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!

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.

DART’s Independence Day Holiday Schedule

Independence Day, Monday, July 4, 2016 – DART First State services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, July 4, 2016, 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 11, 2016, serving Lewes, Rehoboth, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City, MD.  The Route 305 – Beach Connection, serving Wilmington, Middletown and Dover to Rehoboth operates on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 5.  Bus stops include Wilmington Amtrak Station, Christiana Mall, Odessa Park & Ride on RT 299 in Middletown, Scarborough Park & Ride in Dover and the Rehoboth Park & Ride. 

SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on its Major Holiday Schedule (same as Saturday/Sunday).  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 fixed route bus services statewide, please call

1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com. 

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DART Statewide Service Change Effective This Sunday

From Dart First State

Changes to DART Statewide Bus Service become effective Sunday, June 26, 2016.   The changes are more limited in scope than those initially proposed at public hearing workshops held in April. Based on customer feedback, DART will not proceed with some of the changes, while making modifications to others, most notably affecting bus routes 10 and 39 and the routes serving Christiana Mall. 

The proposed discontinuation of Route 10 service to Greenville and Centerville will not go forward. And Route 39, which was proposed for elimination, will continue with four trips; two into Wilmington at 6:10 AM and 6:40 AM and two back to Newark at 4:40 PM and 5 PM.  The original proposal to discontinue service to the Target stop at the Christiana Mall on commuter routes 33, 34, 40, 54 and 55 has been modified.  Routes 33 and 40 will continue to serve Target during off-peak hours on weekdays and all trips on weekend.  The Route 16 proposal to discontinue service to Fairfield, starting instead at the Newark Transit Hub, will go through, as low ridership in this segment supports the change, averaging just 22 riders over 13 trips per day; however, DART has committed to operate a temporary shuttle to connect to Route 16 at the Newark Municipal Building, giving the City of Newark needed time to adjust schedules on Unicity (see Route 16 below).  

The specific changes are (by County): 

New Castle County

Time changes on most routes to improve on-time performance and connections. 

Christiana Mall –To improve efficiency and on-time performance, Routes 34, 54 and 55 will not serve the Target stop at the Mall, while Routes 33 and 40 will serve this stop during off-peak weekday hours only (9 AM to 3 PM, and after 6 PM) and on weekends. Routes 5, 15, and 44 will continue to serve the Target stop on all trips, and all routes will continue to serve the Mall Park & Ride. Weekday service between the Mall and Downtown Wilmington will run every 15 minutes between Routes 33 and 40. 

Routes 3 & 17:  Routes will be combined into new Route 14 offering service approximately every 30 minutes during rush hours and every 60 minutes during mid-day and evenings.  The current Route 17’s unproductive segments of Holloway Terrace, Garfield Park and Southgate Industrial Park will no longer be served (Zenith will continue to be served).  After leaving Shoprite, route will travel north on Walnut St., left on 8th St., and right on Orange St. continuing the current Route 3 routing.  

Route 5:  Service will run every 15 minutes during rush hours, every 20 minutes during mid-day and every 30 minutes in the evening resulting in five extra roundtrips. Fairplay Station will no longer be served by this route. 

Route 6:   All trips will serve Prices Corner Park & Ride and service will run every 20 minutes during rush hours and every 30 minutes during mid-day and evenings.

Route 10:  Service will be extended until 9 PM and time changes will be made on most trips to improve connections to SEPTA trains at Wilmington’s Amtrak Station. 

Route 16:  Route will begin at Newark Transit Hub, no longer serving Fairfield*, Elkton Rd. at Suburban Plaza, instead staying on Park Place.  All trips will serve the I-95 Service Plaza. 

*DART will operate a temporary shuttle (through Sept. 2) from the stop adjacent to Fairfield Shopping Center to the Municipal Building at 6:47 AM and 7:27 AM, connecting to Route 16, and back in the afternoon from the Municipal Building at 5:07 PM and 5:47 PM. 

Routes 18 & 30:  Routes will no longer use Skyline Dr. due to low ridership, instead staying on New Linden Hill Rd. on all trips, resulting in minor time changes. 

Route 22:  Trip times will be staggered along US 13/DuPont Hwy. with Route 25, resulting in time changes and two additional roundtrips. 

Route 25:  Service to Delaware City will be maintained on majority of the trips; however, some trips will end at Wrangle Hill Park & Ride, resulting in minor time changes. 

Route 28:  Route will no longer serve the Experimental Station resulting in minor time changes. 

Route 33:  Service between Christiana Mall and Downtown Wilmington will operate every 30 minutes until 8 PM, with less frequent service thereafter, and will only serve the Target stop at the Mall during off-peak weekday hours and weekends, and no longer serve Continental Dr.  The routing in and out of Downtown Wilmington will change to be one directional, traveling I-95 to MLK Blvd. to Amtrak Station, north on Walnut St., left on 8th St., right on Orange St., left on 12th St. to access I-95 South back to Newark, no longer serving Rodney Square; closest stop is on Orange St. at 10th St. 

Route 34:  Route will have minor time changes and no longer serve the Target stop at the Mall. 

Route 39:  Route will be reinstated with two morning trips to Wilmington at 6:10 AM and 6:40 AM and two trips back to Newark at 4:40 PM and 5:00 PM.  The routing into downtown Wilmington will use the same routing as Routes 33 & 40. 

Route 40:  Service between Christiana Mall and Downtown Wilmington will operate every 30 minutes until 7:15 PM, with less frequent service thereafter, and will only serve the Target stop at the Mall during off-peak weekday hours and weekends.  The routing in and out of Downtown Wilmington will change to be one directional, traveling from I-95 to MLK Blvd. to Amtrak Station, north on Walnut St., left on 8th St., right on Orange St., left on 12th St. to access I-95 South back to Glasgow, no longer serving Rodney Square; closest stop is on Orange St. at 10th St. 

Route 41:  Route will be discontinued reallocating trips to Route 40 (see above) to increase trip frequency. 

Route 42:  Route will serve the I-95 Service Plaza on all trips. Service to Pencader Corporate Center will be discontinued. 

Route 43:  Route will have minor time changes to improve transfers with Routes 45 and 301. 

Route 44:  Trip times will be coordinated with available resources, resulting in a new schedule. 

Route 47:  The 7 AM trip from Amazon would be discontinued on weekdays and Saturdays. 

NEW Route 48:  New route will operate 4 morning express trips from Wilmington’s Amtrak Station to JP Morgan Chase Delaware Technology Center in Fairfax  and Chestnut Run Plaza, and 4 afternoon express trips back to train station coordinating with SEPTA train connections. 

Route 53:  Trip times will be coordinated with available resources, resulting in a new schedule. 

Route 54:  Route will have minor time changes and no longer serve the Target stop at the Mall.  With the increased efficiency, route will operate approximately every 45 minutes increasing the number of trips.  The first weekday trip from Newark will be extended from the Mall to Downtown Wilmington using the same routing as Routes 33 & 40 into downtown.   

Route 55:  Route will have minor time changes and no longer serve the Target stop at the Mall.  With the increased efficiency, route will operate approximately every 45 minutes increasing the number of trips.  The trips in and out of Wilmington will use the same routing as Routes 33 & 40. 

Route 59:  Route will add stops at the major employment centers of JPMC Morgan Christiana Center, Bank of America in Ogletown, and JPMC Iron Hill to connect with SEPTA train service between Newark, Fairplay and Wilmington Stations.  A trip has been added leaving Wilmington at 10:40 AM. 

Route 62:  Route will no longer serve Christiana Mall, DelTech, or travel Churchmans Rd., and instead serve White Clay Center on Ogletown Rd., JPMC Morgan Christiana Center and Fairplay Station.  Service has been changed to be timed with train arrivals/departures at Fairplay Station. 

Kent County and  Intercounty Service – no changes

Sussex County

Route 212:  Route will have minor time changes to improve on-time performance 

Route 215:  All trips will be extended south to serve Church St. in Rehoboth. 

Schedules are available online at www.DartFirstState.com. 

For information, call 1-800-652-DART or visit DartFirstState.com

 

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Join DART and RideShare Delaware in celebrating National Dump the Pump Day!

11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day to be Held on June 16  “Dump the Pump.  Ride Public Transit.”

National Dump the Pump Day is a day to highlight the many benefits of using public transportation.  Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced today that it will join over 150 public transit agencies nationwide participating in the 11th annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16, to encourage the use to public transit.  From urban to suburban to rural communities, public transportation is a vital resource to Americans.  In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically competitive.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2016 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation.  Started in June 2006, when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to APTA’s June Transit Savings Report, individuals who ride public transit instead of driving can save, on average, more than $790 per month.

Public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban and rural communities. In fact, every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.  Additionally, public transportation offers job access to millions of Americans since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transit are work commutes.

WHAT: 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day

WHERE: Delaware Transit Corporation-RIDESHARE Delaware and transit agencies nationwide

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2016

So DTC encourages Delawareans to join millions of others across the country as they save money by riding public transportation during National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.  Or if you are a frequent rider, take a friend along and remind them that using DART can save you big bucks if you “Dump the Pump” during your daily commute.

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