ABC Ramps and Mobility Hubs’ new carpool program expands commuters’ flexible travel options
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Commuters using the ABC Ramps and Mobility Hubs in downtown Minneapolis now have more flexibility in their travel options with a restructured carpool program announced today by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Minneapolis.
MnDOT owns the ramps and the city manages them. This is the first significant change in the carpool program in nearly 30 years.
“The changes to the carpool program make it more equitable and align better with commuters’ current travel behaviors,” said Lisa Austin, MnDOT ABC Ramps and Mobility Hubs program coordinator. “For the first time, all people who commute into downtown Minneapolis are eligible for the $20 monthly discount carpool contract in the ABC Ramps and Mobility Hubs. For almost 30 years, this benefit was only for commuters coming from the western suburbs. We also introduced a new daily carpool rate, which allows vehicles with two or more people to get a discounted daily rate.”
Features and benefits of the revamped carpool program include:
- Changes to the $20 monthly contract rate allow carpools with two or more people commuting from anywhere outside the downtown core. Previously, only commuters driving from the west qualified for the $20 monthly rate. Carpoolers from other areas outside of the western suburbs previously paid $99.
- New $5 daily carpool rate for anyone entering the ramps with two or more people in the vehicle weekdays between 6-9 a.m. Previously, the carpool discount was for a monthly contract.
“We asked people who use the ramp what they needed, and they said flexibility. Many commuters don’t want to be locked into one mode of travel with monthly contracts,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
“We’re excited to be able to give commuters more choice and options in their daily travel.”
The carpool program is one of many transportation options available in the ABC Ramps and Mobility Hubs that give commuters additional choices in the way they travel to work.
For more information on the carpool program or to sign up, visit abc-ramps.com.
About ABC Ramps
The ABC Ramps were built in the early 1990s in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Project and the city of Minneapolis. The three ramps were built to reduce congestion into the downtown Minneapolis core by encouraging carpooling and transit use. The ramps offer heavily discounted carpool parking and convenient transits connections. With changing times and travel trends, MnDOT and its partners adapted the ramps to become a mobility hub for several transit routes, connections to light rail transit, intercity buses, commuter rail, EV charging stations, bicycle parking, showers for bicyclists, bikeshare, scooters, skyway connections and services to provide residents and visitors with transportation options.