App-based ride sharing

Use app-based ride sharing services (like Uber and Lyft)  if you have gotten to campus through alternative means and your car is not on campus. These services are convenient to run an errand, get to an appointment, or get to a work meeting.

Bike to Campus

The Twin Cities has an extensive infrastructure to support regular and safe bicycling habits.  The Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition organization has great resources for anyone that may want to get started.


Carpool to campus with someone else at Macalester or use the Metro Transit Ridematch service to find someone that may live or work near you.


Use HOURCAR just like you might for an app-based ride sharing service for an errand at lunch or for a work meeting.

Nice Ride

Nice Ride Minnesota is a bicycle sharing service based in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  The Nice Ride season customarily runs from April to November.

Metro Transit Park and Ride Lots

Metro Transit maintains numerous Park and Ride lots throughout the seven county Twin Cities Metro area.

Parking adjacent to campus

If you plan to park near campus and walk the rest of the way, please be respectful of our neighbors when you do so – some neighbors may not have off-street parking. Remember to observe posted parking regulations and be aware of City of Saint Paul Snow Emergency Information.

Public Transit

Leveraging Macalester’s location in a vibrant metropolitan area, we have great options for public transit. The College offers a 50% discount on stored value cards at the Campus Center Information Desk for current students, faculty, and staff.  The Metro Transit Trip Planner can help those unfamiliar with transit get to where they need to go.

METRO System, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Commuter Rail

Metro Transit maintains infrastructure that is designed to efficiently move large quantities of people large distances.  This infrastructure exists in many modes including Light Rail Transit (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Commuter Rail.

  • METRO Blue Line which runs from Mall of America to Target Field Downtown Minneapolis
  • METRO Green Line connects  downtown Minneapolis to Downtown Saint Paul
  • METRO Red Line connects the south metro with Mall of America
  • A Line connects Rosedale Mall with the METRO Blue Line
  • Northstar Commuter Rail connects the northwest metro with Target Field Downtown Minneapolis

Bus Routes with stops within campus boundaries

  • A Line connects Rosedale Mall, the METRO Green Line, and the METRO Blue Line
  • Route 63 connects the east metro, Grand Avenue, and the METRO Green Line
  • Route 70 connects the east metro with Saint Clair Avenue
  • Route 84 local bus service along Snelling Avenue and West 7th Street

Bus Routes with stops within a short walk from campus

  • Route 21 connects the Uptown neighborhood with downtown Saint Paul
  • Route 53 limited stop service connecting the Uptown neighborhood with downtown Saint Paul
  • Route 74 connecting Randolph and West 7th Street with the METRO Blue Line
  • Route 87 serving Cleveland Avenue via Rosedale Mall and the UMN Saint Paul Campus
  • Route 134 connecting Downtown Minneapolis to Cleveland and Cretin Avenues


Many positions at Macalester may be flexible enough that you could plan to work from home; others may not. Begin the conversation about teleworking with your supervisor; establish clear work expectations for the times you are teleworking.

Walk to campus

If you live near campus, walking to work can be a great way to get your exercise and relieve parking congestion.

ZAP Reader

  • The ZAP Twin Cities Program is a free program to incentivize bicycling and walking as a form of transportation throughout the metro.
  • The Reader is located on the corner of Macalester Street and Summit Avenues
  • The High Winds Fund, WHAM, and the Sustainability Office funded the original installation of the reader.
  • Pickup your ZAP bike tag or walking card at The Highlander. Individuals can receive either or both free of charge when presenting their Mac ID card.