Delaware Transit Corporation announced changes to DART statewide bus services in New Castle County will become effective Dec. 11.
Based on customer feedback received online and through DTC's public hearing process, DART has reconsidered some of the changes, while making modifications to others.
New Castle County changes effective Dec. 11 include:
— Routes 1, 9 and 14: Due to congestion, boarding locations are changing from King Street at 11th Street and King Street at Ninth Street to King Street at 10th Street on Rodney Square. The Rodney Square stop on 11th Street at King Street will continue to be served.
— Route 2: Weekday service between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. will operate every 30 minutes, filling in late afternoon/early evening service gaps.
— Route 7: Departure times from Gilpin Street in Trolley Square will be 10 minutes later; departures from Chase Center will be five minutes later.
— Route 10: Based on customer feedback, time adjustments were made to the following morning rush-hour trips. The current 7:15 a.m. departure from Rising Sun Lane will depart at 6:58 a.m.; 7:37 a.m. departure from Amtrak Station will depart at 7:17 a.m.; and the 8:07 a.m. trip will depart from Centerville at 7:51 a.m.
— Route 14: Map/time reference points have been added for the Rodney Square and Opportunity Center stops, and time adjustments have been made to improve on-time performance.
— Routes 18 and 30: Based on customer feedback, a new schedule will be implemented to improve on-time performance and departure time adjustments were made to morning rush-hour trips from both Polly Drummond Shopping Center and Rodney Square.
— Route 28: Trips after 3 p.m. were adjusted to better meet major employer shift times.
— Route 33: Fairplay Station will not be served when there is no SEPTA Train Service, thus no service during off-peak weekday hours or Saturdays.
— Route 39: Time adjustments were made to the morning trips leaving 13 minutes later from Newark to alternate with Route 33 to provide better service.
— Route 40: Four new express trips are added to weekday rush hour between Peoples Plaza and downtown Wilmington to address overcrowding. As express trips, bus will not serve state Route 7 and East Songsmith Drive, state Route 7 and state Route 273 Park & Ride — or Christiana Mall Park & Ride — and instead use state Route 1 to Interstate 95 to Amtrak Station and downtown Wilmington.
— Route 43: Trip times are adjusted to improve connections with Routes 45 and 301 at Odessa Park & Ride.
— Route 45: This weekday commuter route will link Boyds Corner, Odessa and Christiana Mall Park & Rides with downtown Wilmington. Based on customer feedback, morning rush hour service to Wilmington will depart Boyds Corner every 30 minutes from 5:25 to 7:25 a.m. Afternoon rush hour service to Boyds Corner will depart downtown Wilmington every 20-30 minutes between 4:15 and 6:35 p.m. Five trips are scheduled during midday hours between downtown Wilmington and Boyds Corner. Schedule adjustments have been made to improve on-time performance.
— Routes 46 and 55: Peak hour time changes have been made to improve connections between routes at Newark Transit Hub.
— Route 47: Weekday schedule time adjustments have been made to meet employee shift times.The first southbound trip at 5:07 a.m. will be discontinued due to low ridership.
— Route 48: All trips will be extended to serve Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, along with adding a new morning trip departing Amtrak Station at 8:10 a.m., arriving at Chestnut Run Plaza at 8:40 a.m. Morning trip departure times from Amtrak Station are adjusted to address late arriving SEPTA trains.
— Route 49: A new bus route between Riverfront, South Market Street and downtown Wilmington will serve major parking and employment centers operating weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, every 15 minutes between 6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.; every 30 minutes other times until 8:30 p.m.
— Route 55: A weekday morning trip will be extended to downtown Wilmington, departing Newark Transit Hub at 7:20 a.m.