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DTA offers discounted Summer Teen Pass for $45

Published: Expires: 8/1/2008

Youth riders get unlimited-rides and "fun perks"

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is again offering teen bus riders in the Twin Ports unlimited rides and "fun perks" all summer long for just $45 with a "deep discounted" Summer Teen Pass.

In addition to unlimited rides on the DTA in June, July and August, youth riders 18 and under get "fun perks" at Carnival Thrillz in Canal Park, Incline Station Bowling Center, Great Lakes Aquarium, Lake Superior Zoo, Omnimax Theatre, Duluth Huskies Baseball and Burger King restaurants.

Summer Teen Passes go on sale on May 15 at DTA Pass Outlets listed below.

Youth riders get these "FUN PERKS" when presenting their Summer Teen Pass:

  • One FREE game of bowling every day at the Incline Station Bowling Center
  • $5 discount on unlimited-ride day pass wrist bands at Canal Parks’ Carnival Thrillz
  • $5 admission at the Great Lakes Aquarium - $8 discount!
  • $1 off general admission at Lake Superior Zoo.
  • $1 discount on admission to Huskies baseball games.
  • Free popcorn with admission at the Omnimax Theatre.
  • $1 discount on any regularly priced Whopper, Double or Triple Whopper Combo Meals at all Duluth Burger King locations

Summer Teen Passes, which offer unlimited rides anytime on all DTA buses and the Port Town Trolley, are also transferable and can be used by qualifying family members or friends when not used by its primary recipient.

Summer Teen Passes are sold for $45 - a $90 value.

(31-Day Teen Passes normally sell for $30.)

Summer Teen Passes will be on sale after MAY 15 at these locations: Downtown Transit Center, all Twin Ports Little Stores, University Super America, Lakeside Super America, Plaza Super America, Fourth Street Food-N-Fuel, Morgan Park Super America, CUB Foods, Proctor Milk House, DTA Operations Center, Community Bank locations in Superior, WI

Summer Teen Pass Program was established in 1999 through collaboration with the Northland Foundation’s Duluth Alliance with Youth Transportation Task Force.


DTA and Northland Foundation’s Youth Rider Transportation Task Force

In 1998, the DTA and the Northland Foundation’s Duluth Alliance with Youth Transportation Task Force collaborated to encourage the use of public transportation by area youth. As a result of this partnership, the DTA reduced summer fares, developed a youth rider guide, and assisted in a “youth rider logo” contest with Lincoln Park School art students.

The Youth Rider Initiative was set in motion by the Duluth Alliance with Youth Transportation Task Force in May of 1998 in response to the national movement, America’s Promise, chaired by retired General Colin Powell. This Promise is a call to all American businesses, congregations, schools, youth-serving organizations, service clubs, civic leaders, parents and others to commit more time, energy and funding to the fundamental resources needed by all children and youth. Initially, 135 youth and adults from various sectors of Duluth met at a local summit in February, 1998 to identify what programs and opportunities were currently available to the young people in this community so they could access these fundamental resources. It was determined that transportation, access to facilities, changes in attitude regarding volunteerism, and improved public relations were key areas that needed attention in order to make these resources more easily accessible. As a result, the Duluth Alliance with Youth was formed, along with four task forces to address these issues.

The Alliance with Youth Transportation Task Force brought together students and representatives from the DTA, Voyageur Bus Company, ISD 709 Transportation Department, community education, Duluth Parks & Recreation Department, youth-serving organizations, and the Metropolitan Interstate Committee to focus on youth issues and concerns of public transportation in the Duluth area.

Surveys: In 1999, transportation surveys were administered to over 1,000 students, grades 5 through 12, from 14 Duluth schools, and to more than 300 parents. ARDC’s Metropolitan Interstate Committee analyzed the survey results, with results indicating that many of our young people do have transportation needs that could be met by public transportation. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed were involved in extra-curricular activities and about half indicated they often have difficulty with transportation to and from these activities. Other comments supported the need to make the image of public transportation more “kid-friendly”. With that in mind, 55 Lincoln Park School eighth graders submitted logo designs. The winning design, entitled “Youth Rider” is used by the DTA for youth-related marketing efforts and has been made available for use by task force member organizations.

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