DART “Stuff The Bus” Food Drive To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts Collected 4.5 Tons of Food For Delawareans

            Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that DART’s “Stuff The Bus” COVID-19 Relief Efforts Food Drive collected 4.5 tons (9,097 pounds) of food.  The week-long food drive took place from June 22 to June 26 at the Safeway stores in Rehoboth and Dover, and the ShopRite stores at First State Plaza, Brandywine Commons and Four Seasons Shopping Centers.  The Food Bank of Delaware will distribute the donated food through its Hunger Relief Partners to Delaware residents in need of food assistance. 

            John Sisson, DTC’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “I’m proud of our employees, business partners, bus riders, and the community, along with Safeway and ShopRite, whose generous donations will help out their fellow Delawareans in need of food assistance.”

            Chad Robinson, Food Bank of Delaware Community Relations Director, stated “The Food Bank of Delaware is so thankful to our friends at DART First State and DelDOT for stepping up during this time of unprecedented need.  While we are all familiar with the Stuff the Bus at Thanksgiving time, the outpouring of support we saw in this “COVID-19 Edition” was amazing.  The donation of over 4.5 tons of food last week will go out to support the needs of thousands of food insecure Delawareans suffering during this time.  We are grateful for this ongoing partnership and look forward our annual Stuff the Bus again in the fall.”

            Donations were received from the general public, as well as businesses, and organizations throughout the entire State, including the employees from DART and DelDOT, which filled three 28-foot paratransit buses full of non-perishable food.  DART’s partner, Sharp Energy, donated over $2,000 worth of food, which was loaded onto a DART propane autogas paratransit bus.  To see photos from the event, visit DART’s Facebook page.

DART partnered with The Vault 103.5/106.1 FM, part of The Voice Radio Network and thanks to their staff and listeners for helping make “Stuff The Bus” in Rehoboth a great success. 

Thank you to everyone for their generosity and support in helping us “stuff” our buses.  Together as a team, we have helped to make a difference in providing food assistance to Delawareans in need. 

For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302-292-1305, or visit their website at www.FBD.org.  The Food Bank of Delaware is a nonprofit agency committed to ending hunger in Delaware.   

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For more information, please visit 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 Independence Day 2020 Holiday Schedule

Friday, July 3, 2020 – DART services will operate on a Saturday schedule; Route 305 – Beach Connection from Wilmington to Rehoboth begins service, operating Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2020 – New this Independence Day, DART offers bus service in New Castle County on Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33, 40, and 47, using a Saturday schedule, with Paratransit operating complimentary ADA-only service. DART’s Beach Bus services and Route 305 – Beach Connection will also operate, with complimentary ADA-only service for Paratransit. All other fixed route and paratransit services will not operate.


DART’s 305 Beach Connection provides 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 Bus service will operate 7 days a week, until September 20, with service to Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, Millsboro and Georgetown.

To promote the use of contactless, cashless fare payments using the DART Pass mobile payment app, DART is offering further discounts on Daily, 7-Day and 30-Day passes on the app.

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.


SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate its current service; see Schedule here. DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed Friday and Saturday. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance, or if paid on the train, a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.


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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Closure of Martin Luther King Boulevard

Demolition of Bridge Will Require the Closure of Martin Luther King Boulevard

Location: Martin Luther King Boulevard Closed from North Jackson Street to North Adams Street, Wilmington.

Times and Dates: 10:00 p.m. on May 29, 2020 until 5:00 a.m. on June 1, 2020, pending weather.

Traffic Information: DelDOT announces to motorists that Martin Luther King Boulevard will be closed for the demolition of the bridge on Route 48/Lancaster Avenue. Detour Routes: North Jackson Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard: Motorists will turn left on Third Street and then turn right onto North Tatnall Street. Route 48/Lancaster Avenue to Martin Luther King Boulevard: Motorists will turn
right onto South Jackson Street and then turn left to Route 4/Maryland Avenue.

Detour signage will be posted for motorists

2nd Street/Jackson Street Ramp Project to Begin April 15, 2020

Wilmington – The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces the first project related to the I-95 corridor rehabilitation project will begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

This project will remove the existing I-95 southbound on-ramps and existing bridge structures for the 2nd Street and Jackson Street ramps and build a new ramp configuration for access to I-95 southbound.

Additional left turn lanes will also be added on Lancaster Avenue to Adams Street and 2nd Street to the new reconfigured on-ramp.

The 2nd Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close on Saturday, May 2, 2020, and will remain closed for the duration of the project. The Jackson Street on-ramp to I-95 southbound will close in August 2020.

There will be nighttime intermittent lane closures from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday to Friday, and road closures during certain phases of this construction. Traffic alerts and variable message boards will be posted to alert motorists of scheduled road closures.

The contractor for the nearly $20 million project is R.E. Pierson Construction, Inc., and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2020.

For more information on the I-95 Wilmington rehabilitation project visit de.gov/i95rehab.

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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DART COVID-19 Response: Statewide Reduced Service

UPDATE – In addition to the service outlined below, starting Thursday, March 19, Route 301 will add the weekday roundtrip leaving Wilmington at 4:20 AM, arriving in Dover at 5:42 AM; and then leaving Dover at 6:00 AM, arriving in Wilmington at 7:41 AM. Route 303 will be operating the weekday schedule. In Sussex County, Route 206 will operate on the normal weekday schedule.

Due to the presence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Delaware, business closures, reductions in staffing and lower ridership levels, effective Wednesday, March 18, DART public transit services will operate on the following reduced service schedule until further notice. On weekdays, regular fixed route services will operate on a Saturday service schedule statewide, with additional service on Routes 15, 18, 43 and 301. DART’s regularly scheduled weekend service will operate normal service levels. For specifics, please visit www.DartFirstState.com.

Customer Service call center hours will be reduced to Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Riders can view real-time bus information by downloading the DART Transit app. For any concerns or questions, customers are encouraged to email us at dotdtcweb@delaware.gov. Our Customer Service Team will also be monitoring DART’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts to assist customers with any inquiries.

In addition, all DART ticket stores will be closed until further notice starting on Wednesday, which includes the stores at 718 N. Market St., Amtrak Station, at DART Administration Buildings in Dover and Wilmington, and at the Lewes Transit Center. DART fares and passes can be purchased through DART Pass mobile payment app, online, or by paying cash on the buses. A list of other sales locations is available at Ticket Outlets.

The Lewes Transit Center Passenger Facility will also be closed to the public.

Statewide Paratransit services will continue to operate normal hours, as will the Reservations call center.

To support Delaware Public Schools, DART is offering students free bus rides on regularly scheduled bus routes to access school meal programs weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM until schools are back in session.

Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has implemented several additional measures to clean vehicles and facilities used by the public to help limit the spread of the illness. For customers who ride our public transit service, all DART buses have and continue to be thoroughly disinfected with vital oxide antimicrobial spraying solution and we are thoroughly cleaning areas of frequent contact to keep our buses as clean as possible. Our public facilities and lobbies are continually being disinfected including counters, public seating, and door handles.

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. We are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation through Delaware’s Division of Public Health and the CDC to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information to guide our operations.

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).

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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SEPTA Service Interruption at Fairplay Train Station

From Monday, April 8 to Friday, May 31, Amtrak track construction will impact SEPTA southbound train service to Fairplay Train Station at Churchmans Crossing.  During this time, SEPTA will not be stopping at the Fairplay Station in the southbound direction.  Bus service will be available from the Claymont and Wilmington Stations. 

Train #1295 (Fairplay arrival: 6:16 AM)
Take train to Wilmington Train Station; take DART Route 33 departing at 6:13 AM from the bus stop on M.L. King Blvd. next to the Station; arrives in Churchmans Crossing area at 6:47 AM.

Train #1203 (Fairplay arrival: 6:38 AM)
Take train to Wilmington Train Station; take DART Route 33 departing at 6:43 AM from the bus stop on M.L. King Blvd. next to the Station; arrives in Churchmans Crossing area at 7:17 AM.

Train #207 (Fairplay arrival: 7:34 AM)
Take train to Wilmington Train Station; take DART Route 33 departing at 7:44 AM from the bus stop on M.L. King Blvd. next to the Station; arrives in Churchmans Crossing area at 8:17 AM.

Train #4213 (Fairplay arrival: 8:32 AM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Churchmans Crossing area, with stops at J.P. Morgan arriving at 8:45 AM, Fairplay Train Station at 8:50 AM, Christiana Hospital at 8:55 AM.

Train #7239 (Fairplay arrival: 4:06 PM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Fairplay Station arriving at 4:26 PM.

Train #9243 (Fairplay arrival: 5:16 PM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Fairplay Station arriving at 5:40 PM.

Train #9251 (Fairplay arrival: 6:15 PM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Fairplay Station arriving at 6:34 PM.

Train #9257 (Fairplay arrival: 6:57 PM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Fairplay Station arriving at 7:07 PM.

Train #5265 (Fairplay arrival: 7:52 PM)
Take train to Claymont Train Station; connect with special shuttle bus to Fairplay Station arriving at 8:17 PM.

Please see SEPTA’s revised rail schedule at www.septa.org for minor schedule changes.  Travel times are subject to traffic and weather conditions.

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 new mobile fare payment option, are both available on thefree DART App (iOS and Android)

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