Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks presided over a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 21 for an expansion of the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) mid-county maintenance facility near Delaware City. The $5.5-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and will provide for the expansion of the transit center, along with other cost-saving benefits.


    Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks presided over a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 21 for an expansion of the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) mid-county maintenance facility near Delaware City. The $5.5-million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and will provide for the expansion of the transit center, along with other cost-saving benefits.
    Construction will include a six-bay maintenance facility, shop areas, support spaces, a training library, mechanic locker room and worker’s lounge area. When construction is complete all DART driver training will be conducted at the expanded facility. The design is also environmentally-friendly as translucent windows will permit daylight to provide natural light and reduce lighting costs. There will be four in-ground lifts.
    The design of the 22,176 square foot structure also allows for future expansion to as many as ten vehicle maintenance bays. Parking for fixed route buses will expand from the current 33 vehicles to 50, while as many as 48 paratransit buses will be parked at the expanded facility in place of the 43 that can presently be parked. Employee parking will also be expanded to 135 spaces. A project in 2005 retrofitted the facility to handle 18 paratransit and 30 fixed route buses, however current usage of the yards and buildings exceeds those numbers.
    The expanded mid-county facility will help alleviate overcrowding at the downtown Wilmington SITE, while increasing efficiency. As DART services have been improved in the Christiana, Newark, Middletown and southern New Castle County areas, time and resources have been expended to bring transit vehicles from Wilmington to serve the area. The mid-county facility will help the agency reduce fuel costs, travel time and other operating expenses.
    For more information, go to DelDOT's website at www.deldot.gov and visit the Projects section for American Recover and Reinvestment Act projects.