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Carpoolers to pay less to use ABC Ramps in downtown Minneapolis

The move is designed to encourage more people to carpool.

The cost of carpooling into downtown Minneapolis and parking in one of the city's ABC Ramps has been reduced to just $20-a-month, it was announced Tuesday.

Previously, only carpoolers commuting from the western suburbs along I-394 could access the $20 rate at the city-run, MnDOT-owned parking ramps.

But now the $20 rate will be available to all carpoolers regardless of where they live, reducing the monthly cost of parking in the ramp from its previous price of $99-a-month.

What's more, carpoolers who don't want to sign up for a monthly subscription can also get a cheaper daily rate of $5, provided they show up between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays.

Individual drivers have to pay rates of between $145 to $165 a month to park in the ramps, while daily rates range from $7.25 to $8.50.

In a statement on Tuesday, MnDOT's Lisa Austin said the changes make the carpool program "more equitable and align better with commuters’ current travel behaviors."

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“We asked people who use the ramp what they needed, and they said flexibility. Many commuters don’t want to be locked into one mode of travel with monthly contracts,” MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher added.

"We’re excited to be able to give commuters more choice and options in their daily travel."

The Star Tribune reports that the number of registered carpools using the ABC ramps has almost halved over the past 15 years, with 1,479 registered in 2003 compared to just 765 in 2017.

If you're looking for a carpool partner, you can create a profile here on the Metro Transit website. 

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