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Written by Vishakha Mathur
The campus of the University of Minnesota often intimidates students in its vastness. Getting from one place to another, at first, seems like a hassle. But students quickly get used to walking, biking, or utilizing the bus services. The Campus Connector is a free bus service that connects East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses, with many stops along the way. However, the Minnesotan government has issued construction of a light rail through campus (Washington Avenue) to St. Paul. Thus, the Connector and city bus routes have been recently altered. It has become very inconvenient for people to use the connectors and other city buses that used to run in the posh Washington Avenue area. This project is a hassle for current students, but the light rail will be a good addition to campus after it's completed in 2014.
Around the city area, Metro Transit provides convenient and cheap services between the cities and suburbs. Many routes run every 15 to 30 minutes, making them convenient for student use. Many students prefer to bike and take advantage of bike lanes that are built in within many busy roads. Otherwise, students just walk around campus enjoying the weather in the fall and spring. The light rail is a good service to take advantage of when going to the Mall of America or the airport and other areas. Things get difficult during the winter while waiting for a bus or a connector. Buses usually run on time, but they can be late when snow comes around—so be prepared. Students should always give themselves extra time to get to class and other destinations to have room for transportation delays.
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