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  • DTA Continues Better Bus Blue Print Project with Proposed System Redesign

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    July 01, 2021
    Duluth Transit Authority
    David Clark, Director of Marketing

    dclark@duluthtransit.com
    218-623-4314
     
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    DTA Continues Better Bus Blue Print Project With Proposed System Redesign - Aims for Community Feedback
     
    Thursday, July 1, 2021.  The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) announced today that a recommended draft network is available for public feedback for a limited time.  Transit riders and community members are asked to visit an interactive webpage to review the background, purpose, recommended routing/schedule, and provide feedback on the proposed system.
     
    Visitors can explore the differences between existing route maps, bus frequencies, service spans, and express how they feel about the proposed changes.  The proposed network will feature higher-frequency trips connecting key destinations and aims to provide more meaningful access to more people within the service area.
     
    DTA Director of Planning and Grants Chris Belden said “This is such a key time to hear from our riders and the whole community.  The proposed system changes project outcomes that can improve transit in the Twin Ports - your feedback can help us ensure we are looking at this from every angle, and that we are implementing the kinds of changes and improvements that our customers want and need.”
    The proposed redesign comes on the heels of a broad survey conducted earlier this year, which identified the existing conditions within our system, and let the public provide some of the data and insights needed to create the proposed system changes. 
     
    After the evaluation period and pending approval from stakeholders including the DTA Board of Directors, the DTA will again collaborate with a third-party consultant to craft a new schedule and prepare to implement changes to the system in Q3 of 2022.
     
    DTA Interim General Manager Rod Fournier remarked, “The proposed redesign complements the community’s vision for the future and includes more efficient service and better access to jobs and other key destinations.  We are very pleased with what the modeling of the system is showing, which includes items brought forward by a diverse group of stakeholders, and lines up with the guiding principles we generated from community input.”
     
    This project is part of a larger “Better DTA Movement,” a portfolio of projects aimed at system improvements for the community.  Those interested in learning more can visit wwww.DuluthTransit.com, and click the URL below to partake in the Better Bus Blue Print Study.
     
    https://tinyurl.com/BetterBusBlueprint

    We are open to on-camera or phone interviews with DTA staff.  Please Inquire with David Clark, Director of Marketing.

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