New DTA Route 24 Means New Accessibility

August 29, 2019 Comments Off on New DTA Route 24 Means New Accessibility

This week, Great Lakes Aquarium, the Duluth Transit Authority and the DECC celebrated the first run of Route 24, the Aquarium/DECC Loop that brings year-round bus service to the harbor side area.

Duluth Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting featured representatives from the Aquarium, DECC, DTA and supporting organizations including the NAACP, Commission on Disabilities, CHUM, Steve O’Neal Apartments, Mentor Duluth, Epilepsy Foundation of MN, Chester Bowl, ARC Northland, Access North and Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss.

Mascots, animal ambassadors and representatives from the Duluth businesses and community organizations joined together to kick off the new service.

Alligator ambassador and skunk ambassador from Great Lakes Aquarium joined the celebration (with Dana and Alexis).

Great Lakes Aquarium is committed to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for visitors, employees, volunteers, and interns.

In order to make these values a reality, Aquarium staff is making significant efforts to engage locally with individuals and organizations to remove barriers for participation and provide a welcoming experience for all people. 

“Today, in collaboration with 12 local community partners, we celebrate this year round bus stop as a milestone in removing a key transportation barrier so that everyone can fully participate in daily activities and special events along the Duluth waterfront,” said executive director Jay Walker. “We recognize that on site changes won’t have the impact we hope if coming to the waterfront is not possible. We thank the DTA for listening to our story and supporting this new route.”

In addition to the new route, the DTA and Aquarium unveiled a new marketing partnership which features an Aquarium bus wrap and interior bus signage.

Route 24 is a pilot program for the DTA’s fixed route service. It began running Monday, August 26 and will be re-evaluated for continued service in six months time. It runs hourly, six days a week Mondays through Saturdays. You can learn more about the schedule here.