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DTA transported 3,171,085 riders in 2010

Published: Expires: 2/26/2011

DTA ridership continues upward trend – Increased 21.6% since 2005

Duluth Transit Authority ridership for 2010 surpassed the 3 million rider mark for the third consecutive year since 2002. Ridership for 2010, which was down 0.07% from 2009, totaled 3,171,085. DTA ridership has steadily improved over the past few years and is up 21.6% since 2005.

While transit use is up by all segments of the general population, U-Pass ridership has shown the most consistent gains. U-Pass ridership for 2010 at UMD, College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College and UWS increased by 4.57% over 2009 with 747,737 rides.

DTA Bike & Bus ridership for 2010 also surpassed the previous year’s total. In its 16th year of operation, the Bike & Bus service transported 22,751 bicycles – up 2.5% over last year. In 2009, the DTA began providing the Bike & Bus service on a year-round basis.

STRIDE (Special Transit RIDE) ridership for 2010 also increased by 1.9% with 25,637 passengers.

DTA ridership gains parallels the national trend. More Americans today are using public transportation due to volatile gas prices and inflation. Even though fuel prices dropped during the year, DTA ridership continued to grow. The recent rise in fuel prices should result in a continuing increase in passenger numbers.

"We're very pleased with these numbers" says DTA General Manager Dennis Jensen. "We picked up a lot of new riders during the I-35 construction project and they are continuing to ride. We are especially pleased with the success of the U-Pass program and all the benefits that this has brought to the colleges and to the community.”

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