Carper uses DART Connect to showcase innovative rural transport
U.S. Senator Tom Carper joined passengers and representatives from the Delaware Transit Corporation on July 1 to see how the DART Connect pilot program is helping connect rural Delawarens to affordable and reliable public transportation.
DART Connect is a carpooling-style transit experience that uses smaller vehicles to provide on-demand bus service to customers in Georgetown and Millsboro. This program was made possible by a grant of $ 317,692 from the Federal Transit Administration Accelerating Innovative Mobility.
In the two months following the launch of the project, nearly 3,000 trips were offered on DART Connect. The flexibility of the program allows participants to access more seats than the previous fixed route service provided. Passengers also have shorter waiting times and get to their destinations faster.
“DART Connect is already proving to be a success with its ridership growing steadily and most using the service to get to work,” said Carper, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “This is exactly the kind of innovative program that our Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, which was passed unanimously by the committee in May, would support. As we build on these advances in a larger bipartite infrastructure package, climate, security and connectivity are at the heart of our concerns. Investments in public transport, clean vehicle infrastructure and rural transport programs, including on-demand mobility services, are good for the community and good for our planet.
For more information, visit dartfirststate.com. To access a ride, Delawarens can download the DART Connect app or call 800-652-DART, Option 3.