DART to Operate Reduced Statewide Weekday Service Level Beginning Wednesday, March 18

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 here.

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.


DART to Host Community Conversations in New Castle County

Public transportation plays an essential role in the lives of thousands of Delawareans. It provides vital connections, bolsters the economy, improves the environment and helps to enhance our quality of life. Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) proudly operates DART services in the First State.

Please join DART for a Community Conversation where preliminary routing proposals to serve the new Wilmington Transit Center will be presented, as well as proposals to improve service in the greater Middletown area. We would like your feedback, prior to finalizing proposals for upcoming public hearing workshops for the May 2020 Service Change.

New Castle County Community Conversations:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – 5 PM to 7 PM
Wilmington Library (The Commons)
10 East 10th Street, Wilmington 19801

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – 5 PM to 7 PM
WILMAPCO, The Tower at Star Campus
100 Discovery Blvd., Suite 800, Newark 19713

Stop in any time during the hours above to join the conversation in group discussions or one-on-one with DART team members.

Summary:

  • The Wilmington Transit Center is under construction and scheduled to open in May 2020. This new facility conveniently located near the Wilmington Train Station will be served by most bus routes in Wilmington, and will have the capacity to stage 10 buses without blocking city streets. The Transit Center will offer customers a covered seated waiting area, real-time bus displays, ticket sales, Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, access to restrooms, vending machines, and bike racks with a bike repair station. Routes 2, 6, 10, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 25, 28, 31, 33, 35, 40, 45, 47, 52, 54, 55 and 301 that presently stop at Amtrak Station will be relocated to serve the new facility, along with an extension of Route 5.
  • In addition, you can review concepts to improve service in the greater Middletown area, affecting Newark Routes 46 and 302.Please bring your own topics, suggestions and ideas to the conversation!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.

Can’t make it? Visit Community Conversations to review maps and provide comments or call 1-800-652-DART to learn more.

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 22nd Annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive Starts Monday, November 11

DART will hold its 22nd annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout the State starting on November 11 and ending on November 16, with a goal of collecting 20 tons of non-perishable food for Delawareans in need of food assistance.  And, we need the public’s help to achieve the goal. 

 

“Stuff The Bus” will be collecting food at seven sites throughout the State.  The site locations, collection dates, and times are:

Monday, November 11: Acme, 18578 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Tuesday, November 12: Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Highway, Milford, 8 AM – 6 PM AND

Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Rd., Dover, 8 AM – 6 PM         

(Corner of S. Bay Rd. at S. Little Creek Rd.)

 

Wednesday, November 13:  NEW  ShopRite of First State Plaza, 1600 W. Newport Pike, Stanton, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Thursday, November 14: Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington, 7 AM – 5 PM

 

Friday, November 15NEW  ShopRite of Brandywine Commons, 1300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

Saturday, November 16:  NEW  ShopRite of Four Seasons, 700 Plaza Dr., Newark, 9 AM – 4 PM

 

As part of our annual food drive, we’ll have live radio broadcasts; come out to meet the stations’ deejays on:

Monday, November 11: Acme in Rehoboth – Delaware 105.9 will broadcast live from 11 AM – 1 PM and The Vault 103.5/106.1 will be live from 2 PM – 4 PM

Tuesday, November 12: Walmart in Milford – EAGLE 97.7 from 6 AM – 6 PM

Tuesday, November 12: Safeway in Dover – COOL 101.3 from 6 AM – 6 PM

Wednesday, November 13: ShopRite of First State Plaza – WSTW 93.7 from 10 AM – 2 PM

Thursday, November 14: Rodney Square in Wilmington – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM

Friday, November 15: ShopRite of Brandywine Commons – WDEL will broadcast live from 12 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, November 16: ShopRite of Four Seasons – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM

 

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware; if they are unable to visit any of the “Stuff The Bus” collection sites.  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.  According to the Food Bank, annually 1 in 8 people in Delaware rely on the Food Bank’s partners and programs for food assistance and 25 percent are children. 

 

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-DARTReal-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DART Transit App (iOS and Android). 


Office of Highway Safety Reactivates Grassroots Initiative to Promote Pedestrian Safety Month in October

Cooperative statewide effort to reduce pedestrian

deaths and encourage safe walking habits

WILMINGTON, Del. (October 14, 2019) – In honor of Pedestrian Safety Month to meaningfully reduce pedestrian deaths across the state, Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is bringing back its grassroots pedestrian safety initiative statewide. From Monday, October 7 through Sunday, October 20, pedestrian street teams will be deployed on DART buses throughout the state with routes that travel corridors with higher occurrences of pedestrian crashes and fatalities. These street teams will educate Delawareans on safe walking habits and hand out reflectors for use.

“Data continues to show that October is the deadliest month related to crashes occurring in Delaware, with the highest occurrences of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. In addition, pedestrian crashes peak around evening rush hour from 5 to 8 p.m. This is precisely why we have decided to bring back our grassroots initiative to stress the importance of safe walking habits especially during this time frame,” said Kimberly Chesser, Director, Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “We would like to thank DART for partnering with us on such an important initiative, helping to make sure that our riders and pedestrians Walk Smart.”

Common factors in pedestrian crashes involve individuals being under the influence, distracted walking, wearing dark-colored clothing, and crossing outside of crosswalks on busy roads like Kirkwood Highway (Rt 2), DuPont Highway (US 13), and Pulaski Highway (US 40).

“OHS will continue to do its part to promote that pedestrians Walk Smart, and hope each person helps us spread our message to ensure that pedestrians arrive safely,” said Richard Klepner, Deputy Director and Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

For more information, please visit ohs.delaware.gov, or visit us on Facebook (@HighwaysafetyDE), Twitter (@HighwaysafetyDE) and Instagram (HighwaysafetyDE).

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DART Highlights Passenger Facility Improvements in Wilmington

Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), operating DART First State, is continuing to invest in passenger facilities in Wilmington and will be replacing and installing new shelters on King Street beginning this week and continuing over the next month. The new shelters will be located at King and 3rd, King and 6th, King and 8th, King and 9th, and King and 10th. In addition, shelters will be installed on South Market at South Shipley, the old B&O railroad building, and North French at 9th Street. These improvements total almost $116,000, and DTC also has another $300,000 in city bus stop improvements planned for this fiscal year.

“Following recent bus route changes in downtown Wilmington, we heard and listened to concerns about the need for additional benches and shelters for our riders, and that’s the reason we are making these important investments,” said Governor John Carney. “We believe that affordable public transit and transportation infrastructure improvements are key to investing in our city and Wilmington’s downtown area. Over the next several years, we will invest $250 million in transportation improvements in and around the city, including in new transit improvements, the new Christina River bridge, and the transit center adjacent to the Biden train station. These are important investments that will strengthen our city, help create jobs, and improve transit in and around Wilmington.”

Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan added, “Providing cover from the elements will improve comfort and convenience for all of our riders along these routes and are another example of the improvements we continue to make in Wilmington.”

“We are committed to providing safe, efficient, and reliable transit services in Wilmington and across Delaware,” said Delaware Transit Corporation CEO John Sisson. “We understand that the strength and vitality of Wilmington is key to the health and success of the state, and these improvements are a result of the feedback we’ve received from our riders in the city.”

Over the past eight months, DTC has invested $120,000 in passenger facility improvements within the city, including the installation of new bus shelters along French, 9th, 10th, and Washington Streets; a second shelter at the Wilmington Amtrak Station bus stop and at the heavily used stop on King Street at 3rd Street.

In addition, DTC has secured a $2.45 million federal grant for improvements along Orange Street, including the plan to convert the current one-way, northbound street into a two-way street by adding a southbound bus lane from 10th to 4th Streets. This project, brought forth to the community through Wilmington Initiatives, comprised of DTC, DelDOT, City of Wilmington and the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO), is currently being finalized and is a key piece of the infrastructure improvements that will support an optimal transit system, including ADA-compliant bus stops and pedestrian access with new bus shelters and amenities.

This fall, ground will be broken on the new Wilmington Transit Center near the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Train Station. The transit center, set to open next year, will feature customer amenities including an indoor, seated waiting area, access to restrooms, USB charging stations, Wi-Fi, and vending machines.