Commute Log Contest!

RideShare Delaware is kicking off the fall season with another contest for green commuters in Delaware! We’re giving away $50 prizes (gift cards to Target, Walmart or Wawa – your choice) to two randomly selected entrants. This contest is open to anyone who lives or works in Delaware and is registered in the RideShare Delaware commuter database.

Here’s how to be entered to win:

  1. Like us on Facebook or Twitter (You must be a fan/follower of one or both to be entered)
  2. Log into your RideShare Delaware profile and click on the green COMMUTE LOG tab to set up your Commute Calendar. Take and log at least 3 days of clean commuting (Carpool, Vanpool, Transit, Walk or Bike) by October 31st. We’ll select 2 winners through a random draw and announce them on our social media pages during the first week of November.

What are you waiting for? It’s easy to be qualified to win AND you’ll see how much gas money you’re saving each day you take a non-drive alone commute to work.

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year in the First State, good luck!

It’s Time to Rethink How We Do Transit – At Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC), we understand the importance of a safe, convenient and efficient public transportation system.  Public transit connects us with the places we want to go, while giving us independence, flexibility and the ability to live, work and play throughout our communities and the First State.

Over the past several years, the demand for both our bus and paratransit services in Delaware has continually increased. This ongoing demand has caused service challenges contributing to decreased performance and the inability to expand services.  We want to improve DART transit services to create more convenient transportation options for all Delawareans. However, we also recognize that transit must be financially sustainable. To solve these challenges, we must work together on plans to redesign current services, expand options and improve performance of existing services.

DTC is also committed to complying with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:  “No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Please join us as we host a series of DART Information Sessions.  The sessions will provide an overview of our Title VI program and policies, as well as a presentation on the state of public transportation in Delaware.  While the sessions are scheduled for three hours, the presentation will be repeated frequently during the course of each session, so you can come anytime within the scheduled times.  There will also be opportunities for interaction with DTC staff to answer your questions and listen to your comments.  The sessions are being held:

Tuesday, September 24

10 AM to 1 PM Georgetown Public Library 123 W. Pine Street, Georgetown, DE 19947
4 PM to 7 PM Dover Public Library 35 Loockerman Plaza, Dover, DE 19901

Wednesday, September 25

10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Newark Free Library 750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE 19711
5 PM to 8 PM Wilmington DoubleTree Hotel 700 King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

Thursday, September 26

4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Lewes Public Library 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958

As part of these Information Sessions, DTC seeks public comment on its draft Disparate Impact Policy and Disproportionate Burden Policy, both of which are part of the Title VI program. These policies define a threshold for determining when DTC’s proposed major service or fare changes will have a disproportionate impact on minority populations and/or low-income populations.

The policies will guide DTC as it looks to:

  • ensure accessible and equitable transit services
  • make needed improvements/adjustments to services and fares
  • provide cost-effective transportation options

A presentation explaining DTC’s Draft Disparate Impact Policy and Disproportionate Burden Policy can be viewed at http://www.dartfirststate.com/TitleVI.

Interested individuals may provide comments on the Title VI policies until October 4, 2013, by mail to:

Delaware Transit Corporation

Attn:  Title VI

900 Public Safety Boulevard, Dover, DE 19901, or

Phone Message (302) 760-2105 or (302) 576-6105

Email DTCTitleVI@state.de.us

Fax (302) 760-2915

An informational brochure on the state of public transportation in Delaware is also available on our website at http://www.dartfirststate.com/RightFit.

All locations for the Information Sessions are accessible.  If you have other questions about attending the sessions, please call 1-800-652-DART (3278), option 2, and we’ll be glad to assist you.  You may contact this same number if you need an accommodation such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired or a language translator. Please make your accommodation request no later than September 20, 2013.

DTC looks forward to your participation and your input as we work to improve public transit in the First State. Thank you for your involvement and interest in DART…Getting There Starts Here.

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DART Marketing & Public Affairs
August 29, 2013 Julie.Theyerl@state.de.us (302) 576-6005

Delaware Transit Corporation & Downtown Visions Partner Together on Safety Ambassador Program

Today Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) announced their partnership with Downtown Visions for a Safety Ambassador Program. The objective of the program is for the Safety Ambassadors to serve the community by providing information to riders about local attractions as well as providing an extra set of eyes and ears while riding the Wilmington Trolley. Downtown Visions is the non-profit management company for Wilmington’s Downtown Business Improvement District.
Starting Tuesday, September 3, 2013, Downtown Visions Safety Ambassadors will ride Route 32, DART’s Wilmington Trolley, daily providing information and help to riders.
DTC Chief Executive Officer Lauren Skiver stated, “We are excited to partner with Downtown Visions to offer personally-delivered information on downtown attractions, as well as provide an additional safety measure to our riders. We look forward to our continued partnership”.
“Downtown Visions has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with DART. The Safety Ambassador/Wilmington Trolley program is another example of how this partnership functions to enhance the experience of those who live, work or visit Downtown Wilmington”, says Martin P. Hageman, Executive Director of Downtown Visions.
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.
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Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2013 – DART First State statewide transit services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Monday, September 2, 2013, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and Route 305 – Beach Connection. Monday, September 2 is the last day of operation for Route 305 – Beach Connection; however, the Resort Transit Routes will continue to provide a reduced service schedule through September 15, serving Rehoboth, Lewes, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland.
SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on Labor Day, utilizing a Saturday/Sunday schedule. DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed on Labor Day. Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance. The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.
The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State. For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Road-trippers have had it easy the past few years. The Great Recession took a significant toll on vacation travel, leaving the highways and byways a little less crowded on holiday weekends. But according to AAA, the party’s officially over.

In a new travel forecast, AAA predicts that 34.1 folks will hit the road over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. That’s 4.2 percent above the 32.7 million who did so last year.

Worse — at least for those hoping to drive — 85 percent of those last-minute vacationers will be traveling by car. In fact, 29.2 million will be road-tripping to their destination of choice, up from 28 million in 2012.

And those trips aren’t going to be over the river and through the woods, either. AAA estimates that the average round trip will clock in at 594 miles.

SUGGESTIONS

If you’re what we politely call “traffic averse”, there are a couple of ways that you can dodgethe stress and tsoris of roadway congestion.

Leave early: about half of all those traveling over the Labor Day weekend will depart on Friday. If you can hit the road Thursday — even Thursday night, after work — you’ll leave many of them in the dust.

Come home late: most vacationers will head home on Monday, so if you can arrange to come back Tuesday, you might have smoother sailing. (But don’t forget: Tuesday will be a regular workday for most people, meaning that you’ll hit the usual rush-hour traffic when passing through highly populated areas.)

Take to the skies: AAA expects air traffic to increase a modest  2.8 percent above Labor Day 2012. If you can jet to a beach, mountain, or theme park, you might get there faster. Sure, plane tickets can be pricey, but remember, gas isn’t free, either: the average is about $3.54 per gallon.

Are you planning a holiday trip? If so, how are you planning to get there? And do you have any tips for avoiding travel headaches? Let us know in the comments below.

(See the original article here: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1086366_aaa-labor-day-traffic-will-rebound-to-pre-recession-levels)

EFFECTIVE

Friday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 PM for approximately 2 to 3 Weeks

Due to the scheduled closure of the railroad crossing at US Route 40 (Pulaski Highway) between Route 72 and E. Scotland Dr. in Bear, Rts. 40, 41 & 64 will be on detour.  Free shuttle service will be provided around the road closure.  Notices will be posted at the affected bus stops.

Rts. 40 & 41 will end at Fox Run Shopping Center to maintain their schedule times.  A shuttle will serve the bus stops between Fox Run and Peoples Plaza.  Passengers can transfer to and from Rts. 40, 41 and the shuttle at the bus stop at Fox Run Shopping Center, near the M&T Bank.  The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 5:20 AM to 11:40 PM on weekdays and 7 AM to 8:20 PM on Saturdays.  Please be at the bus stop for the shuttle at least 15 minutes earlier than your normal Rts. 40 or 41 scheduled times.  The shuttle is free, but you will need to pay the regular fare when boarding the Rts. 40 or 41 buses.

Rt. 64 will not serve the bus stop in the Fox Run Shopping Center.  Passengers going to Fox Run may board the Rts. 40 or 41 buses at the stop on US Route 40 at E. Scotland Dr. and will be dropped off at Fox Run, near the M&T Bank.  The fare is free to Fox Run, if traveling further you will need to pay the regular fare.

FOR PEDESTRIANS

Rts. 40 and 41 buses are providing free rides for pedestrians between US Route 40 at E. Scotland Drive and the Fox Run Shopping Center on weekdays and Saturdays.  The fare is free in the detour area. If traveling farther, riders will need to pay the regular fare.  On Sundays, a free shuttle will run from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Rt. 15 Detour from July 29 to Aug. 5 – Due to the road closure on New Castle Ave., Rt. 15 will be on detour. Bus stops from Basin Rd. at the Penn Mart Shopping Center to the Twin Spans Business Park will be served by a shuttle bus during the detour. The shuttle will pick up riders and transport them to the bus stop on DuPont Highway at the Hess Station to connect with the Rts. 15, 22 & 25. Riders traveling to the City of New Castle or Twin Spans Industrial Park, should board the shuttle across DuPont Highway at Garfield Ave. by the Firehouse. The shuttle is free, but you will need to pay the regular fare when boarding the bus.  For more information on DART’s services, please visit www.DartFirstState.com

(Philadelphia, PA) – Commuters using RideECO can now save more money on car sharing, and Enterprise CarShare clients can save money on transit, thanks to new discounts RideECO and Enterprise CarShare (ECS) are offering exclusively to their members. The two programs offer sustainable, cost-saving ways to commute to work and travel around town.

RideECO, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars toward fares on public transportation. Commuters can save up to $900/year and employers save money by reducing FICA taxes, which can be more than $200 per year, per participant.

Enterprise CarShare, previously PhillyCarShare, has nearly 200 “pods” offering newer, fuel-efficient and hybrid cars in and around center city Philadelphia. “Many city dwellers and commuters who use transit may not own a car. Enterprise CarShare gives them the flexibility of using a car as a supplement during the week, on weekends and on special occasions,” said James Callaham, Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Also, employers who offer RideECO to encourage transit use may be interested in car share for employees who don’t have a personal car at work, to use to travel to meetings and other business-related activities that are not accessible by transit.

Here are some of the deals available:

  • RideECO will offer free shipping and handling for one year ($180 value) for Enterprise CarShare corporate clients that enroll in the program.
  • RideECO will waive the setup fee for Enterprise CarShare clients that enroll in RideECO Select ($250-$750 savings, depending on participation levels).
  • Enterprise CarShare will waive the standard application and membership fees and offer a $50 driving credit to RideECO clients that sign up for an ECS corporate account.
  • Individual employees who work for a company that offers RideECO will receive a waived application fee ($25 value) and a $35 driving credit upon approval of their application.

ECS rates can be found at: http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/philadelphia-rates.

“RideECO and Enterprise CarShare are sustainable and cost-effective ways to travel and get to work,” said DVRPC Executive Director, Barry Seymour. “We are pleased to offer even more savings to reward and encourage residents to make smart travel choices.”

About RideECO

RideECO is an employer offered commuter benefit that helps commuters reduce the cost of getting to work on public transportation and vanpools. RideECO allows commuters to set aside up to $245/month pre-tax to pay for their commute. And employers save money by driving down payroll taxes with every dollar a commuter deducts. The program can pay for itself and everyone gains from it. For more details, visit www.RideECO.org

About the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work, and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future. For more information, visit www.dvrpc.org.

About Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago.  Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise Holdings entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise Holdings acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago.  Today, Enterprise CarShare offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page or by following @Carshare on Twitter.

Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013 – DART First State services, both fixed route and paratransit, will not operate on Thursday, July 4, 2013, with the exception of the Resort Transit Routes 201-208, its related paratransit service, and the Route 305 – Beach Connection.

Resort Transit Routes 201-208 operate 7 days a week through September 15, 2013, serving Lewes, Rehoboth, Georgetown, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City, MD.  The Route 305 – Beach Connection, serving Wilmington, Dover, and Milford to Rehoboth operates on Friday evenings, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through September 2.  Bus stops include Wilmington Amtrak Station, Christiana Mall, Smyrna Rest Stop, Scarborough Park & Ride in Dover, Super Walmart in Milford, and the Rehoboth Park & Ride.

SEPTA’s Wilmington/Newark Line will operate on its Major Holiday Schedule (same as Saturday/Sunday).  An additional train is being added leaving Philadelphia’s Suburban Station at 11:50 PM, arriving in Wilmington at 12:26 AM.  DART’s Transportation Store at the Wilmington Station will be closed.  Passengers are encouraged to purchase their train fares in advance.  The On-Board fare can also be paid on the train, and a credit for the difference can be received at a Philadelphia SEPTA ticket counter.

The Delaware Transit Corporation, a subsidiary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), operates DART First State.   For information on all fixed route services statewide, please call 1-800-652-DART or visit www.DartFirstState.com.

As part of DART’s ongoing efforts to gather customer feedback, our statewide Rider Survey is online at Rider Survey 2013. As a Thank You, you may be randomly selected to receive a free DARTCard.  The surveys are to be completed by June 28, 2013.