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DTA and Lakes 10 Theater partner to provide Park and Ride opportunity for area commuters

Published: Expires: 7/30/2009

20X Express service from Park & Ride begins Thursday, June 18

Through an arrangement with the Lakes Ten Theater in Hermantown, the Duluth Transit Authority will begin running weekday commuter express service from the theater’s parking lot on its Route #20 buses beginning Thursday, June 18.

The DTA will operate four morning and four afternoon express trips between the Lakes Ten Park & Ride and downtown Duluth.

Route #20X - express buses will run non-stop along the express route with the first stop at St. Mary’s Hospital en route to downtown Duluth.

Route #20X express buses will depart the Lakes Ten Parking lot at 5:46 a.m., 6:46 a.m. 7:46 a.m. and 8:46 a.m. arriving at St. Mary’s Hospital 12 minutes later and downtown Duluth at 6:05 a.m., 7:05 a.m., 8:05 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. Boarding will take place at bus stops on Stebner Road adjacent to the Lakes Ten Parking lot.

The afternoon return trips will depart the Downtown Transit Center at 4:15, 4:45, 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. A stop will be made at St. Mary’s hospital, and then the bus will operate in an express mode to Lakes 10 Theater lot 19 minutes later.

In December 2007, the Duluth Transit Authority began providing a Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) service to the United Health Care, Duluth Airpark and Cirrus Aviation when Route #20 service was introduced.

This service is funded in part by federal funds designed to provide access to jobs in suburban areas, not traditionally served by public transit. The DTA presently operates 4 morning and 4 afternoon trips that primarily serve persons employed at these businesses, however, other facilities in the area are served as well. Because the focus of the JARC service has been on the outbound work trip in the morning, and the inbound home trip in the evening, the morning inbound trips and evening outbound trips are operated as "not in service" and do not carry passengers.

In recognition of the need to better utilize the buses assigned to the JARC route, the DTA has partnered with Lakes 10 Theater to establish a "Park and Ride" lot for persons commuting into downtown Duluth from the City of Hermantown and northern communities.

Commuters seeking to access the Route #20X express service to downtown Duluth will be allowed to park in the Lakes 10 Theater lot, between the hours of 4:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. The morning express trips to downtown will depart the Park & Ride lot at 5.46 a.m., 6:46 a.m., 7:46 a.m. and 8:46 a.m. The first passenger stop will be at St. Mary’s Hospital continuing on to the downtown Holiday Transit Center.

The Lakes 10 Theater lot is well illuminated and provides a safe place to park. Regular DTA fares will be charged. Peak hour fares are $1.25 and $0.60 during off-peak hours. Weekday peak hours are 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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