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).