Delaware Transit Corporation and Via launch first “Integrated Mobility Solution” in the US to transform rural transit access

The multi-phase launch integrates different modes into a single transit network

April 13, 2021 (Georgetown, Del.) — Yesterday, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), in partnership with Via, the leader in TransitTech, launched DART Connect, the state’s first on-demand microtransit service that will transform mobility in the rural communities of Georgetown and Millsboro in Sussex County, Delaware. DART Connect is a pilot project funded under the Federal Transit Administration’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility highly competitive grant program.

Customers can use the new DART Connect smartphone app or dial 1-800-652-DART, option 3 to request a ride, on-the-spot, anywhere within the service zones of Georgetown and Millsboro, or to travel between the two towns. On-demand microtransit uses smaller vehicles to provide shared rides within 15 minutes of a ride request. DART Connect replaces the Flex Routes 901 and 902 which served fixed destinations throughout Georgetown and Millsboro on an hourly schedule. On the first day of launch, ridership on DART Connect surpassed the average daily ridership of the previous 901 and 902 Flex routes.

Georgetown, designated as a Federal Opportunity Zone, and Millsboro are key employment and health services hubs with strong agricultural and manufacturing sectors. DART Connect increases service frequency and expands access to transit for thousands of residents, workers and visitors lacking access to a vehicle or who rely on bus service to travel to jobs, medical and social services throughout these communities.

“Our customers across the state have been requesting transit services in many hard to serve areas, and we are excited to launch this innovative approach to providing people the mobility they need,” stated John Sisson, Chief Executive Officer, Delaware Transit Corporation, which operates DART First State transit service. “The full-scale deployment of this service is expected to be a game changer for the transit industry, especially for those systems serving more rural and suburban areas.”

“We continue to look for opportunities to expand public transportation to underserved areas of the state and we hope this pilot program will serve as a model that we can implement in other areas of our state going forward,” said Nicole Majeski, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Governor John Carney added, “By introducing on-demand transit, we are taking the first step to ensure Georgetown and Millsboro residents and workers have access to an affordable option to safely reach jobs, appointments and other activities that many of us take for granted.”

“We’ve heard for years that connecting residents of our most rural and underserved parts of Sussex County to their jobs, doctor’s appointments, goods and services is a challenge that will take a major investment to overcome,” said Delaware’s Congressional Delegation of Senators Tom Carper, Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del). “This past year has proven especially hard as we are trying to connect residents to health care, vaccines, and job opportunities. This is why we are proud to support this federal funding which will bridge the transportation gap that has hindered Sussex County residents for so long.”

“Nearly six percent of households in Sussex County lack access to a vehicle,” said Veronica Vanterpool, DTC’s Chief Innovation Officer and project manager for DART Connect. “It is important that transit agencies test new technologies and explore innovative service models to provide quality bus service for our customers, especially those with limited mobility options.”

Via’s innovative IMS technology will create a fully connected mobility network that transforms the way DTC provides transit service, particularly in rural, low-density communities, where service can be infrequent and ridership can be low. DART Connect, is technology-powered transit that will reduce barriers to transit access, such as the lack of first/last mile connectivity to transit and strengthen the employment sector in rural Sussex County. The results of this pilot project will serve as a blueprint for cities and transit agencies across the US to expand access to affordable, efficient and equitable transportation solutions.

“We are proud to partner with Delaware Transit Corporation to expand access to equitable, efficient and sustainable transportation for rural communities,” said Via CEO and co-founder Daniel Ramot. “This new service demonstrates the tremendous opportunities that are created when Federal funding is made available for tech-enabled transit solutions.”

Phases two and three of the DART Connect pilot will allow customers to use the DART Connect app, and pay the $2 fare using the existing DART Pass app, to plan and book a trip on DTC’s 62 bus route network to connect to destinations throughout the county and state. DART Connect will be the first app in the state to allow customers to plan, book, pay and track their ride request in one seamless experience.

The DART Connect app is also available in Spanish to ensure broader use for the significant Latino population throughout Georgetown and Millsboro. Additional information will be available about the continuing implementation of the IMS system over the next few months. To learn more about DART Connect, visit https://dartfirststate.com/Programs/dartconnect/

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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).

About Via:
Founded in 2012, Via pioneered the TransitTech category by using new technologies to power public mobility systems, optimizing networks of dynamic shuttles, buses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, school buses, and autonomous vehicles around the globe. Building the world’s most efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation network for all riders — including those with limited mobility, those without smartphones, and unbanked populations — Via works with its partners to lower the cost of public transit and provide accessible options that rival the convenience of a personal car at a much reduced environmental impact. At the intersection of transportation and technology, Via is a visionary market leader that combines software innovation with sophisticated service design and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves, with 200 global partners on six continents, and counting.

DART Upcoming Service Change Effective October 25, 2020

Summary by County:

New Castle County – Schedule time adjustments on some routes to improve on-time performance and
connections.

For many years, our riders have asked DART to expand the service on Saturdays and Sundays. The
following weekend service improvements will be made:

Routes 2, 6 and 13 – earlier Saturday morning service.
Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33 and 40 – later Saturday service.
Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33 and 40 – earlier Sunday morning service.
Kent County – Schedule time adjustments on some routes to improve on-time performance and
connections.
Sussex County – Schedule time adjustments on some routes to improve on-time performance and
connections.
Intercounty – Schedule time adjustments on some routes to improve on-time performance and
connections. Route 301 – Three new roundtrips on Saturday, departing Wilmington at 7:15 AM; 1:25 PM
and 2:25 PM; and departing the Dover Transit Center at 9 AM; 1:19 PM; and 4:29 PM.

For your convenience, route schedules are available online at DartFirstState.com and on buses.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation
(DelDOT), operates DART. 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 Schedule for Labor Day, September 7

Labor Day – Monday, September 7, 2020 – New this Labor 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 service 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.


Monday, September 7 is the last day of operation for the seasonal Route 305 Beach Connection; however, The Beach Bus service will continue to 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.


SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate its weekend schedule on Labor Day. See Schedule here. DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed on Labor Day. Train passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance. The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.


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. For additional information on DART’s services, visit https://www.dartfirststate.com/ or please call 1-800-652-3278. 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.

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.


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 Service Change Effective May 17, 2020 w/ Temporary Adjustments

DART Service Change Effective
May 17, 2020 with Temporary Adjustments
Wilmington Transit Center Opens

With the May 17, 2020 Service Change and the opening of the new Wilmington Transit Center, DART increases its current service levels.  Specific route schedules can be found at DartFirstState.com or by calling 1-800-652-DART (3278).

TEMPORARY SERVICE SUMMARY (Based on May Service Change*) – Operating until further notice

New Castle County:
Monday – Friday operates the following:
Weekday service – Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 25, 33, 40, 43, 51, and 64
Modified weekday – Routes 18 and 61
Saturday service – Routes 8, 10, 14, 28, 31, 46, 47, 54, and 55
Not operating – Routes 16, 20, 34, 35, 42, 44, 45, new 47X, 48, 52, 53, 62, and new 63

Saturday/Sunday – operates regular service

Kent County:
Regular weekday and Saturday service
All routes – 101, 102, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 112, 117, and 120

Sussex County:
Regular weekday and Saturday service
All routes – 201, 204, 206, 210, 212, 215, and Flex Routes 901, 902, 903 with no deviations

Intercounty:
Regular weekday and Saturday service – Routes 301, 303, and 307
Not operating – Routes 302 and Beach Bus 305

Beach Bus: 
Not operating (delayed implementation)

*MAY SERVICE CHANGE – see specific route schedules for details

New Castle County:
Schedule times have been adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections. 

The Wilmington Transit Center (WTC), located at Front and Walnut Sts. will be opening as the new transfer location for most bus routes in downtown Wilmington.  The following routes will serve WTC:
Inside – 2, 5, 6, 11, 20, 31, 33, 35, 40, 52, and 305 (all routes will begin/end at WTC).
Outside on Walnut Street – 10, 13, 14, 16, 18, 25, 28, 45, 47, new 47X, 54, 55, and 301.

Routes 2, 5, 6, 11, 18 (one-way into Wilmington), 20, 31, 33, 35, 40, and 52 will serve the Amtrak Station bus stop as a drop off ONLY.  

The following have routing changes: Routes 5, 10, 18, 28, 33, 40, 43, 45, 48, 54, 55, and 301.

Holiday Service:
New Holiday Service will be offered on Bus Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33, 40, and 47 on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, using a Saturday schedule, with Paratransit operating complimentary ADA-only service.

Kent County:
Schedule times have been adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections; routing change on Route 101.

Sussex County:
Schedule times have been adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections. 

Intercounty:
Schedule times have been adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections; routing changes on Routes 301 and 307.

DART is limiting the number of passengers allowed on each bus at any given time, based on bus seating capacity. Passenger boardings are through the rear door with no fare collection.  Riders needing boarding assistance may continue boarding through the front door.  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 or train.  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. 

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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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).

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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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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DART Service Change Approved for May 19, 2019

After statewide Public Hearing Workshops, DART listened to its riders and the public; as a result changes were made to the original proposal. The “Bold type” indicates a change from or an addition to the original proposal based on public comments. Please visit DartFirstState.com for Accessible Schedules for easy reference.  New schedules will be available on buses in mid-May.

Schedule times on some routes will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections.

New Castle County

Route 2 – Weekday service will be improved to operate every 20 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Route 6 – Weekday service will be improved to operate every 20 minutes between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., and additionally from Newark between 4:50 p.m. and 6:10 p.m.

Route 8 – Saturday service will operate every 55 minutes instead of every 45 minutes to improve on-time performance.

Route 13 – More weekday trips will serve Airport Plaza Shopping Center during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

Route 15 – The “Limited Stop” designation of one weekday trip in each direction will be removed so that all stops on New Castle Avenue between Cherry Lane and Walnut Street will be served.  Based on public comment, these two trips will continue to serve New Castle Avenue (Wilmington Road) between Landers and Moores Lanes.  In addition, eight bus stops in this segment that are closely spaced and/or generate sparse or no riders per day, will be discontinued.

Route 25 – Based on public comment and discussions with Amazon (New Castle Facility) to meet more shift times, additional weekday trips will be extended into Amazon at these times: 9:12 and 10:38 a.m., 4:43 and 10:02 p.m. from Wilmington to Amazon, and 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. and 10:20 p.m. from Amazon to Wilmington.

Route 31 – Based on public comments regarding shift times at Bellevue Corporate Center and SEPTA train connections, two afternoon trips were adjusted by 10 minutes. 

Route 33 – Seven existing trips will be extended to serve Fairplay Station to connect with SEPTA trains, replacing Route 59 service. 

Route 35 – Weekday trip times will be adjusted to compliment Route 2 service improvements.

Route 40 – The last weekday trip from Wilmington will operate via DE 7 to Glasgow.

Route 59 – Route will be discontinued due to low ridership.  Route 33 provides trip opportunities and connections between Wilmington, Fairplay and Newark Train Stations.

New Castle County Bus Stop Discontinuations/Consolidations – The bus stops with zero to low ridership or in close proximity to other stops that were included in the proposal, will be consolidated or discontinued, except for the following stops which will be retained:

Route 5 –Maryland Ave. at Fallon Ave., Maryland Ave. opposite Cedar St. where the stop will be relocated to Maryland Ave. at Latimer St. / Larch Ave. where the intersection allows for safer pedestrian crossings.

Route 13 – Philadelphia Pk. at Eskridge Dr. and Philadelphia Pk. opposite Eskridge Dr.

Additionally, with the retention of Route 15 alternative service via Wilmington Road, the following bus stops will be eliminated:  Wilmington Rd. at May Dr. and Wilmington Rd. Opposite May Dr.; Wilmington Rd. opposite William Penn Ct. and Wilmington Rd. at William Penn Ct.; Wilmington Rd. at Edgewood Dr. and Wilmington Rd. opposite Burton Ave.; and Wilmington Rd. at Burton Ave. and Wilmington Rd. Janvier Ave.

Notices with alternate boarding locations will be posted at all affected bus stops prior to the service change.

Kent County

Route 120 – To improve on-time performance, the route will end at Scarborough Road Park & Ride, no longer serving Dover Mall or the stops in between; however, connections can be made to Routes 106 and 112 to access Dover Mall, and additional destinations south to Dover Transit Center.

Sussex County

Route 206:  Additional Saturday trips will be scheduled to depart Georgetown at 6:05 a.m. and from Lewes Park & Ride at 9:55 p.m.

Route 212:  Schedule times will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections.

Route 215:  Based on customer comments, a one-way trip will be added leaving Rehoboth Beach at 11:20 p.m. to Millsboro to improve connections.

Seasonal Beach Bus Service

DART’s daily Beach Bus service begins on Monday, May 20, 2019:

201 Red Line: Lewes Transit Center (LTC) to Rehoboth to operate every 10-30 minutes depending on time of day, approximately 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Improved connections have been made with Routes 204 and 307.

203 Orange Line:  LTC to Dewey to operate every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

204 Yellow Line:  LTC to Downtown Lewes/Ferry Terminal to operate every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Improved connections have been made with Route 201 and DRBA Ferry.

206 Green Line: LTC to Georgetown to operate eight Sunday round trips between 6:05 a.m. and 10:26 p.m., in addition to its regular service.

208 Blue Line: Rehoboth Park & Ride to Dewey, Bethany, Ocean City, MD to operate approximately every 2 hours, 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 a.m.

215 Purple Line: Rehoboth to Long Neck/Millsboro to operate 11 trips to Millsboro, 10 trips to Rehoboth from 5:30 a.m. to 12:35 a.m.

305 Beach Connection: Service between Wilmington and Rehoboth provides 3 round trips on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Intercounty 

Route 301: Express trips leaving Wilmington will serve the bus stop on King Street at 8th Street.

Route 303:  To improve on-time performance, bus will use POW/MIA Parkway to get to/from the Dover Transit Center.  Bus stops on State Street will continue to be served by Route 105.

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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