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DTA’s Route #18 returns Tuesday, September 8th - U-Pass ridership growth is expected to grow this year

Published: Expires: 10/1/2009

The DTA’s Route #18 will return to service on Tuesday, September 8th after being suspended during the summer months.

Route #18 provides weekday service along Arrowhead Road and Rice Lake Road between Pecan Avenue and Central Entrance, Campus Park Housing, Boulder Ridge, Summit Ridge Apartments, College of St. Scholastica (CSS) and UMD. Route #18 provides hourly service during weekdays from 7:23 a.m. and 11:36 p.m.

Route #18 service is provided from September through May during fall and spring semesters. UMD and CSS students residing at these apartment complexes can ride the DTA with their student photo I.D. as part of the DTA’s U-Pass Program at UMD.

Route #18 does not provide service when UMD is not in session during fall and spring semesters or holidays.

Only full-time students, faculty and staff are eligible for the U-Pass Program.

UMD, Lake Superior College, University of Wisconsin, Superior and the College of St. Scholastica all participate in the DTA’s U-PASS Program. U-Pass ridership at these colleges during the 2008-2009 school year totaled 659,900, which was an increase of 23% over the 2007-2008 school year.

UMD ridership for the 2008-2009, which is the greater share of all U-Pass rides, totaled 501,392 – an increase of 24% over the 2007-2008 school year.

Last September, UMD had its highest monthly ridership since the U-Pass Program began in September of 2000 with nearly 100,000 rides.

Since 2000, when the U-PASS Program was instituted, UMD has experienced a phenomenal 23 percent increase in enrollment. The U-PASS Program has been very instrumental in accommodating the transportation needs of this increased enrollment.

U-Pass ridership at UMD has increased every year since 2000 and has accounted for 11.6 percent of the DTA’s over-all ridership of 25,899,357 during the same time period. However, during fall and spring semesters when school is in session, U-PASS ridership at UMD accounts for 20 percent of DTA’s system-wide ridership.

Prior to the U-Pass Program in 2000, UMD ridership averaged just 4,000 a month. UMD ridership today tops the 4,000 rider mark in only 2 days. The average monthly ridership during Fall Semester 2008 was 64,345.

The U-Pass Program was introduced in Fall Semester of 2000 as an innovative partnership between UMD and the DTA to encourage greater use of public transportation on campus by providing unlimited rides for students, faculty and staff and building on-campus transit hub.

The DTA and UMD are contractually committed to continue the U-PASS Program through spring semester 2011.

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