DART’s bus service changes approved for February implementation

DTC has approved changes to DART statewide bus services to become effective February 14, 2016

Previously scheduled for implementation in January, both the statewide bus service and fare changes approved by Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) will be postponed to February 14, 2016.

The changes by county are as follows:

New Castle County

Time changes on Routes 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 22, 25, 33, 43, 46 & 55.

Bus stops along Orange St. between 6th and 11th Sts. will be for Drop Offs only for Routes 4, 5, 15, 18, 23, 30, 33, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 55.  Only Routes 1, 3, 9 & 24 will allow for passenger pick-ups.

Route 1:  Routing will be extended to serve Amtrak Station on all trips.  Due to low ridership, four trips in each direction will no longer go into Bellefonte, instead continuing on Philadelphia Pike; however, Bellefonte will continue to be served by several other trips.

Route 3:  To Wilmington, the Opportunity Center will not be served at 5:33 PM (Facility closes at 4:30 PM.).

Route 6:  Route will continue to serve Amtrak Station.  The forty-eight trips operating just between Wilmington and Prices Corner Park & Ride only will be discontinued; twenty-four trips will be added between Newark and Wilmington.

Route 10:  Saturday service will be discontinued, instead adding trips to Route 28.

Route 12:  Routing will be changed to travel Market St. to the Riverfront via S. Market St. to Water St. to Justison St., serving stops on Market St.  Amtrak Station will be served by bus stop on S. Market St. at Rosa Parks Dr.  The twenty-six trips operating just between Riverfront and Rodney Square only will be discontinued.

Route 17:  The last four evening trips to Wilmington from DHSS Campus will no longer go into Holloway Terrace or Dunleith due to low ridership.

Route 22:  Trips into Wilmington will no longer serve the New Castle Airport onsite.

Route 28:  Will serve onsite at the new JPMorgan Chase (former AZ campus).  Seven roundtrips will be added on Saturdays.

Wilmington Trolley (Route 32):  Route will be discontinued due to low ridership.  Market St. will now be served by Route 12.

Route 33:  The eighteen trips operating just between Wilmington and Christiana Mall only will be discontinued; seven full trips will be added, four morning trips from Newark and three afternoon trips from Wilmington.  Trips will have time changes.

Route 34:  Service between Christiana Mall and downtown Wilmington will be discontinued.  Routes 33 and 40 will provide service between the Mall and Wilmington approximately every 30 minutes.

Route 43:  In order to provide more direct service between Odessa Park & Ride and Amazon during morning and afternoon peak hours, two morning trips from Odessa Park & Ride and two afternoon trips from Amazon will not serve the northern loop through the residential areas on those specific trips.  Minor time changes have been made to improve connections to/from Route 301 at Odessa Park & Ride.

NEW Route 53:  New route will convert existing “Not In Service” buses to express service between DART Mid-County Wrangle Hill Park & Ride/Delaware City DMV on US 13 to the Newark Transit Hub via DE 72.

Route 54:  Service between Christiana Mall and downtown Wilmington will be discontinued.  Routes 33 and 40 will provide service between the Mall and Wilmington approximately every 30 minutes.

Route 55:  Service between Christiana Mall and downtown Wilmington will be discontinued except for an AM peak trip from Newark and a PM peak trip from Wilmington.  Routes 33 and 40 will provide service between the Mall and Wilmington approximately every 30 minutes.

Kent County

Route 113:  Service will be extended to serve Eden Hill Medical Center on all trips.

Route 117:  A bus stop will be added at the Kent County Library.

Intercounty

Routes 303:  Time changes to connect with Route 301.

Sussex County

Routes 206 & 212:  Time changes

Flex 902:  Service will be added to Mountaire in Millsboro on five roundtrips to meet daytime shift times.

NEW Route 215: New route between Millsboro and Rehoboth will operate weekdays with four morning and six afternoon trips via DE 24.

New schedules will be available on www.DartFirstState.com beginning the week of January 12, 2015.

Sunday, January 17, 2016 is also the effective date of the statewide fare increase:

Fixed Route

Cash Fare increases from $1.75 to $2.00.

Reduced Fare increases from $ .70 to $ .80.

Daily Pass increases from $3.70 to $4.20.

Intercounty Route 301 & 305

Cash Fare increases from $2.30/zone to $2.60/zone.

Reduced Fare increases from $ .90/zone to $1.00/zone.

Daily Pass increases from $4.80/zone to $5.50/zone.

Intercounty Route 303

Cash Fare increases from $1.75/zone to $2.00/zone.

Reduced Fare increases from $ .70/zone to $ .80/zone.

Daily Pass increases from $3.70/zone to $4.20/zone.

Sussex County Flex – Routes 901, 902 & 903

Cash Fare increases from $1.75 to $2.00.

Reduced Fare increases from $ .70 to $ .80.

Daily Pass increases from $3.70 to $4.20.

Off-route option by reservation is $1.00 (cash or DARTCard).
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