Upcoming Public Hearing Workshop to provide input and comments on proposed changes to DART Statewide Bus Services to become effective May 19, 2019.

Statewide --







Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - ; 11 AM to 1 PM and 5 PM to 7 PM


Wilmington Public Library, The Commons, 10 East 10th St., Wilmington, 19801



Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - ; 3 PM to 5 PM


Dover Public Library (Multi-Purpose Room B), 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, 19901



Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - ; 4 PM to 6 PM


WILMAPCO, The Tower at Star Campus, 100 Discovery Blvd., Suite 800, Newark, 19713



Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 3 PM to 5 PM


Georgetown Public Library (Meeting Room B), 123 West Pine St., Georgetown, 19947



The workshop will begin as an open house (approx. 30 mins), allowing attendees to view proposed schedules, interact with staff, receive clarification, and fill out comment forms. The remainder of the workshop will include a presentation of the proposed service changes, followed by public testimony for those wishing to provide comments to the audience, and to the hearing reporter. Attendees may also provide comments privately to the hearing reporter during the open house or following public testimony.



For your convenience, a summary of proposed changes, specific schedules and bus stops are available for review online at DartFirstState.com, at the reception desks of DART Administrative Offices, and at the Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown Libraries. For information on an alternative format, please call (302) 760-2827.



We also welcome comments sent to: DART First State Public Hearing, 119 Lower Beech St., Wilmington, DE 19805-4440 or online at DartFirstState.com/publichearing by March 12, 2019.



If an accommodation such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired or a language translator is needed, please call (302) 760-2827, one week in advance.



The proposal summary:



New Castle County - Based on zero or very low ridership, DTC is proposing the removal and consolidation of a number of bus stops throughout New Castle County. Schedule times on some routes would be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections. Please view schedule proposal or visit DartFirstState.com for a complete listing of the bus stops being proposed for removal, as well as specific route schedules.



Route 2: Weekday service would be improved to operate every 20 minutes between 6 AM and 7 PM.



Route 6: Weekday service would be improved to operate every 20 minutes between 8 AM and 3 PM, and additionally from Newark between 4:50 PM and 6:10 PM.



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



Route 13: More weekday trips would 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 would be removed so all stops on New Castle Ave. between Cherry Lane and Walnut Street would be served. These same trips would no longer serve New Castle Ave. between Moores Lane and Landers Lane as service would be revised to serve Jefferson Farms on all trips.



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



Route 35: Weekday trip times would be adjusted to compliment proposed Route 2 service improvements.



Route 40: The last weekday trip from Wilmington would operate via DE 7 to Glasgow.



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



Kent County - Schedule times would be adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections.


Route 120: To improve on-time performance, the route would end at Scarborough Rd. Park & Ride, no longer serving Dover Mall or the stops in between.



Sussex County -


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



Route 215: A one-way trip would be added leaving Rehoboth Beach at 11:20 PM 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 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 6 AM to 2 AM.



206 Green Line: LTC to Georgetown to operate seven Sunday trips between 7 AM and 10 PM, 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 AM to 2:25 AM.



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



305 Magenta Line: Service between Wilmington and Rehoboth providing 3 round trips on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.



Intercounty


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



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