Reading Passenger Hand Schedules
The DTA prints pocket sized passenger hand schedules for every bus route. There are also PDF versions on the DTA’s website for viewing or downloading purposes.
The front cover of each passenger hand schedule shows the route number, route name and key destinations along the route. Passenger hand schedules are color-coded according their respective routes.
Each passenger hand schedule includes a Time Table and Route Map. These illustrate departure and arrival times at major intersections along the route. These major intersections are called “Time Points.” The Time Points are identified on the passenger hand schedules by a circled number above each column. This number corresponds with Time Points displayed on the Route Map. The Route Map also indicates which streets the bus travels on and shows the key destinations along that route.
To Use A Schedule
- Select the correct schedule. If you don't know which passenger hand schedule to use, check the Route Map on the passenger hand schedule to locate your neighborhood and the DTA route that travels where you want to go.
- Select the day of week.Open the schedule to either the Weekday, Saturday, or Sunday section.
- Are you going "to downtown" or "from downtown"?Determine the direction you need to travel and check the Route Map for the segment of the route in which you will be riding. DTA Time Tables read "From Downtown" or "To Downtown,” as neighborhood buses travel through downtown Duluth en route to their destinations. Connections to other buses can be made in downtown at the DTA Transit Center.
- Select the closest time point.. Identify the nearest Time Point to your current location by finding it on the Route Map. This Time Point Number corresponds to the Time Point Number listed in the Time Table’s column headings.
- Determine your departure time.Read down the Time Point column to find a time that is closest to your desired departure time. If your starting point is not a Time Point listed in the passenger hand schedule, use the Time Point that the bus reaches just prior to your starting point and estimate your boarding time accordingly. By simply reading across on the same line to the Time Point closest to your destination, you can determine your estimated arrival time. Bus stops are located on the corner on every block or every other block along DTA routes. The DTA encourages passengers to arrive at bus stops five minutes early to avoid missing the bus.
- Planning your trip.If you would like to arrive at a destination at a specific time, simply locate the column showing that Time Point or location, read down to the desired arrival time, then staying on the same line, read back to the left until you reach the column of your starting point.
- Routing number and destination route code. The first column on the passenger hand schedule labeled "Routing Number" indicates which route the bus is currently traveling on. The last column on the right labeled "Destination Route Code," indicates which route the bus will travel once it passes through downtown.