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2010 Media Releases


Date:
August 30, 2010
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7831
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-7711
Ken Smith, City Parking Manager, 402-441-4617

Mayor Welcomes Visitors For Football

City experimenting with new all-day meter parking option

Mayor Chris Beutler today welcomed visitors headed to Lincoln for Husker football games and encouraged fans to use one of three City programs designed to ease game-day traffic and parking:

"Game day in Lincoln is a great experience, and we are always looking for new ways for fans to beat the traffic and parking delays," Beutler said. "We also encourage fans to plan ahead, allow extra time and avoid post-game congestion by lingering in downtown and enjoying our restaurants and attractions."

The Mayor said federal stimulus funds have allowed for many arterial street repair projects across the City. He recommended drivers check on the construction by visiting lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: closures) . Maps and other parking information are available at lincoln.ne.gov or parkandgo.org and by calling the parking office at 402-441-PARK.

On football game days, Interstate 80 exits at the I-180/Downtown and 27th Street exits can be very congested, so visitors are encouraged to use other routes into Lincoln:

Contractors will not work on highway or Interstate projects on game days, so I-80 will have at least two lanes open in each direction, and all lanes will be open on highways entering Lincoln.

The following traffic patterns are in effect after the football games:

Those traveling downtown should be aware of the bike lanes on 14th Street from "L" to "R" streets and on 11th Street from "Q" to "K" streets.

STARTRAN OFFERS BIG RED EXPRESS

In addition to its regular routes, StarTran will provide its Big Red Express service on Husker game days starting two hours before kickoff from five locations:

Buses will drop-off and depart from the east side of the stadium. The cost is $4 each way for adults and $1 each way for children age 12 and under, and passengers will need exact change. Electronic signs will help direct fans to the Big Red Express locations. Big Red Express season tickets, good for round-trip travel for all home games, are available for $40 at StarTran, 710 "J" Street; the SouthPointe Pavilions office; Scheels at SouthPointe Pavilions; or at the lots on game day. For more information, call 476-1234 or visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov.

RESERVED PARKING AVAILABLE

The City recommends reserving pre-paid, event parking through the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov, and through parkandgo.org. Football parking locations and fees are:

Grills are not allowed in City parking garages. RV parking is available at Sun Valley and Charleston for $10, and grills are allowed at this location.

A number of private lots are available. Rates vary, and some offer season passes. NOTE: The railroad lot under the Harris Overpass west of Lincoln Station will probably NOT be available for parking this year.

Vehicles blocking drives, parked too close to the intersection, parked on public right of way or interfering with vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be towed.

University of Nebraska game day parking information and maps are available at parking.unl.edu (keyword: football). Parking also is available at the following University areas for $15:

Wheelchair accessible parking is available at UNL Lot 5, Stadium Drive and Holdrege, for $15 per vehicle. Handicapped parking is available at:

UNL parking lots will be available for use six hours prior to kick off.

Stadium Drive west of the stadium will be closed to all vehicular traffic. Passenger drop-off and pick-up will not be allowed in front of the stadium before or after the game. Fans can be dropped off and picked up at 10th and Charleston streets and 12th and "R" streets.

Only StarTran buses and those using UNL Lot 12 or handicapped parking will be allowed west of 16th St. on Vine.

Charter buses will park on "W" St. between 14th and 16th streets.

The taxi stand is at 14th and Vine streets.

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