Changes coming to the DTA weekend bus service
Riders of the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will need to plan ahead for changes coming to its weekend service. According to the DTA, although ridership has increased since August, the DTA will need to reduce service on weekends and pause some routes, while making frequency changes to others. The changes will go into effect beginning Sunday, February 18.
“We understand that these changes can present a challenge for folks with weekend travel schedules and want to assure the public we are aiming for these changes to be temporary,” DTA General manager Rod Fournier said in a written release. “The key here is to ensure folks know weeks ahead of time what to expect and plan their travel for the near future accordingly.”
DTA officials say recent labor shortages are an ongoing challenge and they their plan is to add additional drivers and return to regular service at some point. These new changes were designed to work with existing schedules of their driver team and provide an opportunity to recruit and train additional drivers.
More information and updated schedules are available at www. Duluthtransit.com.
The following adjustments will begin on February 18th:
- Service becomes a reflection of the Holiday service day expanded to approximately 6am to 10pm.
- Due to that structure, it means no Blue Line, 106, 107, or 113 routes, but an increase in 103 to every 30 minutes.
- Blue Go-Line East/West area covered largely by the 103 coverage.
- Green Line on weekends switches to every 30 minutes versus every 20.
- 106 Kenwood Local area covered in portions by either the 105 or the 112 routes.
- 107 unfortunately, loses all coverage on the weekends.
- 113 unfortunately, loses all coverage during the weekends.
- Weekend service essentially mirrors holiday service, but is expanded from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 10:00pm
- Holiday service is now comprised of a portion of the weekend service.