Delaware Transit Corp. announced changes to DART Statewide Bus Services have been approved to become effective May 21.
Changes in New Castle County are:
— Weekday, Saturday and/or Sunday schedule times have been adjusted on most routes to improve on-time performance and connections, and/or re-routing.
— Route 1: Trips extended to Knollwood will be discontinued due to low ridership; select morning/afternoon peak trips have been consolidated for efficiency.
— Route 4: Trips extended to Prices Corner will be discontinued due to low ridership; morning/afternoon peak trips have been consolidated for efficiency.
— Route 7: Routing will change to no longer serve Wilmington Riverfront, instead serving ShopRite on South Market Street
— Route 10: Additional evening trips will be scheduled.
— Route 11: Select morning/afternoon peak trips will be consolidated for efficiency. Weekday routing into Wilmington will follow Carr Road serving Rockwood Office Center on all trips, instead of Washington Street Extended, while trips to Rockwood and Arden will continue to use Washington Sreet Ext. The weekday trips to/from Arden that serve Lea Boulevard, Tatnall Street and Matson Run will be discontinued with bus staying on Washington Street; the sole trip extended along Harvey Road to Philadelphia Park will be discontinued.
— Route 16: Morning trips to Wilmington and afternoon trips to Newark will skip the Interstate 95 Travel Plaza; additional morning service to Newark.
— Routes 18 & 30: Adjusted afternoon departure times from Rodney Square and Polly Drummond Shopping Center.
— Route 20: The 5:35 and 5:58 a.m. trips to Hockessin will be discontinued due to low ridership.
— Route 22: Two new evening trips will be scheduled from Rodney Square.
— Route 23: Additional weekday service will be scheduled.
— Route 24: The layover location at Pennsylvania Avenue and Riverview Avenue will be relocated to Fourth Street and Greenhill Avenue select trips have been consolidated for efficiency.
— Route 28: An additional weekday trip will be scheduled at 6:46 a.m. from Amtrak Station and 7:30 a.m.from AstraZeneca.
— Route 33: Additional weekday service will be scheduled. New Sunday service will operate between Newark Transit Hub and Christiana Mall.
— Routes 34 & 39: Route 39 is being combined with Route 34. Express service will continue to operate during peak hours between Newark and Wilmington via state Route 273; local service will connect Newark and Christiana Mall.
— Route 40: Additional trips will be scheduled.
— Route 42: Morning trips to Wilmington and afternoon trips to Peoples Plaza will skip Interstate 95 Travel Plaza; additional rush hour service.
— Routes 44 and 53: Weekday trip time adjustments will be made.
—Route 46: Additional evening service will be scheduled to Peoples Plaza.
— Route 47: On Saturdays, the 4:30 a.m. trip from Ninth Street at Market Street will be discontinued due to low ridership, and the trip departing Amazon at 5:30 p.m. will depart at 5:15 p.m. to match weekday service.
— Route 48: The 6:20 a.m.and 6:46 a.m. trips will be discontinued due to low ridership; new trip scheduled at 8:55 a.m.
— Route 54: A new weekday trip will depart Orange Street at 10th Street at 6:25 a.m.; additional evening trips will be scheduled between Christiana Mall and Wilton.
— Route 55: A new weekday trip will depart Orange Street at 10th Street at 7:40 a.m. The 4:08 p.m. trip from Newark will be extended to Amtrak Station; additional evening service will be scheduled between Christiana Mall and Newark.
— Route 59: Schedule adjustments will be made to meet adjusted SEPTA trains at Wilmington Station.
Changes in Kent County are:
— GoLink Flex service will be discontinued due to no/low usage.
— Route 101: Improved service frequency to every 30 minutes on Saturdays.
— Route 105: Additional round trips will be scheduled to leave Dover Transit Center at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
— Route 106: Trips leaving Scarborough Road Park and Ride will serve Delaware State University and no longer serve Dover Downs. Trip time adjustments will be made on weekdays.
— Route 108: Service will be extended to Persimmon Tree Lane, North Dover Center and Dover Mall. Weekday service will be reduced to operate hourly. New Saturday service will operate hourly from 9 a.m. to last departure from Dover Transit Center at 5 p.m.
— Route 112: Routing will be expanded to serve Walker Road, and the current Route 113’s portion of College Road and U.S. 13; and will no longer serve State Street between Walker Road and U.S. 13.
— Route 113: Route will be discontinued due to low ridership; Route 112 will serve all current stops north of Walker Road; Route 102 will serve stops south of Forrest Avenue.
— Route 117: Time adjustments will be made to improve connections with Route 104.
— Route 119: Trips leaving Modern Maturity will travel from North Street to West Street, no longer serving the Simon Circle community in that direction; customers can use Route 102 for service in that area.
— Route 120: Saturday service will be reduced to operate hourly.
Changes in Sussex County are:
— Minor time changes will be made to improve on-time performance and connections.
— Route 206: Adjustments will be made during the resort season from May 21 to Sept. 10 to improve on-time performance. During this time, the bus will serve the new Lewes Park & Ride, not going into the town of Lewes, as seasonal Route 204 will be providing service to downtown Lewes every 30 minutes from the new Park & Ride; the route will terminate at the Rehoboth Park and Ride, not serving the Rehoboth Boardwalk, as Route 201 will operate between the Park and Ride and the Boardwalk every 10-20 minutes. After Sept. 10, Lewes and Rehoboth Boardwalk will be served by Route 206.
— Route 212: Service will be reduced from 16 to 11 trips from Georgetown; and from 18 to 12 trips from Delmar/Laurel, operating from 5:15 a.m. to 11:05 p.m.
— FLEX Route 903: Service added to Nanticoke Health Pavilion and Seaford Public Library can be accessed via Flex service.
Intercounty changes are:
— Fare will be reduced from $2.60/zone per trip to $2/zone; Daily Pass from $5.50/zone to $4.20/zone.
— Route 301: Express service from Smyrna to Wilmington will be scheduled on the 6:20 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. trips from Dover and the 4:40 p.m.express trip from Wilmington, which would not serve Amtrak station or Odessa Park and Ride. Also, adjustments will be made to the present 4:40 p.m. trip to depart at 4:30 p.m.to accommodate riders from Amtrak Station and riders travelling to Odessa Park and Ride. Saturday schedule adjustments will be made.
— Route 302: A minor routing change will be made in Dover and additional mid-day service is scheduled.
— Route 303: An additional northbound trip will be scheduled at 1 p.m.
— Seasonal Beach Bus: Weekend service begins May 6 on Route 201, operating every 20 minutes between Lewes Park and Ride, Rehoboth Park and Ride and Boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Route 208 operating every two hours between Rehoboth Park and Ride and Ocean City, Maryland. Full beach bus service will begin May 22, operating daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving Lewes, Long Neck, Outlets, Rehoboth, Dewey Beach, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City.
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, operates DART First State. Real-Time Transit Information is now available on the free DelDOT App, as well as on DART's Trip Planner at DartFirstState.com.
For information, call 800-652-DART.