Duluth transit authority

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The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) provides regular route and STRIDE (Special Transit Ride) services in the cities of Duluth and Proctor, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin[1].

The transit authority runs 20 fixed bus routes under 16 schedules. With some 2000 bus stops throughout the Twin Ports area, easily accessible bus service is within easy walking distance of nearly 80% of residents in the region[2].

History

The Duluth Transit Authority was created by an Act of the Minnesota State Legislature in 1969[3]. A Citizen's Board was formed in 1970 and one of their first decisions was to contract with ATE Management and Services Incorporated to operate and maintain the Duluth Transit Authority. Former employees of the Duluth Superior Street Railway were folded into the operating subsidiary of ATE known as ATE Management Duluth[3]. The original ATE organization eventually was acquired by different companies culminating in its purchase by First Transit Incorporated in 2001[3]. Between April and October, Duluth Transit Authority offers the use of bike racks on their fleet.

Fares

Fare Type Price Fare Type Price
Peak Fare $1.25 EZ-Card $2.00 (Initial fee)
Youth Peak (18 and under) $1.00 360 Day Adult Pass $400.00
Off-Peak Fare $0.60 360 Day Teen Pass $340.00
Port Town Trolley $0.50 180 Day Adult Pass $200.00
Day Pass Ticket $3.00 180 Day Teen Pass $170.00
7 Day Pass (Adult) $15.00 90 Day Adult Pass $100.00
7 Day Pass (Teen) $12.00 90 Day Teen Pass $85.00
31 Day Pass (Adult) $35.00 31 Day Pass (Teen) $30.00
Summer Teen Pass $45.00 Stored Value Card $5.00 to $25.00

Multi-month passes are provided on EZ-cards. Purchase is possible only from the Downtown Transit Center or the DTA Operations Center. Peak hour service is defined as between 07:00 AM and 09:00 AM and 14:30 PM and 18:00 PM on weekdays.

Facilities

  • Downtown Transit Center - 207 W. Superior Street
  • Holiday Center Bus Stop
  • Third Avenue East Bus Stop - below First Street on 3rd Avenue East (part of the SMD parking ramp)
  • Miller Hill Mall Door Eight Bus Stop
  • University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Plaza Bus Stop

STRIDE

Special Transit RIDE (STRIDE) is a dial a ride service under the auspices of the American Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide public transit service to disabled individuals who are unable to access regular Duluth Transit services. STRIDE operates within a quarter mile of DTA fixed bus routes in the City of Superior and within the confines of the cities of Duluth and Proctor[4].

STRIDE fares vary between peak and non-peak periods. Peak periods are defined as 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. to 6 P.M. on weekdays with a fare of $2.50. At all other times service is considered non-peak and therefore qualifies for $1.20 fare.

Service Time

Service Duluth Superior
Weekdays 06:00 to 23:00 06:00 to 19:00
Saturdays 06:00 to 20:00 06:00 to 18:00
Sundays 08:00 to 18:00 08:00 to 18:00

Routes

  • 1 West Mainline
  • 2 Far West
  • 3 Proctor
  • 4 Ramsey-Raleight/West 8th
  • 5 West to the Mall
  • 6 Mainline/University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
  • 7 East Mainline/Lakeside
  • 9 Piedmont
    • 9M Piedmont/Mall
  • 10 Duluth Heights/Mall
    • 10H Duluth Heights/Mall/6th Avenue
  • 11 University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)/East 8th
    • 11K University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)/East 8th-Kenwood
    • 11M University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)/East 8th-Morley Heights
  • 12 Kenwood
  • 13 University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)/Woodland via East 4th
    • 13U University Minnesota Duluth (UMD) via East 4th
    • 13W woodland via East 4th
  • 14 West 4th Boulevard/Eklund/Mall
    • 14 West 4th/Eklund/Mall/Piedmont
  • 15 Park Point
    • 15C Canal Park Service
  • 16 Duluth - Superior
  • 17 City of Superior
  • 18 University Minnesota Duluth (UMD)/College of Saint Scholastica (CSS) via Rice Lake Road
  • 20 Cirrus/Airpark/UHC
    • 20X Hermantown Park & Ride Express

Fleet Roster

Active

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
111-114 2006 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL 112-114 are retired.
115-118 2007 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL 115-117 are retired.
119-120 2007 Gillig Low Floor 35' HEV
(G30B102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
121-122 2008 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL
123-126 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL
127-130 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40' HEV
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB
131-140 (2nd) 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL
141-150 (2nd) 2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
151-160 (2nd) 2014 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
161-166 (2nd) 2016 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
291-300 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL 295-296 are retired.
412-413 2002 Chance Trolley
  • 27 ft long
  • Seasonal use only
1501 2015 Gillig Trolley Replica 29'
(G27E102?2)
Cummins ISL9 Seasonal use only
1800-1809 2018 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 Voith D864.6
1810-1816 2018 Proterra Catalyst BE40
1901 2019 Hometown Trolley Trolley Seasonal use only

Retired

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
101-130 (1st) 1970 GMC T6H-4521 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
131-150 (1st) 1975 GMC T6H-4523N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
151-195 (1st) 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-603)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730 151, 170 sold to MVTA as 506-507.
201-210 1989 Flxible Metro "B"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA 203-205, 208-209 sold to Davenport CitiBus as 1203-1205, 1208-1209 in 2002.
211-220 1991 TMC RTS-06
(T70-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
221-245 1995 Gillig Phantom 40'
(S50T40102)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
246-250 1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C20B102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
251-255 1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
(C21B102N4)
Cummins M11
256-270 1999 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G21D102N4)
Cummins M11
271-280 2002 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G18E102R2)
Cummins ISC
281-290 2004 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G29B102N4)
Cummins ISL
601 1951 GMC PD-4103 Detroit Diesel 6-71
? 1995 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Allison AT-545 3 units

Contacts

  • email: dta@duluthtransit.com
  • Phone: 218-722-SAVE

External Links

References

  1. [1], retrieved on 2009-05-18
  2. Welcome Aboard, duluthtransit.com, retrieved 10-10-2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Duluth Transit Authority History, duluthtransit.com, retrieved 10-10-2010
  4. Stride Guide, duluthtransit.com, retrieved 10-10-2010