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DTA Provides Bus Riding 101 to Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss

Published: Expires: 7/7/2013

Presentation included a “Touch the Bus” demonstration.

DULUTH, MINNESOTA (June 7, 2013) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) went to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss today and presented information on how to ride the bus for people who are blind or have visual impairments. The presentation consisted of a historical overview of the DTA, a discussion about fares, and a review of bus riding policies.

STRIDE information was also presented and applications were provided. Once the group had an opportunity to ask DTA staff questions, they took a tour of a bus provided by the DTA. This “Touch the Bus” demonstration allowed the students to practice how to get on and off a bus. The demonstration included using cash and fare cards with the fare box and how to find a seat safely.

The DTA’s Web Watch internet tool for monitoring where a bus is along its route and the Google Map and Ride system that shows how to get from point A to point B even if a passenger has to transfer to another bus were also discussed. Text recognition software helps assist people with vision impairments to use these efficient and effective tools for riding the bus.

“This is all about community outreach and education,” said DTA Director of Marketing, Heath Hickok. “We want to ensure that all of our riders have access to information about our public transit system and understand how to best utilize this resource,” continued Hickok.

Other community and social groups are encouraged to contact the DTA to schedule their own Bus Riding 101 presentation. These events are offered to the public for FREE and provide a lot of valuable information for riders. FREE fare passes were also distributed to the Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss for training purposes.

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