Effective January 1, 2010, MCAD no longer has a contract with the Minneapolis Institute of Art for its students, employees, or visitors to use the Third Avenue ramp. Please do not park in MIA parking lots or ramp.
Who Can Park On Campus
All commuter students, college staff and faculty with a stored-value parking pass may utilize the hourly parking in Lot C, located at the intersection of 26th Street East and Second Avenue South, on a space-available basis. Resident students are not allowed to purchase a parking pass. Visitors with scheduled appointments may also park in Lot C.
Where to Park On Campus - Parking Lots (see map)
Lot A- Main-entrance Parking
There are three 15-minute parking spaces, two handicap-accessible spaces and one delivery vehicle parking space in this lot. This lot is located in front of the main entrance for quick loading and unloading of your vehicle.
Parking for loading and unloading of vehicles may also take place at the south end of Main building at the west loading dock, with permission of Public Safety.
Lot B - Restricted/Assigned Parking
Each of the numbered spaces in the parking area on the south side of the Main building and east side of the 2537 Stevens apartment building are restricted and assigned to specific individuals and departments. Unauthorized vehicles parking in these spaces are subject to a ticket and tow.
Hourly Parking There are 105 parking spaces available in this lot for commuter students, staff, and faculty who have purchased a stored-value card. This lot is located at the intersection of 26th Street East and Second Avenue South. Resident students are not allowed to park in this lot. There are five handicap-accessible spaces, three Admissions Office visitor spaces, two Institutional Advancement Office visitor spaces, and one President's Visitor parking space. The eastern section of the parking lot has been designated for compact car parking only; please look for these identified spaces if you're driving a compact car. During the first five days of each semester, parking in Lot C will be free to allow students, staff, and faculty time to purchase a stored-value parking pass. If you park in this lot from 11:00 p.m. - 6 a.m. and enter Main to sign in, please also register your vehicle with Public Safety. This will assist Public Safety in reaching vehicle owners for snow removal or other emergencies.
Lots D and E
Restricted/Assigned Parking. Unauthorized vehicles parking in these spaces are subject to a ticket and tow.
Where to Purchase a Stored-Value Parking Pass, Day Pass and Exit Only Pass
Stored Value Parking Pass
Commuter students, staff, and faculty may purchase a stored-value parking pass in the Art Cellar to use Lot C. A valid MCAD identification card must be shown in order to purchase a stored-value parking pass; Continuing Education students may show a proof of registration. Stored-value cards are available in the following amounts: $5, $10, $20, and $40.
MCAD Day Pass
A day pass can also be purchased for $2.00 by designated administrators and faculty for their guests. This allows guests to enter and exit the parking lot (one time per day pass).
MCAD Exit Only Pass
An exit only pass can be purchased for $2.00 by designated administrators and faculty for their guests who have been gated in by Public Safety. This allows the guest to exit the lot. Public Safety should be notified in advance of any guests who will need to be gated in.
How to Use the Parking Pass System
Access to Lot C is given by inserting a stored-value card into the card receiver at the entrance just north of 26th Street East and Second Avenue. Remember to take your pass from the receiver before pulling forward into the lot. The display will show the remaining value on your card. After the gate arm rises, proceed to park in any open, designated space. If the gate display shows that the parking lot is "full", drivers can still enter the lot then exit without incurring any charges as long as one exits within fifteen minutes. Please do not attempt to back up onto 26th Street.
When you leave the parking lot, pull up to the exit gate and insert a valid parking pass into the receiver. The display will show the amount of value left on your parking pass. If there were no parking spaces available you may immediately exit by inserting the same card at the exit gate and no value will be deducted from the card. Once a card has been depleted of value, the exit device will keep the card. If your card does not have enough value to cover your daily parking charge, the display will prompt you to enter another parking pass. If you do not have one, a valid credit card may be swiped at the exit and the amount will be charged to your credit card.
Daily Hourly Rates:
$0.25 per hour from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Friday
$0.15 per hour all other times
The first fifteen minutes is free then the hourly rate is applied for each hour or portion of an hour thereafter. MCAD is required by the City of Minneapolis to charge for parking. The College reserves the right to alter the parking rates at any time and without notice.
Continuing Education Parking
Review Continuing Education's information page for parking options.
Invited visitors may pull up to the Lot C entrance gate and request access from Public Safety via the intercom. The visitors should then obtain an exit only pass from the department they are visiting in order to exit. Scheduled visitors may also receive a day pass in the mail from the department hosting their visit. If visitors forget or lose their pass, they may ask the hosting department for a replacement.
Restricted/No Parking Areas
Unauthorized vehicles parked in the following areas may be ticketed and towed:
- Yellow striped zone next to a handicap space
- Parking next to a yellow curb
- Parking in a posted fire lane or no-parking zone
- Parking in the Admissions or Institutional Advancement reserved spaces without permission
Handicap-accessible parking is available for people with a state-issued handicap parking permit. Spaces are located in Lot A north of the Main building off of 25th Street and Stevens Avenue South and along the north side of Lot C. Vehicles that park in these spaces without a proper state-issued permit will be subject to towing and/or ticketing by Minneapolis parking enforcement.
Electric Vehicle Parking (EV)
Parking for electric vehicle charging on the MCAD campus is limited. A monthly fee of $21 plus tax and any additional monthly fees, as applicable, will be assessed to park in a space. This monthly fee will grant access to a level 1 charge connection based on availability. Monthly fees will be deducted from the employee’s pay check on an after-tax basis; if the EV permit holder is a student, the fees will be applied to their student account. To qualify, current students, staff or faculty must complete the EV request form; and the EV owner must own and drive an electric vehicle any time they come to campus to work or attend class.
To cancel use of the electric charging station/permit, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. Please allow two weeks to process payment cancellations.
MCAD community members who choose to ride a motorcycle or scooter to school may park in the designated areas in Lot A (see map). Motorcycles and scooters may not use Lot C. The parking system is not designed to detect these types of vehicles.
There are three spaces in Lot C that are marked for "Admissions Parking Only." These are for invited guests of the Admissions Office.
The Institutional Advancement Office has two reserved parking spaces in Lot C for invited guests.
Resident Student Vehicles
Due to limited parking, resident students are strongly urged not to bring a vehicle to campus and are not allowed to purchase a stored-value parking pass to park on campus. The College has regularly scheduled trips to local grocery and art supply stores to assist resident students in obtaining supplies.
Parking areas on campus are under video surveillance. Cameras are monitored by MCAD Public Safety 24 hours per day. Additionally, Public Safety performs random patrols through all parking areas.
Public Safety offers free car battery jump-starts to any MCAD community member within a two- block radius of campus. Escorts are available through the Public Safety Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (there may be a wait period due to other pending service calls). Escorts should only be used for rides between the MCAD Main campus and a person's residence, parked vehicle, or bus stop/HourCar. Please see the attached map for the specific boundaries within which escorts are offered escort boundary. Escorts will be made on foot when the escort is on campus or near campus, otherwise the Public Safety patrol vehicle will be used.
Come to the Public Safety desk in the Main building or call 612-874-3801 from off campus (x1801 on campus) to request a jump-start or escort. Please be ready to show a MCAD identification card if the officer does not recognize you as a student, staff, or faculty member.
MCAD is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in vehicles parked on campus. The College is also not responsible for the theft of or damage to any vehicle while parked on campus.
Parking Safety Tips
- Lock all doors and close all windows tightly.
- Do not leave valuable items in the vehicle, especially in plain sight.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Do not leave your vehicle on city streets in one spot for several days without checking on it.
- Report crimes or suspicious individuals to Public Safety.
- Report ice or maintenance problems to the Facilities Office or Public Safety.
- Notify Public Safety when your vehicle becomes disabled and it will need to stay in any MCAD parking area overnight.
- Drive slowly through the parking lot and side streets, and watch for children!
- Look under, around and in the back seat of your vehicle as you approach it.
- Don't walk alone at night. Call Public Safety 612- 874-3801 (x1801 on campus) for an escort.
- Don't walk with headphones covering your ears! You can't hear stalkers/thieves approach.
Off-Street Parking & Snow Emergency Parking
If you need to park on city streets, please pay close attention to the posted no-parking zones. MCAD Public Safety does not enforce parking rules on city streets and is not responsible for ticketed or towed vehicles. During city snow emergencies, parking may be restricted to one side of the street. Visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/snow_parking-info for more information or to sign up for alerts when snow emergencies are declared.
For more information please visit the College Intranet site at http://intranet.mcad.edu/ and click on Transportation Information.
Bike Walk Twin Cities is an initiative designed to make it easier for you to get where you want to go without using your car.
Pedestrian tips, routes, and city plans.
If you ride the bus, train, carpool, bike, or walk at least 3 days a week to work or school you are eligible to register. This program ensures you have a ride in an emergency. Register at this link through Metro Transit.
Public Safety is open 24 hours a day at MCAD, and are available to escort you home if needed. If for some reason nobody can escort you home, ask for a taxi voucher. (for current students only)
A portion of student activities fees are used to fund a free taxi service with a local cab company. MCAD students can obtain a taxi voucher from the Public Safety/Information Desk. The taxi voucher is worth up to $7, charges beyond the $7 limit must be paid by the rider. The voucher is only valid after dark, or if you cannot get an escort, and is non-transferable. The number of vouchers a student can receive each semester is limited. All voucher rides commence at the MCAD Main Building and the destination must be a private residence.
You can find links to trail maps and directions for where to ride your bike in and around the City of Minneapolis!
Bike Purchases and Repairs
The 3D Shop has several tools to help repair your bikes. Staff members are happy to assist you with these repairs. Tools are to be used in the shop during shop hours. Ask any 3D Shop staff member for access to them.
MCAD's very own Art Cellar carries common sizes of inner tubes, tire levers 3pks, inner tube puncture repair kits, all-weather chain lube 2oz, presta pump adapters, cheap U-Locks, LED tail-lights, LED headlights.
Tips for fixing and maintaining your bicycle.
Advice for equipment.
Bike Racks and Storage
Bicycle Rack Locations
Bicycles must be parked and secured to bike racks while on campus.
Racks are located
- North side of Main
- Just in side the entrance of lot C
- South of the Main building
- Between the east wing of lot C and the 144 resident apartment building
Bicycles may not be left locked to the racks over the summer break. If you leave for the summer, please take your bike with you. During the winter, only the bike rack north of Main is kept clear of snow for daily use. Bikes not used over winter should be moved to the rack next to the 144 resident apartment. ublic Safety will remove abandoned bikes at the end of each summer. Bicycles not claimed by the owners will be donated to charity after 60 days.
Lockers are available at various locations around the city. Convenient for commuters, they protect bikes from theft and the elements.
Other Biking Resources
Nice Bike is the new Minneapolis public bike sharing program.
Our Nice Bike kiosk is located in front of the Main Building.
Here is how it works:
- Subscribe at niceridemn.org. You can subscribe for the day, the month, or the year.
- Once you have subscribed, you can use any of 1,000 Nice Ride bikes in 75 kiosks throughout downtown, the U of M campus, and the Uptown area.
- If you use the bike for less than 30 minutes there is no additional fee.
- Fees for use over 30 minutes are detailed on the Nice Ride website.
- Bikes will generally be available from April to November.
Bicycle Regulations Policies
Registration of bicycles is not required, but MCAD recommends recording the make, model, serial number, and taking a picture of your bike for reference in case of a theft.
The College does not assume responsibility for bicycles, locks or other accessories when parked on campus property. It is suggested that bike riders use a "U" shaped kryptonite-type lock and a second lock to secure your bike while parked at a campus rack.
Bicycles may not be locked or attached to the following:
- Trees or bushes
- Light poles
- Parking-sign posts
- Stair railings
- Any location that would impede use of a designated fire or building exit, or obstruct a sidewalk or driveway.
Bicycles found in violation of any of the above will be removed at the owner's expense.
Register your bike with the city of Minneapolis. It may greatly improve your chances of recovering a stolen or lost bike.
Student Biking Club
MCAD Bike Brigade is a club that is run for and mostly by MCAD students; you decide where and what you want to do and we can help you make it happen. Bike Brigae coordinates meeting and events to promote biking. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Bike2Benefits provides a personalized route map, written resources, incentives and prizes for participation. If you bike to work or a transit stop once a week for eight weeks you are eligible for prizes!
Nationwide emergency roadside assistance for bicycles which provides service for you and your bicycle up to 30 miles annually with a maximum of two service calls per covered member, per year. This service includes bike towing, lock outs, and flat tires.
A shop and cafe on the Greenway. The bike center offers bike sale/rental, repair, classes, parts, cafe, clubs, bike storage, and a public shop.
The Minneapolis Bicycle Program helps those who live and work in the city to use bicycles as a low polluting, cost-effective, and healthy way to travel. Go here to find news of local presentations, and some good bike advice!
Need incentive to hop back on your bike? Visit this site to find bike maintenance tips, bike fitting, route planning, safety, and advice for biking in various weather conditions.
If you are into social biking, this is your site. Learn about biking clubs, group trips, biking tips and photos!
This page shows you real ways you can get hit by cars and how to avoid them.
General Bus Information
Call 612-373-3333 to talk to a Metro Transit expert.
Find times and destinations for all Metro bus routes. Maps and a number of frequently used bus routes are located on the wall just outside of the Art Cellar.
If you need help planning your bus/train trip, click here! Plot the start and end locations and find out bus routes and times for travel!
Locate the free Park & Ride lots in your area.
If you ride the bus, train, carpool, bike, or walk at least 3 days a week to work or school you are eligible to register. This program ensures you have a ride home in an emergency. Register at this link through Metro Transit.
Available at the MCAD Art Cellar. Stored Value Cards are pre-paid fares that save you money.
$10 for $11 cash value or $20 for $22 cash value.
The farebox reader on the bus will automatically deduct the correct fare for the time you board so there are no worries about carrying several cards and change. Stored Value Cards cannot be used on trains. If your trip begins on a bus and you'll transfer to a train, use your Stored Value Card to pay your bus fare and ask the driver for a rail-only transfer.
GO TO College Pass cards
Available at the MCAD Art Cellar.
The Go-To College Pass is good for an entire semester at one low price for unlimited rides on buses and trains anywhere in the metro area.
$175 for the semester (approx. Aug-Dec. and Jan-May)
Your fare card is durable plastic, rechargeable, and secure. If your card is lost or stolen, you're protected as long as your card is registered (which is part of the purchase process). Just report the loss to the Art Cellar and for a small fee, you'll receive a new card.
MCAD has two van/car-pool spaces located in Lot B (spaces #21 and #22). To park in these spaces, students, faculty, and staff must enroll and be authorized by Metro Transit. To qualify, there must be a minimum of two drivers; all those in the car pool must work at MCAD and car pool together at least three days a week. Drivers should then complete the Van/Carpool Request Form A permit will then be issued for use of the designated space. This permit must be displayed when parking in the van/car-pool space. Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. For more information on registering with a car or van pool please visit: https://www.metrotransit.org/rideshare/forms/Registration.asp. More van pool information can be found at: http://www.metrocouncil.org/planning/transportation/vango/vango.htm
Looking for a ride home over the holidays? Do you want to alleviate your driving costs for a weekend trip? Carpool with fellow MCAD travelers! Check out the maps on the wall outside of the Art Cellar for more information.
Resources and benefits for carpooling. Find other local commuters interested in saving on gas and parking, while reducing congestion and pollution.
For people who wish to temporarily "rent" a vehicle, HOURCAR may be a good solution. An HOURCAR Honda Element is parked in Lot B (#19); this car may be checked-out by members on a scheduled basis through http://www.hourcar.org/mcad . HOURCAR membership is open to anyone 18 years old and above who meets HOURCAR's safe driver criteria. Please visit the organization's website for more information about how to become a member. HOURCAR's website also includes information on rates and the location of other vehicles in the area.
I-35W construction information and updates.
Real time traffic congestion updates.
Reducing your footprint
This Carbon Footprint tool can help you calculate your current emissions. Knowing your current energy use is the first step in finding ways to reduce it.
The Ecological Footprint Quiz estimates the area of land and ocean required to support your consumption of food, goods, services, housing, and energy and assimilate your wastes.
Join the MCAD team and take the Minnesota Energy Challenge. MCAD's team is currently in 46th place.