DART Paratransit Resumes Onboard Ticket and Cash Fare Collection Starting Monday, August 31

Paratransit riders can once again pay their Paratransit fare using tickets and cash starting Monday, August 31, as the option to be billed for trips will no longer be available. Customers are encouraged to use DART Pass, the mobile fare payment app for a contactless payment option.

DART Pass is the contactless, cash-free and convenient way for riders to pay their fare. The free app is
available for download at the Apple Store and Google Play. In addition, the DART Transit app offers the Paratransit ETA feature, which lets paratransit customers know when their ride will be arriving; visit the Apple Store or Google Play for the free app. 

The safety and well-being of our customers and employees is our top priority. We know the importance of connecting people to their destinations, safely, and efficiently. DART continues to limit the number of
passengers allowed on each bus at any given time, based on bus seating capacity. Riders must wear face coverings when riding any DART bus, fixed route or paratransit. Those not wearing face coverings will not be allowed to board the bus. Children 12 years and under are not required to wear a face covering nor are individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition; children ages 2 and under must not wear them. Please practice social distancing when riding and please do not ride the bus if you are sick. 

All DART buses continue to be thoroughly disinfected, as well as areas of frequent contact. DART Operators are provided with face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for their personal use. Our public facilities and lobbies are continually being disinfected including counters, public seating, and door handles.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).


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DART’s Daily Beach Bus Service Starts on June 29, 2020

As the summer tourism season finally begins, DART’s daily Beach Bus service will be on the streets in full force, serving Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, Millsboro and Georgetown. On Monday, June 29, buses will operate frequently from early morning to late night, 7 days a week, until September 20. All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks.


Visitors and residents are encouraged to use one of DART’s Park & Ride lots. The Lewes Park & Ride is located at 17616 Coastal Highway, just south of Five Points. The Rehoboth Park & Ride is located off DE 1 at 20055 Shuttle Road, just north of the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue. The parking is free at both lots, and the bus fare is paid upon boarding. The one-way cash fare is $2, ride all day long with a daily pass for $4.20, or 7-day passes for $18 and a 30-day passes for $65 are also available.


With the free DART Transit app, riders can plan their trip, view bus stops, get real-time bus information, and see where the bus is along its route. And, for faster boarding and convenience, riders can pay their fare with DART Pass, the mobile payment app. Plus, promotional discounts are available on pass purchases from DART Pass.

DART’s Beach Connection, Route 305, begins operating on Friday, July 3, providing a
relaxing ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
through September 7. The Route 305 now serves the new South Frederica Park & Ride,
located at 4000 Bay Road, Frederica. Fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10
from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown, $6 from Dover and $4 from Frederica. Riders are
encouraged to buy an Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus
services, once at either of the Park & Rides. The Beach Connection is a comfortable motor
coach offering 45 seats, 2 wheelchair positions, along with under coach storage
compartments for beach gear and luggage.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).


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DART Institutes Additional Safety Measures to Ensure Social Distancing on Buses to Further Protect Customers and Bus Operators

Starting Thursday, April 2, DART will limit the number of passengers allowed on each bus at any given time, based on bus seating capacity. Passenger boardings will be through the rear door with fares waived. Riders needing boarding assistance will be allowed to continue boarding through the front door.

In order to accommodate riders, DART will operate additional timing buses, as well as have additional operators on standby.

If you are feeling sick, please do not visit public facilities and avoid public transportation. For more information on the state’s response to the Coronavirus, visit de.gov/coronavirus.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).

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Webinar Info Series

Telework Series

RideShare Delaware will be hosting a Telework Series. The series will be a collection of webinars held weekly to address the different functions of working from home. Each webinar will address different topics of teleworking, that can apply to employers and employees along with a quick review on tips.

Topics such as:

  • Creating an effective telework program
  • Performance and hour tracking
  • Designating a home work space
  • Equipment
  • Increasing productivity/limiting distractions

Series #1: Work From Home

Friday, March 20, 2020 &
Tuesday,March 24, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

Series #2: Telework Office

Friday, March 27, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

Series #3: Productive Adults

Friday, April 3, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

Series #4: Social Networking

Thursday, April 9, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

Series #5: Earth Day 50th Anniversary

Friday, April 17, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

Delaware Commute Services Info Series

COMING UP!
Series #6:
Biking 101

Friday, May 22, 2020
10:00am – 10:30am

RSVP HERE

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DART First State – Best Work Places 2020

Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) announced the annual list of employers who meet the program’s National Standard of Excellence by providing comprehensive commuter benefits and collectively changing how more than 1.5 million employees commute to and from work each day. 

DART First State has been recognized nationally as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2020 

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create and sustain an employer-provided commuter benefit program.  The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)  at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

View the complete list of 2020 Best Workplaces for Commuters at: https://www.bestworkplaces.org/list/members-2020/​ 

One Year Later: Celebrating the Launch of DART Pass

Today, DART celebrates the anniversary of the launch of DART Pass, DART’s free mobile fare payment app. With DART Pass, riders can conveniently pay their bus fare from their phones. The app displays a digital pass on the phone’s screen, eliminating the need for a paper ticket or cash. Available on the free DART Transit app, DART Pass is convenient, easy to use and allows for faster boarding, enhancing the customer experience.

As of the one-year mark, 13,240 riders have downloaded and signed up for DART Pass, with over 153,000 passes sold. The most popular fare purchased is the One-Way Ride, with over 91,000 purchased, representing 59% of all passes purchased. This is followed by the Daily Pass, with over 43,000 purchased.

Riders can also purchase the increasingly popular 7-Day and 30-Day Passes, which were designed to offer a great value for those who ride DART more frequently, providing the best of both worlds: the convenience of using mobile payment and the opportunity to use extended day passes. Later this month, multi-zone passes and paratransit fares will also be available for purchase on DART Pass.

John Sisson, CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation, said, “Over the past year, DART Pass has provided our customers with the flexibility and convenience to purchase their bus pass on their cell phone. We have seen a steady growth in the number of customers utilizing DART Pass, and we hope to see more customers take advantage of the app, as we add ticket options for both fixed-route and paratransit services in the near future.”

DART is “Moving Forward” with DART Pass, the convenient way to pay. DART Pass is available on both the Apple Store and on Google Play. Riders can also download the DART Transit app, which provides access to DART Pass. With the DART Transit app, riders can also plan trips, view bus stops, and stay updated with real-time bus information.

For more information, please visit: https://dartfirststate.com/information/getting_there/fares/paymentOption/index.shtml

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).

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DARTCard Outlets

DARTCards can be purchased at the outlets listed below. Please note that outlets are subject to change without notice. For outlets days and hours of operations, please call the phone numbers listed below. For more information call 302-576-6021.

Individuals can also buy DARTCards by phone, mail, and online. To place orders by phone or to request a mail order form, call 302-576-6021. For DARTCards by mail, send your mail order form along with your check or money order payable to DTC, Individual Sales Order, Delaware Transit Corporation, 119 Lower Beech St., Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19805. To purchase on-line, visit our website DartFirstState.com, and click on “Buy DARTCards”. MasterCard, VISA and Discover are accepted.

New Castle County

ACME Markets
College Square
100 College Square
Newark, DE 19711
302-286-0425
(all DARTCards & PST *)

F & N Shopping Center
2098 Naamans Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19810
302-475-4618
(all DARTCards & PST*)

Fairfax Shopping Center
1901 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-654-1803
(all DARTCards & PST *)

Fox Run Shopping Center
146 Fox Hunt Dr.
Bear, DE 19701
302-836-9380
(all DARTCards & PST *)

4365 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19808
302-636-1140
(all DARTCards & PST *)

Lantana Square Shopping Center
128 Lantana Dr.
Hockessin, DE 19707
302-234-9000
(all DARTCards & PST *)

460 E. Main St.
Middletown, DE 19709
302-449-1870
(all DARTCards & PST *)

ACME Markets
Pike Creek Shopping Center
4720 Limestone Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19808
302-998-4465
(all DARTCards & PST *)

Prices Corner
1308 Centerville Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19808
302-994-3660
(all DARTCards & PST *)

236 E. Glenwood Ave.
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-9600
(all DARTCards & PST *)

Suburban Plaza
100 Suburban Dr.
Newark, DE 19711
302-453-2330
(all DARTCards & PST *)

Trolley Square
1401 N. DuPont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
302-658-0575
(all DARTCards & PST *)

1 University Plaza
Ogletown, DE 19702
302-738-9509
(all DARTCards & PST *)

City of Newark
220 Elkton Rd.
Municipal Bldg.
Newark, DE 19711
302-366-7088
(all DARTCards & SCAT)

DART First State
119 Lower Beech St.
Suite 100
Wilmington, DE 19805
800-652-DART (3278)
(all DARTCards, 7-Day &
30-Day Passes, SCAT &
PST *)

100 S. French St.
Wilmington Train Station
Wilmington, DE 19801
800-652-DART (3278)
(all DARTCards, 7-Day &
30-Day Passes, SCAT
& SEPTA)

718 N. Market St.
Market Street Mall
Wilmington, DE 19801
800-652-DART (3278)
(all DARTCards, 7-Day &
30-Day Passes, SCAT,
SEPTA & PST *)

 

* Paratransit Strip Tickets

New Castle County (cont.)

Shop-Rite of Brandywine Commons
1300 Rocky Run Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19803
302-477-3270
(all DARTCards)

Shop-Rite of Chestnut Hill Plaza
3719 Chestnut Hill Plaza
Newark, DE 19713
302-292-1220
(all DARTCards)

Shop-Rite of Christina Crossing
501 S. Walnut St.
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-225-6900, ext. 5000
(all DARTCards)

Shop-Rite of First State Plaza
First State Plaza
1600 W. Newport Pike
Wilmington, DE 19804
302-999-1217
(all DARTCards)

Shop-Rite of Four Seasons
700 Plaza Dr.
Newark, DE 19702
302-525-8855
(all DARTCards)

Shop-Rite of Governor’s Square
1101 Governor’s Place
Bear, DE 19701
302-392-2900
(all DARTCards)

St. Anthony’s Senior Center
1703 W. 10th St.
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-421-3735
(SCAT)

* Paratransit Strip Tickets
** Seasonal Sales (May through September)

United Check Cashing
1823 Pulakski Hwy.
Bear, DE 19701
302-832-3650
(all DARTCards)

Wilmington Senior Center
1901 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE 19802
302-651-3472
(Reduced Fare DARTCard)

Kent County

DART First State
900 Public Safety Blvd.
Dover, DE 19901
302-760-2800
(all DARTCards, 7-Day & 30-Day
Passes, SCAT & PST *)

Del Tech Community College
100 Campus Dr.
Dover, DE 19901
302-857-1070
(all DARTCards)

United Check Cashing
155 N. DuPont Hwy., Unit 1
Dover, DE 19901
302-677-0070
(all DARTCards)

Sussex County

ACME Markets
18578 Coastal Hwy., Unit 13
Rehoboth, DE 19971
302-644-1255
(all DARTCards, 7-Day Pass &
PST *)

Big Oaks Campground**
35567 Big Oaks Lane
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-645-6838
(7-Day Pass)

Cape Henlopen Senior Center
11 Christian St.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-227-2055
(Reduced Fare DARTCards &
PST *)

DART First State
Rehoboth Park & Ride**
Shuttle Rd.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-226-2001
(all DARTCards, 7-Day & 30-Day Passes)

Lewes Transit Center
17616 Coastal Highway
Lewes, DE 19958
(all DARTCards, 7-Day & 30-Day Passes)

Lewes Senior Center
32083 Janice Rd.
Lewes, DE 19958
302-645-9293
(Reduced Fare DARTCard & SCAT)

United Check Cashing
662 North Dupont Blvd.
Milford, DE 19963
302-839-0377
(all DARTCards)

Bank of America Named 2019 Air Quality Awareness Champion

RideShare Delaware and The Air Quality Partnership of Delaware announced the 2019 Air Quality Awareness Champion during the Wilmington Earth Day Celebration on April 17, at Rodney Square.  Bank of America received the 2nd Annual Air Quality Champion Award because of their sustainability efforts, specifically in the area of transportation.  Some of Bank of America’s sustainability stand-outs include:

  • Registering RideShare Delaware members – 18 members logged their clean commute trip during Air Quality Awareness Week, including several telecommuters
  • Encouraging carpooling, vanpooling, biking, telework, and compressed work weeks
  • Offering incentives to employees that drive alternative fuel vehicles
  • Hosting RideShare Delaware clean commuting events
  • Practicing energy conservation, including waste reduction programs
  • Providing on-site charging stations


Dave Detrick of Chesapeake Utilities, the 2018 Air Quality Champion, shared some details about the award and presented it to Barbara Kubicki, Procurement Executive for Bank of America.  An Honorable Mention Award went to the Delaware National Guard for their efforts, including providing electric vehicle charging stations, promoting RideShare Delaware to service members and staff, and creating a rooftop garden.

The mission of the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware, a public / private coalition of businesses, agencies, and individuals interested in clean air, is to raise awareness and inform Delawareans about practices that improve air quality and citizen health.  You or your organization can play an important role in reducing the impact of poor air quality by working with us to educate Delawareans about simple steps that can be taken to “Do Their Share for Cleaner Air.”  These steps, when taken by many people, reduce the incidence of high ozone days, resulting in a reduction in lung-related illnesses, lower health care costs, reduced employee absenteeism, and families that are happier and healthier.  For more information, please contact Randi Novakoff at 302-737-6205 ext. 111 or email rnovakoff@wilmapco.org.

RideShare Delaware is dedicated to making Delaware a greener place to live and work by reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) on Delaware’s highways.  We aim to reduce congestion, improve air quality, and lower vehicle emissions on Delaware’s roadways.  We assist employers and commuters with finding solutions and using alternative modes of transportation.  For more information, call RideShare Delaware at 1-888-743-3628 or visit RideShareDelaware.org.

DART’s Schedule for Memorial Day, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 – DART First State services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, May 27, 2019, with the exception of the Beach Bus services, its related paratransit service, and the Route 305 – Beach Connection.

The Beach Bus services operate frequent buses on seven routes serving the Lewes Park & Ride, Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, Millsboro and Georgetown.  The service operates 7 days a week from approximately 7 AM to 2 AM, with more frequency than ever before.  All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks.  The fare is $2 per trip; Daily Pass is $4.20; 7-Day Pass is $18; and 30-Day Pass is $65.

DART offers two Park & Rides in the beach area. Lewes Transit Center on DE Route 1, near Five Points and DE Route 9, offers free parking, and the bus fare is paid upon boarding. Rehoboth Park & Ride is located on Shuttle Road, just off of DE Route 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle and includes up to 4 free daily passes

DART’s 305 Beach Connection starts on Saturday, May 25, providing a relaxing ride from Wilmington to Lewes Transit Center and Rehoboth Park & Ride on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 2.  The fares are same as listed above per zone.  The one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover.  Riders are encouraged to buy an Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides.

With the free DART Transit app, riders can plan their trip, view bus stops, get real-time bus information, and see where the bus is along its route.  And, for faster boarding and convenience, riders can pay their fare from their phone with DART Pass mobile payment.

SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate its Sunday schedule on Memorial Day.  See Schedule here.

 

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).

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May 20 Marks Startup of DART’s Daily Beach Bus Service and Opening of Indoor Passenger Facility at Lewes Transit Center

As the busy summer tourism season begins, DART’s daily Beach Bus service will be hitting the streets in full force, serving Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, Millsboro and Georgetown. On Monday, May 20, buses will operate frequently from early morning to late night, 7 days a week, until September 8. All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks.

Visitors and residents are encouraged to use one of DART’s Park & Ride lots. The Lewes Park & Ride is located on Coastal Highway, just south of Five Points where parking is free, and the bus fare is paid upon boarding. The Rehoboth Park & Ride is located off of DE 1 on Shuttle Road, just north of the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue. The parking rate is $10 per car per day and includes up to four (4) free daily bus passes. For customers catching the bus at one of the many bus stops, the one-way cash fare is $2, ride all day long with a daily pass for $4.20, or weekly passes for $18 and a monthly passes for $65 are also available.

With the free DART Transit app, riders can plan their trip, view bus stops, get real-time bus information, and see where the bus is along its route. And, for faster boarding and convenience, riders can pay their fare from their phone with DART Pass mobile payment.
DART offers an Employee Discounted Parking Program, where employees can park at the Rehoboth Park & Ride on Shuttle Rd. at a discounted rate of $4 (regular price is $10) and they’ll receive a daily pass to ride DART’s Beach Bus services. Hangtags are available for pick up by employers only beginning May 20, at the Rehoboth Park & Ride office Monday to

Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Please bring a business card or some other type of identification. For information, call 226-2001. For businesses located and licensed in the City of Rehoboth Beach, an additional $2 subsidy is available through the City, so employees can park for just $2 per day and they’ll receive a daily bus pass. Call the City Manager’s office at 227-4641 more information.

DART’s Beach Connection, Route 305, begins operating on Saturday, May 25, providing a relaxing ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 2. The fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover. Riders are encouraged to buy an Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides. The Beach Connection is a comfortable motor coach offering 45 seats, 2 wheelchair positions, along with under coach storage compartments for beach gear and luggage.

DART is proud to showcase the enhancements that have been made to the Lewes Transit Center. A new indoor passenger facility is opening with seating area, restrooms, ticket sales, and large monitors displaying real-time bus information and other relevant news and information. These passenger amenity and technology enhancements are all part of improving the customer experience, as people flock to the area this summer. On Monday, May 20, there will be an Open House allowing the public to stop in anytime between 11 AM and 12:30 PM to tour the facility and talk with DART representatives.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android).

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