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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Partner Spotlight – Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2003 and a Gold Partner since June 2010. They are the largest private employer in Delaware with 11,000 employees located in various campuses throughout the state. RideShare Delaware is able to enhance their employee benefits with their to-and-from work transportation program.

Our partnership works with representatives throughout the Christian Care organization from new employee orientation, customer/administrative services, and public safety.

Current activities we coordinate:

  • Participation in the bi-weekly new employee orientations “Vital Needs Fair”
  • Transportation Day events with larger sites such as West End Café located at Christiana Care Hospital, Wilmington Hospital, and One Reads Way
  • A resource for DART First State services
  • Preferred Carpool Parking Program

 

Other transportation benefits Christiana Care offers:

  • A shuttle service operating from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day, traveling between Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals
  • for use by employees, patients, and visitors
  • On site DART bus shelter station
  • Electric charging stations for employees (6 at Christiana Hospital and 2 at Wilmington Hospital).
  • Access to Bike Racks and on-site shower facilities

 

RideShare Delaware recognizes Christiana Care for their outstanding commitment to employee health and wellness and thanks them for their partnership to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment.

RideShare Delaware looks forward to working with and strengthening our partnership with Christiana Care Health System throughout Delaware by exploring and implementing new benefit options.

RideShare Delaware Rewards Christiana Mall’s Employee Shuttle Riders

On Saturday December 3rd, the RideShare Delaware outreach team helped promote the Christiana Mall’s Employee shuttle. Earlier in the week, the outreach team dropped off flyers to the Mall’s larger employers to promote the shuttle’s schedule and inform mall employees that riders of the shuttle may be rewarded with prizes.From 7am to 9am, riders who parked at the Del Tech Stanton Campus and rode the shuttle to the Mall’s Panera Bread were greeted by our team members and rewarded with water bottles. Those riders were also given the opportunity to sign up for RideShare Delaware’s services .

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Those who rode the shuttle and signed up for RideShare Delaware were put into a raffle to win a $25 Wawa gift card as our thanks for clean commuting to the worksite. The raffle winner was Corey Johnson, an employee at the Christiana’s Malls Apple Store.

 

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The Christiana Mall is providing this employee holiday shuttle to help decrease congestion around the mall and enhance the customer experience. From Black Friday to the end of the year, the Mall parking lot is packed with cars and patrons all trying to squeeze in their holiday shopping. This leads to heavy congestion and scarce parking options for customers during peak shopping times. This was particularly noticeable on Black Friday when virtually every parking space at the Mall was filled (View the photo below).

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We would like to thank Steven Chambliss, Senior General Manager of the Christiana Mall, for allowing RideShare Delaware to go onsite and promote this clean commute option to their employees. As always, we encourage all Christiana Mall employees and patrons to try to clean commute to work or to your seasonal shopping by carpooling, riding a bus, vanpooling, walking, or biking.

Riverfront P&R To Require $40 Monthly Permit Beginning Oct. 1

From the Riverfront Wilmington Corporation (http://riverfrontwilm.com/parking/)

Effective October 1, 2014 a parking permit will be required to park in the Riverfront Commuter Lot prior to 10 a.m. daily. To obtain a parking permit, please stop by the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware offices located at: 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.(Please use the entrance that faces Frawley Stadium) Normal business Hours are: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Any questions, please contact our office at 302-425-4890.

  • Monthly parking rate is $40 per car.
  • Permits may be purchased in advance through December 2014.
  • Please fill out this form. Once completed bring it the RDC offices in order to obtain your parking permit. Unfortunately, parking permits cannot be mailed.
  • Parking permits are month specific and must be displayed properly while your car is parked in the Riverfront Commuter Lot to avoid impoundment.
  • Form of payments accepted are: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Cash or Check.
  • To report a lost parking permit, please come to the RDC office. First replacement permit is free, second replacement permit is a charge of $10.
  • No refunds will be issued on parking permits.
  • For your convenience, the Riverfront Development Corporation office will be open early or late on the follow dates:
  • Thursday, September 25: 8:30am-6pm
  • Friday, September 26: 7:30am-5pm
  • Monday, September 29: 8:30am-6pm
  • Tuesday, September 30: 7:30am-5pm
  • For information on Dart Park and Ride locations, please Click Here.

Map of where the Riverfront Commuter Lot is located: