parking ramp. The university received the necessary approvals from the City code officials to open the ramp effective Thursday, July 30. The ramp has room for 760 cars, including 24 handicap stalls, and is open the following times:

  • Monday–Friday: 6:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Initially, the gates will be open so everyone can become familiar with the ramp without a daily parking fee. The gates will likely be operable at the end of August. Faculty and staff should watch for forthcoming details concerning parking registration and effective dates for payroll deduction and semester payments. Continue reading Saint Paul Campus parking ramp opens

Saint Paul Campus parking update

Details related to the operation of the new ramp and parking procedures are being finalized. Watch for regular parking updates to be shared during the next several weeks. View interim parking information online here.


One frequently asked question relates to the parking lot north of St. John’s Hall along Seventh Street and the parking lot located behind the Library and Learning Center. A number of parking spots in those two lots have been assigned to faculty and staff via a lottery. A new lottery system will be created to assign a number of those parking spots in the future. Anyone who currently parks there may continue to do so until the new lottery later in August. To enter the lottery, faculty and staff must register for parking. Watch for more information in the coming weeks. Continue reading Saint Paul Campus parking update

Union Depot Shuttle summer service

The summer shuttle service between the Saint Paul Campus and the Union Depot parking lot will run Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

The change in service is due to limited activity on campus on Fridays after 6 p.m. There are 120 parking spaces available on campus, which is adequate to accommodate staff, faculty and students after 5 p.m. on Fridays. This schedule will remain in effect until the opening of the parking ramp in late July or early August.

Additional parking information can be found on the Interim Parking Web page.

University construction update


This update provides students and the community with the status of the construction projects around Metropolitan State’s Saint Paul Campus. Construction updates may also be viewed online at the Capital Projects: Construction and Planning Web page.


Interim parking and construction websites and webcam

The “Interim Parking” and “Construction” links may be found on the home page of the university website. The “Capital Projects: Construction and Planning” page features current information on university construction projects and links to a live webcam view of the parking ramp, student center and science education center worksites.

Remote parking site

It is reported that the shuttle and remote parking system continue to function well with the extended shuttle hours for fall semester, accommodating students in evening classes. Spring 2015 classes are relocated to Saint Paul College due to limited parking at Saint Paul Campus. The university is staying abreast of developments with the Kellogg Bridge and will continue to use the bridge for the shuttle route.

Parking ramp site: Soil contamination, testing and mitigation

It was previously reported that environmental safety consultants discovered soil contaminated with gas and diesel along with evidence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Although no evident risk to persons on or near the worksite has been found, health and safety is the university’s highest priority. The university has:

  • Completed an environmental site assessment;
  • Removed contaminated soil immediately below the ramp footprint;
  • Consulted with MnSCU’s finance and facilities leadership team and appropriate regulatory agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Capital Region Watershed District; and
  • Developed plans to replace the intended storm-water infiltration system with a filtration system that will keep storm-water from the site from entering the watershed.

The soil contamination issue clearly impacted the project, with the contractor stating that the project is about 18 weeks behind schedule from its original completion date of late January 2015. While costs are still being refined, the current financial estimate of the contamination mitigation and delay costs exceeds $3.4 million. The university is working with the MnSCU system office to resolve funding issues.

The soil contamination is resolved and construction is moving forward. The main stair tower is being constructed, the first level is paved with asphalt, utilities are in place, the second level will be formed soon and concrete will be placed in November. The contractor is taking steps to continue construction throughout the winter.

Student center

Student center construction progresses, as viewed from the web cam on Seventh Street. Most foundations are in place and block walls are rising. In November, roofing steel arrives and building-exterior brick will be laid.

Like the parking ramp, the student center site had contaminated soils which were substantially removed under the building footprint. Because the ground still has vapors that can seep into the building through cracks and holes, a soil vapor extraction system has been designed and will be installed under the building. The cost of the soil removal, testing, and vapor extraction system is estimated to be approximately $580,000. As with the parking ramp, the university is working with the MnSCU system office to identify a way to fund the additional costs.

Science education center

The university hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 10, which was attended by local elected officials. The science education center is well underway, as approximately 300 cubic yards of contaminated soil have been removed from the site and hauled to an approved landfill. Prior knowledge of the existence of contaminated soil led to the cost of removal being included in the construction contract.

Foundations are being placed, formwork for the first story walls is being constructed and utility connections to the site have been completed. Foundations for the skyway next to Founders Hall have also been completed. The building’s second floor will be formed and concrete poured in the coming weeks.

Maria traffic calming measures

In partnership with the city of Saint Paul, the university plans to implement traffic-calming measures on Maria Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street. That work will begin in the spring of 2015 while the parking ramp is under construction in order that both projects are completed together.

Snow season parking, important information

snowflakeThe winter season is upon us. Students and community members are encouraged to visit the Snow Emergency Information Web site for the latest information on snow emergencies declared by the city of Saint Paul.

When a snow emergency is declared, community members are asked to follow specific parking guidelines to allow for efficient snow removal operations. Vehicles in violation of parking restrictions will be ticketed and towed. Vehicles parked at the Union Depot are not affected by snow emergencies.

Learn when a snow emergency has been declared by:

  • subscribing to the city of Saint Paul’s “Snow Alerts” by texting STPAUL SNOW to 468311,
  • calling 651-266-PLOW,
  • or viewing updates online at http://www.stpaul.gov/snow.


Snow emergencies begin with night plow routes at 9 p.m. the day of the declared snow emergency.

Night Plow Routes are marked with signs that say “Night Plow Route” or “Night Plow Route This Side Of Street.”

  • All of downtown Saint Paul is part of the Night Plow Route, even though no signs are posted.
  • Parking is banned on night plow routes until the street is plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles not moved from night plow routes by 9 p.m. on the day of the declared snow emergency will be ticketed and towed.

Snow emergencies continue with day plow routes the morning following the declared snow emergency.

  • Plowing starts after night routes are plowed, which is typically around 8 a.m.
  • There are no signs on day plow routes.
  • Parking is banned on these routes until the street has been plowed full-width.
  • Vehicles not moved from day plow routes by 8 a.m. the day after the snow emergency has been declared will be ticketed and towed.

After the first two phases of the snow emergency are complete, follow-up plowing, sanding and salting and miscellaneous cleanup follows for as long as is required. Any vehicle parked in an area that has not been plowed full-width is subject to ticketing and towing for 4 days (or 96 hours) after the emergency has been declared.

It is strongly recommended that students and the community familiarize themselves with snow emergency routes map which shows snow emergency routes that are in close proximity to the school. A PDF version of the map is available here.

If your vehicle was towed during a snow emergency, visit the Ticketing, Towing and Storage Fees Web page to find impound lot location information.

Community members with questions can review Snow-Related FAQs.