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 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).

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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