Benefits of Riding the DTA
With limited capacity for parking spaces on campus, riding the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) bus is a smart choice. No parking hassles, just easy, city-wide DTA bus service to and from the UMD campus or anywhere in the Twin Ports with your UMD U Card. Thanks to a cooperative effort between UMD and the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), UMD students, faculty and staff can use their U Card to ride DTA buses at extremely discounted rates.
Unlimited Rides for Students
No need to have cash on hand. Students are automatically assessed an $18.00 fee each semester which provides unlimited rides. UMD students registered for six or more undergraduate credits, as well as most graduate students, may jump on the bus, swipe their U Card and ride! Those students who are not assessed the $18.00 semester fee may opt-in by clicking Purchase your DTA U Pass. The student fall semester pass is valid July 1 - December 31; the student spring semester pass is valid January 1 - June 30.
Faculty and staff may also opt-in and take advantage of the U Pass program by purchasing a $79 annual pass. When you opt-in, the $79 will automatically be deducted from your pay. The employee annual pass is valid July 1 - June 30 for the year in which it is purchased. You may purchase your DTA U Pass here.
How it Works
Present your activated U Card ID as the bus pass when boarding any DTA bus in the Duluth-Superior area. The U Card ID is non-transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the cardholder. When used illegally as a fare payment, U Card IDs will be confiscated by the driver and violators may be prosecuted under MINNESOTA 609.855 "CRIMES AGAINST TRANSIT ACT.
DTA Bike and Bus Service
DTA busses are all equipped with bike racks on the front. This is especially helpful in Duluth with the large hills. There is no additional charge to transport a bike on a DTA bus.
Visit the DTA website for specific information regarding routes and schedules.
Please call the Transportation & Parking Services Office at 218-726-7433 for more information regarding the DTA U-Pass program.