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DTA adds two early morning trips to free morning service west of 46th and Grand Avenue

Published: Expires: 6/17/2010

These free West Mainline trips arrive downtown at 6:36 a.m. and 6:50 a.m.

In an effort to accommodate downtown and hospital employees who start work at 7 a.m., the DTA has added two early morning weekday trips on the West Mainline that will be free for passengers boarding west of 46th A.W. and Grand Avenue during the construction season. These riders will also receive a free fare for their return trip.

The two new “free-ride” trips are:

  • Route #2 bus departs Commonwealth Avenue and McCuen Street at 6 p.m. and arrives downtown at 6:36 a.m.
  • Route #1 bus departs the Zoo (71st A.W.) at 6:37 a.m. and arrives downtown at 6:50 a.m.

These west mainline buses will make stops on Grand Avenue to accommodate riders at bus stops and those utilizing the Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots. The route #2 bus departing Commonwealth and McCuen at 6 p.m. will not provide direct service inside the Spirit Mountain Park & Ride, however; only West Express buses provide this service. Those choosing the Spirit Mountain Park & Ride at this time must board the bus on Grand Avenue.

Mn/DOT and the DTA have teamed-up to ease expected rush-hour traffic congestion on I-35 and Grand Avenue during the construction season by providing FREE round-trip express service for morning commuters boarding buses at temporary Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots and mainline bus stops along Grand Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue west of 46th A.W.

The DTA established four temporary Park & Rides on Grand Avenue (listed below) and provides free round-trip express service between these Park & Rides and downtown Duluth during weekday peak hours. “Buses only” express lanes have been established on Grand Avenue between Central Avenue and Carlton Street which are being utilized by all DTA express and mainline buses during morning and afternoon rush hours (7 a.m to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Express buses operate in “non-stop” express mode between 46th A.W. and downtown Duluth, SMDC and St. Luke’s Hospital. This service will continue throughout the 6-month construction season. Schedules are available at the downtown Transit Center or online at

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

Northbound I-35 commuters are advised to exit at Midway Road and drive south to Becks Road and Grand Avenue to Park & Ride lots

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