Delaware Transit Corporation recently announced changes to DART Statewide Bus Services will become effective Dec. 17.
Based on customer feedback, DART reconsidered some of the changes, while making modifications to others. In New Castle County, in efforts to improve operational efficiencies, reduce congestion and improve traffic flow, changes will be made to downtown Wilmington bus stops and route alignments. Schedule times will be adjusted on most routes to improve on-time performance and connections.
Routes 1 and 22 will be combined as new Route 13. Operating between Tri-State Mall and Wilton through Downtown Wilmington via Philadelphia Parkway, Market Street and DuPont Highway. Service to Claymont train station, Bellevue Corporate Center and Bellefonte will not be served by this route . Service between Wilmington and Wilton will improve to every 30 minutes midday and Saturdays; and to every 60 minutes Sundays. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
Routes 4 and 24 will be combined as Route 4. Operating between Prices Corner — extended from Barley Mill Plaza to connect with Routes 6, 9 and 18 — and Kynlyn Drive through Downtown Wilmington via Fourth Street and Governor Printz Boulevard Service along Greenhill Avenue, Seventh Street, Woodlawn Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue will be discontinued; however, Route 20 and Route 52 will provide alternate service along Pennsylvania Avenue to access these areas. Service between downtown and Edgemoor will improve to every 15 minutes during rush hour; every 30 minutes in the evening. Midday and Saturday service will operate every 30 minutes; Sunday service every 60 minutes. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
Routes 10 and 23 will be combined as Route 10. Operating between Rising Sun Lane in Wilmington and Wakefield Drive in Newark through downtown Wilmington via Delaware Avenue, Reads Way, Airport Road and state Route 273. Service to Centreville will operate as Route 52 from Amtrak Station. In response to customer feedback, additional early morning trips will be scheduled from Newark. Evening service to Wilton would be discontinued, as Route 13 would provide additional service to this area. Saturday service would connect the west side of Wilmington to downtown and points south. Rush hour service would operate every 30 minutes; off-peak every 60 minutes. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
Routes 18 and 21 will be combined as Route 18. Operating between Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Pike Creek, and Cedar Tree Apartments, Foulk and Naamans Roads, through downtown Wilmington and Amtrak station via New Linden Hill Road, Prices Corner, Lancaster Avenue and Foulk Road. In response to customer feedback, additional early morning trips will be scheduled from Amtrak station to Claymont. Rush hour service will operate every 15-20 minutes; off-peak every 90 minutes. Service along Naamans Road east of Cedar Tree Apartments will be discontinued. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
Route changes are:
— Route 1: To be combined with Route 22 to become Route 13.
— Route 2: Weekday morning rush hour service will improve to every 30 minutes; downtown bus stop changes.
— Route 4: To be combined with Route 24 as Route 4.
— Route 5: Time changes.
— Route 6: New trip leaving Newark at 5 a.m. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
— Route 7: Service will improve to operate every 45 minutes and route is extended to Wilmington DMV on U.S. 13. Service hours will increase to 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., two hours earlier and 2 1/2 hours later.
— Route 8: No changes.
— Route 9: Time changes.
— Route 10: To be combined with Route 23 as Route 10.
— Route 11: Weekday trips will serve Washington Street Extension and Rockwood Office Park in both directions. Downtown routing will change to use Market Street in both directions, instead of King and Walnut Street. Midday service will decrease to every 45 minutes. Weeknight service between Lea Boulevard and Arden will be discontinued. Saturday service will operate every 75 minutes, with all trips serving Arden.
— Route 12: Weekday service will decrease to every 60 minutes during the midday and evening hours.
— Route 14: Time changes.
— Route 15: Downtown routing will begin/end on King Street at Ninth Street, no longer serving the former post office stop. In response to customer feedback, service to Jefferson Farms will continue to operate at existing service levels. Twin Spans Business Park will be served during weekday rush hours on trips to Christiana Mall in the morning and to Wilmington in the afternoon. Saturday service will increase to every 60 minutes; time changes.
— Route 16: The 4:40 p.m. trip from Newark will be discontinued, and the 5:20 and 5:40 p.m. trips from Wilmington will be consolidated to a 5:30 p.m. trip due to low ridership.
— Route 18: To be combined with Route 21 as Route 18.
— Route 20: Two morning and two afternoon trips to Wilmington will be added; two afternoon trips to Hockessin will be added. Service to Chestnut Run will be discontinued to/from Hockessin, and will continue to/from Wilmington. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
— Route 21: To be combined with Route 18 as Route 18.
— Route 22: To be combined with Route 1 to become new Route 13.
— Route 23: To be combined with Route 10 as Route 10.
— Route 24: To be combined with Route 4 as Route 4.
— Route 25: Downtown routing will begin/end on King Street at Eighth Street, discontinuing current service north of Eighth Street. Trips serving Amazon will have time changes.
— Route 28: New round trip added in a.m. rush hour from Amtrak Station at 7:53 a.m. and from AstraZeneca at 8:35 a.m. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
— Route 30: To be discontinued and replaced by improved service on Route 18.
— Route 31: Weekday and Saturday service operating between Amtrak station and Claymont train station via Bellefonte and Bellevue Corporate Center.
— Route 33: Time changes.
— Route 34: Time changes.
— Route 35: Will provide more direct service between Brandywine Town Center and Wilmington via Shipley Road, discontinuing service to Concord Mall, Brandywine Commons and Dartmouth Woods. Route 2 will provide alternate service to Concord Mall and Brandywine Commons. Rush hour service will improve to every 30 minutes. Time changes; downtown bus stops changes.
— Route 38: The 4:57 p.m. departure from Amtrak station will change to 5:12 p.m. Downtown bus stop changes.
— Route 40: Time changes.
— Route 42: Downtown routing will begin/end on Orange Street at 10th Street, no longer serving the library stop on King Street; time changes.
— Route 43: No changes.
— Route 44: Trip times will be coordinated with available resources, resulting in a new schedule. Service to the Target stop at Christiana Mall will be discontinued.
— Route 45: Two morning and three afternoon trips added to Wilmington; one morning and two afternoon trips added to Odessa Park and Ride; time changes.
— Route 46: Time changes.
— Route 47: No changes.
— Route 48: Service to Chestnut Run will be discontinued, as Route 20 is a viable option; time changes.
— Route 49: To be discontinued due to very low ridership.
— Route 52: New route will replace northern portion of Route 10 providing direct service to Centreville via Pennsylvania Avenue and Kennett Pike. Downtown routing will use Shipley Street to Amtrak station; Orange Street to Centreville.
— Route 53: Trip times will be coordinated with available resources, resulting in a new schedule.
— Route 54: Route will be extended to Christiana Hospital and Fairplay Station; time changes.
— Route 55: New morning trip from Wilmington.
— Route 61: No changes.
— Route 62: No changes.
— Route 64: No changes.
Route changes in Kent County:
— Route 106: Time changes.
— Route 107: Will be extended to serve the Capital Park community and DelDOT Administration Building.
Intercounty route changes:
— Route 301: Southbound routing will change leaving Scarborough Park and Ride, then DelDOT, ending at Dover Transit Center. Northbound trips will begin at Dover Transit Center, and those trips before 8:30 a.m. will not serve DelDOT Administration Building to provide a faster trip for commuters travelling north. Weekday trips will be adjusted to improve on-time performance and connections at Dover Transit Center.
— Route 302: No changes.
— Route 303: Time changes.
In Sussex County, service enhancements include new stops: Georgetown Probation and Parole to be served by Routes 206, 901 and 902; Perdue — Georgetown — to be served by Routes 206, 303 and 901; and Lewes Transit Center to be served by Route 206. Time adjustments will be made to most routes to improve on-time performance.