DART reconsiders proposals for statewide service change

Based on customer feedback,  DART has reconsidered some of its changes to statewide bus services that will become effective Sunday, Dec. 11, while making modifications to others, most notably those affecting bus routes in Kent County.

Delaware Transit Corp., who announced changes, said feedback came during public hearings and through online channels.

The following changes will occur in Kent:

Route 101: Based on customer feedback, no changes will be made to routing.

Route 102: Evening service will be discontinued due to low ridership; the last departure is 6 p.m. from Dover Transit Center.

Route 103: Route will be discontinued due to low ridership.

Route 104: An extension to the route will be added along Kesserling Ave. and Webbs Lane.

Route 105: Evening service will be discontinued due to low ridership; last departure is 6 p.m. from Dover Transit Center.

Route 106: Route has been streamlined and will no longer serve Dover Transit Center or Camden Walmart, instead operating on US 13 between Dover Air Force Base and Scarborough Road Park & Ride via Blue Hen Corporate Center, Luther Village Apts., Capital Commons Shopping Center (formerly Kmart), Dover Downs and Dover Mall. Route will operate hourly from 6 a.m. to the last departure from DAFB at 9 p.m. weekdays and new service on Saturdays starting at 9 a.m., with last departure from DAFB at 5 p.m.

Route 107: Route will no longer serve Bay Court Plaza or Luther Village Apts. and include minor routing changes to improve on-time performance. Evening service will be discontinued; last departure is 6:35 p.m. from Dover Transit Center; and Saturday service will be discontinued to due low ridership.

Route 112: Saturday service will be discontinued due to low ridership.

Route 113: Based on customer feedback, this route will remain in service; last departure is 6 p.m. from Dover Transit Center.

Route 119: Weekday route will operate hourly from Luther Village to Luther Towers, Bayhealth Kent General, Dover Transit Center, Eden Hill Medical Center, and Modern Maturity Center, from 6 a.m. to last departure at 6 p.m.

Route 120: Service will be increased to operate every 30 minutes from Dover Mall to Smyrna Rest Stop/Park & Ride, no longer serving Dover Transit Center. Connections to other routes can be made at Dover Mall and Scarborough Park & Ride. This route will now operate on Saturdays every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to last departure from the mall at 5 p.m.

The following changes will be made in Sussex County:

Route 206: Minor time changes to improve on-time performance/connections, not serving Allen Harim Foods (on-site).

Route 212: Minor time changes to improve on-time performance/connections.
Intercounty changes include:

Route 301: All service to/from Boyds Corner will be discontinued and replaced by Route 45. For peak direction commuters, select morning trips to Wilmington and select afternoon trips to Dover will skip Delaware State University and Christiana Mall to offer faster travel times; however, service to/from Christiana Mall and Delaware State will continue to be provided for commuters to Dover in the morning and to Wilmington in the afternoon. Mid-day, evening and Saturday service will continue to offer service to/from Christiana Mall and Delaware State. Other time adjustments have been made to improve on-time performance.

Route 302: Weekday Intercounty service linking Dover, Smyrna, Townsend, Middletown, Glasgow and Newark began service on Monday, Nov. 7, operating four round trips during rush hours.

Route 303: Select trips will serve Perdue Farms in Milford.

For information, call (800) 652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

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