Starting Sunday, March 22, patrons of the Duluth Transit Authority need to be aware of a new boarding policy that will remain in effect until further notice.

In a release from the DTA, they announced all busses will shift to a "rear door only" boarding policy. The move is part of an ongoing effort to limit potential driver exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak, while still maintaining service to the community. Those with mobility impairment or mobility devices (wheel chairs etc.) will still have access to the ramp at the front of the buses.

General Manager Phil Pumphrey noted that “The DTA has made several significant changes to our system in response to this community health challenge – this latest approach put’s a focus on limiting our potential driver exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus.)” Pumphrey added, “We are putting the emphasis here on the health of our drivers, and to ensure we can continue to provide the transportation the community needs.”

 

The DTA made the move to waive fares for all riders last week, ensuring that people that still need to get essential supplies or get to work can do so. They emphasize that they are taking all necessary steps to keep buses clean and safe for riders and staff, and the move to rear door only entry is one of those steps.