DART Service Change Approved for Dec 15, 2019

Wilmington --

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. New schedules will be available online and on buses in early December.

Schedule time changes will be adjusted on most routes to improve on-time performance and connections.

New Castle County

Route 4 - The 10:40 PM weeknight trip from Kynlyn will be discontinued due to low ridership.

Route 5 - The last weeknight departure from Christiana Mall (Target) will depart at 11:30 PM instead of 11:15 PM to accommodate employees coming from the Christiana Fashion Centre.

Route 6 - Based on public comment and input from Operators, additional time is being scheduled on Sundays to improve on-time performance. From Wilmington, seven minutes will be added in the early morning hours and five minutes in the mid-day. From Newark, an additional nine minutes will be added during the mid-morning hours.

Route 8 - The 5:40 AM trip from Port of Wilmington and 11:17 PM from 9th at Grant St. will be discontinued due to low ridership; Saturday service will operate every 60 minutes instead of every 55 minutes to improve on-time performance.

Route 10 - The 5:24 AM trip from Amtrak Station and the 11:15 PM trip from Pennsylvania Avenue at Rising Sun Lane will be discontinued due to low ridership; Saturday service will operate every 75 minutes on all trips instead of varying between 60 and 75 minutes. The routing will be revised between DE 273 & 7 Park & Ride and University Plaza as a result of Comcast's relocation from Wakefield Dr.

Route 13 - Based on public comment, early morning weekday service will offer a transfer connection with the revised schedule for Route 14.

Route 14 - The route will be extended from Lea Boulevard and Washington Street to Miller Road Shopping Center, and routing to the former Opportunity Center will be discontinued since facility has been relocated to another location south of Wilmington served by Routes 10 and 15. The schedule has been adjusted to address the routing changes and transfer connections have been improved.

Route 15 - The route will be split into two separate routes. Route 15 will continue to operate between Wilmington and Christiana Mall serving Southbridge, the DE 9 Corridor, Jefferson Farms, New Castle, Twin Spans Industrial Park, Creekwood Corporate Center, Reads Way and Del Tech. New Route 51 will operate on weekdays, providing service between Wilmington and Christiana Mall, serving Southbridge and the DE 9 Corridor, with new all-day trips to the Collins Park and Buttonwood Communities along with serving the DE 273 Corridor. Weekday service on both routes will operate every 60 minutes, with 30 minute service along the DE 9 Corridor between Landers Lane and Wilmington. Route 15 weekend service will remain unchanged. Route 51 will not operate on weekends.

Route 16 - The routing in Newark will be changed to travel via South College Avenue instead of Main Street and Park Place due to low ridership. This change will provide a faster ride from Newark Transit Hub and downtown Newark to Wilmington. Bus stops on Main Street and Park Place would continue to be served by Route 33.

Route 18 - The routing around Wilmington's Amtrak Station will be revised to address safety concerns for buses turning from Front Street to Walnut Street and from Walnut to 2nd Street. The original proposal had the routing to Pike Creek follow King, Market, Shipley, Water and Orange Streets to reach 2nd Street with buses stopping at King at 3rd Streets and Market Street at Rosa Parks Drive. Based on public feedback and input from Operators, the routing is revised to continue serving Amtrak Station and operate via Front Street, Walnut Street, 4th Street, Shipley Street and 2nd Street. The bus stops currently served on 2nd at French and 2nd at King would not be served by Route 18, but would continue to be served by Routes 11 and 47 (2nd at French) and Routes 9, 11 and 47 (2nd at King). The bus will not serve the stop on King at 3rd due to turning safety concerns. The bus stop on Foulk Road at Windsor Hills Drive that was originally removed from service with the May 2019 service change will be restored due to public comment.

Route 28 - Saturday service will operate every 90 minutes instead of every 60 minutes to better address ridership demand.

Route 31 - Based on public comments regarding shift times at Bellevue Corporate Center and SEPTA train connections at Claymont Station, the 4:40 PM departure from Amtrak Station will depart at 4:30 PM.

Route 34 - Service to former Comcast building off of Wakefield Dr. will be discontinued, since Comcast has been relocated.

Route 42 - Leaving Downtown Wilmington, the route will use Washington Street to quickly access I-95 rather than following Delaware Avenue, Harrison Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and Jackson Street.

Route 43 - Rush hour service will be reduced to operate every 60 minutes due to low ridership. Time changes are scheduled to improve connections with Route 301 at Odessa Park & Ride.

Route 45 - The routing around Wilmington's Amtrak Station for trips leaving Wilmington will be revised to address safety concerns for buses turning from Front Street to Walnut Street and from Walnut to 2nd Street. The routing will instead travel via King Street and South Market Street to serve Amtrak Station via the bus stop on South Market Street at Rosa Parks Drive.

Route 46 - The 9:50 PM weeknight trip from Peoples Plaza will be discontinued due to low ridership.

Route 62 - Schedule times will be adjusted to provide better connections with SEPTA trains. The current discounted $1.00 fare will be proposed to increase to the regular DART fare of $2.00 for the May 2020 service change.

Route 64 - The route will be extended in both directions in efforts to increase ridership and productivity. From Fox Run, the bus will operate westward on US 40 to Peoples Plaza; and from Governors Square traveling eastward on US 40 to Wilton. The new route segments will serve new residential and commercial venues, along with providing transfer opportunities to reach Wilmington and Newark. Service spans will expand to operate from 5 AM until 10:30 PM. Current service through Glasgow Pines and Wellington Woods will be discontinued due to low ridership. The current discounted $1.00 fare will be proposed to increase to the regular DART fare of $2.00 for the May 2020 service change.

Kent County

Route 105 - The route will be extended to Generals Greene and DAFB Visitors Center replacing Route 106 service. In addition, new service will be offered to Eagle Meadow Apartments via Sorghum Mill Road. Based on public comment, the route will run every 30 minutes instead of every 60 minutes from 6 AM to 6 PM, and new evening service will operate every 60 minutes until 9 PM. Service will now operate on Saturdays every 60 minutes from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Route 106 - The route will be discontinued due to low ridership. Most locations served by Route 106 can be accessed by other DART routes. Routing adjustments or service improvements on Routes 105, 107 and 112 provide coverage for the Route 106 service area.

Route 107 - The route will be extended via Bay Road to serve the Kings Cliff Community. Based on public comment, new weeknight service will operate every 60 minutes until 9 PM.

Route 112 - Weekday service will increase to operate every 30 minutes, and new Saturday service will be introduced to operate every 60 minutes.

Sussex County

Route 210 - The route will be extended to serve Milford Industrial Park and the Plaza at Milford shopping center, with new stops at Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, and along US 113.

Intercounty

Route 301 - The routing around Wilmington's Amtrak Station for trips leaving Wilmington will be revised to address safety concerns for buses turning from Front Street to Walnut Street and from Walnut to 2nd Street. The routing will instead travel via King Street and South Market Street to serve Amtrak Station via the bus stop on South Market Street and Rosa Parks Drive.

Statewide Bus Stop Discontinuations/Consolidations

Based on zero or very low ridership or close proximity to other stops, 26 bus stop locations will be consolidated or discontinued. 22 locations are in New Castle County; 4 are in Kent County. Prior to the public hearing workshops, each bus stop was posted with a notice that the stop was proposed for discontinuation. Notices will be again be posted at the bus stops prior to removal on December 15.

Route(s)

Stop Name

Stop ID #

Reason

4, 28

4th St. at Jackson St.

1003

Stop Consolidation

8

9th St. at Madison St.

1321

Low Ridership

9

Bowers St. at 14th St.

3238

Low Ridership

11

Washington St. at Rockwood Rd.

1500

Low Ridership

12

Baynard Blvd. at Miller Rd.

1585

Low Ridership

12

Van Buren St. at Concord Ave.

1600

Low Ridership

12

Baynard Blvd. at 23rd St.

1602

Low Ridership

13, 31

Philadelphia Pike at Bellevue Rd.

684

Low Ridership

13, 31

Philadelphia Pike opposite Eskridge Dr.

826

Low Ridership

15

7th St. at Umbrella Row (NC) outbound

1681

Low Ridership

15

Washington St. at 7th St. (NC) outbound

1682

Low Ridership

15

Washington St. at 7th St. (NC) inbound

1737

Low Ridership

15

7th St. at Umbrella Row (NC) inbound

1738

Low Ridership

18

Foulk Rd. at Foulk Manor North

2063

Low Ridership

18

Lancaster Ave. at Harrison St

1381

Stop Consolidation

20

Lancaster Pike at Hercules Rd. near Railroad Tracks outbound

210

Low Ridership

20

Lancaster Pike at Hercules Rd. near Railroad Tracks inbound

218

Low Ridership

20

Lancaster Pike at Willow Spring Rd.

1996

Low Ridership

20

Erickson Ave. at Hemingway Dr.

2010

Low Ridership

20

Erickson Ave. at Cabot Dr.

2011

Low Ridership

20

Mill Creek Rd. opposite Evanson Rd.

2013

Low Ridership

61

Naamans Rd. opposite Society Dr.

1618

Low Ridership

104

Caesar Rodney Ave. at Camden-Wyoming Ave.

2748

Low Ridership

109

Loockerman St. at City Hall

678

Stop Consolidation

112

Del Tech - Terry Bldg. on site

388

Low Ridership

112

Del Tech - Education & Technology Bldg. on site

2848

Low Ridership

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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