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DTA develops mainline schedule for winter emergencies

Published: Expires: 4/15/2009

When winter weather conditions prevent DTA buses from providing a full level of service, the Duluth Transit Authority will operate a Winter Emergency Mainline Service Schedule in Duluth. However, when winter weather conditions are severe, the DTA will cancel all services.

Winter Emergency Mainline Services will operate between Lakeside and New Duluth; and will be implemented only when weather conditions and the forecast prevent DTA buses from safely operating its full fixed route level of service.

Weekday Emergency West Mainline buses will operate half hour service along the West Mainline between New Duluth at McCuen and Commonwealth, along Grand Avenue, West Third Street and Superior Street to downtown Duluth with the first bus departing McCuen and Commonwealth at 5 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for New Duluth at 11:10 p.m.

Weekday Emergency East Mainline buses will operate half hour service along the East Mainline between 61st A.E. and downtown Duluth with the first bus departing 61st A.E. at 5:15 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for Lakeside at 10:40 p.m.

Saturday Emergency West Mainline buses will operate hourly service along the West Mainline with the first bus departing McCuen and Commonwealth at 7:50 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for New Duluth at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday Emergency East Mainline buses will operate on an hourly schedule along the East Mainline with the first bus departing 61st A.E. at 7:45 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for Lakeside at 6:40 p.m.

Sunday Emergency West Mainline buses will operate on an hourly schedule along the West Mainline with the first bus departing McCuen and Commonwealth at 8 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for New Duluth at 6:40 p.m.

Sunday Emergency East Mainline buses will operate on an hourly schedule along the East Mainline with the first bus departing 61st A.E. at 7:48 a.m. and the last bus leaving downtown for Lakeside at 6:40 p.m.

During past winters, the DTA has suspended services due to snow and ice storms and generally has terminated all services when city wide weather closings are made. Now when weather closings are made, the DTA will consider operating buses along the mainline corridor where the terrain remains relatively flat. When weather conditions become too severe to safely operate buses along Superior Street and Grand Avenue, however, the DTA will also suspend the Emergency Service Schedule along the mainline routes.

Emergency Winter Weather Passenger Pocket Schedules Now Available from DTA drivers and the Downtown Transit Center. The DTA has yet to implement the Winter Emergency Mainline service; but advises passengers to obtain a pocket schedule for future use. The Emergency Mainline Service schedule is also available online.

Status of DTA service: During severe winter weather, the DTA is encouraging the public to check the DTA web-site, call the DTA at 722-SAVE or listen to KDAL radio for information on DTA services.

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