DART is starting its Beach Bus service early this season, providing weekend bus service on two of its popular bus routes for the first three weekends in May.
Starting Saturday, May 5, bus service will be available in the areas of downtown Lewes, Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal, along the Route 1 corridor to the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. The early start-up is intended to provide greater access to jobs, shopping and entertainment until the daily Beach Bus begins operations on Monday, May 21.
Beach Bus 201—Red Line provides service between DART’s Lewes Park & Ride, located just south of Five Points, along the Route 1 corridor to Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth Park & Ride and the Rehoboth Boardwalk, operating every 20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Lewes Park & Ride offers free parking; the Rehoboth Park & Ride is free until May 21.
Beach Bus 204—Yellow Line operates from the Lewes Park & Ride to downtown Lewes and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Service operates every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fares are $2 per one-way trip; $4.20 for a daily pass. For the complete 201 and 204 schedules and bus stops, visit www.DartFirstState.com/BeachBus.
“With the season starting earlier and earlier each year, the Beach Bus services are a great alternative to driving, dealing with increased traffic congestion and finding a parking spot. It’s a low-cost, hassle-free transportation solution for visitors and residents alike,” stated John Sisson, CEO of Delaware Transit Corporation.
On Monday, May 21, the Beach Bus services begin operating daily service on seven bus routes serving the Lewes Park & Ride, Rehoboth Beach and the Rehoboth boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Millsboro, Dewey Beach, Ruddertowne, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, and Ocean City, Md.
The service operates seven days a week from approximately 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., with more frequency than ever before. All buses are air-conditioned, ADA-accessible and equipped with bike racks. When the daily service ends on Sept. 9, the 201 Red Line and 204 Yellow Line will provide new year-round service.
DART’s Beach Connection, 305—Magenta Line starts on Saturday, May 26, providing a ride from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Sept. 3. The fares are $2 per zone; the one-way cash fare is $10 from Wilmington, $8 from Middletown and $6 from Dover. Riders are being encouraged to buy a 3-Zone Anywhere 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 (DelDOT), operates DART First State. Real-Time Transit Information is available on the free DelDOT App (iOS and Android), as well as on DART’s Trip Planner at www.DartFirstState.com. For more information, call 1-800-652-DART.