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DTA starts using “buses only” express lanes on Grand Avenue Wednesday, May 12th – a day in advance of the closure of the northbound side of I-35 and expected Grand Avenue congestion

Published: Expires: 6/11/2010

The Duluth Transit Authority, which has been operating its Park FREE – Ride FREE express service in West Duluth as part of its I-35 traffic mitigation service for the past couple of weeks, will start utilizing “buses only” express lanes on Grand Avenue between Central Avenue and Carlton Street on Wednesday, May 12th. This move comes one day in advance of the closure of the northbound side of I-35 and when much of the commuter traffic is expected to be diverted on to Grand Avenue.

On-street parking on Grand Avenue will be restricted during weekday morning and afternoon rush hours to provide dedicated bus lanes. South-side parking will be prohibited during morning rush hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.); and north-side parking will be prohibited during the afternoon rush hours (3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Rush hour express lanes will be dedicated to DTA buses only – including express and mainline buses.

Express buses will serve all bus stops and Park & Ride lots on Grand Avenue west of 46th A.W.; but will operate in a “non-stop express mode” between 46th A.W. and downtown Duluth, SMDC and St. Luke’s Hospital during morning and afternoon rush hours. West Express buses will board passengers inside Spirit Mountain’s lower parking lot.

Mn/DOT and the DTA have teamed-up to ease traffic congestion on I-35 and Grand Avenue by providing FREE round-trip express service for morning commuters boarding buses at Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots and mainline bus stops along Grand Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue west of 46th A.W. Four temporary Park & Ride lots on Grand Avenue have been established and additional West Express service provided during the construction season. Northbound I-35 commuters are advised to exit at Midway Road and drive south to Becks Road and Grand Avenue to Park & Ride lots.

Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots in West Duluth:

  • Spirit Mountain lower parking lot at 8600 Grand Avenue – Express buses board inside parking lot
  • Asbury Methodist Church parking lot at 6822 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue
  • Bethany Baptist Church parking lot at 6700 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church parking lot at 4831 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue

Free-Ride DTA Express Schedules are available at the downtown Transit Center or online at www.duluthtransit.com.

Mn/DOT’s 2-year Mega Construction Project will have a significant impact on commuters traveling into Duluth on I-35 from the south, as well as residents of the western part of the city, as much of the traffic is expected to be diverted onto Grand Avenue. Traffic will be restricted to one lane only on I-35 between Proctor and Duluth. In addition, many on and off ramps will be closed while under construction.

In an effort to minimize traffic congestion, Mn/DOT and the DTA are encouraging commuters traveling into Duluth from the south on I-35, as well as local residents in the western part of the city, to take advantage of the FREE commuter express service during the construction season.

Mn/DOT’s I-35 Mega Project will have a significant impact on commuters traveling into Duluth from the south, as well as residents of the western part of the city, as much of the traffic is expected to be diverted onto Grand Avenue. I-35 traffic will be restricted to one lane only between Proctor and Duluth and many on and off ramps will be closed while under construction. For I-35 construction updates, see Mn/DOT’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/duluthmegaproject/.

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