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 a $16.00 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 UCard and ride! Those students who are not assessed the $16.00 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 $72 annual pass. When you opt-in, the $72 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.

Click here for a quick HOW-TO video on loading your bike on the DTA bus racks!
Click the photo above for a quick HOW-TO video on loading your bike on the DTA bus racks!

Learn More!

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.


Daily Bus Service to and from the UMD Campus
to the Twin Cities, Iron Range, and Fargo!

Jefferson Bus Lines connects the UMD community and Duluth area residents, to the Twin Cities, Iron Range, and Fargo. The Jefferson Line pick up is on the UMD campus at Kirby Circle (formerly the DTA bus stop), on Kirby Drive.

The service is offered seven days a week. Blast off today on the new Jefferson Rocket Rider... offering free Wi-Fi, satellite radio, movies, luxury seating and extra legroom.  The Rocket Rider departs each day from UMD.

The Daily Departure bus leaves UMD each morning, and stops at multiple locations along Interstate 35, including Hinckley, Forest Lake, St. Paul Depot, Minneapolis Depot, the Amtrak Station, and the University of Minnesota Coffman (University Ave). The bus leaves the Twin Cities for Duluth each morning and afternoon.

Check with UMD Stores Street Level for current fares. Riders with a U Card will receive a discount on regular priced daily service. Specially priced 7 and 14-day advance fares are also available (no additional discounts apply).

Tickets can be purchased on the UMD campus at the UMD Stores, Street Level at 1120 Kirby Drive. Please note: there is a charge to reissue an unused ticket. Note: Pricing and schedule are subject to change. Please see the Jefferson Lines  website for current fare information. 

For more information including schedules:

Call Jefferson Bus Lines at 800-451-5333 or visit