by Terry Rogers
On Tuesday, February 6, DART announced new proposed bus routes designed to serve the Milford area. The new Intercounty Route 307 is planned as a commuter route between Lewes and Dover, connecting to local services, while Intercounty Routes 301 and 302 will be expanded between both Dover and Wilmington as well as Dover and Newark.
“The purpose of the new Milford bus service is to serve residents, employees and businesses of the community with a transportation option providing access to employment, medical appointments, educational opportunities, shopping and social activities,” Julie Theyerl, Marketing & Public Affairs Officer of the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), also known as DART First State, said. “The routes are designed to serve Perdue, Sea Watch International, Walmart, Downtown Milford and the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus. It will also serve Milford High School and various other areas in downtown Milford.”
Community conversations were held to give riders and the public the opportunity to provide feedback on service needs related to public transportation. DART will use the feedback to finalize routing, schedules and overall service proposals. There are public hearings planned over the next few weeks in each county with the Sussex County hearing planned for Thursday, March 8 from 3 to 5 PM at the Milford Public Library. At the hearing, DART will present proposals for the new services along with DART’s seasonal Beach Bus service. Extended year-round service will also be presented. According to Ms. Theyerl, DART service changes occur twice each year and the spring change usually coincides with the start-up of DART’s seasonal Beach Bus services. Those services begin on May 20 for this year.
“Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus, will be a major anchor in the community, providing many services to area residents,” Ms. Theyerl said. “Delaware Transit Corporation staff met with various stakeholders in Milford including the City, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, the Economic Development Commission and Bayhealth. In addition, DTC has heard from existing customers, as well as employers and the general public requesting more service to Milford over the years. We will continue to provide more services in Sussex County as resources become available.”
In addition to the expansion of DART service in Milford, DTC will be adding additional year-round services after the seasonal Beach Bus routes end in September. DTC is also planning additional expansions in Sussex County, contingent on funding.
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