DART First State Kicks Off 10th Annual Transit Poster Contest “Celebrating 15 Years As DART” is the theme for DART First State’s 10th Annual Transit Poster Contest

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Open to students in Grades 6 through 12, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn more about public transportation and its benefits, as well as the chance to see their artwork featured by DART First State in various advertisements, promotions, or displays.

This year’s theme asks Students to create an artistic poster celebrating DART’s 15 years of service as Delaware’s Public Transit system.

To be eligible, students must be in the 6 th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and posters must be submitted by March 26, 2010 to DART First State Poster Contest; Marketing Dept.; 119 Lower Beech Street; Wilmington, DE 19805. Pencils, crayons, markers or paint can be used to create a poster on 81⁄2”x 11” paper or poster board. On the reverse side of the poster students should include their name, address, age and grade level, school or organization name and address and teacher/advisor name and phone number. Prizes and certificates will be provided by DART First State and its business partners.

Interested schools are being asked to conduct the contest within the appropriate grade levels at the school, and forward the entries to DART First State for judging. Individuals who wish to enter apart from their school may do so as long as they are in grades 6 through 12.

For details and contest instructions please call (302) 576.6016, or visit DART’s website at www.DartFirstState.com.

DART First State is Delaware’s bus, train, and intermodal transportation provider.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) under the direction of Secretary Carolann Wicks, operates DART First State.

DART First State services include commuter rail, intercounty bus, fixed route bus, paratransit, seasonal resort bus, commuter assistance, Operation Lifesaver rail crossing safety, and the RideShare Delaware ridematching program.

DART First State provides more than 10,200,000 passenger trips annually, removing up to 6,415,094 vehicle trips from area roadways. For public information for all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART. Paratransit reservations and GoLink information is available at 1-800-553-DART.

More information is available on the web at www.DartFirstState.com.

For media inquires, please call DelDOT Public Relations at 302-760-2080 or visit www.deldot.gov.