DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its bus routes for the first three weekends in May.

Bus service will be available in the areas of Lewes, along the state Route 1 corridor, Rehoboth Boardwalk, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, to Ocean City, Maryland, starting May 6. The early start-up will provide access to jobs, shopping and entertainment until the daily Beach Bus begins operations May 22. When the daily service ends Sept. 10, the 201 Red Line and and 208 Blue Line will remain in service through Sept. 24.

Beach Bus 201 – Red Line provides service between DART’s Lewes Park & Ride, located south of Five Points, along the state Route 1 corridor to Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth Park & Ride and the Rehoboth Boardwalk, operating every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Lewes Park & Ride offers free parking.

Beach Bus 208 – Blue Line operates from the Rehoboth Park & Ride to Dewey Beach, Indian River Inlet, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean City. Service operates every two hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free weekend parking at the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

For the complete 201 and 208 schedules and bus stops, visit dartfirststate.com/beachbus.

The Beach Bus services will begin operating daily service on seven bus routes serving the Lewes Park & Ride, Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Ruddertowne, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean City on May 22. The service operates from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Buses are air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible and equipped with bike racks.

DART’s Beach Connection, 305 – Magenta Line will start May 26, providing a ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Sept. 4. The fares have been reduced to $2 per zone; now the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover. Riders are encouraged to buy a pass for $12.60, which can also be used on all Beach Bus services, once at either of the Park & Rides.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, operates DART First State.

For information on fixed route bus services statewide, call 800-652-3278 or visit dartfirststate.com.