DART bus fairs unfair to senior citizens

June 7, 2019

The following letter was sent to Delaware Transit Corporation, John Sisson, CEO, Dover, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

Now having bus service year-round in Sussex County at the beach, which is very welcome, my wife and I have been using the Route 201 bus in and out of town. However, now that the the summer schedule is in place, we are required to pay a $10 fee to use the Rehoboth Park & Ride. It is explained to us that the fee covers the cost of four all-day passes. We have no need for four all-day passes as it is just the two of us.

We are both over age 65 and use the Red reduced fare card. I find it disturbing that we are now forced to pay that much of a parking fee, as our normal fare in and out of town is only $3.20 with the Red reduced fare card. The parking fee negates the entire discounted fare and actually increases the fare for two by $6.80, roughly a 300 pecent increase.

There must be a solution for us older folks. Driving to the new Lewes lot makes no sense, as we would be driving north to go south. And I am quite sure once construction is completed, there will be charges for that park and ride also.

One solution I can think of is to register with DART and receive daily parking for $2 or $4 like Rehoboth provides for employees working in the city. Or maybe if we display a Red card for each person, we would receive discounted parking.

Please advise of a solution. I am confident DART can find one for the seniors at the beach.

Douglas Leininger
Rehoboth Beach


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