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Alternative Transportation

Several programs exist to encourage alternative modes of transport to and from the Capitol Complex. Details on all of these programs are listed in the tabs below.  


Metropass Bus Program

Metropass is a subsidized bus program that allows card holders to get unlimited access to regional buses and trains. You will find general information on the Metropass Program below.

The Metropass Bus Program is available to all state and legislative employees who work in buildings under Admin's custodial control. Employees may participate by obtaining a Metropass Bus Card. Bus card sign-up is administered by Admin Plant Management. A non-transferable picture identification Metropass bus card can be used for unrestricted bus rides on any regional bus route. The card is valid for one year from the program start date and can be used for peak, express and downtown zone fares.

Cost

Rates for fiscal year 2014 are listed below (effective August 1, 2010):

  • State employees: $20.77 per bi-weekly pay period


Note:
State employees are typically covered through a pre-tax payroll deduction. Non-payroll deduction legislative employees pay $45.00 monthly.

Eligibility

State, federal and legislative employees working in Capitol Complex buildings under Admin's custodial care are eligible. These locations are: 

  • 321 Grove St. (Building 2)
  • 691 North Robert St. 
  • Administration Building
  • Ag/Health Lab

Note: Health employees have their own Metropass program 

  • Andersen Building
  • BCA Building
  • Centennial Office Building
  • Freeman Office Building

Note: Health employees have their own Metropass program 

  • Judicial Center
  • Stassen Building
  • State Capitol
  • State Office Building
  • Transportation Building
  • Veterans Service Building 


Employees in all of the following roles who meet the work location requirements may participate: 

  • Appointed positions
  • Board or commission employees
  • Full-time or part-time employees
  • Interns and student workers
  • Legislative branch employees
  • Permanent, temporary, or seasonal employees


How To Sign Up

Employees must sign up at the Admin Plant Management in Suite G-10 of the Administration Building. Applications are accepted Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and no appointment is necessary. For additional assistance call 651-201-2300. 

Following completion of your application, identification photographs will be taken at that time. A permanent pass will be issued within one month of having your picture taken. You will be contacted when the permanent pass arrives and is ready to be picked up.

Cancellation

To cancel your Metropass card, visit the Admin Plant Management Office at Suite G-10 in the Administration Building. Your Metropass card must be turned in before cancellation can be completed.

Resources

Sample Forms


Additional Information

Bike to Work

Are you one of the over three million Minnesotans who enjoy bicycle riding? Have you considered bicycling to work? Bicycling to work can save you money -- spent on gasoline, vehicle maintenance, parking and vehicle insurance. It also provides healthy low impact aerobic exercise and protects our state's air quality. 

Locations

Bike racks are located throughout the Capitol Complex and are available to employees and visitors free of charge.  Bike lockers are available in many locations and are available to employees at a low annual charge.

  • 14th Street Ramp - Bike rack and bike lockers in ramp on first level.
  • Administration Building - Bike rack at building entrance on Sherburne Avenue and in Admin Ramp, Level B.
  • Andersen Ramp - Bike rack and lockers in ramp on first level.
  • Centennial Office Building - Bike rack at building entrance on Cedar Street.
  • Centennial Parking Ramp - Bike lockers in ramp on orange, red, purple and green levels.
  • Freeman Building/Ag Health Lab - Bike rack placed between these two buildings. 
  • Judicial Garage - Bike rack and lockers are located within the parking ramp and are available only to Judicial Center employees. Access to the ramp is via key card and must be obtained through your work division.
  • Lot W - Bike rack in lot.
  • Minnesota History Center - Bike rack on east side of building. 
  • State Capitol Building - Bike rack in Upper Mall Temporary Lot.
  • State Office Building Parking Ramp - Bike rack and lockers are located within the parking ramp and are available only to State Office Building tenants. Access to the ramp is via key card and must be coordinated through your work division.
  • Transportation Building - Bike rack and lockers are located at building entrance on John Ireland.  Bike lockers are also located on the south side of the building in Lot G.
  • Veteran Services Building - Bike rack on center courtyard.

Cost 

Bike lockers are fully enclosed and secured and are rented on an annual basis from April 1 through March 31. The annual rate is currently $50.

Getting Started

Call 651-201-2300 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to check on locker availability.

Resources

Other Programs

Car Pool Program 

There are a limited number of preferential car pool parking spaces in Lot X (Sears) serving employees in the Transportation (DOT) Building and State Office Building (SOB). Please contact your human resources office for more information.

Rideshare Matching Services

Ride-matching services are available for van and car pool program participants through a partnership with Metro Transit. For more information, visit their website

Guaranteed Ride Home

Those who ride the bus, bike, carpool or vanpool to work  may register for free, guaranteed ride home service. This is available through a partnership program with Metro Transit. For more information, visit the Guaranteed Ride Home website