University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Safe U.

A train weighs 98 tons. You don't. Use caution near light rail tracks.

Light Rail Transit has arrived at the University of Minnesota

In mid-June, the METRO Green Line began service. The line links the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul and travels through the heart of the University of Minnesota campus on Washington Avenue. Three stations serve the campus: the Stadium Village Station (just to the east of TCF Bank Stadium); the East Bank Station (on Washington Avenue between Harvard and Union Streets); and the West Bank Station (on Washington Avenue between 19th and Cedar Avenues).

More than 225 light rail trains now pass through the campus each weekday, giving the University community access to an outstanding transit option. But with light rail service comes the shared responsibility of safety. Train operators, bus drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and others must always have safety in mind and pay close attention to what’s happening around them.


  • Never walk on the tracks.
  • Obey all warning signs and signals.
  • Cross the tracks only at designated crossings and with the lights.


  • Use the green bike boxes to turn left across traffic. (See informational video.)
  • Walk your bicycles on rail platforms, near the benches and tables, and across pedestrian crossings.


  • Always look both ways before crossing the tracks.
  • Listen for train bells and horns.
  • Never try to beat a train through a crossing. It will take a train on the METRO Green Line more than 80 feet to stop when moving at its top speed through campus.
  • Visit the Metro Transit Green Line website for more safety information.
  • Washington Avenue Green Line Animation:

See SAFE U campaign safety tips.