Duluth: A City and Transit System in Sync

The theme of this issue is a transit tour of Minnesota, with the goal of visiting as many public transit providers in the state as possible in four and half days, attempting to find some representative sample that highlights the state's transit successes, uniqueness and innovations. The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is the focus of this article and its forward-looking operation. As the city has transitioned from heavy industrial to a town focused on health care, education and tourism, DTA has evolved along with it. There has been a strong emphasis on current transit technology and operational theory. Duluth's history, leading up to its current services, is presented in the article. The University of Duluth had also had an impact on the DTA, as it designed the U-Pass program, popular with students. The passes are tied in with students' college ID cards and in 2011 produced record ridership of nearly 600,000 passengers. DTA's goal is to eventually become a regional transit authority with express bus operations, intercity rail and a fully connected community.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 50-54
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  • Accession Number: 01493689
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 2:28PM