Changes to DART bus schedule pitched

One change to the DART bus schedule would be adding a stop at Eden Hill Medical Center in west Dover. (Delaware State News/Matt Bittle)

One change to the DART bus schedule would be adding a stop at Eden Hill Medical Center in west Dover. (Delaware State News/Matt Bittle)

DOVER — The Delaware Transit Corp. will hold hearings today on proposed changes to public DART bus services in Kent and Sussex counties.

Whereas New Castle County would see a host of changes — stop and time changes on more than 20 routes — Delaware’s other two counties will have minor adjustments.

In Kent, Route 113, which stretches from southwest Dover to the northern part of the city, would see a stop added at Eden Hill Medical Center. Route 117, running from the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington to the Walmart in Camden, would add a stop at Long Acre Drive, near the Kent County Public Library.

“We’ve gotten a lot of requests to serve Eden Hill, so we’re going to be extending Route 113 to serve the medical center, and the same thing with the Kent County Library,” said DTC spokeswoman Julie Theyerl.

Sussex’s Route 206, a Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach trip, would have the last three stops pushed back 12 minutes.

Most places on Route 212, which travels from Georgetown to Laurel, also would see the bus visit them four minutes later.

There are also plans to add service to Mountaire in Millsboro on the Flex 902 on five round-trips for daytime workers. Additionally, a new route from Millsboro to Rehoboth Beach would be developed. Set to be named Route 215, it would run on the weekdays with four morning and six afternoon trips using Del. 24.

The Delaware Transit Corp also has published potential changes to two routes crossing county boundaries.

Under the proposal, routes 301, from Wilmington to Dover, and 303, from Dover to Georgetown, would have slight time shifts.

The changes are set to go into effect Jan. 18, pending public comments.

Meetings will be held today in Georgetown and Dover. The first workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Georgetown Library (123 W. Pine St.), and the second is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dover Police Department, 400 S. Queen St.

Comments can be submitted at the hearing, to DART Public Hearing, P.O. Box 1670, Wilmington, DE 19899-1670 or by email at www.DartFirstState.com/publichearing. They will be accepted until Friday.

Information is available at www.dartfirststate.com/information/riderAlerts/index.shtml.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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