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DTA ends PARK FREE - RIDE FREE service after October 28

Published: Expires: 11/19/2011

The Duluth Transit Authority will end its Park FREE – Ride FREE services after Friday, October 28 as I-35 construction season winds down.

In an effort to mitigate traffic on I-35 and Grand Avenue during the construction project the Minnesota Department of Transportation contracted with DTA the past two construction seasons to provide the Park FREE – Ride FREE service to commuters. Free round-trip fares were provided for weekday commuters boarding morning buses at a temporary Park & Ride lot at the Zoo and bus stops west of 46th Avenue West.

Through the end of this September, 57,666 additional rides were generated in the free-ride corridor of which 36,301 were free. (Additional rides include above average pass ridership along the West Duluth corridor.) Once October ridership figures are finalized it is estimated that this year’s Park FREE – Ride FREE ridership will total more than 68,000 rides of which nearly 43,000 rides were free. During the 2010 construction season, 73,916 additional rides were generated in the free-ride corridor of which 43,227 were free.

The Park FREE – Ride FREE service, along with “buses only” express lanes on Grand Avenue did reduce traffic congestion along Grand Avenue and minimized the effects of I-35 construction on the West Duluth neighborhood.

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