Wilmington Transit Center Groundbreaking

Wilmington – Today, Delaware Governor John Carney, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, and Wilmington Mayor
Michael Purzycki joined Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) CEO
John Sisson and other state and local officials to celebrate the start of construction of the Wilmington Transit
Center.

The $10 million dollar project is being constructed as part of a public-private partnership between
DelDOT/DTC and Transit Center, LLC (Colonial Parking, EDiS Company, and Emory Hill Real Estate Services,
Inc.), using 100% State and private funds and is expected to be completed in December 2019.

The new transit center, to be served by most bus routes in Wilmington, will have the capacity to have up to
10 buses stage at one time allowing bus layovers without blocking city streets. The center will offer
customers a covered, seated waiting area, real-time bus displays, ticket sales, WiFi, USB charging stations,
restrooms, vending machines, and bike racks with a bike repair station.

“We are making millions of dollars of needed infrastructure investments across the city, and this is another
milestone project for Wilmington,” said Governor Carney. “This transit center will serve thousands of
customers every day and provide the convenience and amenities that they deserve.”

“This transit center is going to be a great addition to the city and we are excited that today marks the official
start of this important project becoming a reality,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

DTC CEO John Sisson stated, “We’re excited to break ground on this state-of-the art transit center, providing
our customers with a convenient multimodal hub within the City of Wilmington.”

Strategically located adjacent to Wilmington’s Joseph R. Biden Rail Station, the transit center will provide
convenient access to Amtrak, SEPTA, Greyhound/Trailways, and cabs. The center will also offer parking for
rental cars, as well as public parking including electric car charging stations.

DART Thanks Veterans

We’d like to thank all Veterans for the service and sacrifice.  This Monday for Veterans Day, DART is offering free rides to Veterans in uniform, or with a  Veteran’s ID Card along with their spouse.  Help us reach more Veterans, share our post through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.    

21st Annual “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive

DART 21st Annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive Starts On Monday, November 5

DART will hold its 21st annual “Stuff The Bus” Thanksgiving Food Drive throughout the State starting on November 5 and ending on November 10, with a goal of collecting 20 tons of non-perishable food for Delawareans in need of food assistance. And, we need the public’s help to achieve the goal. New this year, we’ll be at the Safeway in Dover on Tuesday, November 6 and the ShopRite at Wilmington’s Riverfront on Wednesday, November 7.

“Stuff The Bus” will be collecting food at seven sites throughout the State. The site locations, collection dates, and times are:

Monday, November 5: Acme, 18578 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, 9 AM – 3 PM

Tuesday, November 6: Walmart, 939 N. DuPont Highway, Milford AND Safeway, 190 John Hunn Brown Rd., Dover, 8 AM – 6 PM NEW (Corner of S. Bay Rd. at S. Little Creek Rd.)

Wednesday, November 7: ShopRite, 501 S. Walnut St., Wilmington, 9 AM – 4 PM NEW

Thursday, November 8: Rodney Square, Market Street side, Wilmington, 7 AM – 5 PM

Saturday, November 10: Acme, Suburban Plaza, 100 Suburban Dr., Newark AND Acme, 460 E. Main St., Middletown, 9 AM – 3 PM

As part of our annual food drive, we’ll have live radio broadcasts; come out to meet the stations’
deejays on:

Monday, November 5: Acme in Rehoboth – Delaware 105.9 from 11 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, November 6: Walmart in Milford – COOL 101.3 from 6 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday, November 6: Safeway in Dover – EAGLE 97.7 from 6 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday, November 7: ShopRite in Wilmington – WSTW 93.7 from 10 AM – 2 PM & WDEL from 12PM – 3 PM
Thursday, November 8: Rodney Square in Wilmington – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM
Saturday, November 10: Acme in Middletown – WJBR from 11 AM – 1 PM

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware; if they are unable to visit any of the “Stuff The Bus” collection sites. For more information on donating food, contact the Food Bank at 302292-1305, or visit their website at www.FBD.org.

DART Wins 2018 APTA Adwheel Grand Prize

The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has earned high honors in the marketing and communications world of the public transportation industry, winning the Grand Award for Campaigns to Increase Ridership from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 2018 AdWheel Awards for its innovative DART Beach Bus campaign.

On September 24, representatives from DART accepted the award during the APTA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the awards presentation, the winners participated in panel discussions examining the strategies and tactics that helped them achieve their goals.

The awards recognize APTA member public transportation systems for their outstanding marketing and communications efforts, which demonstrably benefit organization-wide strategic goals.

More than 300 entries were evaluated by nearly 100 industry experts. DTC won first place in the initial round of judging, and their top score advanced them for consideration in the second round of judging for the Grand Award in the mid-size transit agency category, which they won.

John Sisson, DTC CEO said, “It is such a great honor to receive this prestigious award in the public transit industry. We were elated with the Beach Bus launch and ridership results. From the marketing campaign to the new facilities, signage, planning and operation of the service, employees from all sections of the Corporation deserve credit for the successful Beach Bus season.”

The objective of the Beach Bus campaign was to raise awareness of the new Lewes Transit Center and Park & Ride, increase ridership and, in turn, reduce traffic congestion during the summer. The public was offered the option to ride in the comfort of the air-conditioned bus, avoiding the stress and aggravation of driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

DTC worked with Aloysius, Butler & Clark (AB&C) on the campaign, which utilized public relations, social media, print, radio, lifeguard stand and movie theater ads, hotel key cards, restaurant/bar coasters and table tents to raise awareness. The “DART to” campaign highlighted the various destinations reached by the Beach Bus, such as “DART to the Boardwalk” and “DART to the Nightlife.” The winning campaign can be viewed at DART Case Study.

The 2017 season of the DART Beach Bus service was proven successful with an unprecedented ridership increase of over 21%, thanks to the launch of a new brand and implementation of strategic advertising. In addition to the clever campaign, bus service levels were increased with more frequencies, expanded service areas and extended hours. As a result, fewer cars were on the roads in the beach areas.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For more information, please visit www.DartFirstState.com or call 1-800-652-DART. Real-Time Bus Information and DART Pass, the new mobile fare payment option, are both available on the free DelDOT App (iOS and Android).

Track & Treat! Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Myra Lebron! The winner of our first ever Track & Treat turning her tracked clean commutes into a mystery basket filled with ghoulishly good treats for Halloween and the autumn season. 

The Track & Treat event was a raffle where RideShare DE members were automatically entered into by tracking their clean commutes from October 1st to the 26th.  Each daily commute counted as an additional entry for our Mystery Basket.

August is Student Appreciation Month!

Calling all STUDENTS! August is Student Appreciation Month. RideShare Delaware is celebrating our students with a Selfie Contest!

To enter snap a selfie clean commuting to school (carpooling, transit, biking, or walking), post your selfie on Facebook or Instagram with the #TryItDayDE, make sure your post is PUBLIC and Viola! You are entered for a chance to WIN a $25 gift card!

Don’t forget to sign up today and log your clean commutes to earn REWARDS!