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DTA to increase fares on January 1st – expand late night service and implement holiday service

Published: Expires: 2/1/2011

The Duluth Transit Authority will raise fares, expand evening services and implement holiday services beginning January 1, 2011.

Effective January 1, the DTA will increase the base peak-hour fare to $1.50 and off-peak/weekend fare to 75 cents. The DTA will eliminate the peak-hour youth fare beginning January 1, 2011; but will retain a discounted 31-Day Youth Pass for riders 18 and under.

STRIDE peak fares will also be increased to $3, with off-peak fares increasing to $1.50.

Unlike most Minnesota transit systems, the DTA has not raised fares in the last few years to keep pace with higher fuel prices. The DTA last raised fares in 2005 and 1992.

The DTA Board of Directors approved a January 1st fare increase to expand weekday and weekend evening service and add holiday service at its August 25th meeting; and the Duluth City Council approved the fare increase on August 30th.

The DTA will expand late night service on selected routes to accommodate those working evening shifts beginning on Sunday, January 2, 2011.

Many weekday routes already provide late night service; but new evening services will be expanded on some routes. Saturday bus service, which currently doesn’t run as late as weekday services, will be extended to cover evening hours. The majority of added evening services will occur on Saturday. No evening service changes are slated for the City of Superior at this time. Evening services will be added on the following routes:

Weekday Evening Service Expansion: Routes 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11

Saturday Evening Service Expansion: Routes 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11

Sunday Evening Service Expansion: Routes 2, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 13

(See late night service schedule additions below)

The DTA will implement limited service (similar to the Sunday level of service) on all major holidays beginning with this New Year’s Day (January 1, 2011) and the following holidays throughout the year: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Holiday service, however, will only be provided in Duluth. The DTA has not provided holiday services since the early 1970s.

The DTA will also be making adjustments to routes #18 and #20 beginning on Monday, January 3rd. Several evening trips on route #18 will be dropped with the schedule time for the last trip adjusted. Route #20 will no longer provide service to Cirrus Design and schedule times will be adjusted to better serve United Healthcare and Airpark businesses. These routes, which were established in 2007, are partially supported by JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute) federal funding.

DTA Fare Increase

Regular RouteCurrentNew
Base Fare$1.25$1.50
Off-Peak Fare $ 0.60 $ 0.75
Off-Peak Elderly & Disabled$0.60$ 0.75
Youth Fare$ 1.00$ 1.50
Day Pass$ 3.00$ 4.00
Seven Day Pass$12.00$14.00
31 Day Pass$35.00$40.00
Teen Pass - Youth Pass$30.00$37.50
Summer Teen Pass (June, July, August)$45.00$55.00
TransfersFreeNo Change(Good for 60 minutes)
Dash/Mash$ 0.25No Change ($0.25)
STRIDE Peak Fare$ 2.50$3.00
STRIDE Off-Peak Fare$ 1.25$1.50

New Late Night Service Adjustments Effective

EXPANDED WEEKDAY SERVICE

Route 1: 5:25 p.m. 8:40 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving downtown was 4:37 p.m.

Route 2: 12:10 a.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving downtown was 11:10 p.m.

Route 3: 8:40 p.m. trip to Proctor eliminated. (This 8:40 p.m. trip added to Route 1 schedule.)

Route 5: 6:05 p.m. trip added from Zoo. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving Zoo was 5:05 p.m.

Route 6: 10:15 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving downtown was 9:15 p.m.

Route 9: 8:20 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving downtown was 7:20 p.m.

Route 10: 11:43 p.m. trip added from Super One. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving Super One was 10:39 p.m.

Route 11K: 12:10 a.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus leaving downtown was 11:10 p.m.

Route 18: 10:35 p.m. trip from UMD replaces the 10:52 p.m. trip as the last bus from campus.

WEEKDAY SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS

Route 18: Evening trips eliminated: 8:52 p.m. and 9:52 p.m.

Route 20: Adjusted times depart downtown at 6:20 a.m., 7:20 a.m., 8:20 a.m.

Route 20X: Adjusted times depart Hermantown Park & Ride for downtown at 6:56 a.m., 7:56 a.m., and 8:56 a.m. Adjusted times depart downtown transit center at 4:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m.

EXPANDED SATURDAY SERVICE

Route 2: 7:50 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:50 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 6:50 p.m.

Route 5: 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. trips added from Zoo. Previous schedule: Last bus from Zoo was 3:50 p.m.

Route 6: 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 6:45 p.m.

Route 7: 8:05 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 7:00 p.m.

Route 9: 6:45 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 5:15 p.m.

Route 10: 7:10 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 9:10 p.m., and 10:10 .p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 5:45 p.m.

Route 11K: 7:40 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9:40 p.m., and 10:40 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 6:35 p.m.

EXPANDED SUNDAY SERVICE

Route 2: 7:10 p.m., 8:10 p.m., and 9:10 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 6:30 p.m.

Route 7: 7:15 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 6:15 p.m.

Route 9: 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 4:45 p.m.

Route 10: 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Las bus from downtown was 5:15 p.m.

Route 11K: 6:10 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 8:10 p.m. trips added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 5:35 p.m.

Route 13: 6:45 p.m. trip added from downtown. Previous schedule: Last bus from downtown was 5:45 p.m.

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