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Residents are learning how to integrate electric bikes and scooters, introduced to Duluth in 2019, into city life. In response, the city is reevaluating policies around micro mobility options.
It is estimated that 700,000 passengers would commute per year on the NLX, MnDOT said.
The national median gas price set a record last week, topping $5 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association, though it has since dropped below that mark.

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The DTA is down 15 drivers, officials said, meaning the new higher-frequency network is being put on hold for now.
From the column: "I think everyone would agree the Central Entrance corridor has morphed into a congested, ugly, unsafe roadway."
Open houses in Duluth and Superior will showcase the new routes and timetables for the Duluth Transit Authority's more frequent bus service.
From the column: "Modern passenger trains are no more obsolete than any other type of public transportation. ... Across the U.S. and around the world, the public and private sectors are investing billions in building and/or expanding passenger-train networks."
From the column: "Further inaction risks Minnesota's ability to access billions of U.S. Department of Transportation discretionary grants."

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Viking Octantis is the first of nine cruise ships scheduled to dock in Duluth from May to mid-September.
From the editorial: "Let’s get this out of the way first: Be prepared to spend more, no matter where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and where you’re staying once you’ve arrived."
From the editorial: "The opportunity is now to do something dramatic, something transformative for the good of Duluth and its residents, and to attractively connect downtown to the lakefront like never before."

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