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The 2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems
(CTS 2014)

May 19-23, 2014

The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA



TRAVEL INFORMATION



AIRPORT and TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Considering your departing city, the airline that you are flying, and whether or not you are renting a car, you have several options.  The closest major airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
(MSP).  

There are two terminals at MSP Airport: Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey.

Terminal 1-Lindbergh   
•    Air Canada
•    Air France
•    Alaska Airlines
•    American Airlines
•    Delta Air Lines
•    Frontier Airlines
•    Great Lakes Airlines
•    United Airlines
•    US Airways

Terminal 2-Humphrey
•    Air Tran Airways
•    Icelandair
•    Southwest Airlines
•    Spirit Airlines
•    Sun Country Airlines

GROUND TRANSPORTATION FROM MSP AIRPORT

The Commons Hotel is approximately 10 miles away from MSP and is on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  There is no courtesy hotel shuttle, so you have the options of a taxi, Super Shuttle, Metro Transit Bus/Light Rail, or rental car.   

http://www.mspairport.com/images/maps/general-maps/01_region_041509.aspx

TAXI

TIME: Allow 25 minutes / 45 minutes for rush hour (6:00-9:00 am and 3:00-6:30 pm M-F)
COST: Approximately $35 one way

Airport Taxi -         612-721-0000
Green and White - 612-522-2222
Red and White -     612-871-1600
Yellow -                 612-824-4444

SUPER SHUTTLE


TIME: Varies with number of stops and guests.  (Can also reserve exclusive car service for an additional charge)
COST: Shared Van: $15 one-way with a $1.50 fuel surcharge, and $24 round trip with a $3 fuel surcharge.

Reservations are not required, but recommended.  To reserve, visit the customized CTS reservation page at:
http://groups.supershuttle.com/cts.html

Follow the arrival instructions on the supershuttle website to determine where to meet your van upon arrival at the airport.

METRO TRANSIT BUS/LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) FROM THE AIRPORT (TRANSFER REQUIRED)

TIME: Allow 60 minutes
COST: $1.75 bus/$2.25 light rail during non-rush hour &
          $2.00
bus/$3.00 light rail during rush hour (6:00-9:00 am & 3:00-6:30 pm M-F)

Trains leave every 7.5 minutes during rush hours, every 10-15 minutes at other times. Travel time to Metrodome Station is approximately 15 minutes. Please note you will need to board a bus from the Metrodome station (routes to the hotel include the 50 and 16, which arrive at this stop every 10 minutes). You may board one of these buses East bound (away from downtown) on 4th st. S. and Chicago Ave (Kirby Puckett). The bus ride is approximately 10 minutes.
You may visit the Metro Transit website to create a personal transportation route. You must go to the website to plan the trip with your specific times and dates: http://www.metrotransit.org/ . Once on the website, choose the Plan Your Trip tab located at the top of the screen, and scroll to Transit Trip Planner. Then, enter your starting point using the Landmark option, and scroll down to Airport Mpls- St. Paul Int'l.  For step 2, choose the address and use the hotel address (615 Washington Avenue SE). Add your correct date and time, and click Plan Itinerary. Your complete itinerary should include transferring from the light rail to the bus near/at the Metrodome. 

At conference planning time, a new GREEN line on the light rail was almost complete and will include a station stop very close to the hotel.  In the case it is completed by conference time, the East Bank station on this line (on Washington Avenue in front of Moos Tower between Harvard and Union streets) will be your closest stop and almost directly across the street from the hotel.  The GREEN line construction may also impact bus travel times if not complete.

Bus detour information, during Central Corridor Light Rail construction may be found by visiting: http://metrotransit.org/rail-construction.aspx#UofMDetours


RENTAL CARS

On-Airport Car Rentals

Terminal 1-Lindbergh*

On-airport rental car counters at Terminal 1-Lindbergh are located on the second and third levels between the Blue and Red parking ramps. Passengers can take the underground tram to the Blue and Red parking ramps and then take an elevator to the second or third floor.

Terminal 2-Humphrey*

At Terminal 2-Humphrey, on-airport rental car counters are located in the Ground Transport Center on the ground level of the Purple parking ramp directly across from the terminal building.

*All on-airport rental car companies have counters at both terminals.

  Company Phone NumberCounter Hours, Terminal 1
Counter Hours, Terminal 2
 Advantage 1-800-777-5500 6 am to 11 pm6 am to 11 pm
 Alamo 1-800-327-9633 24 hours6 am to midnight
 Avis 1-800-831-2847 5 am to 1 am6 am to 12:30 am
 Budget 1-800-527-0700 5 am to 1 am5 am to 1 am
 Dollar 1-800-800-4000 6 am to 11 pm6 am to 11 pm
 Enterprise 1-800-325-8007 6 am to midnight6 am to midnight
 Hertz 1-800-654-3131 24 hoursMon thru Fri 6 am - 12:30 am
Sat & Sun 7 am - 12:30 am

 National 1-800-227-7368 24 hours6 am to midnight
 Thrifty 1-800-847-4389 6 am to 11 pm6 am to 11 pm


Off-Airport Car Rentals

Shuttle buses to the off-airport car rental companies are accessible from the Terminal 1-Lindbergh Transit Center, between the Blue and Red parking ramps. From the Tram Level, take the underground tram to the Transit Center. Take an escalator or elevator up one level.

  Company Phone Number
 Ace 1-800-243-3443
  Economy 1-651-788-0808
 Payless 1-800-729-5377



TRAVELING BY CAR FROM MINNEAPOLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO THE COMMONS HOTEL

    Head southwest on Glumack Dr
    Continue onto Airport Service Rd
    Continue onto Glumack Dr
    Keep left at the fork and merge onto MN-5 E
    Take the exit toward Shepard Rd/River Rd
    Turn right onto Gannon Rd
    Take the 1st right onto S Mississippi River Blvd/Shepard Rd
    Continue to follow S Mississippi River Blvd
    Turn left onto N Mississippi River Blvd
    Continue onto E River Pkwy
    Turn left to stay on E River Pkwy
    Take the 1st right onto SE Harvard St
    Turn right & the Hotel will be on the right


INTERACTIVE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CAMPUS MAP (HOTEL AREA)

   http://campusmaps.umn.edu/tc/map.php?extent=full#


MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL MAP


 
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