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DTA to introduce new commuter route on December 3. Serving Cirrus Design, Airpark and United Healthcare

Published: Expires: 12/5/2007

Beginning on Monday, December 3rd, the Duluth Transit Authority will implement a new weekday Route 20, revise service on Route 18 and introduce two early morning trips to downtown from New Duluth and Woodland/East Fourth Street.

Route 20 ~ Cirrus – Airpark – United Healthcare Commuter Service

The DTA will introduce a new weekday Route 20 on Monday, December 3rd that will provide hourly commuter service between downtown Duluth, United Healthcare, Airpark and Cirrus Design with four early morning trips and six afternoon trips. Route 20 buses will depart the Downtown Transit Center at 5:05 a.m., 6:05 a.m., 7:05 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. with six afternoon return trips from the Airpark and United Healthcare; and two afternoon return trips from Cirrus Design. This service was designed to accommodate shift hours at Cirrus Design, Airpark and United Healthcare.

Route 20 will operate between downtown Duluth and Cirrus Design via Sixth Avenue East, Central Entrance, Arlington Avenue, Rice Lake Road, Airpark Blvd., Haines Road, Arrowhead Rd., Hwy. 53 and Airport Road. (See attached route map.)

Route 20 will also provide weekday service to Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center, Arrowhead Juvenile Center on Arlington Avenue as well as the Regional 911 Communications Center.

DTA to add early morning trips from New Duluth & Woodland

To accommodate the 5:04 a.m. trip from downtown to Cirrus on Route 20

Additional early morning service to downtown Duluth will also be introduced on Monday, December 3rd from Gary/New Duluth and Woodland to connect with the Route 20 bus departing the Downtown Transit Center at 5:05 a.m. The new early morning trip to downtown on Route 2 will depart New Duluth at 4:29 a.m. and the new early morning trip on Route 13 will depart the Woodland Park & Ride on Calvary Road at 4:25 a.m.

DTA to revise service on Route 18

The DTA will revise service on Route 18, which was introduced last September to serve the growing college housing market along Rice Lake Road. Beginning Monday, December 3rd, Route #18 will provide direct service to and from the College of St. Scholastica. In addition, United Healthcare, which is currently served by Route 18, will be served by Route 20. Route 18 service will be provided from September through May during fall and spring semesters; but will not operate during summer months, semester breaks or when UMD is not in session.

Route 18 ~ UMD/CSS via Rice Lake Road & Arrowhead Road (Seasonal)

Route 18 will provide hourly service from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays between Highland Village, Campus Park Housing, Boulder Ridge Apartments, College of St. Scholastica (CSS) and UMD. Route 18 also provides service to Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center and Arrowhead Juvenile Center on Rice Lake Road.

Route 18 provides timely transfer connections to Mall buses at Central Entrance & Pecan

Route 18 provides timely transfer connections from UMD, CSS, Campus Park Housing and Boulder Ridge Apartments to buses traveling to the Miller Hill Mall area at Central Entrance and Pecan Avenue. UMD and CSS students have long requested direct service to the Mall area and Route 18 provides a reasonable option with a 4-6 minute wait for connecting service.

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