Duluth Transit Authority Removing Shelter, Citing Last Place on Earth Clientele as Reason

By KBJR News 1

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The decision comes as a result of numerous complaints brought to the DTA's attention since winter regarding people using the shelter inappropriately as a hang–out location.

Many complaints have come from Duluth police, businesses and DTA customers who say some people use the area to smoke synthetic drugs moments after purchasing them from Last Place on Earth at the other end of the block.

Though the shelter will be removed, stops at the location will continue as usual.

DTA General Manager Dennis Jensen says, while he recognizes the need to give riders adequate shelter, this will help make that particular stop easier to manage for police.

"They're approached by the police, and often the response is 'well, we're waiting for the bus.' The police department has no way of determining who's riding the bus and who isn't," said Jensen hours before the vote.

The removal of the shelter will take place sometime next week and will cost roughly $5,500.

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness