Delaware Transit Corporation kicked off the 24th summer season of DART resort transit buses.
In a ceremony on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Transit Corporation CEO Lauren Skiver said last year was DART’s second biggest year ever with 380,000 passengers and 36,000 vehicles parked at the Park and Ride.
Fares for DART buses will remain the same, Skiver said, $1 per trip or $2.10 for a daily pass. Parking fees at the Park and Ride increased from $7 to $8, the first increase since 2003. Skiver said the increase will help DART keep pace with operating costs, which have increased by 50 percent in the last 10 years.
DART’s Route 305 beach connection service, which transports passengers from Wilmington to Rehoboth on weekends will begin service Friday, May 24, and offers a ride to the beach for about $20, which Skiver said is cheaper than to drive and park.
Besides DART, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry shuttle service is also kicking off. Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations for Delaware River and Bay Authority, said the ferry will have new, earlier departures, allowing for more daytrips to Cape May and Wildwood.
“We’re always looking to reinvent ourselves. To look at ways to mitigate congestion, move people to where they want to go and create services that make sense for these corridors,” Skiver said.