The Duluth Transit Authority buses ought to run more efficiently along a section of Grand Avenue through West Duluth after the announcement this week of new signal software, to go along with some restructured bus stops.
Several traffic signals between Carlton Street and 59th Avenue West will have Transit Signal Priority software installed, a DTA news release said.
Signal priority helps keep buses on time by situationally extending a green light for buses or shortening the length of a red light. The process is accomplished through communication between on-board bus technology and stationary traffic signals.
"We are very excited about the benefits of this project because it will improve travel time for thousands of passengers daily in West Duluth," General Manager Phil Pumphrey said. "We want to thank Alliant Engineering, the city of Duluth, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation for their contributions to making this happen."
In addition to signal priority, the DTA will be changing the location of a series of bus stops along the section of Grand Avenue.
The DTA will be removing five current bus stops and better positioning another five to improve efficiency and take further advantage of the signal priority benefits, the news release said.
A notice has been installed at each of the bus stops affected by the project. Bus stop changes will begin Monday.
The DTA encourages passengers to arrive at their bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival time. The public can also help keep buses moving efficiently by having their fare ready prior to boarding, the DTA said.