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McNamara Alumni Center


ISSTA 2012 will be held in the McNamara Alumni Center, located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Be aware that there is construction going on in this area, with a new light rail going through campus that has permanently closed part of Washington Avenue to automobiles. The directions on both the alumni center's and the hotel's pages have been updated to reflect this.

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ISSTA 2012 has a block of rooms at the University Hotel, across the street from the McNamara Alumni Center. Rooms can be reserved in the ISSTA block by either:

Hotel registration for the ISSTA block ends June 24th.

The hotel has driving directions and parking information available. Particularly, the PDF on that page has useful directions for avoiding the portion of Washington Avenue that has been closed.

Public transportation from MSP Airport to the hotel is available via light rail and bus. Take the light rail toward downtown, and get off at Downtown East/Metrodome Station. Right next to the station, on 4th St, your light rail ticket can be used to transfer to either the route 16 or route 50 bus, towards the University of Minnesota. Get off next to TCF Bank Stadium, at University Ave and Ontario St SE, and head southeast past McNamara Alumni Center. For more information on Metro Transit, see below.

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Minneapolis/St Paul has Metro Transit, which provides a light rail line and buses going just about everywhere in the Twin Cities. The light rail stops at the Mall of America, both terminals of Minneapolis - St Paul International Airport, and downtown Minneapolis. Bus route 16 and route 50 make frequent trips between campus and downtown, and have stops very close to the hotel and the alumni center. Google Maps and the iOS Maps app can both be set to use public transit to give route directions. Metro Transit has their own trip planner as well, although it tends to demand very specific locations.

Note: The downtown portion of the light rail will be under maintenance starting on Friday, July 20th at 6:30 PM, the last day of the conference. Service will still be available, but conference attendees heading for the airport will need to follow the posted signs to get on the route 55 bus, which will be covering for the closed light rail section.

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