Winners Abound for RideShare Delaware

In February we ran our Frozen February Commute contest where one lucky participant that recorded five days of clean commuting won $50 in giftcards. Our lucky winner was….

Denise Husband! Denise has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2012. She either uses bus riding or carpooling to get to her Job in Dover from her home in Wilmington, making for a clean commute trip of over 100 miles each day!

Ride.Record. Reward! Winners

Larry Kraines was one of our February Winners for Ride. Record. Reward! Larry clean commutes from his home in Pennsylvania to his job in Newark, Delaware, racking up 20 clean commute miles every day.

James Duffus was our other winner for February. James commutes from his home in Newark to his job downtown Wilmington. We thank James for his commitment to clean commuting (no photo available).

 

Lastly, Lisa Washington won a $25 dollar gift card for completing our year end RideShare Delaware Survey.

We thank all our participants and look forward to giving you more ways to win during the year!

DART, Rideshare Spread News at 87ers Game

DART and RidesShare Delaware were invited by the Delaware 87ers on Feb. 25 to provide a table with transit information at their home game at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware Campus. There were several individuals, who visited our table, interested in regular and intercounty bus service, SEPTA Regional Rail, paratransit and RideShare Delaware. This invitation was offered through a trade agreement between DART and the Delaware 87ers from October 2016 to April 2017. DART provided a bus wrap on an intercounty bus between Wilmington and Dover to the Delaware 87ers for advertisement as well as two bus shelters in northern New Castle County. As a result, DART received the opportunity to participate as sponsor of the Delaware 87ers for the 2016-2017 season through advertising and other trade benefits.

Partner Spotlight – Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2003 and a Gold Partner since June 2010. They are the largest private employer in Delaware with 11,000 employees located in various campuses throughout the state. RideShare Delaware is able to enhance their employee benefits with their to-and-from work transportation program.

Our partnership works with representatives throughout the Christian Care organization from new employee orientation, customer/administrative services, and public safety.

Current activities we coordinate:

  • Participation in the bi-weekly new employee orientations “Vital Needs Fair”
  • Transportation Day events with larger sites such as West End Café located at Christiana Care Hospital, Wilmington Hospital, and One Reads Way
  • A resource for DART First State services
  • Preferred Carpool Parking Program

 

Other transportation benefits Christiana Care offers:

  • A shuttle service operating from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day, traveling between Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals
  • for use by employees, patients, and visitors
  • On site DART bus shelter station
  • Electric charging stations for employees (6 at Christiana Hospital and 2 at Wilmington Hospital).
  • Access to Bike Racks and on-site shower facilities

 

RideShare Delaware recognizes Christiana Care for their outstanding commitment to employee health and wellness and thanks them for their partnership to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment.

RideShare Delaware looks forward to working with and strengthening our partnership with Christiana Care Health System throughout Delaware by exploring and implementing new benefit options.

Delaware Transit Corporation completes Commuter Survey

We would like to thank all of DTC’s employees who took the 2016 Commuter Survey.  Your involvement will create a cleaner and greener Delaware Transit Corporation and help make DTC an example of clean commuting for the State.  We’d also like to say congratulations to Patricia Hill of the Eligibility Department for completing her survey and winning a $25 gift card as a thank you from us. We look forward to sharing the results with you in our 2016 Annual Report.

 

VP Joe Biden Welcome Home Rally

A “welcome home” rally is scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The event is open to the public. The doors of the Chase Center will open at 1:00 p.m. The detour will start at 12:00pm through 4:00pm. The detour will be as follows:

Routes 12 and 49

From Justison Street

Turn right onto Beech Street

Turn right onto S Madison Street

Turn right onto S West Street

Back to regular route

Route 7

From Beech Street

Turn left onto Justison Street

Turn left onto S West Street

Turn left onto S. Madison Street

THIS WILL BE A LOOP AROUND SITUATION FOR ALL BUSES

Below are the affected stops traveling to Downtown:

MAFR-    CHASE CENTER

JUOP-     JUSTISON ST OP PNR

FUFS-      FRAWLEY STADIUM DR @ FRAWLEY STADIUM

Alternate for all affected stops is JUHL – JUSTINSON ST @ HOLLINGSWORTH AVE

Below are the affected stops traveling to the Chase Center:

JSPR        JUSTISON ST & RIVERFRONT P-N-R

FUFS       FRAWLEY STADIUM DR @ FRAWLEYSTADIUM

MAFR     CHASE CENTER

Alternate for all affected stops is JUHL – JUSTINSON ST @ HOLLINGSWORTH AVE 

Partner Spotlight – Delaware National Guard

The Delaware National Guard has been a member of RideShare Delaware since December 2008. Throughout the years, RideShare Delaware and the Delaware National Guard have built their partnership through the continued presence of RideShare and the free benefits that RideShare offers the men and women of the DE National Guard. Just this past December, the Delaware National Guard moved up the rank of Bronze RideShare Partner to a Gold RideShare Partner, which is the highest partnership level.  The importance of this Gold Partnership Level shows that the Delaware National Guard is committed to offering and encouraging clean commute transportation options for the men and women who serve the National Guard. Danielle Martin, RideShare’s Onsite Transportation Coordinator and the Mass Transit Coordinator, has been a pivotal initiator of building the relationship between RideShare and the DE National Guard. Several initiatives that boosted the DE National Guard RideShare partnership are as follows:

– Encouraging and hosting Vanpool Formations

– RideShare and VRide presentations twice a year

– RideShare attends the DE National Guard Wellness Fair for all employees

– Monthly RideShare presentations during the In-Processing Trainings

– Promoting commute options through postings, emails, flyers

– Federal employees and state employees receive a transit subsidiary

The Delaware National Guard also received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for 2015 at the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center. The LEED Certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide, that requires buildings to meet a set of rating systems that aim to make the building environmentally responsible and efficient.

RideShare Delaware wants to thank the DE National Guard for their continued and active support in their role for helping to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment. Also, by offering the many free benefits that RideShare Delaware offers, the National Guard represents a strong commitment to the transportation needs of the men and women who travel to the different locations throughout Delaware. We at RideShare Delaware look forward to continuing our partnership with the Delaware National Guard through 2017.

Also in 2015 the Delaware National Guard celebrated it’s 361st year!

Happy 361st Birthday to the Delaware National Guard! We thank the National Guard, the citizen soldiers, and airmen for your service and protection!

RideShare Delaware Rewards Christiana Mall’s Employee Shuttle Riders

On Saturday December 3rd, the RideShare Delaware outreach team helped promote the Christiana Mall’s Employee shuttle. Earlier in the week, the outreach team dropped off flyers to the Mall’s larger employers to promote the shuttle’s schedule and inform mall employees that riders of the shuttle may be rewarded with prizes.From 7am to 9am, riders who parked at the Del Tech Stanton Campus and rode the shuttle to the Mall’s Panera Bread were greeted by our team members and rewarded with water bottles. Those riders were also given the opportunity to sign up for RideShare Delaware’s services .

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Those who rode the shuttle and signed up for RideShare Delaware were put into a raffle to win a $25 Wawa gift card as our thanks for clean commuting to the worksite. The raffle winner was Corey Johnson, an employee at the Christiana’s Malls Apple Store.

 

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The Christiana Mall is providing this employee holiday shuttle to help decrease congestion around the mall and enhance the customer experience. From Black Friday to the end of the year, the Mall parking lot is packed with cars and patrons all trying to squeeze in their holiday shopping. This leads to heavy congestion and scarce parking options for customers during peak shopping times. This was particularly noticeable on Black Friday when virtually every parking space at the Mall was filled (View the photo below).

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We would like to thank Steven Chambliss, Senior General Manager of the Christiana Mall, for allowing RideShare Delaware to go onsite and promote this clean commute option to their employees. As always, we encourage all Christiana Mall employees and patrons to try to clean commute to work or to your seasonal shopping by carpooling, riding a bus, vanpooling, walking, or biking.

RideShare Delaware meets with the Middletown-Odessa Rotary Club

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We’d like to thank the Middletown Odessa Rotary for inviting Amy Reardon and Kathleen Grier to present RideShare Delaware information to the group. They enjoyed meeting all the friendly faces and sitting down to enjoy lunch with the Rotary. Not only did Amy and Kathleen share the benefits of the free services that RideShare Delaware offers for students and employees in the state of Delaware but they also gained some information regarding the wonderful work the Middletown Odessa Rotary does in the community.

The Rotary is currently fundraising for the building of a Can Do playground, an integrated play area in which all children, those who are 100% enabled and those with disabilities, can play together, interactively at the Charles Price Park.

Please feel free to check out the Middletown Odessa Rotary website for more information. http://www.motrotary.org/

From DART First State: Delaware Transit Corporation Adjusting Bus Schedules To Connect With SEPTA Trains

Delaware Transit Corporation Adjusting Bus Schedules To Connect With SEPTA Trains 

Due to the disruption of the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line service, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) has implemented temporary adjustments to bus schedules for several DART routes to ensure connections with SEPTA trains currently operating on a temporary reduction of service resulting from the 120 Silverliner V commuter rail passenger cars recently taken out of service.

John Sisson, Chief Executive Officer of Delaware Transit Corporation said, “Adjustments had to be made to DART route schedules to maintain the critical link to and from Delaware, not just for Delawareans but for many regional customers of public transportation.”

To keep abreast of any changes, riders are encouraged to connect with SEPTA and DART Rider Alerts .

The adjustments to service will continue until further notice. 

Rt. 10:

PM trip from Amtrak Station

Current 5:40 trip will depart 5 minutes later; New Time 5:45 

Rt. 48:

AM trip leaving Amtrak Station

Current 7:35 trip will depart 5 minutes later; New Time 7:40

PM trips from DuPont Chestnut Run Plaza

Current 4:09 trip will depart 6 minutes earlier; New Time 4:03

Current 5:13 trip will depart 15 minutes earlier; New Time 4:58 

Rt 59:

PM trip from Wilmington Amtrak Station

Current 9:50 trip will depart 1 hour 15 minutes earlier; New Time 8:35 

PM trip from Newark Train Station

Current 2:00 trip will depart 5 minutes earlier; New Time 1:55

Current 9:10 trip will depart 1 hour 15 minutes earlier; New Time 7:55 

Rt. 62:

AM trips from Fairplay Train Station

Current 6:22 trip will depart 22 minutes earlier; New Time 6:00

Current 6:44 trip will depart 6 minutes later; New Time 6:50

Current 7:40 trip will depart 10 minutes later; New Time 7:50 

PM trips from JP Morgan Chase White Clay Center

Current 4:24 trip will depart 30 minutes earlier; New Time 3:54

Current 5:24 trip will depart 30 minutes earlier; New Time 4:54

Current 6:26 trip will depart 30 minutes earlier; New Time 5:56

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.

Late Night SEPTA Train Extended To And From Wilmington

Beginning Monday, December 14, SEPTA’s last weekday train on the Wilmington/Newark Line will be extended to and from Wilmington. The extended southbound train from Philadelphia will arrive in Wilmington at 12:26 a.m., and the final northbound train will leave Wilmington at 12:48 a.m., both two hours later than the current arrival and departure times.

Extending the late night train provides more access to events and entertainment. Riders now have more options to enjoy the night life, both in Wilmington and Philadelphia. And it provides a way home for those working or studying late nights, as well as an opportunity for those seeking service industry jobs.

Check out the new schedule at SEPTA.

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