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DTA to return to traditional fare collection

DTA to return to traditional fare collection

Updated: September 15, 2020 04:52 PM

The Duluth Transit Authority announced Tuesday that they will resume standard passenger fare collection on Thursday, October 1st.

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This comes after over six months of free service that began on March 18th to limit drivers’ contact with passengers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the DTA, the installation of plexiglass driver-protection barriers and other safety measures will make their return to standard passenger fare possible again.

“We were very pleased to procure and install these barriers across our fleet of buses. They will provide a layer of protection for our drivers, and give us the opportunity to collect revenue which helps keep our system running,” DTA General Manager Phil Pumphrey said.

According to the DTA, passengers will find the same structure and payment procedures that were in place before the current stretch of COVID-19 related free service began.

“It is important to us that we not increase fares, and keep our service affordable and efficient. Without some revenue, the organization would lose access to important state and federal resources which support system improvements, new vehicles, employee wages, and other needs that we have throughout the year,” Pumphrey said.

The DTA said they are also in the midst of training bus drivers, which will allow them to resume service on Routes #4, #15 and #25 (DuLooper). According to the DTA, these routes will reactive on September 28th.

More information about the DTA can be found here.

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