Reading Passenger Hand Schedules
The DTA prints passenger hand schedules for every bus route. The front cover of each passenger hand schedule has the route number, route name and key destinations along the route listed. They are color-coded according to which route they represent. The different colors correspond to the Transit System Map. Each passenger hand schedule includes a time table that lists departure and arrival times at major “time points” along the route. Time points are identified on the time table with a circled number above each column. This number corresponds to the route map where those particular bus stops are located along the route. Each passenger hand schedule also includes a route map which illustrates the streets the bus travels on. The route maps also identify key destinations along the route and show where transfer points and transit hubs are located. Please note that most bus routes travel to-and-from the Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) in downtown Duluth. Therefore, the time tables are organized to show both “From Downtown” and “To Downtown” schedules.
Steps To Use A Passenger Hand Schedule
- Select the correct schedule. If you don’t know which passenger hand schedule to use, check the map on the back to locate your neighborhood and the route that travels to your destination.
- Select the day of week.Open the passenger hand schedule to either the Weekday, Saturday, or Sunday section.
- Are you going "to downtown" or "from downtown"?The Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) in downtown Duluth is the transit system’s main hub that most buses either
- Select the closest time point.Identify the closest time point to your current location by finding it on the route map. This time point number corresponds to the time point number on the timetable column heading.
- Determine your departure time.Follow down the column of the time point that precedes your boarding location. An estimation can be made for the arrival time at your location by using this time and the location of the next time point. Arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early.
- Planning your trip.If you’re planning a trip based upon the arrival time at your destination, simply locate the column showing the time point closest to your destination. Now, read down the column to the desired arrival time. Then, read to the left on the same row until you reach the column that precedes your starting point.
- Routing number and destination route code.The first column on the schedule titled “Route” indicates which route the bus is currently traveling on. The last column on the right titled “Destination” indicates which route the bus will travel on once it passes through the Duluth Transportation Center (DTC) downtown.