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!

 

 

DART Invites Riders to Try Transit!

DART and RideShare Join Forces to Encourage Public to Try Transit

On June 27, representatives from DART First State, The Downtown Dover Partnership, and RideShare Delaware partnered with the Dover Air Force Base to hold a Try Transit Day, encouraging residents of the base to try clean commuting for the day. DART First State and RideShare Delaware (a division of DART) combined forces to guide residents on a round trip from arrival to the bus stop to the Capital City Farmer’s Market in downtown Dover.

Families and couples arrived to the bus stop at DAFB Visitor’s Center during three scheduled departure times to catch the 106 bus. At the bus stop, residents were greeted by RideShare Delaware representatives Amy Reardon, Kathleen Grier, and Arlene Beltran who handed out bus maps, information about bus schedules, market bags, and other treats to thank them for choosing a clean commute.

DART employees Tremica Cherry-Wall, Jamila Jones, and Steve Ottinger stayed with riders during their entire experience in order to answer any questions for first-time riders and assist with routes to and from the Capital City Farmer’s Market.

Additional DART employees Sophie Isip and Nicole Anupol were available at a connecting bus stop location to assist riders with bus schedules, use of the DelDOT app and gave out more information regarding Kent County and beach bus schedules. Sara Fuller and Gia Nasir set up a table at the Capital Farmer’s Market with games and additional information for riders and market attendees.

Dover Air Force Base’s Try Transit Day was also made possible by the support of Laura Kantor- Chupp, Dover Air Force Base, First State Community Partnership Program Leader.
Special thanks go to DART bus drivers Wardell Belton, Brent Chambers, Wanda Harris, and Calvin Hill for a safe and fun Try Transit bus ride!

  

DART’s Schedule for July 4th

DART First State services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, with the exception of the Beach Bus services, its related paratransit service, and the Route 305 – Beach Connection.
The Beach Bus services operate frequent buses on six routes serving both the Lewes and Rehoboth Park & Rides, Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Millsboro, Georgetown, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City, MD.  The service operates 7 days a week from approximately 7 AM to 2 AM, with more frequency than ever before.  All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks.  The fares are $2 per trip; Daily Pass is $4.20; 7-Day Pass for $18 and a 30-Day Pass for just $65.
DART’s 305 Beach Connection provides a relaxing ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 3.  The fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover.  Riders are encouraged to buy a 3-Zone Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides.
SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate a weekend schedule; see Schedule here.  DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed.  Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance, or if paid on the train, a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.
 
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  Real-Time Transit Information is now available on the free DelDOT App (iOS and Android), as well as DART’s Trip Planner on DartFirstState.com.  For more information, please call 1-800-652-DART.
 

 

First Annual Air Quality Awareness Champion is Awarded – Chesapeake Utilities

2018 AQA Champion

RSDE and The Air Quality Partnership recognize Chesapeake Utilities in making Delaware a cleaner and greener state.

Chesapeake Utilities efforts cross over the entire company from Fleet management that reduce emissions by using propane and natural gas; to their office sustainability actions of energy conservation and waste reduction practices. Along with employee assistance from Enviro Flash alerts, posting alerts on their intranet, employee incentives for alternative fuel vehicles, and encourage all modes clean commuting.

We would like to present the First Annual Air Quality Awareness Champion Award to Chesapeake Utilities.

Thanks for your commitment to improving Delaware’s Air Quality.

 

RideShare Delaware Welcomes New Outreach Coordinator

Welcome, Arlene!

We are so excited to introduce our newest Outreach Coordinator, Arlene Beltran!
In order to show off our newest team member, we asked Arlene to share some fun facts about herself. She most certainly did not disappoint!

 

Five Fun Facts about Arlene:
  1. Arlene can click her tongue REALLY loudly. She considers it one of her most notable talents. We love seeing all of the talents you bring to the team, Arlene!
  2. Arlene won the Miss Latina Penn State Competition in the 2013-2014 school year.
  3. Arlene spent the first 5 years of her life in Jalisco, Mexico. Many years later, she went on to have her dream wedding in a Hacienda in Mexico. Arlene’s multicultural background and understanding are such a valuable asset to the team.
  4. Arlene always cuts her own hair. Wow!
  5. Arlene has been a vegetarian for 5 years now! She loves spicy food and her favorite snack is potato chips with hot sauce.

 

Thank you for completing our team, Arlene!

DART Offers Weekend Beach Bus Service

First Three Weekends in May
DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its popular bus routes for the first three weekends in May.  Starting Saturday, May 5, bus service will be available in the areas of Downtown Lewes, Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal, along the DE Route 1 corridor to the Rehoboth Boardwalk.  The early start-up will provide greater access to jobs, shopping, and entertainment until the daily Beach Bus begins operations on Monday, May 21. 
 
Beach Bus 201 – Red Line provides service between DART’s Lewes Park & Ride, located just south of Five Points, along DE Route 1 corridor to Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth Park & Ride and the Rehoboth Boardwalk, operating every 20 minutes from 10 AM to 11 PM.  The Lewes Park & Ride offers free parking; Rehoboth Park & Ride is free until May 21.
 
Beach Bus 204 –Yellow Line operates from the Lewes Park & Ride to Downtown Lewes and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.  Service operates every 30 minutes from 10 AM to 11 PM.
 
Fares are $2 per one-way trip; $4.20 for a daily pass.  For the complete 201 and 204 schedules and bus stops, visit DartFirstState.com/BeachBus.
 
“With the season starting earlier and earlier each year, the Beach Bus services are a great alternative to driving, dealing with increased traffic congestion and finding a parking spot.  It’s a low-cost, hassle-free transportation solution for visitors and residents alike,” stated John Sisson, CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation.
 
On Monday, May 21, the Beach Bus services begin operating daily service on seven bus routes serving the Lewes Park & Ride, Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Millsboro, Dewey Beach, Ruddertowne, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City, MD.  The service operates 7 days a week from approximately 7 AM to 2 AM, with more frequency than ever before.  All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks.  When the daily service ends on September 9, the 201 Red Line and 204 Yellow Line will provide new year-round service. 
 
DART’s Beach Connection, 305 – Magenta Line starts on Saturday, May 26, providing a relaxing ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 3.  The fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover.  Riders are encouraged to buy a 3-Zone Anywhere pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides.
 
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  Real-Time Transit Information is available on the free DelDOT App (iOS and Android), as well as on DART’s Trip Planner at www.DartFirstState.com.  For more information, please call 1-800-652-DART.