Duluth Officials Remind Drivers of Options on New Years Eve

DTA Provides Free Bus Service For Fifth Year

As the festivities of New Year’s Eve are getting revved up, so are the buses for Duluth Transit.

For the fifth year Duluth Transit buses will be offering free rides on all regular routes from 5:00pm until as late as 2:20am.

It’s a service provided as a partnership with the DTA, Miller Lite, and Red Rock Radio.
Bus schedules can be accessed by calling 1-800-FREE-RIDES, texting “FREE RIDES” to 90464, or by visiting the DTA’s website.

“Well, we’ve found over the course of the event that we’re carrying upwards of 1,500 to 2,000 people,” says DTA General Manager Dennis Jensen. “That takes a lot of cars off the road on New Year’s Eve. We just think that it’s a good alternative to drinking and driving.”

Those at Duluth Transit encourage you to use their free service even if you’ve never tried the buses before.

“Nothing attracts people like something that’s free,” Jensen explains. “And we know that’s a great incentive.”

Duluth police say they will be out in full force trying to enforce drunk driving laws, and keep drunk drivers off the roads.

The number of DWI cases in Minnesota have gone down since 2012, but police say the numbers are still too high.

With free rides available, those most concerned with people’s safety say there’s no good excuse to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking – even after midnight.

“There’s taxi services, shuttle services, we have the DTA that’s giving free rides from 5:30 to 2:30. So in with all the education and awareness on DWIs, there’s absolutely no reason to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking,” says Officer Ron Tinsley from the Duluth Police Department.

Officer Tinsley says even on the first DWI offense, people look at big fines and increased insurance rates, but the consequences are far worse if you’re impaired and you’re involved in a crash.

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