DART Rt. 15 Detour from July 29 to Aug. 5

Rt. 15 Detour from July 29 to Aug. 5 – Due to the road closure on New Castle Ave., Rt. 15 will be on detour. Bus stops from Basin Rd. at the Penn Mart Shopping Center to the Twin Spans Business Park will be served by a shuttle bus during the detour. The shuttle will pick up riders and transport them to the bus stop on DuPont Highway at the Hess Station to connect with the Rts. 15, 22 & 25. Riders traveling to the City of New Castle or Twin Spans Industrial Park, should board the shuttle across DuPont Highway at Garfield Ave. by the Firehouse. The shuttle is free, but you will need to pay the regular fare when boarding the bus.  For more information on DART’s services, please visit www.DartFirstState.com

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A new way to save for Philly-based commuters

(Philadelphia, PA) – Commuters using RideECO can now save more money on car sharing, and Enterprise CarShare clients can save money on transit, thanks to new discounts RideECO and Enterprise CarShare (ECS) are offering exclusively to their members. The two programs offer sustainable, cost-saving ways to commute to work and travel around town.

RideECO, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars toward fares on public transportation. Commuters can save up to $900/year and employers save money by reducing FICA taxes, which can be more than $200 per year, per participant.

Enterprise CarShare, previously PhillyCarShare, has nearly 200 “pods” offering newer, fuel-efficient and hybrid cars in and around center city Philadelphia. “Many city dwellers and commuters who use transit may not own a car. Enterprise CarShare gives them the flexibility of using a car as a supplement during the week, on weekends and on special occasions,” said James Callaham, Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Also, employers who offer RideECO to encourage transit use may be interested in car share for employees who don’t have a personal car at work, to use to travel to meetings and other business-related activities that are not accessible by transit.

Here are some of the deals available:

  • RideECO will offer free shipping and handling for one year ($180 value) for Enterprise CarShare corporate clients that enroll in the program.
  • RideECO will waive the setup fee for Enterprise CarShare clients that enroll in RideECO Select ($250-$750 savings, depending on participation levels).
  • Enterprise CarShare will waive the standard application and membership fees and offer a $50 driving credit to RideECO clients that sign up for an ECS corporate account.
  • Individual employees who work for a company that offers RideECO will receive a waived application fee ($25 value) and a $35 driving credit upon approval of their application.

ECS rates can be found at: http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/philadelphia-rates.

“RideECO and Enterprise CarShare are sustainable and cost-effective ways to travel and get to work,” said DVRPC Executive Director, Barry Seymour. “We are pleased to offer even more savings to reward and encourage residents to make smart travel choices.”

About RideECO

RideECO is an employer offered commuter benefit that helps commuters reduce the cost of getting to work on public transportation and vanpools. RideECO allows commuters to set aside up to $245/month pre-tax to pay for their commute. And employers save money by driving down payroll taxes with every dollar a commuter deducts. The program can pay for itself and everyone gains from it. For more details, visit www.RideECO.org

About the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work, and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future. For more information, visit www.dvrpc.org.

About Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago.  Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise Holdings entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise Holdings acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago.  Today, Enterprise CarShare offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page or by following @Carshare on Twitter.

DART Schedule for Independence Day, July 4, 2013

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013 – DART First State services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Thursday, July 4, 2013, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and the Route 305 – Beach Connection.

Resort Transit Routes 201-208 operate 7 days a week through September 15, 2013, serving Lewes, Rehoboth, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City, MD.  The Route 305 – Beach Connection, serving Wilmington, Dover, and Milford to Rehoboth operates on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 2.  Bus stops include Wilmington Amtrak Station, Christiana Mall, Smyrna Rest Stop, Scarborough Park & Ride in Dover, Super Walmart in Milford, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on its Major Holiday Schedule (same as Saturday/Sunday).  An additional train is being added leaving Philadelphia’s Suburban Station at 11:50 PM, arriving in Wilmington at 12:26 AM.  DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed.  Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance.  The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and 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.   For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

National Dump the Pump Day is June 20th!

Annual National Dump the Pump Day to Be Held

On Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) – DART First State announced today that it would join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the annual National Dump the Pump Day on June 20.   Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and in partnership with The Sierra Club and The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the 2013 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and improve our quality of life.

While America is still facing many challenges, including increasing gas costs, public transit is the easiest and quickest way to beat the high prices. People who use public transit keep helping to meet the challenges and that’s why DART is asking the public to Dump the Pump on June 20.

“In these tough economic times everyone is looking for a way to save more money and riding public transit can help accomplish that goal”, said Lauren Skiver, DTC Chief Executive Officer.  “Dump the Pump Day is a great way to encourage the community to ride public transportation, instead of driving.  We hope people who have never used DART before will decide to give transit a try.”

A two-person household can save, on the average, $10,000 yearly by taking public transit instead of driving and downsizing to one car. For every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is generated in economic returns to the communities.

Public transportation reduces gas consumption by saving 4.2 billion gallons per year. And switching to public transportation can reduce an individual’s carbon emissions by 20 pounds per day or 4,800 pounds per year.  Transit has a proven record of reducing traffic congestion and commute time.

As part of DART’s continuing efforts to invest in a bus fleet that is state-of-the-art, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, the fleet now includes 30 hybrid electric-diesel buses.  In addition, all new buses use the latest clean exhaust technologies, which reduce the emissions in the engine cylinders.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.   For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

Changes to Bus Service in NC & Kent Counties Effective Next Week

Lauren Skiver, Chief Executive Officer of Delaware Transit Corporation, announced that the changes to DART First State Fixed Route Bus Service in New Castle and Kent Counties will become effective Sunday, June 16 and Monday, June 17, 2013, respectively.

In New Castle County, because of low ridership, Route 32 – Wilmington Trolley’s Saturday service will be discontinued.  Those resources have been reallocated to the Route 17’s Saturday service improving frequencies to every 60 minutes instead of every 90 minutes.

The Routes 62 & 63 pilot (experimental service) of replacing existing services with a new on-demand route that circulates in the Churchmans Crossing area is contingent upon negotiations with area businesses, communities and a successful response from a contractor.   Potential implementation date is late Summer or early Fall.

In Kent County, Route 107 will be realigned to serve Luther Village, as well as DART Administration Office and DelDOT campus.  As a result, service will operate every 60 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. Saturday trips will not serve DART Administration Office, DelDOT campus or Blue Hen Corporate Center.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.  For information on fixed route bus services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com

Americans Support for Public Transportation

Washington, DC — The survey for the America Support For Public Transportation was conducted for The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI).

Methodology

A total of 83,725 call attempts were made to complete the 1,501 surveys, with an average of 3.24 calls per completed survey. Of the 1,501 completed interviews, 54.5% were conducted with women and 45.4% with men. The age range of respondents was wide, with a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 95; on average, respondents were roughly 54 years old. The vast majority of respondents self-identified as white and more than more than half had a Bachelor degree or higher (50.3%).

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) is an organization established by Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. One of the primary activities undertaken by MTI is conducting research in transportation policy and management issues. The Institute was interested in assessing the attitudes and opinions of US residents towards public transportation in their own communities and around the country. More specifically, MTI was interested in the respondent feelings toward current and potential future approaches to funding transportation projects. To collect the necessary data, MTI contracted with the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at California State University, Fullerton.

Q1. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the use of your tax dollars for creating, expanding, and improving public transportation inyour community?

Support – 73.6
Oppose – 24.6
Do Not know – 1.7
Refused – 0.1

Q2. Every five years, the U.S. Congress reviews its spending priorities for transportation. All things considered, what do you believe Congress should do with the LEVEL of spending for public transportation? Should Congress significantly increase, slightly increase, slightly decrease, or significantly decrease spending for public transportation?

Increase – 66.1
Decrease – 24.4
Do Not know – 7.7
Refused – 1.8

I am now going to read you several statements. Please tell me if you agree or disagree with each one. (Questions 3-5 randomized).

Q3. As our country begins to recover from tough economic times, public transportation can be a solution and help pave the way to a stronger economy. Public transportation projects put Americans to work, revitalizing our communities.

Agree – 78.3
Disagree – 18.4
Do Not know – 1.9
Refused – 1.0

Q4. Public transportation provides affordable transportation options for people. It expands access to job and career opportunities, as well as to medical facilities and schools and colleges.

Agree – 87.8
Disagree – 5.5
Do Notknow – 1.6
Refused – 1.1

Q5. Public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline that otherwise would have to be purchased from countries that may be unfriendly to America. Therefore, public transit reduces our dependence on foreign oil and transitions America toward a more energy efficient economy.

Agree – 72.4
Disagree – 21.9
Do Notknow – 4.9
Refused – 0.8

Kick-off Your Summer with Savings by Taking DART Public Transportation

Wilmington — Riding DART public transportation saves individuals $11,670 a year

Summer has arrived and the weather is perfect for getting to your destination by walking and using DART public transportation. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by DART public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the May 29, 2013 average national gas price ($3.62 per gallon – reported by AAA) and the national unreserved monthly parking rate. These savings result from how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking DART public transportation and living with one less car. The monthly savings in our area are $972.00.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district such as Wilmington is $166.26, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study. Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995.

DART First State is the transportation provider for all oof Delaware. The Delaware Transit Corporation, a division of the Delaware Department of Transportation, operates DART First State. DART First State services include commuter rail, intercounty bus, fixed route bus, paratransit, commuter assistance, and the RideShare Delaware ridematching program. For more information about DART First State services, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit our website at www.DartFirstState.com.

DelDOT Urges Safe & Smart Memorial Day Travel

Dover — The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) reminds motorists to anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Delaware’s highways beginning on Friday, May 24.

Planned lane closures on Delaware’s major roadways, Route 1, I-95, and U.S. Route 202 will be suspended beginning on Friday, May 24 until midnight on Monday, May 27. Traffic accidents and other unpredictable types of transportation incidents may cause lane closures and/or delays.

DelDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) will provide continuous monitoring of traffic conditions across the state. Our radio station, WTMC-1380AM offers motorists real-time traffic information throughout Delaware. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone; (302) 659-4600 or 1-800-324-8379.

Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets, and can be downloaded free at the Apple and Google Play stores.

Those interested can view video of “Live Traffic” conditions in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties online atDelDOT. Social media outlets allow you to follow DelDOT on Twitter or Facebook.

Motorists looking for a break during their travels can stop at the I-95 Welcome Center which includes the following amenities: a gas station with 21 fuel pumps and high-speed diesel fuel dispensers; the A-Plus Convenience store; Delaware State Visitor Center providing information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities; an environmentally-friendly truck parking area complete with anti-idle hookups; the “Postcards from Delaware” retail store selling local products that highlight the state’s history, heritage and culture. Patrons may also visit the following restaurants: Baja Fresh, Brioche Doree, Famous Famiglia Pizza, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King, Cinnabon/Carvel, and Popeyes. Additionally, the Smyrna Rest Area just off of Exit 119 on Route 1 is open 24 hours each day for motorists. There are snacks and sodas, restrooms, and an RV pumping station for the convenience of campers.

To further aid travelers, the DART First State’s Resort Transit will begin seasonal service on Thursday, May 23. DART First State will operate eight transit routes in the resort area serving Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick, Lewes, Georgetown, Long Neck and Ocean City, Maryland. Transit service operates 7 days a week through Sunday, September 15. Early season hours of operation are reduced until peak season begins on Monday, July 1.

The Route 305 Beach Connection linking Wilmington/Dover to Rehoboth Beach will operate on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Friday, May 24 through Monday, September 2. Bus stops include Wilmington Amtrak Station, Christiana Mall, Smyrna Rest Stop, Scarborough Road Park & Ride in Dover, Super WalMart in Milford, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

DART is coordinating with the Delaware River & Bay Authority (DRBA) and their Cape May-Lewes Ferry Shuttle Service to connect at the Rehoboth Park & Ride. This collaboration will allow ferry passengers to enjoy the same DART bus travel options around the resort area and to Ocean City, MD.

For more information on DART’s Resort Transit, visit DART First State

The Delaware Department of Transportation advises all motorists to travel during off peak hours, allow extra time to reach your destination, slow down at toll plazas, and obey traffic laws.

Memorial Day 2012 Toll Plaza Traffic Counts

I-95 Newark Toll Plaza
Thursday: 71,894
Friday: 102,732
Saturday: 92,967
Sunday: 83,853
Monday: 100,091
Tuesday: 67,676

Route 1 Biddle’s Toll Plaza
Thursday: 61,501
Friday: 72,782
Saturday: 49,901
Sunday: 43,821
Monday: 60,523
Tuesday: 57,020

Route 1 Dover Toll Plaza
Thursday: 46,270
Friday: 59,671
Saturday: 41,787
Sunday: 37,922
Monday: 56,426
Tuesday: 42,936

National Bike to School Day is May 16th!

Students ride their bikes into Reily Brown Elementary School

Dover — Biking to school helps kids stay physically active while lowering air pollution. That’s the message behind “National Bike To School Day,” which is being co-sponsored by the Delaware Department of Transportation on Thursday, May 16.

“If enough kids bike to school on a regular basis, we’ll help lower automobile emissions for the entire community. If enough kids do it, our environment will be better,” said DelDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Sarah Coakley.

Coakley notes that National Bike To School Day is part of Bike Month, which encourages people to ride their bikes and leave their cars at home. One of the many schools participating in National Bike To School Day is W. Reily Brown Elementary School in Dover which will have groups of student bicyclists riding in to school from rendezvous points along Nathaniel Mitchell Road in Rodney Village, and from Kesselring Avenue in Mayfair. Dover Police will provide an escort to help ensure a safe ride to school.

“Safety has always been a concern for parents. Whenever there is a group of kids biking to school, we recommend that at least one adult bicycles in with them,” said Coakley.

Coakley says bicycling to school not only keeps kids physically active, but keeps them mentally sharp.

“There have been several recent studies linking physical activity to better academic performance. Kids who stay active also perform better academically,” Coakley said.