Labor shortage, supply chain delays leads DTA to temporarily suspend some services

The Duluth Transit Authority has not set a date for when the services will return.

A lone passenger boards a Duluth Transit Authority bus at the Duluth Transportation Center in March 2020. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)

The labor shortage, along with delays in obtaining bus parts has led the Duluth Transit Authority to temporarily suspend a few of its services starting Sunday.

A return date has not been set for the suspended routes, DTA General Manager Rod Fournier said in a news release. The DTA is in the process of bringing on new bus drivers and working with supply chain partners to resolve the shortage issues.

“Much like the other periodic service suspensions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a difficult decision that saw two distinct factors forcing the organization to take action," Fournier said. "When we don’t have all the tools to offer full service, then we have to preserve the service that connects the most people possible to key destinations.”

The following changes will take effect Sunday:

  • West Duluth Route 4 will be suspended with alternative service available on routes 1, 2 and 3.
  • Route 15 will be an on-demand route using a van. To request the service, call 218-722-7283. Pickups will occur at times the route would usually run. After calling, passengers will be picked up at the route's next scheduled stop.
  • Route 19, or the Port Town Trolley, which was slated to end Sept. 6. The route will likely return in 2022.
  • One trip at 5:40 p.m. of Route 10E will be cut since it connects with a Route 4 trip that will be suspended.
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