Parking and Transportation


The Campus Center has resources for the Twin Cities transit, including maps of many bus routes. Discounted bus passes can also be purchased at the information desk. The Civic Engagement Center has additional information about volunteer opportunities as well as files about the organizations and neighborhoods and what buses can get you to the various sites. For more information about the Twin Cities transit system, visit the Metro Transit website at

Macalester is committed to helping you find transportation options to your courses on other campuses. Students enrolled for an ACTC course at Hamline University, St. Thomas University, St. Catherine University, or Augsburg College are eligible to receive a College Pass from MetroTransit that has been subsidized by Macalester for use as you take a bus or light rail to your ACTC class at Hamline, St. Thomas, St. Kates or Augsburg. Notice to students enrolled in an ACTC course at one of these institutions will be emailed prior to the start of each semester with instructions on when/where to pick up the College Pass. Students will be required to show their student ID to claim their College Pass. The College Pass must be registered. If it is registered and lost during the semester, you can receive a replacement pass for $5. If the pass is not registered, a replacement pass is not available and one can be purchased for the full amount. We encourage all College Pass cardholders to register their pass. For details on how the Pass works and how to take care of it, read the online User’s Guide via the MetroTransit site, or see the guide included with your pass.


The HOURCAR program currently serves Macalester College and the Mac-Groveland community with two Toyota Priuses, gas-electric hybrids that regularly garner over 47 miles to the gallon and produce relatively few emissions. The Priuses are located in the parking lot on Grand Avenue across from Patagonia and near the George Draper Dayton dorm. Members also have access to all automobiles in the 16-car fleet. Using the car is simple: drivers reserve a time online, use the HOURCAR, and then return it to the reserved parking space. Drivers pay for time and mileage, but operational costs such as the cost of gas, insurance ($1 million with a $500 deductible), and parking are all included.


All vehicles parked by Macalester College students, faculty, and staff in College parking facilities must be registered with the Facilities Services Safety & Security Office. First-year resident students are NOT eligible for a campus parking permit. Medical and work-related exceptions may be requested from the Director of Safety and Security. Registration is not transferable. Parking permits are issued to Macalester faculty, staff, and eligible current students upon completion and signature of a vehicle registration form at the Facilities Services Office.