All this talk about sustainability in Duluth, and how the DTA was named Best Transit Provider in Minnesota, and it wins all the Sustainability Points it can get (biofuels, paper reduction, hybrid busses, new technology, etc) – but..
Why can’t a car-free-sustainable-person like me take a bus downtown or to a movie on a Saturday night?
Seriously… is anyone else feeling the pinch of poor transit options for the car-less or car-free of us in Duluth? Some of us make the choice to be sustainable and car-free, and then what? We get to sit at home every Saturday and Sunday evening, because our busses stop operating around 7pm! How does that make a “sustainable city” or attract sustainability-minded folks? Now service is cut on the 24th during the week (no service after 7:15pm), yet not New Year’s eve. Huh?
Have there been any attempts at better transit in the past? Advocacy groups? Sustainability groups that take action rather than pat politicos on the back or host “seminars”? Any ideas on organizing a Bus Rider’s Union or getting a Car-sharing program going in Duluth?
Or, as I asked the mayor in an email, as well as the DTA – “Should a guy like me just buy a car and ‘shut up’ in Duluth?”
Ideas are welcome, as are interested organizers! Send email to [email protected].