Notice of Public Hearing Workshops for Proposed DART Bus Route & Schedule Changes

Wilmington --

Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) will conduct Public Hearing Workshops to gain feedback and collect public comment on proposed changes to DART Statewide Fixed Route Bus Services to become effective Sunday, May 20, 2018, as well as seasonal Beach Bus Services to become effective Saturday, May 5 (limited weekend service), with full service beginning Monday, May 21, 2018.









Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM


Wilmington Public Library, The Commons


10 East 10th Street, Wilmington 19801



Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 1 PM to 3 PM


Dover Public Library (Multi-Purpose Room A)


35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901



Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 3 PM to 5 PM


Milford Public Library (Lions Club Room A)


11 SE Front Street, Milford, DE 19963



A summary of the proposal includes (by County):


New Castle County


All routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections. Please view proposal for specific time adjustments by route.


Route 2: A NEW Sunday morning round trip would be added departing Amtrak Station at 7:53 AM, and departing Brandywine Town Center at 8:49 AM.


Route 6: A NEW Sunday morning round trip would be added departing Amtrak Station at 7:54 AM, and departing Newark Transit Hub at 8:52 AM.


Route 13: Downtown routing from Tri-State Mall would stay on King St. from 13th St. to 2nd St. serving the stop on King St. at 10th St. (Library) and no longer serving French St. at 8th St. In the other direction, to Tri-State Mall, the bus would travel Walnut St. to 8th St. to Orange St., serving the stops on 8th St. at King St. and Orange St. at 10th St., no longer serving French St. at 9th St.


Route 18: Rush hour trips leaving Polly Drummond Shopping Center at 6:47 AM and 7:17 AM would become express trips operating non-stop between Prices Corner and Amtrak Station; rush hour trips leaving Naamans Rd. at 4:05 PM and 4:45 PM trips would become express trips, skipping Amtrak Station and operating non-stop from King St. at 6th St. to Prices Corner. The 4:28 PM trip at Rodney Square to Pike Creek would depart 10 minutes later at 4:38 PM. The last trip from Pike Creek at 6:50 PM would be extended to Foulk and Naamans Roads.


Route 43: Routing would be revised from Odessa Park & Ride to Amazon for faster service.


Route 47: Routing would be revised in Middletown for faster service to Amazon.


Route 55: Weekday schedule would improve to operate every 40 minutes resulting in two NEW round trips.


Kent County


All routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections. Please view proposal for specific time adjustments by route.


Route 102: Eden Hill Medical Center would be served.


Route 119: Route would be discontinued due to low ridership and service duplication; Luther Village is served by Route 106; Luther Towers is served by Route 109; Dover Bayhealth is served by Routes 105 and 303; Eden Hill will be served by Route 102; and Modern Maturity Center is served by Route 102.


Sussex County


All routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections. Please view proposal for specific time adjustments by route.


Route 206: Service would begin/end at the Lewes Transit Center. Connections would be available to Rehoboth (Route 201), to Dewey (Route 203) and to Lewes (Route 204).


NEW Route 210: would serve Downtown Milford, Airport Rd., Boys & Girls Club, Walmart and Veterans Home, operating hourly from 6 AM to 9 PM, connecting with Routes 303 and 307 at Walmart.


Route 212: NEW Saturday service would operate seven round trips from 10 AM to 9:45 PM.


Route 215: Route would be combined with seasonal Beach Bus Route 207 serving Burton Village, Rehoboth Park & Ride, DE 24 to Pots Nets, Long Neck, Pot Nets and Massey's Landing to Millsboro; service would double from 5 round trips to 10 round trips operating from 5:30 AM to 11 PM; NEW Saturday service to be added.


Intercounty


All routes may have minor schedule adjustments to improve on-time performance and connections. Please view proposal for specific time adjustments by route.


Route 301: A NEW weekday, mid-day round trip would be added.


Route 302: A minor routing change would be made in Middletown for faster service to Amazon.


Route 303: Express trips would be discontinued; 8 round trips would operate with connections to Route 210 at Walmart.


NEW Route 307: Weekday express, limited stop service between Lewes and Dover serving Lewes Transit Center; Milford Walmart; DelDOT/DMV Danner Campus and Dover Transit Center, with 5 weekday roundtrips.


Seasonal Beach Bus Service


Weekend Service begins May 5 from 10 AM to 10 PM on 201 Red Line between Lewes Transit Center (LTC) and Rehoboth Boardwalk every 20 minutes, and 204 Yellow Line between LTC and downtown Lewes/Ferry Terminal every 30 minutes.


Daily Beach Bus Service to begin Monday, May 21:


201 Red Line - LTC to Rehoboth to operate every 10-30 minutes depending on time of day, approx. 5:30 AM to 2 AM.


203 Orange Line - LTC to Dewey to operate every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM to 1:30 AM


204 Yellow Line - LTC to Downtown Lewes/Ferry Terminal to operate every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 2 AM.


206 Green Line - LTC to Georgetown to operate six weekend trips between 7 AM and 10 PM.


208 Blue Line - Rehoboth Park & Ride to Dewey, Bethany, Ocean City, MD to operate every 2 hours, 8 AM to 2 AM.


215 Purple Line - Rehoboth to Long Neck/Millsboro to operate 10 trips from 5:30 AM to 11 PM.


305 Magenta Line - Wilmington to Rehoboth providing 3 round trips on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Friday evening service would be discontinued as service would be available via Route 301 and new Route 307.


Beginning September 10, Routes 201, 204, 206, 212 and 215 to operate year-round Monday through Saturday.


A summary of proposed changes and service proposals are available for review online at www.DartFirstState.com, at the reception desks of DART Administrative Offices, and at the Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Milford, Georgetown and Rehoboth Libraries. For information on an alternative format, please call (302) 760-2827.


The workshops will begin with the first segment (approx. 45-60 mins) as an open house, allowing attendees to view proposal boards, talk with staff, ask questions and receive clarification. The remainder of the workshop will include a presentation of the proposed service changes, followed by public testimony for those interested in providing comments to the audience, and to the hearing reporter. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide comments privately to the hearing reporter during the open house, and following public testimony. Comments may also be sent to: DART First State Public Hearing, 119 Lower Beech St., Wilmington, DE 19805-4440 or online at www.DartFirstState.com/publichearings by March 9, 2018.


Call (302) 760-2827 one week in advance for an accommodation (an interpreter for hearing impaired or language translator).