Super Bowl Stakeholders Unveil Transportation Guide for 10-Day Festival

Officials unveiling the Know Before You Go transportation plan Photo: KSTP/Brett Hoffland
Officials unveiling the Know Before You Go transportation plan

November 13, 2017 06:36 PM

The Super Bowl Host Committee and Minneapolis stakeholders outlined a transportation plan for the 10-day period of festivities leading up to the Feb. 4 game and presented it to the public Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

The measure was intended so locals and those traveling to the Twin Cities for the festivities could plan ahead. City leaders stress it will be busy, and they urged everyone to "know before you go" regarding a transportation plan.


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"Our goal is to minimize the impact and maximize the fun," said Kyle Chank, a host committee member. 

For those who want to ditch the keys to come downtown, light rail transit will provide exclusive access into the Super Bowl security zone. Park and rides will expand their hours, and extra buses are on hand in case of overcrowding.

"What we're going to do is to really provide more enhanced service on both our bus and rail operations," said Brian Lamb, general manager of Metro Transit.  

Lamb wants everyone to know about additions to the Metro Transit app, including an all-you-can-ride fan pass for $40.

"Our app is one convenient way that it takes the mystery of ‘how much is it going to cost’ and just allows people to pre-purchase and then use transit for all their different needs," Lamb said. 

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For those who would drive into Minneapolis, 65,000 downtown parking spots await. Some of those spots can be reserved online, the plan for which will be unveiled next month. 
But if you drive, you may have to take a detour.

"We've identified streets that are going to be closed from the early part of January all the way through the event," said Jon Wertjes, Minneapolis director of Traffic and Parking Services. 

For walkers, the skyway system will be open later than usual.

"I personally think it will be okay," said Ava Saunders, a student who rides the light rail often. 

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Saunders doesn't think the congestion will be too bad, but wanted to add a friendly suggestion.

"People just have to work together,” Saunders said. “You have to be patient." 

Meanwhile, the union representing Metro Transit workers on Monday voted to reject a contract offer and have authorize a strike that would take place during that 10-day festival in January and February. Though the union says there is still time to avoid that scenario.

Find more information on the transportation plan here.  


Brett Hoffland

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