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DTA Announces Award of $1.8 Million from FTA

Published: Expires: 5/10/2018

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (April 9, 2018) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1,800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. This grant will be used to replace an aging fare collection system with a new system that features more functionalities for DTA passengers.

Out of 453 applications from 53 states and territories requesting a total of more than $2 Billion, the DTA was one of only 139 grant applicants to receive funding. A $440,000 local share will bring the total project cost to $2,240,000.

The DTA will develop a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit vendors that can provide a new fare collection system and manage the project. The timeline for completion of this project has yet to be determined.

DTA Director of Planning and Grants, Sophia Parr, believes this will directly benefit the DTA’s riders. “The DTA recognizes that our current fare technology is struggling to keep up with the changing ways in which people want to be able to pay for fares. This award will provide us with a more flexible system that can read different types of fare media, opening the door for mobile payment and employer-sponsored pass programs. We are excited to have this opportunity and look forward to bringing new technology to our current and future riders throughout the Duluth and Superior communities,” said Parr.

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