Getting to the 2013 Minnesota State Fair: new Fridley Express route, transportation options

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Whatever way you are getting to the Minnesota State Fair — Park & Ride; Park Free, Ride Free; bikes; motorcycles,; wheelchairs — here’s what you need to know!

The City of Fridley has been added to the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Express bus service Park & Ride route. Approximately every half-hour, the Fridley Express bus will leave the Fridley Station on 61st Ave. and Main Street NE.

The cost for all Park & Ride State Fair Express rides is $5 round-trip. Passengers are dropped off and picked up at Gate 20 on the south side of Como Ave across from the Warner Coliseum.

The Mall of America express bus route at 82nd Street and 24th Avenue, across from the Mall’s east ramp, will be still be in operation this year, despite the on-going Mall construction projects. More express routes can be found here.

“Park Free, Ride Free”

The State Fair also provides a “Park Free, Ride Free” service 8 a.m. to midnight every day from several locations. On Sundays, the “Park Free, Ride Free” lots that are located at churches begin operating at 1 p.m.

The “Park Free, Ride Free” buses drop off and pick up at various locations at the State Fair, so passengers need to be aware of their drop-off point.

The U of M Minneapolis “Park Free, Ride Free” will not be available on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Numerous routes run on specific days: weekdays only, every day except Saturdays, and weekends and Labor Day only. When planning a bus ride to the State Fair, the key is in the details, so check the information site first.

Wheelchair friendly

Several wheelchair accessible parking locations are offered on the “Park Free, Ride Free” routes. The Oscar Johnson Arena, north of Energy Park Drive, east of Snelling Avenue, is exclusively for persons with disabilities and their companions. If you want to rent a wheelchair (or scooter, wagon or stroller) at the Fair, you can get details and make advance reservations here.

Bikes and Motorcyles

Motorcycle and bicycle riders have several options for getting to the Fair. (Currently, secure bike helmet storage is not available at the Fair bike corrals or the Park & Ride lots).

New: Downtown to State Fair regular route

Four regular bus routes are another choice in avoiding the snarl of traffic near the State Fair grounds. The new Route 960 boards on Hennepin Avenue and downtown passengers can get to the Fair in about 15 minutes. All regular-route service is wheelchair accessible. Riders can use cash or a transit pass.

No cash? Charge and print your Express Ride ticket

Select Express bus locations offer passengers the option of charging their State Fair Express ride. After ordering your ticket online by credit card on the Metro Transit website, you print your ticket to give the driver when you arrive at the participating Express bus locations.