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DTC Breaks Ground on Lewes Transit Center

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan joined Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) Chief Executive Officer John Sisson and other state and local officials March 9 to celebrate the start of construction on the Lewes Transit Center, a facility that will provide improved service to the Delaware beaches and enhanced connections among DART First State fixed routes and paratransit, Greyhound buses and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Shuttle.

DTC administers DART First State service.

Increasingly, the health and economic benefits of alternate transportation are appealing to more and more citizens,” the governor said. “DART transit services are a convenient and cost-effective way to go.”

The three-stage construction process begins with the Lewes Park-and-Ride, scheduled to open by summer 2017 with 248 parking spaces, security cameras, bicycle racks and repair station, electric car charging stations and temporary passenger amenities. Phase 2, a three-bay bus maintenance facility, is scheduled for completion in early 2018. The third and final phase includes a public meeting space, improved passenger amenities, covered bus boarding/alighting areas, an information kiosk and local tourist information.

Sisson said, “Having a maintenance facility on the eastern side of Sussex County will greatly improve the efficiency of DART’s transit service, lending itself to year-round service, as well as making express service between Lewes and Dover a reality.”

Funding for the project includes a $5 million FTA State of Good Repair grant and support from the federal 5311 Rural Transportation Assistance Program.
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