DTA passenger fights for right to ride bus

By KBJR News 1

DTA passenger fights for right to ride bus

August 5, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --The Duluth Transit Authority has banned one of its passengers from riding the bus.

DTA officials say there is a code of conduct for bus riding and they have the right to revoke those privileges.

Officials sent a letter to Stephen Simons on May 27th and another on July 17th telling him to change his behavior on the bus or face a one year suspension.

The letter indicates several incidents in which Simons made inappropriate comments to the bus driver, failed to have adequate bus fair, and delayed the bus departure.

This is not the first time Simons has butted heads with the DTA.
His bus privileges were revoked over two years ago after DTA officials said he caused problems on the bus.

Simons says the DTA's accusations are inaccurate.

"I only defended myself you know, when the driver was treating me rudely and inappropriately. I also complained to the management and the management always took the driver's side," said Simons.

"As a manager I have to look at how this affects not just the drivers but the other passengers on the buses as well, because when situations happen and buses get delayed then it's a reflection of the DTA service," said General Manager, Dennis Jensen.

The DTA's code of conduct is a city ordinance and if anyone disagrees with DTA accusations they can appeal the decision to the city administration.