DART Approves Upcoming Service Changes

Wilmington --

After statewide Public Hearing Workshops, DART listened to its riders and the public, and 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 May.

The approved service change is planned to go into effect on May 17, 2020; however, based on details of Governor Carney's Emergency Declaration, DART may continue operating a Reduced Service level based on the new May service changes.

New Castle County

Wilmington Transit Center (WTC) - The Wilmington Transit Center, located at Front and Walnut Sts. will be opening as the new transfer location for most bus routes in downtown Wilmington. The following routes will serve WTC: Inside - 2, 5, 6, 11, 20, 31, 33, 35, 40, 52, and 305; Outside on Walnut St. - 10, 13, 14, 16, 18, 25, 28, 45, 47, new 47X, 54, 55, and 301. As a result of the opening of WTC and based upon considerable public comment to continue access to the Amtrak Station bus stop, the proposal was modified. Routes 2, 5, 6, 11, 18 (one-way into Wilmington), 20, 31, 33, 35, 40 and 52 will serve the Amtrak Station bus stop as a drop off ONLY. Route 48 will continue to serve the Amtrak Station stop as both pick up and drop off. The bus stop on Walnut at 3rd St. will be discontinued.

Other changes relating to the opening of Wilmington Transit Center include:

Routes 2, 5, 6, 11, 20, 31, 33, 35, 40, 52 and 305 will begin and end at WTC.

Routes 10, 45, 54, 55 and 301 will enter Wilmington via I-495 and Walnut St. instead of using Maryland Ave. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Route 5 will be extended from 9th & Market Sts. to WTC. Buses leaving WTC to Christiana Mall will follow Walnut St. and out 4th St.

Route 18 local routing to Pike Creek from Downtown will follow King St. to 2nd St. Buses will no longer make the loop via Front St., Walnut St., 4th St. and Shipley St.

Routes 33 and 40 will be revised to enter Wilmington from I-95 via Delaware Ave. exit (Adams St.) instead of MLK exit (Maryland Ave.). The routing will operate through downtown via Adams St., Delaware Ave. and 10th St. to King St., and Front St. to WTC. Buses leaving WTC to Newark or Peoples Plaza will follow Walnut St. to 8th St., Orange St., 12th St., Delaware Ave., Van Buren, Gilpin, and Jackson Sts. to reach I-95. Service along Washington St. will be discontinued.

A summary of route specific changes:

Schedule times on some routes will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections.

Route 2: Weeknight service after 7 PM will be improved to operate every 45 minutes instead of every 60 minutes with a later last trip departing Wilmington at 10:35 PM and departing Brandywine Town Center at 11:30 PM.

Route 5: See p. 1 for routing changes.

Route 11: The first morning trip will begin and end on Lea Blvd. at Washington St, not serving Rockwood Office Park due to low ridership.

Route 14: A new weekday rush hour trip will serve Riveredge Business Park to meet shift times at Zenith. The trip will depart Miller Road Shopping Center at 5:45 AM, arrive at Riveredge Business Park at 6:29 AM and end at DHSS at 6:40 AM.

Route 18: See p. 1 for routing changes.

Route 28: A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital will be served at the main entrance.

Route 33: Two mid-day and two evening weekday trips will no longer serve Fairplay Station due to low ridership. See p. 1 for routing changes.

Route 40: See p. 1 for routing changes.

Route 43 & new Route 63: Route 43 service will be scheduled to operate during weekday rush hours connecting Amazon with Odessa Park & Ride. The routing will be revised so that all trips to Amazon will operate via Industrial Drive. The new weekday Route 63 service will be the neighborhood connector, by serving Odessa Park & Ride, and offering new service to Broad St., Appoquinimink Community Library, Middletown Square and Middletown Village. Implementation of bus stops in downtown Middletown are pending based on necessary approvals from Town of Middletown. Both routes will provide access to the Westtown Shopping Center, MOT Industrial Park and Amazon. Route 63 will operate weekdays from 5:15 AM to 9 PM.

Route 45: Based on public comments, service will be retained with minor time and routing adjustments; it will not be merged with Route 301. See Intercounty Route 301 for details below.

Route 47: Additional weekday trips will be scheduled from Wilmington to Middletown (6:12 AM and 6:42 AM) and from Middletown to Wilmington (4:05 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:45 PM). New Route 47X will operate express service between Middletown and Wilmington via US 301, DE 1, Christiana Mall Park & Ride, I-95 and I-495. Once the new North Middletown Park & Ride is open, Routes 47 and 47X will provide service to the Park & Ride.

Route 48: Routing will be streamlined to serve both AstraZeneca and JP Morgan Chase with bus stops on Powder Mill Rd., rather than going onsite at both locations.

New Holiday Service will be offered on Bus Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 13, 15, 33, 40, and 47 on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, using a Saturday schedule, with Paratransit operating complimentary ADA-only service.

Bus Stop Consolidation for New Castle County: As a result of public comment, 15 of the 25 bus stops proposed for removal/consolidation will be implemented.

Route(s) Served

Stop Name and Stop ID #

Reason

Alternate Boarding Location

6

Kirkwood Hwy. opp. Poplar Ave. #1164

Low Ridership

Kirkwood Hwy. at Cleveland Ave.

6

Kirkwood Hwy. at Orchard Ave. #1196

Low Ridership

Kirkwood Hwy. at Woodlawn Ave.

10

Both Ways

Delaware Ave. at Lincoln St.

#1469 and #3814

Close Proximity

Will be retained based on

public comments

10

Both Ways

Delaware Ave. at Franklin St.

#1474 and #1393

Close Proximity

Will be retained based on

public comments

10

Both Ways

Airport Rd. at Schley Rd.

#1700 and #1721

Low Ridership

Airport Rd. at Mowery Rd.

13

Christiana Rd. at Pleasant Pl. #2134

Close Proximity

Christiana Rd. at Fresconi Dr.

13

Philadelphia Pk. at Hillcrest Ave. #24

Close Proximity

Philadelphia Pk. at Edgemoor Rd.

13 & 31

Philadelphia Pk. at Franklin Ave. #755

Close Proximity

Philadelphia Pk. at Lawson Av.

13 &31

Philadelphia Pk. at Lexington Dr. #708

Close Proximity

Philadelphia Pk. at Maple Rd.

13 & 31

Market St. at 31st St. #807

Close Proximity

Market St. at 30th St.

13 & 31

Market St. at 29th St. #809

Close Proximity

Market St. at 28th St.

13 &31

Market St. at 26th St. #9

Close Proximity

Market St. at 25th St.

13 & 25

DuPont Hwy. at Carvel Ave. #2116

Close Proximity

DuPont Hwy. at McMullen Ave.

13 & 61

Naamans Rd. at Society Dr. #733

Close Proximity

Naamans Rd. at Montclair Dr.

18

Both Ways

Milltown Rd. at Dartmouth Rd.

#2526 and #2495

Low Ridership

Will be retained based on

public comments

18

Both Ways

Milltown Rd. at Owen Dr.

#2523 and #2498

Low Ridership

Will be retained based on

public comments

18

Both Ways

Milltown Rd. at Pecksniff Rd.

#2521 and #2500

Low Ridership

Will be retained based on

public comments

54

Rivers End Dr. at Belltown Ter. #2566

Close Proximity

Rivers End Dr. at Silver Run Tr.

54

Rivers End Dr. opp. Newton Dr. #3887

Close Proximity

Rivers End Dr. at Silver Run Tr.

Kent County

Schedule times will be adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections.

Route 101: Route will be extended to Dover High School, operating every 60 minutes instead of every 30 minutes.

Route 105: Eagle Meadows will continue to be served via flag stops along Sorghum Mill Rd.

Route 112: Additional one-way Saturday trip will be added from Scarborough Road Park & Ride to the Dover Transit Center at approximately 6 PM.

Route 117: Route will not be extended to serve the Kent County Library at this time.

Route 120: An additional weekday trip will depart Smyrna Park & Ride at 6:02 PM to Scarborough Road Park & Ride.

Sussex County

Schedule times will be adjusted on some routes to improve on-time performance and connections.

Seasonal Beach Bus Service - DART's daily Beach Bus service is planned to go into effect on May 18, 2020; however, based on details of Governor Carney's Emergency Declaration, the start date may be delayed further into the summer. The service has been extended later, ending on September 20. Rehoboth Park & Ride will now offer free parking, parking at Lewes Transit Center (LTC) remains free; bus fare paid upon boarding at both locations.

201 Red Line: Service between LTC and Rehoboth operates every 10-30 minutes depending on time of day, approximately 5:30 AM to 3 AM.

203 Orange Line: Service between LTC and Dewey operates every 30 minutes from 8:30 AM to 2 AM.

204 Yellow Line: Service between LTC and Downtown Lewes/Ferry Terminal operates every 30 minutes from 6 AM to 2 AM. The last bus departs the Ferry Terminal at 9:06 PM.

206 Green Line: Service between LTC and Georgetown operates eight Sunday trips between 7 AM and 12 AM, in addition to its regular weekday/Saturday service.

208 Blue Line: Service between Rehoboth Park & Ride, Dewey, Bethany, and Ocean City, MD operates approximately every 2 hours, 7:45 AM to 2:25 AM.

215 Purple Line: Service between Rehoboth and Long Neck/Millsboro operates 11 trips to Millsboro, 10 trips to Rehoboth from 5:30 AM to 12:45 AM.

305 Magenta Line: Service between Wilmington Transit Center, Christiana Mall, Odessa Park & Ride (Middletown), Scarborough Road Park & Ride (Dover), LTC and Rehoboth Park & Ride operates 3 round trips on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, with an added stop at the new South Frederica Park & Ride along DE 1.

Intercounty

Schedule times on some routes will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections.

Route 301 (and former Route 45) & New Route 311: Proposal rejected to merge existing Route 45 trips into Route 301, and to create a New Route 311 Express service, due to lack of public support and comments. Proposal did not adequately address customer needs and transfer connections. Additionally, the proposal was tabled to allow more time to solicit public comments and conduct research. Service will be retained for both Routes 45 and 301, with minor time and routing adjustments. Routes 45 and 301 will enter Wilmington via 1-495 and Walnut St. instead of using Maryland Ave. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Route 311 will not be implemented at this time.

Route 307: Route will be extended to serve the new South Frederica Park & Ride along DE 1.

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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