DTA Receives Grant to Upgrade Fare Collection System

The fares will remain the same.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) is upgrading its more than 10 year old fare collection system.

This is courtesy of a $1.8 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

The DTA operates a total of 73 buses and electric vehicles.

In some cases there have been lots of bus change outs on the road, which causes bus delays and sometimes riders have had to get off a bus when a fare box wasn’t working.

“One of the things that we have historically been wanting to do is provide partnership opportunities for businesses in Duluth to do like employer sponsored programs,” said DTA Director of Planning & Grants Sophia Parr. “With our current fare system we have limited flexibility to do that in terms of how cards are read.”

There’s no timetable of when the DTA will implement the new system.

“So whether people are using their mobile phones or they’re still using some of our ticket vendor machines downtown, it’s important for us to look at how the whole system works,” said Parr. “And by getting this award I think it’s opened the door for us to dive deeper into mobile payment options and employer pass programs.”

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