Delaware Transit Corp. (DART)

DE: DART Kicks Off 2013 Resort Transit Bus Service Today

Delaware Transit Corporation CEO Lauren Skiver, along with beach area officials and transportation partners kicked-off the start of the 2013 Resort Transit season May 23 at the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

DART’s Resort Transit service helps alleviate traffic congestion on Route 1 and local roads, reduces parking issues and provides a low-cost transportation solution for easier access around the beach areas.

Resort Transit operates 7 bus routes, 7 days a week from approximately 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., serving Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City, Md. All buses are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and equipped with bike racks. The seasonal bus service operates through September 15, 2013.

Skiver stated, “Summer is a time to relax and not worry about the hassles of traffic and parking. As people look for ways of getting more for their money, they recognize the cost-effectiveness and value of public transit. I truly believe the best way to combat traffic and parking in the resort area is to ride the bus.”

Visitors and residents are encouraged to use DART’s Park & Ride lot located just off of DE Route 1 on Shuttle Road, just north of the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue. The parking rate is $8 per day and up to 4 occupants of the vehicle receive a free daily pass. For customers not using the Park & Ride, the cost is a $1 per trip or $2.10 for a daily pass.

DART’s Route 305, Beach Connection, begins service on Friday, May 24, providing bus service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday nights, Saturday's, Sunday's and holidays through Sept. 2. Route 305 stops include Wilmington Train Station, Christiana Mall, Smyrna Rest Stop, Scarborough Park & Ride lot in Dover, Super Walmart in Milford, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride lot.

The Beach Connection is a comfortable motor coach that offers 45 seats, 2 wheelchair positions, along with under coach storage compartments for beach gear and luggage. The one-way cash fares are $7.50 from Wilmington and $4.50 from Dover. Riders are encouraged to buy an anywhere pass for $9.45, which can also be used on all the Resort Transit routes, once at the park & ride.