"Minneapolis is one of the most accessible cities you will ever find." — Richard F. Jost, executive director of the Minnesota Paralyzed Veterans of America
Minneapolis is a leader in its commitment to accessible public space. The city instituted a pedestrian ramping program for its streets decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect. Additionally:
- All of the city's downtown parks are accessible. - Miles of waterfront, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and regional parks (including Minnehaha Falls) are accessible. - More than seven miles of the skyway are accessible.
There are many transportation options in Minneapolis for travelers with disabilities:
Paratransit transportation — Metro Mobility offers door-to-door public transportation system for persons with disabilities. Call 651.602.1111 (TTY 651.221.9886) or send an email for more information.
Van rental — Wheelchair Getaways provides rentals of wheelchair- and scooter-accessible vans. For more information call 800.642.2042.
Shuttle and taxi service — - Airport Taxi, 952.928.0000 - Rainbow Taxi, 612.332.1615 - Super Shuttle, 1.800.BLUEVAN or 612.827.7777
Bus and Light Rail — For just $4.50, a Visitor Pass provides an entire day’s worth of exploring the Twin Cities. It's valid for unlimited rides on Metro Transit buses and on METRO Blue, Green & Red lines (not valid on Northstar or express bus routes). Use it for fast, frequent service to downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, Mall of America and hundreds of other popular attractions. Visitor Passes are ONLY available online or at Metro Transit Service Centers; purchase them in advance. The pass isn’t active until its first use on a bus or METRO train.Groups that want to purchase more than 100 passes are eligible for a discount. Please call 612-349-7750 to learn more about group discounts.
The 2002 expansion brought the entire Minneapolis Convention Center up to current ADA standards. In fact, the building received the Minnesota Access Achievement Award, presented by the Minnesota Society of Architects, for its attention to access:
- All entrances in the front of the MCC have at least one set of power-assisted doors. - There are 3 unisex single-wheelchair restrooms. - Wheelchair seating and sound enhancement tools are available in the auditorium. - From the skyway, people can reach the first level of the MCC via accessible elevators and escalators. - Wheelchairs can negotiate walkways that are carpeted (no padding) with a depth of less than one half-inch of closely woven pile. In uncarpeted areas, the flooring is terrazzo tile. - The marshalling yard in the rear of the MCC may be used for raised van parking.