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.
  • Visit the Campus Center Information Desk website for information on Metro Transit products currently sold to Macalester students, faculty, and staff

Transit Subsidies

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 in Walking Distance

  • 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

Air Travel

  • Traveling by airliner is the most carbon-intensive way to travel
  • Flying direct as much as possible, in economy class, with as little luggage as necessary, results in less fuel used and ultimately avoids even more greenhouse gas emissions

Host City Options

  • Depending on your study away program, you may have the option to incorporate carbon-negative programs into your work while you’re away

Offset Programs

  • The average study away airline flight emits about 1 metric ton of CO2 – offsets are about $10 per metric tone of CO2.  One service that offers airline offsets are Native Energy (airline offset provider)
  • The International Center and Sustainability Office organize offset programs for returnees like tree planting and community farming

Travel To or From MSP International Airport

Take a Northbound Blue Line from MSP International Airport Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, then transfer to the A Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route at the 46th Street Station; ride to the St. Clair Avenue or Grand Avenue stations.

Other Transit Options

    • Get to campus using the Green Line after riding the Northstar Line to the Target Field Platform
    • If you get to Saint Paul through the multi-modal ground transit hub at Union Depot, board a Westbound Green Line Train or 63 Bus Route to get to campus
    • Amtrak – Daily train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago. Reduces travel-related greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The Guaranteed Ride Home – Free Metro Transit program that provides a way home in an emergency, if you have a family issue, or need to work unexpected hours
    • HourCar – Convenient and environmentally friendly Twin Cities car sharing program. Memberships are available for individuals or Macalester departments. We have an HourCar hub in the Patagonia parking lot.
    • Nice Ride Minnesota – City wide bike sharing program. Station located on Grand and Macalester street.
    • Northfield Lines – Offers service from the University of St. Thomas to Northfield, MN for travel to St. Olaf or Carleton College

Alternative Commuting Resources

App-Based Ride Sharing

App-based ride sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, are a convenient way to get around within the Twin Cities.

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.


HOURCAR is a car sharing service in the Twin Cities. Members can borrow cars for short-term reservations.

Metro Transit Park and Ride Lots

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


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.