Minneapolis VA Health Care System
March 19, 2020: Changes to MVAHCS Visitor Policy
(Updated March 20, 2020) We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our Veterans, visitors and staff. As a result, we feel we need to implement a visitor policy to minimize exposure and provide guidance for all of you in these challenging times. As of Thursday, March 20, 2020 there will be no visitors across our health care system, we understand this will be challenging as we understand the benefits and needs of having visitors, we ask that you understand and support us in the decision.
The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Medical Center is located in the south Minneapolis neighborhood of Nokomis East, near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Area landmarks include Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Falls Regional Park*.
The Mississippi river is close by and separates the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The St. Paul city limits are about one mile east of the Medical Center.
Getting Around Minneapolis:
Metro Transit bus fares range from $1.75 to $3.00, depending on time of day.
BY LIGHT RAIL
The Blue Line provides light rail service to stations between Target Field in downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America, including the VA Medical Center. Tickets are sold at vending kiosks at all rail stations. Two bus routes (19 and 515) connect at the VA Medical Center Station. For light rail transit information and bus schedules call (612) 373-3333 or check the Metro Transit web site at www.metrotransit.org*.
The Northstar Commuter Rail Line offers service from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis. For more information, see the Metro Transit web site. Beyond the metro area, Amtrak travels a major East-West line running from Chicago and the east coast to Seattle and Portland. The Amtrak depot is located at 730 Transfer Road, St. Paul. For schedule information call (800) 872-7245.
Taxi service is readily available. Downtown Minneapolis is approximately 16 miles from the airport, with fares averaging $34-$44. The distance to downtown St. Paul is approximately 12 miles and fares average $28-$34.
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