Duluth City Council Regulates Behavior For DTA System

By KBJR News 1

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth City Council passed an ordinance that will allow Duluth Transit Authority personnel to regulate the conduct on its busses, DTA facilities, and DTA shelters.

The ordinance that passed in an eight to zero vote, authorizes drivers, DTA employees, and city leaders to refuse service for disorderly people.

Council member Emily Larson says anyone who is caught bothering others by smoking, littering, or using foul language may be banned from the DTA service for up to one year.

DTA officials say the new regulation is an overdue safety measure that all Duluthians, and visitors can benefit from.

"We've had a behavior ordinance on our busses since the early 90's and what this does is just expands it to our bus shelters, and it also expands it to our new facility when that opens as well as the exiting transit center. Any of our patrons who are using the bus know what they can expect because it's all equal," Jim Heilig, Director of Administration, said.

Heilig (HIGH–LIG) says there are occasions people do get out of hand and those using the DTA service need to be reminded that behavior must be under control and to have mutual respect.

Councilor members say the ordinance takes effect within 30 days or less.